“Supermassive Black Hole” Alternative Lyrics

 

Even if you are a superstar, there’ll be a
supermassive black hole waiting for you.

 

Super Acid Lacks Soul

Oh, baby, don’t you know: I’m sulfur!
Oh, baby, can’t you hear: I’m chrome!
You caught me on diverging lenses;
How long before you let me foam?

Oh
Oh
Oh
You set my soul aside.
Oh
Oh
Oh
You set my soul…

Helter-skelter, in the dead of night
Every superstar’s sucking on the super acid

Helter-skelter, in the dead of night
Every superstar…
You set my soul…

I thought I wasn’t food for bases…
Oh, baby: am I food for you?
You’re the queen of the super facial;
How long before you’ll wash the glue?

Oh
Oh
Oh
You set my soul aside.
Oh
Oh
Oh
You set my soul aside.

Helter-skelter, in the dead of night
Every superstar’s sucking on the super acid

Helter-skelter, in the dead of night
Every superstar…
You set my soul…

 

MUSE’s “Supermassive Black Hole” Lyrics Explained

Supermassive Black Hole by MUSE used to be among my favorite songs back when I still respected Matt Bellamy, and there were several reasons for that. For starters, how about one of the most effective base lines, or Matt’s signature falsetto (hit that, baby). But I also really liked the song’s lyrics.

Despite their overall simplicity (Bellamy is only a natural composer and singer, not a poet), the focal image can hardly go unappreciated by any real man. Of course, the supermassive black hole here represents a femme fatale, an unsatisfiable female source, a pure form of egoism whose only essence is to absorb. Naturally, it can be matched only with a superstar: a man (i.e. Creator) whose nature is to bestow.

Both the man and the woman here are no ordinary folks but people with monstrously huge desires, so the whole world wouldn’t be enough for them. An encounter between two forces of such a caliber invariably leads to powerful experiences; in this particular case Bellamy’s relationship with the heroine (most likely an unsuccessful one; in fact, I suspect he never even was in a relationship with her, thus the bitter regret in “How long before you let me go?” implying the imprisonment was solely a matter of his indulging) resulted in a masterpiece; a most worthy outcome justifying anything that actually happened between them.

However, despite all this, I couldn’t help writing a parody on Supermassive Black Hole. Its style is probably more caustic than that of my rendering of Radiohead’s Karma Police, but the purpose behind it is drastically different. This one is not a criticism but a tribute to the original which inspired me on so many occasions. And I also think now Matt is laughing at the exaggerated importance of the song’s sentiments: when the love storm is over, a superstar knows he only dealt with another hole.

That’s when he starts looking for the next one.

by Danil Rudoy, 2014.

Supermassive black hole -- alternative lyrics