Thoughts of a Dying Atheist

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, MUSE, Song Lyrics and Music Video

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, MUSE

Music Video and Song Lyrics

The title of this song caught my attention the other day while I was getting ready to write my article, “My Personal Experiences of Sitting With the Dying as Hospice Volunteer.”  I have had opportunity to have plenty of conversations with the dying, and found there to be so many different and interesting perspectives.  I have included the lyrics to Thoughts of a Dying Atheist song, by MUSE, under the video.

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist

Erie whispers
Trapped beneath my pillow
You won’t let me sleep
Your memories
I know you’re in this room
I’m sure I heard you sigh
Floating in between
Where our worlds collide
Scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And it scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And I know the moment’s near
And there’s nothing we can do
Look through a faithless eye
Are you afraid to die?
It scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And it scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
It scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see
And it scares the hell out of me
And the end is all I can see


As the title suggests, this song concerns the thoughts of a dying atheist, who is scared because he does not believe in heaven or hell or any postmortem plane of existence. Now, at the moment of his death, he must face the disheartening non existence he has come to believe in.

The song also underlines Matthew’s belief in real things that cannot be seen, the rare feeling some people have as if (passed away) people are around them (and trying to talk to them) “I know you’re in this room, I’m sure I heard you sigh.”

Thoughts of a Dying Atheist


Song: Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist
Album: Absolution (2004)
Artist: MUSE



I would be interested in hearing from you. What did you think of this song?  Do you fear dying?  Do you believe that there is more on the other side, or do we simply return to dust with nothing more?  If you are an atheist or agnostic, I would especially love to hear from you.

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23 thoughts on “Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, MUSE, Song Lyrics and Music Video

  1. This is good, It reminds us of one special moments in every creatures life here on earth. We all most pass through it either we belive in it or not, it doesn’t count.
    Am a religious person, so I don’t fear death cause I know is inevitable. What strike fear in my mind is how have I faithfully serve my GOD on earth?
    I believe there is another life after death and how you lived in that life depend on what you do here.
    Thanks for sharing.
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    • I think that may be true, Shamsudeen. One way or another, how we live this live determines how things will be for us beyond this, whether it is in heaven, or in a new life, whatever one’s beliefs are. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you. Peace

  2. Hi Jeanne,

    Nice song and very different too 🙂

    Actually I’ve never given it a real thought or perhaps I so strongly belive in living each day to it’s fullest that thoughts of dying never cross my mind. But I think it would be that we turn to dust and end our deeds in this world, nothing more than that. I cannot say what happens on the other side, or if any such side really exits too. To each his own I guess 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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  3. Hi Jeanne. Firstly, thank you for the Muse indulgence! I do love Muse’s songs, but have to confess to not having really listened to the words before. I believe in the law of attraction, basically that your thoughts, emotions and beliefs create the reality of your life. Lately I had been wondering if this in fact carries on once you’ve died. If so, whatever your belief system is around that would manifest your reality after you’d died. So if you believe you’re going to see your loved ones again, then you will, if you believe in hell and you believe you’ve been wicked, then I guess you end up in your own version of hell. I am not a religious person, but I do believe there is more to our existence than just this life here. I believe our spirit or soul is everlasting so while the thought of death is of course frightening, there is some comfort in the belief that some part of us at least continues to exist in some way. Of course none of us know for sure until we make that transition…

    • I appreciate your comment and thoughts very much, Andrea. I hope there is more to our existence than just this life here. I have pondered that question many times. What is the reason for being here? There must be something else. Your beliefs about the law of attraction make perfect sense to me, although I hadn’t thought of the possibility of that belief manifesting your reality after dying. That’s an interesting thought and one that frightens me, actually. (I must be more careful of what it is I am creating!)

      Something kind of similar to that is the Buddhist belief in reincarnation, and that the emotion you leave with is how you will return. If you die peacefully, you will come back peacefully. But if you die in fear or anger, well … who knows? Maybe that will manifest in some difficult times, I don’t know. I does make one want to “be good” though. For future rewards.

      Thanks so much for your comments! I appreciate you.

      • Jeannie, you are most welcome, I am glad to have stumbled upon your blog on UBC. I’m just really glad I don’t believe in hell!! Be careful what we think about indeed. My life is in a bit of flux at the moment, when I’m settled wherever it is I’m going to be, I shall be checking out local hospices and volunteering if they’ll have me. Yesterday’s post inspired me so. Love and blessings to you.

  4. Hi Jeanne

    thank you for sharing this – it certainly is an interesting song. I have no fear of dying or anything associated with that but certainly know people who do. I am also going to share this post with a friend of mine who supports people to work through their fears around death.


  5. Hi Jeanne,

    Interesting song. I’ve never heard it before. I don’t fear dying. I know that when it comes to the biggest fears, dying is ranked #7, while public speaking is #1. I know that I have many years to serve people while I’m still alive. Thanks for everything Jeanne!

  6. As a Christian, I have the hope of life after death and of seeing those who in Christ who have gone before. The song you posted seems like a realistic portrayal of some atheists’ reactions to death. Others I know don’t fear dying. They see it as an end and their being remembered here on earth as a sort of immortality. Thought-provoking post.
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    • Hello, Melinda. It is so interesting to me to hear different people of different religions talk about their views of death. That’s an interesting point of view, that “their being remembered here on earth is a sort of immortality.” I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leaving your comment. I hope to hear from you again soon. Peace

  7. Interesting song Jeanne. I have no fear of dying just the fear of what lies ahead. The unknown or unexpected after death. Yet when it’s all said and done, we really won’t know until that time has come.

    • That’s right, Krystle. It almost seems futile to worry about it really. We can’t possibly know for sure if it’s something to fear, if it’s joyful, or if there is nothing at all. Hmm. Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you.

  8. Hi Jeanne,
    first of all I want to thank you to share the song because Muse have always been one of my favourite bands. I must be honest that I never stood still or paid attention to the lyrics before today ;-). I´m not a believer either although I, mainly due to m interest in Indian culture and Hinduism strongly belief that life or at least our voyage doesn´t end when we die. We will always have a purpose or be remembered. Thanks for shaing

    • The Indian culture and Hinduism is so interesting to me and I am fairly familiar with it. I really appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog, and I do hope you’ll come again! Peace to you

  9. Interesting song. While I am not religious I hope to meet my lost loved ones when I cross over and if I don’t I won’t know because I am dead. 🙂

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