City Of Delusion Lyrics - Muse

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Stay away from me
Build a fortress
And shield your beliefs
Touch the divine
As we fall in line

Can I believe
When I don't trust
All your theories
Turn to dust
I choose to hide
From the All Seeing Eye

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
And justify my reasons
With your blood

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You will not rest
Settle for less
Until you guzzle
And squander whats left
Do not deny
That you live and let die

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
And justify my reasons
With your blood

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
And justify my reasons
With your blood






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well played, Muse | Reviewer: MiniMuser | 6/9/13

I just think it's awesome how each one of us can interprete this song as they wish to. I'm not even arguing because I think it can have a different meaning for everyone. And congrats once again to Muse who make this possible. Needless to say they're the best.

heard and let the music flows | Reviewer: My | 6/23/11

well, iam sure everybody has their own opinions, but as myself was thinking that this can belongs to an atheism or politics, even that muse maybe talking about this scoundrel earth has became to, anyway, muse always perfect ;)

Mediation | Reviewer: andyO | 12/7/10

It really dosen't matter what "All Seeing Eye" Matt is referring to, whether it be God or the Illuminati. Point is, it's a great song, amazing lyrics, flawless delivery. I'm all for looking into the meaning of Muse lyrics, but there's no need to get all defensive about Christianity. I'm sure Matt wouldn't be too happy if he found out his 'fans' were arguing such a ridiculous point. I mean if it bothers ME...
Sean, I'll admit your bit was interesting, distinctive, and unique. It may well have been their purpose. But seriously people, quit the bickering. Spread some Muse love.

The Allegory!!!! | Reviewer: Chino | 8/23/10

The other day I was reading and watching the Lord of the Rings!!!!And Muse song City of Delusion came to mind. From the beginning of the lyrics from "Stay away from me" Reminds me of Frodo not wanting nothing to do with the Ring of Power but stay in the homely land of the Shire. Also, "Build a Fortress and shield your beliefs" Reminds me of the second Age of middle-earth in which the Dark Lord Sauron as his orcs build the Dark Tower of Barad-dur in Mordor and the evil forces that will happen if Frodo does nothing to destroy the evil upon middle-earth. Again "Touch the Divine" Souroun and Melkor were once Angelic and they did touch the divine but fell because of Pride. So on and so forth intresting allegory!!!!

- | Reviewer: lucho | 8/23/10

I found really interesting what you published, Sean. What you quoted is clearly represented in the picture. Refering to the song, and Muse music in general, i think it is just great, how they express their thoughts in their songs. They are incredible.

Haiz. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/17/10

Firstly, I can't stand people who rant against religion. "Offensive", "ignorant", "outdated"? Please, Mr Humanist, do us a favour and shut it. People believe what they want to believe, you can't force them to do what they don't want to do. Ever heard of the Great Commission? No, of course not, you don't even appear to have read the bible.

Sheesh, this guy thinks people are so fragile they'll break like glass baubles the moment we offend them -.-



Bloody Conspiracy theories again | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/10/10

Shush about the silly Illuminati, I've had enough of that rubbish.

And Sean, churches in the USA are the worst and the most hated. And as for the main priority you named, it has no great fondness either. In fact it is offensive and ignorant and outdated in many countries. Oh yes, that JC, now realise because of your ancestors spreading Christianity like the plague 100s of years ago practically everyone has an idea about him and have had time to make up their own minds. I'm a Humanist (capital 'H'). On my watch there will be interfaith as well as religious communicating with non-religious. no superiority.

not about religion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/3/10

This song is not about religion. If you know what the music industry is about then you will know what this song and many of their other songs mean. Ever hears of the illuminati? the all seeing eye? selling your soul to the devil? research guys and try again

similar songs | Reviewer: Wendy | 4/25/10

this type of theme is recurring in different artist's music. if you like this song, you might want to try:

"Feel Good Inc." by the gorillaz
"Cherub Rock" by smashing pumpkins

they sound different...but the meanings and the message the groups are trying to convey is similar...somewhat :P feel good Inc is more about feeling trapped or controlled by the public, or by the media. its the feeling of helplessness, longing for mental freedom, I think when I listen to it, anyway. a little sad, but it sounds really cool too. :D

cherub rock is targeted more at the music industry. namely, pop stars and pop music. like, its famous verse:

"who wants that honey
as long as theres some money"

haha, debatedebate :D
but seriously, listen to those if you like this and tell me what you think^-^
 
   -wendy

something to do with the album cover | Reviewer: sean | 12/20/09

This is quoted from the Muse forum, I didn't do it, but it pretty much nails the meaning.

If we ignore the clouds in the sky and identify the red desert they're sitting in as Mars, they are the knights of Cydonia.
They have little horses on the table. This suggests that they represent the four horsemen of the apocalypse, adapted from Biblical times to reflect the problems in our society. Each man represents: religious extremism, government control, energy crisis, and social injustice.
They are playing poker, which:
a. is a nod to Muse's newfound fondness of it on the MTVu tour
b. implies that they're just passing the time before the world ends.


If you go around the table, starting with the man on the left and quoting City of Delusion you get this: "I will avenge....and justify my reasons with your blood" That guy is covered in religious figures and has a set of set of blinkers. Obvious message being that religious extremists are blind to the bigger picture.

