This is a short but sweet gem of a song tucked into Black Holes and
Revelations almost as if it were hiding from the other tracks. The
heartbreakingly mellow acoustic guitar and whispering drumbeat is
accompanied by warm, reaching vocals in a barbershop quartet style. This is
something Muse have never tried before, but the style works effortlessly,
allowing the listener to drift dreamily to the songs conclusion. It is so
engaging it is almost difficult to believe Soldiers Poem only just clocks
over two minutes.
The meaning of the song seems at first fairly obvious, especially given the
cue of the title, but dig a bit deeper and its possible to see that these
lyrics are more versatile than the average. Obviously the natural thing to
do is to try to relate them to current events, says Chris, but with a song
like this, you could be singing about the war in Iraq World War II, or a
shit relationship, if you like.
As the shortest and gentlest song on the album, Soldiers Poem is likely to
be overlooked by a lot of fans whod prefer to stick to the thumpier and
more lively tracks. It is, however, one which deserves a lot more
attention. Its a powerful example of how a rich, beautiful sound can be
built from just a few instruments, each with relatively uncomplicated parts,
and it also has enough loveliness in it to melt a cold, crazed tyrant.