City of Delusion

The Song

Citizen Erased is track 6 off the 2001 album 'Origin of Symmetry'. The track is 7 minutes and 19 seconds long, making it the longest track of Muse's history (bar 2009's upcoming "Exogenesis: Symphony"). It has long been a fan favourite, and in July 2007, a Muse fan site, Muselive.com, launched a campaign to get it into the singles charts through various download sources. The track managed to get to number 1 on the British download company 7digital's charts, but failed to make it into the official UK Top 40. It did however, chart at #122.
Bellamy: "It's an expression of what it feels like to be questioned. I spend more time than most people being asked about purpose, and it's a strange feeling. I don't really have the answers and I have to respond on the knowledge I have obtained so far, but the problem is that it gets printed, and something else has come along that's made you completely disagree with what you said".
It could also be a reference to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four in which citizens are erased and lies control society. It was written around a drum beat that Dom created.
The guitar parts were recorded with a six-string guitar with the sixth string tuned down to A. Live, the guitar part is played on the 7 String E Manson.

Video

Citizen Erased (album)

Citizen Erased Live (Hullabaloo)

Lyrics

Break me in,
Teach us to cheat
And to lie, and cover up
What shouldn't be shared

And the truth's unwinding
Scraping away at my mind
Please stop asking me to describe

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded
I'm sure I used to be so free

Self-expressed
Exhausting for all to see and to be
What you want and what you need
And the truth's unwinding
Scraping away at my mind
Please stop asking me to describe

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded
I'm sure I used to be so free

For one moment
I wish you'd hold your stage
With no feelings at all
Open-minded
I'm sure I used to be so free

Wash me away
Clean your body of me
Erase all the memories
They'll only bring us pain
And I've seen all I'll ever need

Alternatively, the line:
Exhausting for all to see and to be

is sometimes be changed to:
Exhausting for all to see I still want to be