Citizen Erased is a song written by Muse and included in their album Origin of Symmetry.

Lyrics

Break me in teach us to cheat
and to lie cover up
what shouldn’t be shared
And the truth’s unwinding, scraping away at my mind
Please stop asking me to describe him

For one moment, I wish you’d hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded, I’m sure I used to be so free

Self-expressed, exhausting for all
To see and to be what you want and what you need
And the truth’s unwinding, scraping away at my mind
Please stop asking me to describe

For one moment, I wish you’d hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded, I’m sure I used to be so free

For one moment, I wish you’d hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded, I’m sure I used to be so free

Wash me away, clean your body of me
Erase all the memories
They’ll only bring us pain
And I’ve seen all I’ll ever need

Citizen Erased – Muse – Meaning

The meaning of this song is all about the relationship between us like humans and the environment where we live.

And it’s all about all the constrictions that reduce our freedom.

What we see. And what we can not see.

The truth and the lies.

All this things are here.

The difference is what we choose.

What we choose to see and what we choose to not see.
But Matt Bellamy explains this song, adding a personal layer.

The modern way to try to obtain the meaning of what he do and says, directly from him.

The questions and what it feels like to be questioned.

 

And when you say something that maybe was true until that moment.

But after a while something different happens in your life. And the things changes.

And your thought changes.

But people come to you and start to ask you why?

Why you change your mind?

Why you change your point of view?

And start to describe yourself in this extremely specific way is really hard overtime.

 

Break me in teach us to cheat
and to lie cover up
what shouldn’t be shared

The society and their rules, create an environment, that leads humans to adapt to it.

We born and start to live here, but we must learn to make things in specific ways to survive here.

We must cheat others.

We must lie and cover up the things that we do.

The things that shouldn’t be shared.

Like the feelings. Like sex. Like our true thoughts.

 

Bellamy writes great songs for the Muse.

And that’s a way to talk to people, but in a way that permits him to hide, with poetry, something to the world.

He can hide between the words, some meaning that he don’t want to say in a more clear way.

This happens to the all the people that create something.

There are many layers inside the meaning of the things that we do.

 

For one moment, I wish you’d hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded, I’m sure I used to be so free

Hold your stage is a way to stop the world. Stop all the things to be like they are used to be.

Stop all the feelings that life brings with him.

Stay and watch. Simply.

Watch the world and all our lifes stand still.

Like in a frame of a movie.

In that moment, you are not involved inside your life.

You are only a watcher.

Maybe that state is freedom.

 

Wash me away, clean your body of me
Erase all the memories
They’ll only bring us pain
And I’ve seen all I’ll ever need

This lines, create a great reference with the book 1984 by George Orwell.

And the title of the song, let us think about a great connection of this song with that book too.

Citizens are brainwashed. They don’t have real memories.

They don’t need their memories. And they don’t wants their memories.

Memories makes pains.

And people don’t wants pains.

 

People gives up.

People accept all the truth that the environment made for them.

They stop thinking by themself.

They betray their experience too.

They betray their memories.

And their history.

This is the end.

This is where the citizen is erased.

When they gives up.

 

Conclusion

A song where Matt Bellamy explains his frustation with all the people that ask costantly to him all his thoughts about his songs and about the world. But in reality this song is a multilayer container of meanings.

Leave a comment or a different vision of the meaning of this song if you want.

 

 

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