Hoodoo Lyrics - Muse

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MUSE
Hoodoo
Black Holes & Revelations


Come into my life
Regress into a dream
We will hide and build a new reality

Draw another picture of the life you could have had
Follow your instincts and choose the other path

You should never be afraid
You're protected from trouble and pain

Why?
Why is this a crisis in your eyes again?

Come to be?
How did it come to be?

Tied to a railroad, no love to set us free
Watch our souls fade away and our bodies crumbling

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Don't be afraid
I will take the blow for you

I've had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity to be a better man



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Hoodoo as Religion | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/14/13

I don't really know, but always assumed this song was about the Hoodoo the religion coveted by people brought from Africa to the Americas as slaves. Of coarse I might be completely wrong.

truly inspiring | Reviewer: eams | 8/11/12

I have another interpretation for this song.. i use drugs and had a girlfriend which barely knew my situation, when she understood the magnitude of my drug abuse she got really bad and we broke up.. she told me that I had to choose if I want to continue with that life, or begin a new life with her, be a better man. Then i was in quite a struggle between her and my addiction, which i loved, that's when i found the answer..

" Come into my life
Regress into a dream
We will hide and build a new reality "

this means, forget everything you have done, start over, hide and build a new reality.

" Draw another picture of the life you could have had
Follow your instincts and choose the other path "

Self-explanatory, this is when I knew that I have to do what my instinct says not what she says or our relatives says.

" You should never be afraid
You're protected from trouble and pain "

Drugs, they protect me from trouble and pain, so I should never be afraid, I have made a decision, I will forget everything, I will choose my path, my own decision, I choose drugs.

Why?
Why is this a crisis in your eyes again?

I found myself not having the life I wanted, and everything isn't what it was before, everything had change, and I dont like it at all, im in a crisis situation, me and my mind, need to keep my cool.

" Come to be?
How did it come to be? "

No way out, understood that this is not the way out I wanted, that this is not the life I want, it isnt what I wanted, im dead inside.

" Tied to a railroad, no love to set us free
Watch our souls fade away and our bodies crumbling "

Every action has a consecuence, what goes around comes around, i took the wrong path, I'm regreting myself, im trying to go back to what i was before, the happiness, the love, I wanted her back with me, my soul needs her, but.. she's no longer here, she moved on with her life, she's no longer an option anymore.

" Don't be afraid
I will take the blow for you "

Here i am, trying to settle down, crying, thinking, im in the darkness, i need to find the light, to find hope again, I never believed in god, and here i am praying to god for mercy.

" I've had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity to be a better man "

and finally, me, totally alone, with nothing in my hands but this recurring nightmare.. that I was loved for who I am, and missed this opportunity.. to be.. a better man.






Dissapointment | Reviewer: JaneX | 1/9/12

My interpretation of the last line, "I've had recurring nightmares where I am loved for who I am," is that he is loved for who he is rather than who he had hoped to be. He regrets that he is less than who he wanted to be or could have been, and being loved for who he turned out to be is less satisfactory than being loved for who he wanted to be...does this make sense to anyone? Not quite sure how to clearly explain it...anyway, love the lyrics to all the Muse songs, not my style of music but the lyrics always draw me in!

who? | Reviewer: redbeltaroundmymind | 6/21/10

"I've had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity to be a better man"

this says it all to me. if you are loved for "who you are," then someone else thinks they know you...

this could then go on in so many ways: what if you aren't even sure who you are? or, what if you aren't sure that you are loveable? or, maybe you are (surely anyone is), but, what if you don't feel like you're enough/it is how you'd want to be loved? i used to be terrified -- not so much of being loved (at least, not at the time) -- of just being "known" by someone. it's not that i fear what there is to know, or that i'm hiding or anything. it's that i fear that anyone thinks they can know anyone else. most people want nothing more than to be understood, and, don't get me wrong... i, too, get frustrated quite often because i feel that i'm not. at the same time, however, i don't want anyone to understand ME. i don't understand me. i don't know me, either. i'm not sure i ever will. i'm quite sure it's impossible. this isn't a problem for me. the thing is... i don't like myself a lot. i feel like i don't know anything, like there's so much i need to learn, like i'm barely even here, like i almost don't exist. for me to be able to deal, i need to work to find it in me... the feeling (however fleetingly} that i can change, that there is still possibility.

