Take a Bow (4:35)

Cover of Black Holes and Revelations

From Black Holes and Revelations and 9 other releases

Take a Bow calls on world leaders to take responsibility for their actions. Muse move through three musical stages: starting off as a classical piece before moving into a techno mid-section and a heavy “apocalyptic rock” ending. Initially described “a looping epic which morphs into a gothic fairytale”. The chord structure moves in fourths upwards, by using the augmented fifth in between to move.

Initially called “Hex”, “Take a Bow” was originally going to be at the end of the album. Two months later, Chris indicated it could become the opening track. Put first on the album because it ends in the key of B which is the key of the second track. .

Wolstenholme: We wrote it at the end of the Absolution sessions, and it sounds similar . It has evolved a lot since then, but it’s principle remains the same: a change of periodic agreements which are at the brink of exploding. Its structure is mathematical, the main idea being a formula with neither chorus nor verse. Dom’s never played like that, with very jazzy rhythms, slow ones, followed by more chaotic bits integrated into the whole.

Take a Bow was often played as a piano interlude between Citizen Erased and Space Dementia on the Absolution tour. It was also used in a cinematic trailer for the film Watchmen.


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  • YeezusSuburbia

    That build-up, THAT FUCKING BUILD-UP [11]

    20 Mar 7:57pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song, and I like that build-up too

    13 Feb 2:17pm Reply
  • Red_Pain

    That build-up, THAT FUCKING BUILD-UP [10]

    5 Feb 5:18pm Reply
  • Paputacu

    Fuckin' Bruges

    15 Jan 8:21am Reply
  • BlindNirvana


    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SPRmassiveZETA

    best opener so far

    7 Dec 2013 Reply
  • stupidlove_

    That build-up, THAT FUCKING BUILD-UP [9]

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gingermullet

    @hello1994 - ''Am I the only one here who hear Pink Floyd in this song?'' Personally I hear Queen and the Flash Gordon soundtrack more than Pink Floyd I'm afraid

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel

    sounds like curved air the start of song.

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • burningcolors

    That build-up, THAT FUCKING BUILD-UP [8]

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • its_Matt_yall

    You will burn in hell for your sins...

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • vladozernoy

    This song is on God's iPod [4]

    14 Feb 2013 Reply
  • barbarathaissa

    chills everytime.

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ProgPro96

    This song is on God's iPod [3]

    17 Jan 2013 Reply
  • 5TG

    I love this song is political as hell in an era where protest songs were stifled. Plus you can headbang to it.

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Fynar

    Great lyrics.

    22 Nov 2012 Reply
  • GojoRi

    @hello1994 - ''Am I the only one here who hear Pink Floyd in this song?'' - yes you are, although many people will no doubt start to post shit saying that muse is much like pink floyd, but as a true music and pink floyd fan I say in short - NOTHING EVEN REMOTELY SIMILAR. to compare floyd to muse is a travesty. muse suck big time

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • kokorocloud

    This song gives me chills. From the intro to the amazing climax. Every. Fucking. Time.

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Arbourler

    This song is on God's iPod [2]

    29 Sep 2012 Reply


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