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Time is Running Out Lyrics

I think I'm drowning
I wanna break this spell
That you've created

You're something beautiful
A contradiction
I wanna play the game
I want the friction

You will be the death of me
You will be the death of me

Bury it

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 12th 2009 report

    I think this song is about The Truth. The fact that the people in charge of our world that are behind the scenes and perhaps responsible for a lot of the problems have been smothering and burying the truth from everyone... and i think he's addicted to finding the truth and whenever he tries to stop digging he always comes back because he refuses to let them win... and he's becoming more and more eager because time is running out before we no longer have a chance to do anything about it...

    i think the song is the anthem for anyone who believes somethng is truly wrong in this world and demand answers...

    perhaps the powers that be KNOW time is running out and they know the world is about to change drastically... so they are preparing but leaving the masses unaware of what is about to happen. that also works

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  2. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2009 report

    This may sound weird, but i think its about vampires lol like he has a vampire girlfriend and shes trying to break a blood sucking bond and... Well just read the lyrics with this in mind. You'll knw wat i mean lol

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  3. blah092
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    Apr 26th 2009 report

    I think this is about John Wayne Gacy. Screw relationships.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 26th 2009 report

    I think it's about capitalist society; we're bombarded with the things we don't need.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 14th 2009 report

    I Read That In The Book "In Your World The Story Of Muse" (its a good read btw) that It was about the 9/11 bombings in america and how the end of the humanity is drawing closer because of this (I lost the page in the book but think that's wat it says)

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 12th 2008 report

    I think it is about a relationship, but I don't think that they are breaking up and he doesn't want to, because of this line in the song
    " now that you know I'm trapped
    sense of elation
    you'd never dream of
    breaking this fixation"

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  7. anonymous
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    Oct 21st 2008 report

    Just by looking at it, it seems like it's about a relationship, but from my personal opinion it's about the government, more than anything else.Its Muse referring to an oppressive "big brother" style government, almost as an overbearing girlfriend.

    In the first verse, they r referring to whats happening.

    In the second one, their talking about how the oppresive government was started. "Your something beautiful": many a corrupt government looks beautiful to begin with. "A contradiction": talking about how, while it looks good to start with, it actually can't be. "I wanna play the game, I want the friction" is talking about the average citizens willigness to go along with a government as long as their creature comforts are kept.

    The chorus is someone finally fighting against some occurance that the government doesn't want people to know, so is trying to shush.

    The third verse is talking about someone trying to fight back, but failing because they don't know what free will is.

    The fourth verse is talking about how the government, knowing they've destroyed all opposition, preparing to take complete control.

    The last three verses are very despairing, yet defiant, the speaker knowing he has no chance but still fighting on.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2008 report

    The Album was written as the band went into self induced opium addiction to better describe the ending of the world. So yes, he was a drug addict, but the relationship thing makes the most sense. Each song describes the end of some world. The relationship ending may be his inner world ending.

  9. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2008 report

    Yea. I agree with the relationship thing. It reminds me of Jacob in breaking dawn. How he's addicted to bella but knows it's not possible. and the whole "suck the life out of me" thing fits in well.

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2008 report

    He says in a interview on Youtube that it's actually about that time in your life where all is winding down and nothing can stop you.

  11. anonymous
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    May 12th 2008 report

    I think that it's about dropping a bomb, the video does really enforce this theory too, time is running out until the bomb is dropped, I won't let you smother it etc.. It is other countries that are about to get destroyed

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2008 report

    This song has to do with a relationship, and an addiction obviously. I'd say it's that he sees the relationship he's in as a beautiful thing, and he can't see living without it as a part of his life even though the other person is pulling away. So basically he's frustrated saying that he won't let it fall apart and turn into nothing, but even he has to admit that their time is running out. This closeness could also be because he got the other person in the relationship pregnant, and if they're separated, he believes that she will get an abortion as well.

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2007 report

    To the anonymous person who said "Not to say that matt bellamy was ever a drug addict," he technically does do drugs.
    www|dot|musewiki|dot|org/Matthew_Bellamy#Miscellany_3 - According to this, Matt does 'shrooms.
    You know, just to clarify things.

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  14. camjones12345
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    Nov 27th 2007 report

    I always thought this song was about a prostitute he can't stop going back to.. 'i try to give you up but I'm addicted' and 'i wanna play the game I want the friction' is probably talking about sex.. but I'm probably wrong.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 8th 2007 report

    I agree that he is treating the relationship like drugs. He knows it can hurt him but he doesn't want it to end

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