Knights of Cydonia

Muse

About Knights of Cydonia

"Knights of Cydonia" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse and is the closing track on their 2006 album Black Holes and Revelations. The song's title comes in part from the region of Mars named Cydonia, famous for the "face on Mars".


Year:
2006
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Come ride with me
Through the veins of history
I'll show you a God
Falls asleep on the job

And how can we win,
When fools can be kings
Don't waste your time
Or time will waste you

No one's going to take me alive
Time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive

No one's going to take me alive
Time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive

No one's going to take me alive
Time has come to make things right
You and I must fight for our rights
You and I must fight to survive

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Muse

The Muses (Ancient Greek: Μοῦσαι, moũsai: perhaps from the o-grade of the Proto-Indo-European root *men- "think") in Greek mythology, poetry, and literature, are the goddesses of the inspiration of literature, science and the arts. They were considered the source of the knowledge, related orally for centuries in the ancient culture that was contained in poetic lyrics and myths. more »

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Written by: MATT BELLAMY, MATTHEW JAMES BELLAMY

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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12 facts about this song

Album Inclusion
"Knights of Cydonia" is the final track from the band's fourth studio album, "Black Holes and Revelations," which was released in 2006.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 10 in the UK Singles Chart.
Unique Blend
The track is renowned for its unique mix of various music genres including progressive rock, electronica, space rock and alternative rock.
Inspiration
The song title was inspired by the region of Mars, Cydonia, famous for the "face on Mars.”
Live Performances
"Knights of Cydonia" is typically performed as the closing act during Muse's live performances, and it's renowned for its powerful, hard-rock guitar riffs.
Music Video
The song’s music video was inspired by several cult classics including “Star Wars” and spaghetti Western films.
Duration
It is one of Muse's longest songs, with a total duration of six and a half minutes.
Sound
The song is noticeably marked by its use of falsetto vocals and significant use of the whammy bar on the guitar which gives it a distinctive space-like sound.
Galloping Rhythm
One of the song’s signature features is its galloping rhythm, similar to that found in some traditional Western music and reminiscent of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Critical Acclaim
In 2007, "Knights of Cydonia" was nominated for the Best Single Award at the Kerrang! Awards. It was also voted number 1 in Australian radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 in 2007.
Unique Use
The rhythmic, distorted sound in the beginning of the song is often used in sports media, including NFL and NHL games. It's also featured in several video games including "Guitar Hero 3," and "Rocksmith 2014."
Fan Poll
In 2009, a fan poll conducted by Q magazine named "Knights of Cydonia" as the best song of the decade.

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