New Born

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This article is about the song by Muse. For other uses, see Newborn (disambiguation).
"New Born"
The "New Born" CD1 cover.
Single by Muse
from the album Origin of Symmetry
B-side CD1
"Shrinking Universe"
"Piano Thing"
CD2
"Map Of Your Head"
Released 5 June 2001 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, 2 CDs
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative metal, progressive metal
Length 6:03 (Album Version)
4:38 (Radio Edit)
Label Mushroom
Producer(s) John Leckie, David Bottrill, Muse
Muse singles chronology
"Plug In Baby"
(March 2001)
"New Born"
(June 2001)
"Bliss"
(August 2001)
Alternative cover
The "New Born" CD2 cover.
Origin of Symmetry track listing
"New Born"
(1)
"Bliss"
(2)
HAARP track listing
"Time Is Running Out"
(9)
"New Born"
(10)
"Unintended"
(11)
New Born promotional CD

"New Born" is a song by the English alternative rock band Muse from their second studio album Origin of Symmetry, released in 2001. It was featured as a single that same year and proved to be a commercial success, peaking at number 12 on the UK singles chart. The song was also featured on the Hullabaloo Live DVD.

Background[edit]

New Born is written in the key of E minor. The song starts out at a relatively fast tempo of 147 bpm, and then increases pace during each verse. The melodic introduction features some modern minimalist style piano work. The song is also recognizable for its distinct guitar riff, which is based on a circle of fifths progression.

Regarding the meaning of the song, Matthew Bellamy has said: "It's about a semi-fear of the evolution of technology, and how in reality it's destroying all humanity. My fear is that we can't control it because it's moving faster than we are, so the song's setting myself in a location in the future where the body is no longer important and everyone's plugged into a network. The opening line is 'link it to the world', so it's connecting yourself on a worldwide scale and being born into another reality."

Chris Wolstenholme also said: "New Born, I think between the three of us is probably one of our favourite tracks off Origin of Symmetry. It is a good live track. I think it's one of the songs which showcases the experimental side of the band. It is not really a conventional pop song. I think a lot of the reason for choosing these songs is that we went for the heavier more direct kind of songs rather than going for anything too mellow".[1]

Recording[edit]

New Born first started out as a guitar-based piece played in soundcheck during the Showbiz tour back in 1999, and the piano intro was written afterwards. During the recording of the album in the David Bottrill sessions, the band experimented with using Bellamy's voice for the arpeggios instead of the piano, but decided that this was too "abstract" and removed it during post-recording.

Live[edit]

The live versions of the song are often modified and feature some improvisation and embellishments. In particular, Matt Bellamy usually plays a slightly re-worked piano melody during the introduction. Much of the guitar work is also notably different, the guitar solo is usually extended and more elaborate, and features a "tapping" section before the tremolo. Live versions can also last notably longer, such as the 2006 Wembley Stadium (as seen on the HAARP DVD).

Media[edit]

New Born was featured as the lead song of the 2003 French horror film Haute tension.[2] A remixed version of the song can also be heard on the soundtrack for the 2001 thriller Swordfish.

Track listing[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "New Born" - 6:05
  2. "Shrinking Universe" - 3:30
  3. "Piano Thing" - 2:55

CD 2[edit]

  1. "New Born" - 6:05
  2. "Map of Your Head" - 4:01
  3. "Plug In Baby" (Live) - 3:51

7" Vinyl[edit]

  1. "New Born" - 6:05
  2. "Shrinking Universe" - 3:30

New Born Remix 12"[edit]

  1. "New Born" (Oakenfold Perfecto Remix) - 6:59
  2. "Sunburn" (Timo Maas Sunstroke Remix) - 6:46
  3. "Sunburn" (Timo Maas Breakz Again Remix) - 4:06

Promo[edit]

  1. "New Born" (Radio Edit) - 4:38
  2. "New Born" (Full Length Version) - 6:03

EP[edit]

New Born
EP by Muse
Released 5 June 2001
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre Alternative rock
Label Columbia
Producer David Bottrill, Paul Reeve
Muse chronology
Plug In Baby
(2001)
New Born
(2001)
Dead Star/In Your World
(2002)

New Born was released as an EP on 5 June 2001 in Greece and Cyprus by Columbia Records.

  1. "New Born"
  2. "Shrinking Universe"
  3. "Piano Thing"
  4. "Map of Your Head"
  5. "Plug In Baby" (Live)
  6. "New Born" (Oakenfold Perfecto Remix)

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