Music Video of the Day: Won’t Stand Down by Muse (2022, dir by Jared Hogan)


I really thought I was going to spend the entire month of January only sharing disco-themed music videos and, as anyone who has been following the site over the past few weeks can tell you, I really did try.  However, Muse has a new video out.  It’s their first video in forever.  Hell, it’s their first new song in four years!  How can I not share it?

According to Matt Bellamy, “‘Won’t Stand Down’ is a song about standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work, or anywhere.”  In this video, you can see that, if you bully someone, they will use the power of their worshippers to transform into a demon and possible destroy the world.  In other words, don’t bully anyone!  It shouldn’t take someone transforming into Cthulhu to force you to be polite and considerate but if that’s what it takes, so be it.

Actually, listening to this song, I found myself wondering if I had ever bullied anyone.  I don’t think I have, though I do know that there are three people who quit twitter, specifically because I’ve things that I tweeted.  But, in all three cases, it was a figh that they started.  I just fought back and responded and, I will admit, I did get a few of my friends to respond as well.  Still, I’ve always felt a little bit guilty about how all of that stuff went down.  I mean, in the end, everyone’s human and everyone can feel pain.  That’s one reason why I haven’t allowed myself to get drawn into a twitter fight or any other sort of social media drama since 2017.  One of the more interesting things that I’ve discovered about bullies on twitter is that almost every single one of them is convinced that they’ve been bullied themselves.  That’s usually their justification but it takes an astounding amount of self-awareness not to realize that making someone else feel as bad as you do isn’t going to do anything about the darkness gnawing away at your soul.  In the end, I think the best solution is just to be nice to everyone.  I’m trying.  I don’t always succeed but my days of picking fights and/or taking the bait are definitely over.  I’m all about muting, occasionally blocking, and moving on.  Of course, the song says that I should tell any and all bullies, “Now die alone” but that’s not quite my style.  My advice to bullies would be to figure out who you’re actually angry with and come to terms with how they hurt you.  “Now die alone” has a bit more power to it, I’ll admit.

This video was directed by Jared Hogan, who has directed several short films.  The video stars 72 year-old Natalia Zozulia.  This is her only credit, according to the imdb.  Also according to the imdb, her character is named Kureen.  Could we be seeing more adventures of Kureen in the future?

Enjoy!

I never believed that I would concede
And let someone trample on me
You strung me along, I thought I was strong
But you were just gaslighting me
I’ve opened my eyes, and counted the lies
And now it is clearer to me
You are just a user and an abuser
Living vicariously
I never believed that I would concede
And get myself blown asunder
You strung me along, I thought I was strong
But now you have pushed me under
I’ve opened my eyes and counted the lies
And now it is clearer to me
You are just a user and an abuser
And I refuse to take it
Won’t stand down
I’m growing stronger
Won’t stand down
I’m owned no longer
Won’t stand down
You’ve used me for too long
Now die alone
Now I’m coming back, a counterattack
I’m playing you at your own game
I’m cutting you out, a shadow of doubt
Is gonna hang over your name
I’ve opened my eyes, I see your disguise
I will never see you the same
I know how to win, before you begin
I’ll shoot you before you take aim
Now I’m coming back, a counterattack
A psychological war
I’m cutting you in, I’m under your skin
Now I’m gonna settle the score
I’ve opened my eyes, I see your disguise
I will never see you the same
I know how to win, before you begin
I’ll shoot you before you take aim
Won’t stand down
I’m growing stronger
Won’t stand down
I’m owned no longer
Won’t stand down
You’ve used me for too long
Now die alone
Won’t stand down
I’m growing stronger
Won’t stand down
I’m owned no longer
Won’t stand down
You’ve used me for too long
Now die alone

One response to “Music Video of the Day: Won’t Stand Down by Muse (2022, dir by Jared Hogan)

  1. Pingback: Lisa Marie’s Week In Review 1/17/22 — 1/23/22 | Through the Shattered Lens

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