Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Undisclosed Desires




I know that I’ve already written an awful lot about Twilight… but please indulge me once more (it’s kind of my muse and when I don’t know what to write about I always return to it).  The reason I had to make the pun about “muse” is because the band “Muse” is what I want to write about tonight.

At some point I heard that “Muse” is one of Stephanie Meyer’s favorite bands and that she listened to their music much of the time she was writing Twilight.  When I read that I had never heard of the band so I looked them up (curious to know what inspired her).  The first song of theirs that I ever heard was called “Undisclosed Desires.”  I have to admit I listened to it at least 5 times in a row that first day.  I now have it on my MP3 player and have heard it countless times, but it wasn’t until recently that I read the lyrics.  I am a very visual learner (probably part of why I love reading so much) and so it wasn’t until I read the lyrics that I fully grasped how perfect that song is for the Twilight books.  I’ve always felt that it gave me a hauntingly familiar feeling but now it seems like the song encompasses the whole way I feel when I read my favorite books.   

I know that the song is sung by male voices, but honestly I feel as though Bella is singing every word.  She recognizes Edward for who he is and wants him to know that she sees through all the disguises.  She sees a beauty in him deeper than the mask he wears for everyone else.  She loves him despite the violence of his nature because she sees that he struggles against it to be good.  Her heart yearns for Edward to see himself as she sees him, pure and beautiful.

Basically I could dissect the song word for word, but I won’t (this really isn’t the place for an English term paper).  I’ll let you read the lyrics yourself and if you are so inclined, you can listen to the song on YouTube {here}.

Undisclosed Desires

I know you've suffered
But I don't want you to hide
It's cold and loveless
I won't let you be denied

Soothing, I'll make you feel pure
Trust me, you can be sure

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty's not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

You trick your lovers
That you're wicked and divine
You may be a sinner
But your innocence is mine

Please me, show me how it's done
Tease me, you are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty's not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

Please me, show me how it's done
Trust me, you are the one

I want to reconcile the violence in your heart
I want to recognize your beauty's not just a mask
I want to exorcise the demons from your past
I want to satisfy the undisclosed desires in your heart

So now that you know everything else about the song and how it relates to Twilight… a couple more facts that I didn’t know until recently.  This song was not released until 2009 (after all 4 Twilight books were completed) and it was described by the songwriter, Matthew Bellamy, as a very personal song about him and his girlfriend.  I guess some themes 
transcend all.  

I still think it makes a great Twilight backdrop.  

What about you?  Do you ever hear songs that just belong perfectly as the soundtrack to a book you've read?  If so, please share.

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