"Take a Bow" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
Corrupt
You corrupt
Bring corruption to all that you touch

Hold
You'll behold
And beholden for all that you've done

And spell
Cast a spell
Cast a spell on the country you run

And risk
You will risk
You will risk all their lives and their souls

And burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell
yeah You'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
Yeah you'll burn in hell for your sins

An our freedom's consuming itself
What we become is contrary to what we want
Take a bow

Death
You bring death
And destruction to all that you touch

Pay
You must pay
You must pay for you're crimes against the earth

Hex
Feed the hex
Feed the hex on the country you love

Yeah and beg
You will beg
You will beg for their lives and their souls

Yeah and burn
You will burn
You will burn in hell
yeah You'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
yeah You'll burn in hell
You'll burn in hell
Yeah you will burn for all your sins


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"Take a Bow" as written by Matthew James Bellamy Matt Bellamy

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  • +5
    General CommentI seriously don't get how so many people can comment on this song and 99% of everything everyone has said is completely wrong. Some people are on the right track but still, no. If you don't know anything about the new world order you have no business being a muse fan. You can't truly understand 60% of all muse's lyrics unless you know Matts beliefs. First off, its not about Osama (Everyone who said that should slap themselves in the face) and its not really about bush. Matt is a strong believer in the New World Order conspiracy (even though its not a conspiracy, its a fact). Matt knows that presidents and politicians aren't the ones who control and lead the country. Its really top bankers and heads of major corporations who secretly run the politicians and the world and have a long term goal for creating a one world government. These people are in control of politicians, the military and the media. They are master planners and have been stealing the wealth of every country in the world without 90% of Americans knowing whats going on. Not only was 911 planned by these people but so has almost every major war in the last 100 years. They are able to manipulate media and cast a "hex" on the populations to where know one knows whats happening in their own backyards. These people are in the process of destroying America right now financially. Hes saying you will burn in hell (the secret government members) Research the new world order and youll realize that much more than half of muse songs are political. Their newest album is titled "the resistance". This means the resistance to global tyranny and the lose of all our freedoms and constitution. Most bands don't really talk about the real issues such as these which makes muse one of my favorite bands. Matt actually went on the Alex Jones show one time for an interview. Alex Jones is a radio show host who breaks all of this down. You can listen to his interview. Youtube Alex Jones Matt Bellamy. And go to Infowars.com and listen everyday and learn as much as you can because i promise you people, we don't have a lot of time left. It's worse than anyone can imagine. If you call me crazy, you'll have to call Matt crazy. Good luck leaving the Matrix. Sometimes i wish i never learned about any of this stuff. It's made life so scary to live knowing how close to the end we all are. Good luck.
    samsonslmpsonon December 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line "take a bow" seems like it's telling the "you" person to hurry up and finish the performance, so to speak, i.e. leave Iraq. x) Dunno if there'll be any applause if they do bow out, though; the song also gives the feeling that the "you" person has already damned themselves beyond redemption.
    Hannaelon July 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn support of the above comment:
    "Take A Bow calls on world leaders to take responsibility for their actions" from musewiki.org/…
    anon223on July 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMuse are a British band, and I think this was inspired by Blair (no, that's not a compliment to him). "contrary to what we want": how many people walked the streets of London to protest against the war on Iraq? How many people want Blair to remove himself from Bush's ****, engage his own brain and do what we, the people in the country he "runs", want?
    In any case, this is a FANTASTIC track on an INSPIRED album that's growing on me every time I hear it.
    the_anomieon July 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentif bush hasn't heard this song, he should. i wonder what he would think? nothing probably, too stupid
    RMXjointon July 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHuzzah, first comment! I do enjoy this song. Seems to be about corrupt rulers etc. Great to hear some fresh muse stuff.
    hastalavictoriaon June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder if this song is about our real political leaders? Bellamy seems pretty obsessed with the notion of revolution and failure of leadership on this CD...

    Interesting that it starts off with that little repeating digital noise, similar in a way to the way Origin of Symmetry begins. A review I read said that this song is the link to Absolution - I sort of agree, track 2 starts moving in a totally different direction with a dancier, more electronic feel. But then the whole album swings back towards awesome space-cowboy-opera rock.
    caitsith01on June 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really think that it's more like Absolution peppered with a a certain political feel. The new CD is excellent. And this is a fantastic opener.
    Painbeareron June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think this song is about Osama. Seems more like it's about a politician. The lyrics "Now freedoms concealing itself
    What we've become
    Is contrary to what we want
    Take a bow" Seem to refer to how government appears to be forsaking the very freedoms they are fighting for.
    yakityyakblahon June 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome minor issues with these lyrics, here are the correct ones:

    Corrupt
    You corrupt
    Bring corruption to all that you touch

    Hold
    You'll behold
    And beholden for all that you've done

    And spell
    Cast a spell
    Cast a spell on the country you run

    And risk
    You will risk
    You will risk all their lives and their souls

    And burn
    You will burn
    You will burn in hell
    yeah You'll burn in hell
    You'll burn in hell
    Yeah you'll burn in hell for your sins

    An our freedom's consuming itself
    What we become is contrary to what we want
    Take a bow

    Death
    You bring death
    And destruction to all that you touch

    Pay
    You must pay
    You must pay for your crimes against the earth

    Hex
    Feed the hex
    Feed the hex on the country you love

    Yeah and beg
    You will beg
    You will beg for their lives and their souls

    Yeah and burn
    You will burn
    You will burn in hell
    yeah You'll burn in hell
    You'll burn in hell
    yeah You'll burn in hell
    You'll burn in hell
    Yeah you will burn for all your sins

    This is like the overture to the entire album. Makes a great link to Soldier's Poem- "you will risk all their lives and their souls", "you bring death and destruction to all that you touch". These sentiments can be true of any invasion on a large scale. War is bad for soldiers, bad for those at home, and those being invaded- that seems to be the message of this piece. The leaders will "burn in hell" because they justified their war by "casting a spell"- lying. The sort of magic, unnatural diction is continued in the lyrics "crimes against the earth" and "feed the hex".

    "An our freedom's consuming itself
    What we become is contrary to what we want"

    Very important lyrics. Deals with the theme that rights must be given up to preserve freedom- almost a total contradiction.
    chat-noiron June 29, 2006   Link

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