heart wrenching | Reviewer: Dawn | 5/28/10

iam in love..we cant be together..i wish

..i think of these words and i wish he would choose the other path..me. one life to live and to regret losing something so powerful would be hard to live with.watching our souls fade away.

i want the picture to be us now..we can draw the new picture..we could run and hide and love each other always. he would protect me,never let me be afraid. he would stand up and say we couldnt be apart, he would take the blow when the people question how we could change our lives to be together.

my reoccouring nightmare would be my reality.living life with someone who loved me for who i am. will he miss the opportunity to be a better man by losing a chance to be loved for who he is? that kind of love is what one can only dream of finding.

i weep.

view | Reviewer: paul64 | 1/4/10

Two people that were deeply in love and were pulled apart by fate look back on their life. They both have moved on since and found new faces, new friends, new loves, because that's what you do when you move on. Unexpectedly life brings them close anew and the idea of what it could have been and become between them two haunts them. Realizing they were meant for each other more than anyone else but that time and ties are now against their free will. One of them tries to comfort the other. It is hard to be responsible and the temptation to break loose and start over is unbearable.

Hoodoo is heartbreak set to music | Reviewer: Larissa | 12/7/09

It's a tragic love story. It tells of a hopeful beginning...but with foreshadowing of darkness. The middle reveals the true fragility of the union, leading to its ultimate distruction. The end shows a surrender to the reality - followed by a painful surge of regret.

this song wow's me. | Reviewer: Chris | 11/16/09

Brilliant song in every aspect. Muse is just to amazing. Timeless music.

As far as song meaning. I think it all pretty much gets summed up at the end.

"I've had recurring nightmares that I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity to be a better man"

Basically saying being loved unconditionally by someone can sort of limit ones perspective on life, and their own capabilities. Basically saying true love can hold you back, at the same time bringing true happiness.

Bloody Brilliant | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/9/09

I just think this song is perfectly brilliant it dosn't clear my top 5 muse songs, but it is so fantastic in its originality and i use it a s a constant motto for troubled relationships. But now im in a good one i use the song Invincible as a motto =) lol

Nice... | Reviewer: Monkey-Dave | 10/10/09

Excellent song IMO, BH&R is the best album they have done by miles, nothing touches it, and although this may not even be in the top 5 songs of that album, and it certainly isn't the best on the album, it's still amazing! GO MUSE!

Last line | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/09

I always took the last line as a statement that he should accept rough relationships (not necessarily romantic), because it teaches him about himself, and helps him improve.

I actually keep that on a sheet of paper, I take it everywhere and post it on a wall. When I have problems, it helps remind me that those times help me develop.

I'm not all that good at poetic interpretation, but... | Reviewer: Jake | 1/5/09

I'll put in my two cents.

"Come into my life
Regress into a dream
We will hide
And build a new reality"
--I believe this stanza or quatrain or whatever you wish to call it brings up the nature of the beginning of new relationships, especially ones that seem too good to be true (Perhaps a hero or savior from a previous bad relationship?). The "dream" possibly refers to how the nature of their relationship, or even of each other's characters are too good to be true, only found in dreams or stories. "Building a new reality" refers to the two building up their own life based on the dreamlike state of their relationship, having to change the ways they live to suit each other(?).

"Draw another picture
Of the life you could have had
Follow your instincts
And choose the other path"
--When the lines "Draw another picture of the life you could have had" come in, it implies that the relationship does not suit one or the other, perhaps the "dream" beings that they deceived themselves into believing about their significant others are fading away, and forcing them apart. Therefore, one chooses to forge a new path, to follow his or her heart or "instincts and choose the other path" (The other path meaning to leave the other).

