"Thoughts of a Dying Atheist" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
Erie whispers
Trapped beneath my pillow
You won't let me sleep
Your memories

I know you're in this room
I'm sure I heard you sigh
Floating in between
Where our worlds collide

Scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And it scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see

And I know the moment's near
And there's nothing we can do
Look through a faithless eye
Are you afraid to die?

It scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And it scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see

It scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And it scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see


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"Thoughts of a Dying Atheist" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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  • +11
    General CommentBeing myself a non-believer, I can understand what the song means. Matthew Bellamy is also an atheist. I believe he just wrote what he thinks about the moment we die. In our opinion, there's no life or paradise or hell or anything after death, so Matthew wonders, while he is dying, if it is really as he thinks. Well, it is just a song about fears that sometimes, or often, catch us non-believers.
    CiccioDKon June 27, 2011   Link
  • +11
    Song MeaningBeing an agnostic atheist myself, I can really relate to this song.

    "Scares the hell out of me
    And the end is all I can see"

    Atheists don't believe in God or the afterlife. We believe that when you die, you die for good. You cease to exist. Evanescence. Everything you ever were, everyone you loved, every moment of your life all doesn't matter anymore. You're gone forever, just gone and nothing more.

    "Erie whispers
    Trapped beneath my pillow
    You won't let me sleep
    Your memories"

    The erie whispers are pessimistic worries and thoughts. "You" is referring to the whispers. They're keeping him up with the memories of all that he is (was) and how that will be no more.

    "I know you're in this room
    I'm sure I heard you sigh
    Floating in between
    Where our worlds collide"

    He's clinging onto the hope that maybe, just maybe, there is something more. He's deluding himself into thinking he's hearing ghosts and spirits, probably of a dead loved one. Also, the atheist is coming close to death, so maybe he's fading in and out, he's passing between the bridge of life and death ("where out worlds collide") and he thinks he's hearing the dead, like he's on the brink of dying.

    "And I know the moment's near
    And there's nothing we can do
    Look through a faithless eye
    Are you afraid to die?"

    There's nothing he can do to stop death. He knows it's hopeless. Looking through a faithless eye is having a non-religious perspective. He's saying, "What if there is no Heaven or Hell or reincarnation? What if we simply disappear?"

    I love this song so much. It describes my thoughts on death perfectly, and I too have been up at night hearing the "erie whispers."
    DemiLuvon July 05, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentBut I believe, heaven to be a bribe and hell to be a threat. Don't let fear run your life.

    Religion kills, Reason FULFILLS.
    nitroamigoon March 06, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General Commentwhat a great song title.
    snowpeaon June 10, 2004   Link
  • +6
    General CommentOnly a true atheist can really understand why death would scare the hell out of one.
    bmx3r101on October 26, 2011   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI did not read through most of the posts, but judging by the majority of ignorant analysis of this song, it seems many of you tools haven't read the lyrics either. It would be very nice to say "the title of the song says it all" and wrap it up in a neat and tidy box, but that just isn't the case, after all if it were, the song itself wouldn't make any sense.

    The song seems to be about a person who is witnessing the death of someone he is close to. This person was obviously an Atheist (or to most of you ignorant christians, anything other than your exact belief may as well be Atheism, Satanism, or Paganism, whatever the flavor of the day is), and the beliefs of this person clashes with the person that is dying. Note how the lyrics mention "your memories keep me awake" and "are you afraid to die?" (I think Matt also throws in a quick "because it" right in front of the following chorus, it's been a while since I've actually listened to the song, I could be wrong.) Verse one illustrates that the living person is having trouble coping with the thought that there is someone who does not believe. The second verse goes into those differences, "floating in between where our worlds collide," the worlds being the different beliefs, and floating in between could mean the living person is pleading with the dying to decide between the two. The third verse definitely sounds like someone is trying to convince someone else. It seems like the song isn't the actual thoughts of a dying Atheist, but a religious person that doesn't get it. Those are my thoughts on the song, I could very well be wrong, but there is for sure more to this than just "OMGSZ teh titel somes it op."
    jneumann1on January 21, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I'm sure I heard you sigh floating in between where our worlds collide".
    Awesome.
    dan33on July 03, 2004   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think eggorox is pretty close, though interpretations are subjective. It's most certainly a concept album about the end of the world, however the world is never defined. Maybe it's the earth, maybe it's a really fucked up relationship, maybe it's the loss of someone near to you, maybe it's an addiction consuming your life, maybe it's about war, etc... Any of those things can make life as you know it cease to be and make you feel that everything is ending. Just food for thought.

    I came to this conclusion after trying(and failing) and trying(and failing) again to end a destructive relationship. However I'll never say with any certainty that's what the album is about as it's highly subjective.

    As an aside, don't forget Fury. When you tack that onto the tracklist as the closing track rather than Ruled by Secrecy, the album gets really depressing, because it essentially leaves you knowing that whatever is causing your apocalypse will win in the end.
    kardinalon May 20, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about falling in love with a spider monkey and not being able to tell him how you feel.

    That, or its about being at the dentist, getting a root canal. The singer is on Nitrous Oxide and Vicodin and sees God while fucked up, having his teeth drilled, and hes scared that theyre working on the wrong tooth.

    Thats my 2 cents.
    plexuson October 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionIt`s probably about the fear and emptiness that people with no faith feel, atheists (as refered) when they notice their lives are coming to an end...
    Ingrithon December 30, 2009   Link

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