"Stockholm Syndrome" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
I won't stand in your way
Let your hatred grow
And she'll scream
And she'll shout
And she'll pray
And she had a name
Yeah she had a name

And I won't hold you back
Let your anger rise
And we'll fly
And we'll fall
And we'll burn
No one will recall
No one will recall

This is the last time I'll abandon you
And this is the last time I'll forget you
I wish I could

Look to the stars
Let hope burn in your eyes
And we'll love
And we'll hope
And we'll die
All to no avail
All to no avail

This is the last time I'll abandon you
And this is the last time I'll forget you
I wish I could

This is the last time I'll abandon you
And this is the last time I'll forget you
I wish I could
I wish I could


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"Stockholm Syndrome" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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  • +6
    General CommentI see some signs that this song might be about an abusive relationship. He is comparing a relationship to Stockholm Syndrome, where the parties become so attached, that it's impossible to leave. They just keep on fighting with each other and walking out on each other, but keep coming back: "This is the last time I'll abandon you." I dunno, what do other people think?
    skiguskion January 17, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIf this song is along the lines of the other themes running through \"Absolution\"...it could very well be pertaining to a \"stockholm syndrome\" relationship between the citizens of a country and their government or leaders. As citizens, we are held captive and restricted in many ways, but more often than not, we seem to blindly follow our captors and fail to question their actions and motives. Our patriotism can often blind us to the crimes being committed right before us. The album came out around the time that the Iraqi war started...and a lot of people seem to believe that the songs are a comentary on it. Also, the intro to the album sounds like the marching of Nazi soldiers...and if you think back to Hitler and Germany during WWII, well then this idea (of citizens just going along with whatever their gov tells them) def relates back to that. Like any good song, it can have several meanings, and apply to many different facets of life... so this is just what I took it as...
    flabbyon April 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Stockholm Syndrome" is when a hostage forms an emotional bond with their kidnappers, so... I'm assuming it has something to do with that, otherwise it wouldn't have been *named* Stockholm Syndrome.
    Laurenneon April 11, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about a lover who won't leave even though she feels abused by the relationship. The term "stockholm syndrome" refers to the process by which a victim begins to identify with, and feel empathy and sympathy for, their abuser.

    In the case of this song, she can't quit coming back to him, even though she probably wants more of a relationship and he does not. So, she inevitably feels "led on", under appreciated, and eventually abused by him, all the while it's her choice every time to come back and put up with the perceived "abuse". She is in love with the person who is causing her pain. He is telling her he will not commit at this time, and she can leave whenever she wants, but she keeps coming back. The tragedy in all of this is the fact that he probably does love her on some level, but simultaneously can't commit and say "no" to her. He tells her to leave because he doesn't enjoy hurting her and he knows she deserves better, but she [just] [will] [not] go... So, ultimately, they are both hurting very much as indicated by the line "[we] will die." He hurts because he loves her and wants her to move on to something real, something that is more in line what she actually wants.
    bkrebs3on May 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about the "Stockholm Syndrome" put in the context of "Absolution"'s theme, ie. it's about accepting the apocalypse.
    I_And_Ion December 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think "she" is mother earth... and about being a prisoner on earth, but still being attached to it.
    Katatoniaon July 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCould it involve the mind being trapped in the memory of someone you have broken up with and convincing yourself to try and get the person back? so the 'Stockholm syndrome" is how the 'capter" or lover has someone trapped through the memories making it hard for someone to let go.

    Therefore the lines "this is the last time I will abandon you" is the person saying I won't let go, I'm coming to get you back.

    Either way, I je'adore the line "LOOK TO THE STARS, LET HOPE BURN IN YOUR EYES" (here's my next tattoo)
    simmy2011on January 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song about RAGE. Here's an article that walks hand-in-hand with the splitting and the rage that comes on so fast: (How to End a Relationship with a Borderline Personality Disorder Sufferer)

    www (dot) ehow. (dot) om/how_2154562_end-relationship-borderline-personality-disorder.html
    StayOUTOFMYLIFEon March 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNew Muse single! Damn, I love this song SO much. If you want to hear it, get a leak on a P2P program (don't get a file with 'absolution' in it, it's fake) or listen to Radio 1.

    This song is so damn good though...
    IdiotequeDanceon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah that's totally right, in the video the band are writing stuff on the walls like "prisoner" and "captor". sounds apocalyptic pretty much like the rest of the album.
    ziggystarduston April 19, 2004   Link

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