Time Is Running Out (Muse song)

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"Time Is Running Out"
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Single by Muse
from the album Absolution
B-side "The Groove"
Released8 September 2003 (2003-09-08)
Studio Grouse Lodge (Westmeath, Ireland)
Label East West
Muse singles chronology
"Stockholm Syndrome"
"Time Is Running Out"
DVD single cover art

"Time Is Running Out" is a song by the English alternative rock band Muse. It is the third track on their third studio album, Absolution . The song was released as the second single from the album on 8 September 2003 in the United Kingdom and other countries. It was also the band's first Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number eight, besting the number eleven peak of "Plug In Baby".


The single was also later released in the United States on 6 April 2004. It proved to be the band's breakthrough hit on alternative rock radio in the country – hitting number nine on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The song is available to play on Rocksmith 2014 as part of a Muse 5-song pack. [2]

Production and influences

Bassist Chris Wolstenholme stated that making of "Time is Running Out" is "something we'd never really done before". The song is one of the last tracks they did on the album to record. The band recorded the song and finished it when they were in Ireland. They intended the song to be more funky and a little more groovy that made someone want to click the fingers. [3]

In an Interview, Wolstenholme also revealed that some parts of the song is heavily influenced by Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean". [3]

Music video

The video, directed by John Hillcoat, depicts a number of military officials seated at a round table performing actions simultaneously, moving to the beat of the song, as Muse play the song on the table, with the officials apparently oblivious to Muse's presence. Eventually, the officers begin to start dancing on the table, seeming to go insane. They eventually end up crawling. It is partially based on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb .

Track listings

  1. "Time Is Running Out" – 3:56
  2. "The Groove" – 2:38
  3. "Stockholm Syndrome" (video) – 4:59 (CD versions only)
  1. "Time Is Running Out" – 3:56
  2. "Time Is Running Out" (video) – 3:58
  3. "Time Is Running Out" (making of video) – 2:00



RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI) [12] Platinum50,000
United Kingdom (BPI) [13] Gold400,000
United States (RIAA) [14] Gold500,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

United Kingdom8 September 2003 [15] East West 7-inch vinyl EW272 / 5050466854872
CD EW272CD / 5050466854926
DVD EW272DVD / 5050466855053
Australia Taste Media CD5050466896926
FranceTaste Media, NaiveNV50121 / 3298490501214
JapanTaste MediaCTCM-65044 / 4945817650443

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