"You should never be afraid
You're protected
From trouble and pain
Why
Why is this a crisis in your eyes again"
--The fear spoken of may hint towards the fear of a lasting relationship, fear that they may be hurt by the other (by a break up). The artist speaks as though he plans not to do so, however, claiming that the other is "protected from trouble and pain." When he asks "Why is this a crisis in your eyes again?", he is essentially asking why the other is so intent on leaving, so intent on breaking free of the dream, so intent on destroying their "reality".

"Come to be
How did it come to be
Tied to a railroad
No love to set us free"
--The artist questions how this seemingly perfect "reality" turned out to be only an illusion, how their seemingly true and undying love turned out to be a fragile bond of simple infatuation. "Tied to a railroad, no love to set us free" refers to the inevitability of the pain about to hit them like an oncoming train, unstoppable and unavoidable, all because the dream is gone, and any "love" felt between the pair gone.

"Watch our souls fade away
And our bodies crumbling
Don't be afraid
I will take the BLOW for you"
--The end of the reality they forged for themselves is upon them, their dreamed up souls and bodies crashing down beneath them to reveal them for their true selves, who were lost in the lie that they had brought about. When he states "don't be afraid, I will take the blow for you," he means simply that the end will be more painful to him than to the other, as he was the one who was truly lost in the illusion.

"I've had recurring nightmares
That I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity
To be a better man"
--The dream has dissolved, it has become a nightmare. And what remains is a man whose spirit has been broken. And, in a final moment of epiphany, he realizes that his fatal error was not living his own life, not evolving his own soul, not revealing his true self, rather he placed all those he was with on a pedestal and conformed to them. And because of this, he missed the chance to meet the one who he would not need to conform to, missed the one who would accept him for who he was.

Ah well, there's my input.

On another note, I REALLY love the piano that comes immediately after "Why is this a crisis in your eyes again?"

Peter | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/25/08

This is a very good song, in my opinion. I like Muse very much for their sound and lyrics, so I look forward to their next CD since they according to Wikipedia will produce it on their own to get more freedom. The point has, in any case, already been made that Matthew Bellamy is a music genius.

maybe its just me.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/19/08

its probably just me..but since i just lost the person i thought i could spend the rest of my life with this is how i view the song..

"Come into my life
Regress into a dream
We will hide
And build a new reality
Draw another picture
Of the life you could have had"
-everything is good its like a dream and picture this dream that can be ur lives together following the dreams path..

"Follow your instincts
And choose the other path
You should never be afraid
You're protected
From trouble and pain"
-but the love isnt true so choose a path that doesnt lead to that dream and u shouldnt really be afraid because ur protected by ur lack of true love and u wont be affected as much as me who feels the trouble and pain of losing my true love..

"Why
Why is this a crisis in your eyes again
Come to be
How did it come to be
Tied to a railroad
No love to set us free"
-why are u so worried, what are u fighting for? what did i do, what went wrong for our love to be tied to a rail road that a train will eventually and always break apart and theres not true emotiong on both sides of the rope to get out of the trains way...

"Watch our souls fade away
And our bodies crumbling
Don't be afraid
I will take the BLOW for you"
-the love i thought we once had will never be the same and never be true until the day we die but dont worry because im the only one whos going to feel the real pain of that train..

"I've had recurring nightmares
That I was loved for who I am
And missed the opportunity
To be a better man"
-im forever affected by knowing the incredible feeling of finding my soul mate who loves me for who i really am but unfortunately i missed my chance of meeting the real person to make me feel this true love by meeting u first and being emotionally scared and forever afraid to go through this pain again..

i dont blame u if this doesnt make any sense at all but it does to me and i needed to write it somewhere

thank you







Another meaning of hoodoo.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/26/08

Hoodoo also means "bad luck" or "to bring bad luck" or "a person that brings bad luck." I'm thinking this definition probably has more to do with the song than the geological formations as mentioned below, but I could be wrong. It would just seem to tie into the lyrics a little more, such as the last 4 lines about missing the opportunity to be a better man. Seems a bit unlucky.


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