In our literature class, we have been discussing our favourite songs. We shared lyrics we adore and we debated and commented on them. We also read an article about Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.
After that, we were told to choose a song. I chose the song psycho by Muse.
Muse is a British rock band formed in Teignmouth, Devon in 1993. Its three members are Matthew Bellamy (singer, guitarist and keyboardist), Chris Wolstenholme (bassist) and Dominic Howard (drummer and percuasionist). They started playing since 1994 to now a days.
Muse signed to Maverick Records and released their debut album, Showbiz, in 1999. They have won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards, five MTV Europe Music Awards and eight NME Awards.
Song lyrics: "Psycho" Love, it will get you nowhere You're on your own Lost in the wild So come to me now I could use someone like you Someone who'll kill on my command And asks no questions I'm gonna make you I'm gonna break you I'm gonna make you A fucking psycho A fucking psycho A fucking psycho Your ass belongs to me now Are you a human drone? (Aye, sir!) Are you a killing machine? (Aye, sir!) I'm in control, motherfucker, do you understand? (Aye, sir!) Your mind is just a program And I'm the virus I'm changing the station I'll improve your thresholds I'll turn you into a super drone (super drone) And you will kill on my command And I won't be responsible I'm gonna make you I'm gonna break you I'm gonna make you A fucking psycho A fucking psycho A fucking psycho Your ass belongs to me now Are you a psycho killer? Say "I'm a psycho killer!" (I am a psycho killer!) Scream it! (I am a psycho killer!) Show me your war face! (AHHHH!) You are a pussy! I said show me your war face! (AHHHH!) I'm gonna make you I'm gonna break you I'm gonna make you A fucking psycho A fucking psycho A fucking psycho Your ass belongs to me now I will break you, do you understand? I will break you, do you understand? I will break you, do you understand? I will break you, do you understand? (Aye, sir!) You fucking psycho Your ass belongs to me now Your ass belongs to me now
Criticism to wars
Criticism to the system
Criticism to the ones supporting war
In my opinion, the song criticizes the whole system that causes war, but most importantly to the people who trie to convince men to join the army and to “honorably” fight for other people’s mistakes. The song criticizes the ones who brainwash men to become soldiers, since they were transforming them into monsters rather than fighters.
The criticism is expressed by making a militar man the voice of the song in order to portray the brainwashing, so as to express what those men were capable of, and to show the way they treat men, soldiers. So I find the song ironic, since they are not in favor of what the militar man says, they are exposing what someone like him would say and do in order to criticize them and their methods.
- In the song I found a voice, that could be a military or political figure that is talking to a crowd of soldiers.
- Metaphor: “Lost in the wild” representing that men are lost in society and in life, and that entering the army would provide a reason to live. This totally criticizes the brainwashing the politicians do at times of war.
- There also is a simile that says “I could use someone like you”, this is used to make a personal ‘speech’ to the soldiers in order to make them feel special, since they can be used by the armed force.
- “And asks no questions”, this is an oxymoron to emphasize the idea of not asking questions about the deaths.
- Repetition to emphasize the fact that the army transforms men into monsters. There is repetition in other phrases as well all along the poem.
“I’m gonna make you
I’m gonna break you
I’m gonna make you
A fucking psycho
A fucking psycho
A fucking psycho”
- There is a metaphor to emphasize how soldiers are controlled by the army when the voice says, “Your ass belongs to me now”
- There is another metaphor when the voice compares itself “Your mind is just a program And I’m the virus I’m changing the station”. Here we can see how the army knows they are infecting people’s lives. They are aware about the fact they are “the virus”, interfering in the many families lives, but they just do not care. This criticizes the system.
- The system is also criticized when the song reveals to us the brainwashing. “Are you a killing machine?.. Aye, sir”. Here it is portrayed how soldiers were manipulated. That is also present when the song says “You will kill on my command and I won’t be responsible”, meaning that either the militar or politician that is in charge of the killing won’t accept the responsibilities that are required.
I did not know the song when I chose it nor the band, I chose this one because I wanted to analyze something new. After hearing the song, I interpreted it. The song starts telling us that love is pointless and worthless since it “will get you nowhere”. At the same time, this same voice tells us “I could use someone like you Someone who’ll kill on my command”. So I thought that the one who is talking might be someone who wants to ‘reclute’ men, or women, to kill people. The voice wants to make people understand love is useless, in order to make their lives “worth” by doing something useful: according to the voice, killing people for him. Later, the song tells us “I’m gonna make you A fucking psycho”. So here was when I made my interpretation, I believe this band is criticizing not only war, but also the men who cause it and who incentive people to fight. This could be any military or political figure that supports war. This band is criticizing their way of treatment and how they transform soldiers, by remarking the fact that they are not transforming men into soldiers, they are transforming them into monsters, into “fucking psychos”. The song also criticizes how they convinced people to go to fight, they criticize the brain washing, of telling love is pointless, when, in my opinion, love is actually what saves us.