Who's so phony and always surrounded?
Stop your screaming, no one can hear
All the scars on your skin post no bills

Who you were
Was so beautiful
Remember who, who you where

Hide from the mirror, the cracks and the memories
Hide from your family, they won't know you now
For all the holes in our soul host no thrills

Who you were
Was so beautiful
Memories who, who you where

Lyrics submitted by 3ssence, edited by sokorny

Screenager Lyrics as written by Matthew James Bellamy

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    General Commentthis is the Muse song that hits home for me, and i think it hits home for a ton more teenagers out there who have listened to it before.

    Screenagers are teenagers who are obsessed with the internet. and technology. but in my eyes, it looks to me like it is about a teenager who has some kind of depression, puts up a screen (not a computer in a sense), and hides him or herself from the world, especially the family. they self harm, and do whatever they can to make themselves feel wanted and known somehow.

    it's a sad song, and to be honest? i feel it, it makes me cry. in the chorus when he says "who you were, was so beautiful, remember who... who you were", it is almost as if he is asking for the kid to say what's wrong, you don't have to do this.
    RiddledRevengexxon September 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's about showing one face to everyone but, hiding who you really are from them...
    homgshon January 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentScreenager was called 'Razor Blades' before Origin Of Symmetry was released.

    The name Screenager (probably referring to how the kids all today talk through computers, text messages, TVs etc). It's related to the rest of the album about how these new technologies are meant to bring us closer together, but they actually make us drift apart.

    The fact it used to be called Razor Blades and the lyrics make me think this is about how teenagers feel they have to harm themelves to feel alive.. and they want to connect with their family again but they can't because of the teenage disagreements.

    They used to be beautiful but they aren't because they've been scarring themselves mentally and physically with what goes on. It's kind of about the innocence you lose in this age.
    thecomaboyon December 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere are two reasonable meanings that this song could have.
    Self-mutilation is the first meaning, as many people have stated below...
    But after listening to it a few more times, emotionally, *sniffles*...
    I really think it could be about a drug addict as well.
    The part where they mention hiding from your family, and the fact that they shan't know you now really points towrds this, as most people would want to hide the shame of being a drug addict. Plus, it DEFINITELY changes you, your personality, and your mentality. And I can understand not wanting to look in the mirror, because you might not look too.. pretty... when you're all hopped up on the stuff. The "scars" could be from burns from smoking, maybe? Or needles.
    And in the chorus, someone this person knows and used to cherish sees that whoever the subject is has become something truly awful, horrible and ugly, just wants to see the real "whoever" again, and is pleading for him/her to remember how amazing he/she is on their own...
    Such a dark yet poetic meaning. I love it!!!
    DarkSh1neson April 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI cant believ no one posted on this one!
    It`s so whaaa!
    Its so great and so sad and so beautiful.
    But it makes me sad to know, that there are people who know and write such songs...
    cornflakeon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, this is a really nice song. it's neat how his voice can go so high. why doesnt anyone else post about this song??
    furiousbobon March 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song, its about being a teenager who hides themself form their friends and eventually becomes someone else, i cant wait for their new album later this year
    swayeron March 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCome on people, post on this song, it's as beautiful as you're getting, and how high is Matt's voice!!?? To me this song is addressing the issue of self-mutilation.. it's about a teenager who thinks they are so alone and no-one is listening to them so they hurt themselves to feel better and to release the pain, even though they know that that is messed up-"all the scars on your skin, 'post no bills'". This song urges you to just be yourself, because you were a beautiful person before and this change isn't healthy and isn't right for you... I think Matt is saying that self-harming changes people a lot more than just physically and that eventually you will become a different person. You shouldn't hide yourself away from people, you should stand up and say 'this is who I am, not who I have become'. Anyone wants to talk about Muse or other kickass bands then feel free to e-mail me.
    electricveilon April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is a really grear song and, yeah i guess, beautiful. I agree with the bit about Matt's high voice!!! I think it is about someone who had a really low self-esteem (but not necessairily hurt themselves) and tried to change themselves to "Fit In" but all their closest friends and family are noticing the change and think they should let their real selves shine thru again. Basically waht electricevil said!! I couldnt listen to this song at one point cos it really got to me, but i can now and i love i! It is sad and yet quite positive at the same time and the music and vocals are fab!
    jEN :-)on May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti posted a long one on here and it hasnt come up!! Bum! Basically wat electricevil said and this is a beautiful song! I couldnt listen to it at one point cos it got to me, but now i can and the music and vocals are fab.
    jEN :-)on May 21, 2004   Link

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