Thoughts of a Dying Atheist (3:07)

Cover of Absolution

From Absolution and 11 other releases

Another song where Bellamy is in character, dealing with his atheism. As the title suggests, it concerns the thoughts of a dying atheist, scared by his non-belief in an afterlife. Now, at the moment of his death, he must face the disheartening non-existence he will soon inhabit.

Just before the bridge, at 2:04, Wolstenholme can be heard jumping into the pool at Grouse Lodge recording studio as Howard hits his cymbals.

Written by: Matthew Bellamy
Produced by: Rich Costley


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  • Harry_01

    How could someone not like this song? Gives me chills everytime.

    14 Feb 12:08pm Reply
  • TrotsRiffijnse

    This song gives me a peaceful feeling, my perception is some of us are already dead, some are in hell some in heaven, and since I didn't ask to be born I get to the point when Matt sings "It scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see And it scares the hell out of me And the end is all I can see" I get extremely upset because for some of us, death is all we want.

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • henrizzle2011

    I agree with J-e-r-p-p-A. Before I even started listening to this song I thought it was gonna be awesome just because of the title and its subject matter. Turns out to be rather generic, drums are nothing special, the upbeat tempo of the song doesn't match with the mood and the subject matter of the song. In my opinion this song could be much slower, more melancholy and have a longer instrumental bridge section with some symphonic string parts in it. Not a bad song overall, they could have put a lot more work into it, just like they did with songs such as New Born, Citizen Erased, Stockholm Syndrome, Butterflies And Hurricanes and so many more.

    10 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Susi_Bellamy

    Así es tus recuerdos no me dejan dormir.................

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Seinzumtode

    As a Post-a-theist, this song is kind of obsolete for me.... ^ ^

    14 Nov 2013 Reply
  • sambattye

    Great song, and a bit underrated.

    19 Aug 2013 Reply
  • J-e-r-p-p-A

    Prior to listening to the album, I was expecting to really like this for some reason, but it's actually probably the weakest song on the whole album. Still not bad though.

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • CokeinmySoup

    As an Agnostic, this song is kind of awkward for me....

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • NathelieJulienn

    ye ye, just like serginho mallandro

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • aineb

    Great song!

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ObsCorey

    The intro is something gorgeous.

    13 Jul 2012 Reply
  • jonnammoi

    6 Jul 2012 Reply
  • thadeus0

    what sixfootginger said

    22 Jun 2012 Reply
  • SixFootGinger

    One of the first Muse tracks I ever heard, love this track so much

    19 Mar 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song! <3

    11 Mar 2012 Reply
  • achrisuk

    The most underated muse track ever!

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Lena_Schneider

    4 Feb 2012 Reply
  • dmonster567

    Lol, as a Christian this song is pretty true, its one of those songs that makes you feel like "oh shit" what if my perception of what is real is not actually true, then what happens?

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
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    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • leanother

    Just wow ._.

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
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