‘Falling Down’ is a sadder tune from the Showbiz album which is about growing up in Teignmouth. The song is tuned flat and is sad, slow, and jazzy.
Acording to Bellamy, it’s one of the two songs in which the words came first, instead of the music.
Bellamy said it was about his teenage years growing up in “a boring little town that didn’t have anything to offer me. “The only time the town came to life was during the summer when it turned into a vacation spot for visiting Londoners. When the summer ended they left and took all the life with them. “I felt so trapped there. My friends were either getting into drugs or music, but I gravitated towards the latter and eventually learned how to play. “That became my escape. If it weren’t for the band, I would probably have turned to drugs myself.”
Bellamy has also said that parts of the song is about blowing up Teignmouth. “It’s actually, well, 15,000 people is the population of the town where we’re from. Seaside towns are not great places to grow up in. They’re very nice places where you can leave your doors open and all that, but it’s just got a small town vibe about it. I think some of the song was actually about wanting to blow it up!” “Falling Down” also describes the 15000 citizens of the town in another way, how they never gave Muse a chance (you would never hear me sing).
In 2012, Bellamy tweeted that they may play the song live again “at some point”. This happened on 16th October 2012 in Montpellier, the first time since 3rd November 2000. There haven’t been many performances of this song, but has been returned in The 2nd Law tour setlist, along with Sunburn.
The comments caused a stir at the time although one local councillor and youth worker, Mary Kennedy, took a more laid back view of the outburst. “We shouldn’t over-react — a lot of young people go through a phase of being unhappy at where they live. It is all part of the growing up process and is quite normal. But it is surprising how many want to come back after they have travelled around a bit and seen other parts of the country. I think we should listen to what young people say about the town and try and make it more appealing for them, rather than constantly criticising them as some senior figures in Teignmouth do.”
Muse came back in 2009 to perform their open-air concert “A Seaside Rendezvous” on the Den, and again in 2012 when they carried the Olympic torch across Shaldon Bridge.
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