Muse: Hysteria Meaning
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And twisting me around
Yeah I'm endlessly caving in
And turning inside out
'cause I want it now
I want it now
Give me your heart and your soul
And I'm breaking out
I'm breaking out
Last chance to lose...
anonymous Aug 6th, 2006 8:19pm report
I just think it's about wanting someone or something so badly it's driving you insane.
anonymous Jul 27th, 2012 7:22pm report
I think that the song is about loving someone badly, but not wanting to show it because of previous mistakes and being hurt in the past (To be endlessly cold within, And dreaming I'm alive). So, that person just wants to be free to show emotions and love again.
It's what this song means to me. And that's what is important I guess, what song means to you...
anonymous Jan 16th, 2011 1:38am report
I believe that this song represents an obsession obviously, but it developes into way more than what he ever thought it would become. He tries to stop or end what he is doing (most likely a girl), but he can't, and almost doesn't want to, because he has accepted that monstrous form of himself he used to run from.
anonymous Dec 10th, 2010 12:58am report
Actually Matt said its basically a sly reference to the female orgasm.
"Hysteria was originally a now-defunct psychoanalytical diagnosis particularly afflicted to females, akin to sexual frustration. The treatment consisted of a massage of the genitals leading to "hysterical paroxysm", or what is now known as the female orgasm. It later came to mean overwhelming fear, panic or emotional excess, or alternatively, a mental disorder that is without an organic cause. Hysteria is sometimes referred to as 'the slyest reference to a female orgasm in a rock song'"
anonymous Mar 31st, 2009 3:49am report
After looking up "hysteria", I found that it was a medical condition usually found in females (rarely in men) that is "a strong sexual drive". Thus, I believe Hysteria is about desiring someone to an unbarable point. An amazing song on bass I must say.
anonymous Oct 3rd, 2008 10:55am report
I think this song can be very well illustrated by Brad Pitt's line in fight club..which is something like "people work shit jobs to buy shit they don't need." Idk, its something like that anyways. The point I'm trying to make is that people in America and other industrialized nations work hard and rise to the top and for what? Money? Wealth? Power? Fame? Throughout the course of history, these vain desires have driven people to develop many, if not all, of the most prized technological, philosophical, ethical, and scientific advances. I think this song illustrates the pointlessness of it all. We work hard at our jobs and study hard at our universities for vain material possessions and concepts that mean essentially nothing. Therefore we are "endlessly cold withing and dreaming we're alive." Idk, maybe I'm just tired but I thought I was on to something
anonymous Aug 6th, 2007 8:10pm report
I agree with anonymous #1 that this song is about wanting someone or something or just anything that makes your life meaningful. It has one of the most amazing expressions ever: "to be endlessly cold within and dreaming I'm alive". That's exactly what happens when you are unable to feel anything anymore and you just watch life taking place somewhere around you and over you, but not inside you.
Maybe he was trying to get rid of an addiction?...
anonymous Jul 18th, 2007 7:55am report
Poster 2 is spot on see musewiki.org. for the real interpretation by band itself
anonymous Jul 2nd, 2007 7:44am report
Ya, I just watched the video and you pretty much just recapped it.
anonymous Nov 20th, 2006 11:50pm report
Degenerate19893 you so stole that idea from their video
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