"Time Is Running Out" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
I think I'm drowning
Asphyxiated
I want to break the spell
That you've created

You're something beautiful
A contradiction
I want to play the game
I want the friction

You will be
The death of me
Yeah, you will be
The death of me

Bury it
I won't let you bury it
I won't let you smother it
I won't let you murder it

Our time is running out
And our time is running out
You can't push it underground
We can't stop it screaming out

I wanted freedom
But I'm restricted
I tried to give you up
But I'm addicted

Now that you know I'm trapped
Sense of elation
You'll never dream of breaking this fixation
You will squeeze the life out of me

Bury it
I won't let you bury it
I won't let you smother it
I won't let you murder it

Our time is running out
And our time is running out
You can't push it underground
We can't stop it screaming out
How did it come to this

You will suck the life out of me

Bury it
I won't let you bury it
I won't let you smother it
I won't let you murder it

Our time is running out
And our time is running out
You can't push it underground
We can't stop it screaming out

How did it come to this


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"Time Is Running Out" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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  • +7
    General CommentI feel like the song is about being completely infatuated with another person. In the beginning the other person does not know that you are infatuated with them, and this kills you inside. Eventually they realize it, though, and they know they can use this knowledge of your feelings to their advantage and manipulate you however they see fit. This is why he is "trapped" "now that you know."
    jimmyflyon May 30, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentNo, because it's too good of a song to be about drugs. That's what everyone always thinks every song is about, but most of the time you can tell when the songs mean something more. If the song was about drugs, what would the chorus mean in relation to that meaning?

    Not saying you're wrong, just saying that it's too common of a hypothesized theme for songs.
    CaKiYoon May 24, 2004   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionCo-Dependence y'all! CO-DEPENDENCE!!!
    hou5ekeepingon March 27, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis could be interpreted in so many ways. To take it most literally, it's about erotic asphyxiation. It fits the lyrics perfectly. Read over again and you'll see.

    "Bury it
    I won't let you bury it
    I won't let you smother it
    I won't let you murder it"

    "it" & "you" in the above lines make me wonder and I can think of "you" as addressed to God, religion (by an atheist) or a totalitarian or any anti-liberty/ anti-freedom form of government (by an individualist) and "it" as meant to be "the truth" in a philosophical sense of the term.

    The lyricist sings about being asphyxiated & addicted (to what? seeking favors from govt. perhaps OR seeking peace from something religious which is psychologically healthy short-term but suicidal in the long-term) & thus bound, restricted (by the trap created by the govt./ the religion) which is in contradiction to his wanting (phil.) freedom. And thus he ain't being consistent & honest to his own self and his losing his life, his 'soul'. There's this divide between his sense of life and his explicit philosophy. He knows what the truth but is not courageous enough to stand for it.


    personally I'd go for a generalized meaning of the lyrics- how the song makes me feel like when I listen to it. You have to hold on to your principles no matter what & everyday you have to act by those principles you hold to be right and be 'good', be true to yourself, introspect, self-reflect, gauge your virtues by the standards you hold to be 'good'. Since we're humans & not 100% perfect or consistent, it so happens at times that you're emotionally-driven & tempted to do things which your sane mind wouldn't otherwise allow you to. If at such moments, we manage to gain self-control and talk sense into ourselves, well and good! But when we act on such temptations, we're being self-destroyers and insulting our own values. Thus you may find something beautiful which is a contradiction; to act on such a temptation gives you only momentary pleasure.

    Kruppzon November 03, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it is about likeing a girl but not wanting to or feeling that she is wrong (the entire beginning and talking about friction), he is trying not to like her but cant help it (i tried to give you up but im addicted) so now decided to just go for it all (the chorus)
    Synchon May 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUpon hearing the song, it gave me the impression of a lover.

    On the first reading of the song, it gave me the impression of addiction to drugs.

    It could probably mean an addiction, obsession or dependence on something, that if continued on for longer, will ruin one's life...

    The person here knows that whatever he is addicted to is bad for him, but he does not want to let it 'bury', 'murder' and 'smother' his life, however it is very hard as he goes deeper into the addiction, he can't just 'push it underground' or 'stop it from screaming out'.
    Elouisielon January 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I wanted freedom
    Bound and restricted
    I tried to give you up
    But I'm addicted"

    this is the verse that convinced me of what the song was about. This verse shows the addiction to materialistic values that we all have and how hard living without technology is, true freedom is not possible with these values.

    "Now that you know I'm trapped
    Sense of elation
    You'd never dream of
    Breaking this fixation"

    this is quite similar to the last but shows that the people on the inside need us to miantain the lifestyle they want. because without us there would be no armys no workers no consumers. "You will squeeze the life out of me" they push us to extrems too.

    "How did it come to this?"

    I want to know.

    last point, the video shows (what I think is) an underground bunker with world leaders gathered inside. these people then seemingly for no reason start stripping. I think this represents the perversion that these people obviousley suffer from.

    ...man that took longer that I thought it would
    specimen420on February 27, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMuse is a smart band. A woman would be obvious. Too obvious for this band. And drugs would be way too elementary for these kinds of lyrics.

    In my opinion, Time is Running Out, is a message to the "Man".

    "I think I'm drowning.. I wanna break this spell you've created" - this could be referring to controversies that revolve around the government and how they control things like the media to "brainwash" citizens.


    "You're something beautiful.. A contradiction.. I wanna play the game.. I want the friction"
    - This could represent a melancholy sort of admiration. Something like a "beautiful lie". "wanting to play the game.. i want the friction" could be a sort of challenge towards the "Man".


    I think it makes sense this way and I applaud the band for the beautiful, lyrical poetry. If you're interested to know my opinion about the other parts of the song, just reply me.
    amused1on November 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI haver just started checking this band´s lyrcis. so too soon to be sure of anything whether that is possible... :)
    at first analysis this band (or his songwriter) has clearly big issues with christian theology, concepts like election, end of times, he seems not to be satisfied with the solution proposed by that but in the inner man he feels that might be true. he is a great seeker of the truth but at same time he does not want (or cant) believe he already knows is the truth. Confusing, yes, but also true for many in the world these days. He is a representative of these times... good luck for him, may him be singing of something more clear soon, for now, I got the sound, it is powerful.
    legomesbron May 01, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really doubt this is about something as simple as a relationship between the singer and love interest...

    to me it's about dissention; the first portion is about being overwhelmed by the news media and the Bush administration at the time of 2003-2004 creating a climate of fear that way too many people bought into. The second stanza is about the relationship between USA and England, England bought in big time. The rest is resistance to keeping dissention down...

    This song was written just post the start of the Iraq war, after the Bush administration whipped up the idea that Iraq had stores of WMD. I remember watching Colin Powell at the UN trying to sell the lie even he was not on board with:
    (articles.cnn.com/2005-08-19/world/… )

    At the time way to many believed it and anyone who was questioning it was deemed either anti-patriotic or worse.

    Now lets see how this gets flamed... :-)

    gladtobeadadon June 27, 2011   Link

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