"Panic Station" as written by and Matthew James Bellamy....
You won't get much closer
Till you sacrifice it all (all)
You won't get to taste it
With your face against the wall (wall wall)
Get up and commit
Show the power trapped within (in in)
Do just what you want to
And now stand up and begin

Ooo 1, 2, 3, 4 fire's in your eyes
And this chaos, it defies imagination
Ooo 5, 6, 7, minus 9 lives
You've arrived at panic station

Doubts will try to break you
Unleash your heart and soul
Trouble will surround you
Start taking some control
Stand up and deliver
Your wildest fantasy
Do what the fuck you want to
There's no one to appease

Ooo 1, 2, 3, 4 fire's in your eyes
And this chaos, it defies imagination
Ooo 5, 6, 7, minus 9 lives
You've arrived at panic station

Ooo 1, 2, 3, 4 fire's in your eyes
And this chaos, it defies imagination
Ooo 5, 6, 7, minus 9 lives
And I know that you will fight for the duration

Ooo 1, 2, 3, 4 fire's in your eyes
And I know I'm not resisting the temptations
Ooo 5, 6, 7, minus 9 lives
You've arrived at Panic Station


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"Panic Station" as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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  • +6
    General CommentA November 1918 edition of The Times printed a report called Behind the Veil . A part of it says, "Alarm gongs had already sent the guns' crews to their invisible guns and immediately after the explosion 'Panic stations' was ordered, followed in due course by 'Abandon ship.'"

    The story is about a Q-Ship called the HMS Prize . A Q-ship was a boat made to look like a slow, rusting cargo ship, but in reality was a naval ship that could do battle. They were used during WWI against German U-boats.

    From the story, the meaning of the command "panic stations," seems to be that sailors need to be on alert and ready to abandon ship if necessary as it the command was followed by the command "abandon ship."

    So, I wonder if this song isn't about being prepared for the inevitable crash of society as we know it. With that said I'll do a line-by-line explanation as i see it.

    You won't get much closer
    Until you sacrifice it all (all)
    We can only achieve so much without stepping out of our comfort zone. The ultimate victory isn't going to be realized until we are willing to give up our life lines (money, fame, habits, whatever they might be) for the greater prize.
    You won't get to taste it
    With your face against the wall (wall, wall)
    Having your face against a wall implies that you are being put there by an authority figure or bully. Like a cop that is apprehending a suspect or someone being fought in a bar/alley fight. You won't get to taste that greater prize if you continue to let others control you.
    Get up and commit
    Show the power trapped within (in, in)
    Commit to taking control of your own life. You have the power to exact the change you want to see even if you have never used it before.
    Do just what you want to
    And now stand up and begin (uh)
    What do you want? What is the change that you want to see? Start on it now. Hurry up.

    Ooooo 1, 2, 3, 4 fires in your eyes
    You are burning with determination now. Your dreams are fueling the fire that you have lit in your life.
    And this chaos, it defies imagination
    But all of this change is creating chaos beyond your imagination.
    Ooo 5, 6, 7, 8 minus 9 lives
    [I'm not sure about this one line.]
    You've arrived at Panic Station
    The point of no return. You either change or you might as well abandon ship.

    Doubts will try to break you
    Unleash your heart and soul (soul)
    You're going to run ino some problems but if you stop holding yourself back then you will have a fighting chance
    Trouble will surround you
    Start taking some control-(trol!)
    You are not a slave to anyone or anything, especially your own emotions.Control them, don't let them control you.
    Stand up and deliver
    Your wildest fantasy (sy, sy)
    give yourself permission to reach for your dreams.
    Do what the fuck you want to
    There's no one to appease (ee, ee)
    This can be taken 2 ways, either you don't have to please some non-existent God (if you are atheist) or even if there is a God you still don't have to please anyone on Earth but yourself. You are the person that will live with you forever. What are you going to put up with?

    And I know that you will fight for the duration
    You can do it. I believe in you.
    And I know I'm not resisting the temptations
    The temptation is to stay away from our comfort zones, enact changes to make the world better. I sure don't want to resist that temptation either.
    bckyltylron October 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI honestly don't see there being much meaning behind this song, they just tried to make a catchy diddy (hence the use of counting) and boy oh boy did they succeed. If I had to squeeze an interpretation though, I'd say it's a continuation of the entire album's chaotic theme (second law of thermodynamics/entropy) and how inciting chaos is a way to make human beings feel in control -- especially under a totalitarian regime.
    scottttywon September 26, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionI just see at as a generally uplifting and inspiring song. It's all about taking life by the horns and making the most of what you're given.
    imasunbearon October 03, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is about putting everything on the line to achieve your biggest goals. It's saying that there will be a lot of adversity but you need to get that fire in your eyes, power through the chaos, and get it done. Only then will you "arrive at panic station."
    crazynovaon March 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyayy first comment!!!! not really sure what matt means by this YET but.. i jsut gotta say i LOVE THIS SONG!! :)
    museloverforeverandeveron September 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt a recent Q
    jennbrookeon September 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song makes me think of the various Marches On Wall Street protests, particularly in NYC. I wouldn't be surprised if Matt listed that as an influence when he wrote this.
    zenstainon November 27, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationFor me it is about CHAOS in mind. Feeling, when you understand that you lost your way to get the goal, the meaning of your life. You thought you're glorious, but now realized that you are piece of crap. In imagination you can be someone else, you can change everything NOW, but in reality - you are too weak to conquer temptations that control yourself and you really don't know what you want to change . This song is about fight. Imagination, glorious, ideal ME vs. real ME...
    papierzon March 23, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFavorite track off the album.
    Makes me wish I knew how to play bass :(
    cosmickisson May 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI believe, even if you don't agree with me, its got something to do with opening your third eye and realizing the truth of this world and the power within you even if doubts will try to bring you back to how you were before- a sheep that has given in to the government.
    howruon May 28, 2013   Link

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