Pure hearts and stumble
In my hands they crumble
And fragile and stripped to the core
I can't hurt you anymore
Loved by numbers
You loosing, life's wonder
And touch like strangers detached
I can't feel you anymore

And sunshine, trapped in our hearts
It could rise again, but I'm lost
And crushed
I'm cold and confused with no guiding light left inside
You were my guiding light
Woo ho whoa

Ho, ho, mhoo, ha
And come from and won't come befouled I still reach for you
But I'm lost and I'm crushed
I'm cold and confused with no guiding light left inside
You're my guiding light
There is no guiding light left inside
There's no guiding light in us

Lyrics submitted by blinxbcr, edited by injekted, firewind2009

"Guiding Light" as written by Matt Bellamy

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +3
    General Commentto fans of muse: read the novel "1984" by George Orwell and research the new world order and this album will make more sense. this song is about when Winston is trapped in the prison place without his lover or "guiding light" in Julia. of cors the song can also be interpereted as losing hope in any other situation
    maximuspayne3on July 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningok so here we go...

    to get what this song is about, you have to think of its context with the song before it. "United States of Eurasia" has the one world order theme of bringing east and west together into one. it ends in lament as you hear jet planes fly overhead. they're bombing you (the listener) and you can even hear the bass rumble get louder and louder (on a good system) as if the bombs are landing in front of you and headed in a path straight for you. the bomb that kills you is the beginning of the song with the bass drum intro.

    "pure hearts stumble" describes that the people who were responsible for this were born good and had good in them but, for reasons we'll get into later, they were responsible for your (the listeners) death. "my hands crumble" means literally this. "fragile and stripped to the core" describes his fragile body is gone and only his spirit is left "i can't hurt you anymore" explains that the people who bombed us (the listener) probably viewed us as a threat and we can no longer stand up to them.

    "loved by numbers" explains the motives for these people who are responsible for the bombing, and it's the almighty dollar. probably war profiteering since that would tie into the theme of jets and bombs. "your losing life's wonder" explains that unwavering devoted to the dollar will leave you void of all lifes little wonders. ala stop and smell the roses. "touch like strangers; detached" explains the rift between the two cultures. the culture of us (99%) and the 1%. quite a rift indeed.
    "i can't hurt you anymore" is the last line of the second stanza which ties into the last line of the first stanza describing physical condition and threat level.

    "sunshine trapped in our hearts could rise again" explains how this way of living could be changed and the humanity could be seen for what it is.

    now to all this guiding light business...

    i personally believe that matt is talking about a specific drug called DMT. It's in every human brain right in the third eye area. matt references it on the first song on the album "Uprising" singing "flick a switch and open your third eye, you'd see that we should never be afraid to die" the dying theme is displayed obviously in this song too. also he says the name of this song and more in "I Belong to You" singing "your my GUIDING LIGHTning strike. both these songs are completely about DMT.
    leapyearfrogon February 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me, this song is about someone losing their hopes, dreams and imagination.

    In the first verse, the protagonist blaims himself for what's happened to that person (pure hearts stumble, in my hands, they crumble)

    After, he talks about how the person is being guided by their mind, rather than by their emotions and how he doesn't get it.

    In the third verse, he says everything could be like before again, that they might be able to turn back time, if only he wouldn't be so confused and lost.

    Near the end, despite the previous, he says he'll still go back to that person when he's feeling down or neglected, but it won't help anymore, because that person lost their spirit.
    Draconuson December 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProbably the most perfect song ever written (by Muse that is). It has such a powerful sound and really captures the listener. I can't help but feel a sense of saddness whilst listening to this song. I think it describes how all hope is lost, whether it was due to a friend failing him or a relationship falling apart..
    DrMeaningfulon April 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. This song is to "the resistance" as Invincible was to "black holes".
    MnOvrboard182on September 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSing the melody from "I Can't Stop Falling In Love With You" by UB40 over the lyric "Touch like strangers detached I can't feel you anymore". Same melody.
    BlueLineson September 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother great song off the album. Sounds Glasvegas-ish in parts, especially the first two verses (well, the tune/riff).

    Pretty self explanatory lyrics too. This song sums up the dejected feeling and loss of hope so well.
    thompon September 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere may be a mistake in the lyrics. I believe it's "pure hearts stumble". You can check it out on Muse's website.
    youcorrupton September 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought "anymore" was "animal" when I listened, but it makes more sense this way.
    BlueSkyfishon November 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReal lyrics:

    "Pure hearts stumble
    In my hands, they crumble
    Fragile and stripped to the core
    I can't hurt you anymore

    Loved by numbers
    You're losing life's wonders
    Touch like strangers: detached
    I can't feel you anymore

    The sunshine trapped in our hearts
    It could rise again
    But I'm lost, crushed, cold and confused
    With no guiding light left inside

    You were my guiding light

    When comfort and warmth can't be found
    I still reach for you
    But I'm lost, crushed, cold and confused
    With no guiding light left inside

    You're my guiding light
    You're my guiding light
    When there's no guiding light left inside
    When there's no guiding light in our lives"

    I have the CD. These are the real lyrics.

    Has anyone noticed that the tune to this song is close to "Bluebells of Scotland"? Strange.
    Dierdraon December 12, 2009   Link

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