Then the next man whose face we can't see, goes with this fraction of the song "I choose to hide from your all-seeing eye". This guy is wearing a suit covered in eyes, representing the 'all-seeing eye' of Illuminati conspiracy theories. Brilliantly, we can't see his face, so we can't identify who's really in control.

Now the guy sitting on the right "Do not deny......that you live and let die."
The man on the right is fat and wearing a gold suit, implying wealth and representing the financial inequality of modern society.
Interestingly, he's looking to the Illuminatus for his cues which would make it clear that there's a connection between the very rich and those who are controlling the world.

Finally there's the man on the other side of the table. "You'll not rest or settle for less...until you guzzle and squander what's left."
He's wearing a suit made of little shiny things. They could be mirrors, a symbol of our vain consumer culture, but I think they're little solar panels. Very symbolically Mr Energy Crisis is staring the Illuminatus (ie our leaders) in the face but the Illuminatus is looking past him. In the context of the poker game the Knights seem to be playing, he's challenging the Illuminatus to do something.
This would be very in keeping with the band's references to peak oil.

Religious resurgency | Reviewer: Dr. Ricky sanowara | 12/11/09

"touch the divine, as we fall in line"
This line refers to the religion fanatics (either moslem, christians, others the same) who follows their religious leaders blindly.

"can i believe, when i dont trust, all your theories turns to dust"
The line explains itself..
As we'll never truly know whose God is REAL God and the multi-intepretation of verses in holybooks (veda/quran/bible etc) a lot of those verses (if not then revised) proved wrong in today s common sense (EARTH IS not FLAT, and many more..)

I think the song message is not about atheism.
Its about peace and tolerance, as we dont know (yet) wheter are we the believers whos going to heaven or are the heathen blasphemous infidel whos going to hell

sean's response to response to sean | Reviewer: sean | 12/10/09

After listening to this song a few hundred more times I see that yeah maybe its more about the illusion that money creates... about how Capitalism influences us to value things that aren't valuable and to ignore things that are valuable. For example, Capitalism influences us to put our societal value in things like cars and houses because they have monetary value, while at the same time Capitalism discourages close relationships full of love and loyalty and honor because of the intense competition that goes on between people in Capitalist countries, and because things like love and loyalty and honor don't have monetary value... so while the corporations and influential people glorify material goods, no one seems to be glorifying things that don't have monetary value.

response to sean | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/09

i don't think he is speaking against christians. the All Seeing Eye is not a representation of God in heaven, it is horus, the sun god of the egyptians, which is being worshiped by people in high authority of this world... have you looked on the back of a dollar bill? who do you think this money belongs to? money is an illusion, we live in a city of delusion, what we think is real, is not.

What is The City of Delusion | Reviewer: Sean | 9/20/09

I've heard a lot about how cool this song sounds, but nothing about what the lyrics mean. Anyone who listens to this song has the capacity to appreciate its sound. But only a few people can appreciate what the lyrics say. So lets get some debate going about what the lyrics mean.

The musical aspect of this song is ridiculous, and I could listen to this song for years without paying attention to the lyrics and still enjoy the song. But one day, you've gotta wonder, what does this song actually mean? And when you ask that question, you'll find that the lyrics are just as powerful as the music itself... if you can understand what the lyrics are saying. Here is what I get from the lyrics...

Stay away from me
Build a fortress
And shield your beliefs
Touch the divine
As we fall in line

Matt is telling Christians that he doesn't care what they believe as long as they stay away from him, and don't try to convert him. Christians can shield their own beliefs as long as they don't try to change his.

Can I believe
When I don't trust
All your theories
Turn to dust
I choose to hide
From the All Seeing Eye

This stanza expresses why Matt Bellamy can't consider himself a Christian... because he can't trust religious theories that have no basis in the real world. Instead of claiming to believe in theories, he turns his back from God altogether and follow his own path. The question is, what are the religious theories that he doesn't trust?

You will not rest
Settle for less
Until you guzzle
And squander whats left
Do not deny
That you live and let die

This stanza is pointing out all of the wasted efforts of religion, that while people call themselves Christians, it is only a veil, and on the inside they are not truly Christians. They "Settle for less" and "live and let die."

Destroy this City of Delusion
Break these walls down
I will avenge
And justify my reasons
With your blood

There is a lot of hate channeled towards this "City Of Delusion" that we live in in the chorus. The question is, what is the City of Delusion? If you figure that out, you have figured out the song's message. Based on how the stanzas go, I'd have to say the City Of Delusion represents Christians in the Western World. Matt is saying that Christians claim to believe in theories but when put into practice these theories "turn to dust." Why? Because Christians are don't have a deep enough understanding of their own religion. We should "Break these walls down," or reform the way Christianity works in the Western World. Think of all the things churches in America do. Many of them are good things. They put on summer camps, do service projects, give money to good causes, etc. But the main focus of Christianity has been pushed back on the priority list, and that priority is reaching out among non-Christians and bringing people to Jesus Christ. "I have no money or material goods to give you, but I can give you the love of Jesus Christ." That is Christianity. But in the same way materialism runs our country, it has started to run our religions.

Absolutely amazing | Reviewer: Miguel | 8/3/09

I can't deny what Ron Bloom said. In 20 years they'll be remembered as one of the greatest bands ever. Look at how melodically perfect is this song. The lyrics are also great.

And I love the Moorish (not Spanish) with the trumpet. I feel shivers all over my body.


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