Who cares for the life we earned?
Someone sold all the truth you yearned
Remember when you used to shine
And had no fear or sense of time
When it creeps up on you

You can cry now there's nothing to feel
No one's noticed our loneliness
Remember when you should have teased
And made us scream eternal joy

I believed that you'd always be here
And once you promised a life with no fear
Please don't break my ideals
And say what's fake was always real
Hope was the one, now I'm gone
Take me back again


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    I like this song a lot, but I don't hear breaking up with someone in it. I'm actually reminded of a certain character I like, who was an amazingly popular actor in the game but was convicted after a betrayal. This song reminds me that by the fifth game he's ten years older and that fact continues to surprise me. I don't know, I just hear this song in his voice.

    carolines0on February 17, 2016   Link
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    No, should have just been tacked on to OoS - that album was too damn short. Futurism should've been on there too. It's a good song, though the acoustic version on Hullabaloo was shite.

    It's about breaking up, and at first he's pissed off with her for betraying him somehow - not being there for him - but by the end he has a sudden change of mind and asks, "Take me back again."

    lauradonaghyon May 19, 2005   Link
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    It`s terrible, its such a kitsh and uugh... no. I love Muse but this song i really cant stand.

    cornflakeon August 27, 2002   Link
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    don't really know, but maybe about growing up with someone, or with himself looking in the mirror. But i'm not an expert so :).

    Leach_Wifeon September 25, 2002   Link
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    It's one of my favourite Muse songs- should have replaced dark shines or screenager on origin.

    microfictionon December 17, 2004   Link
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    Damn straight, then points to you madame/mister!

    Ryanlovesmuseon March 03, 2005   Link
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    I personally love this song. The slower songs just appeal more to me.

    Like the person above, It's about breaking up. But to me, I don't think he's mad at all. He's just having a lot of trouble getting over her. And he's saying, remember when it was great, remember when there was nothing else in the world that matterd. But it hurt, when it happened. He didn't want it to end. And he thinks that he's the best for her. And he wants what's best for her. With the "Take me back, again."

    But, it's over.

    well hahahaon August 27, 2005   Link
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    I agree, this song is about breaking up. I Love this song, especially the acoustic on Hullabaloo. Haha, i remember crying to this song after breaking up with my boyfriend. Its Really beautiful.

    howz_gon September 23, 2005   Link
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    i dont think the songs about breaking up.. it sounds to me about growing old "remember when we used to shine" like when he was young and full of life and now hes grown old and all he has are the memories and at the end he says "take me back again" sounds like he wants to go back in time to when he was young..

    davidcmon June 25, 2006   Link
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    EDITED: i dont think the songs about breaking up.. it sounds to me about growing old "remember when we used to shine" like when he was young and full of life and now hes grown old and all he has are the memories. it also sounds like hes talking about old age when he whispers "it creeps up on you" and at the end he says "take me back again" sounds like he wants to go back in time to when he was young..

    davidcmon June 25, 2006   Link

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