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Nine Inch Nails Capital G Lyrics

Last updated: 06/14/2013 01:31:58 PM

I pushed the button and elected him to office and a..
He pushed the button and he dropped the bomb.
You pushed the button and could watch it on the television.
Those motherfuckers didn't last too long, uh, uh.
I'm sick of hearing about the haves and the have not's.
Have some personal accountability.
The biggest problem with the way that we have been doing things is.
The more we let you have the less that I'll be keeping for me.

Well I used to stand for something.
Now I'm on my hands and knees.
Trading In my God for this one.
And He signs his name with a capital G.

Don't give a shit about the temperature in Guatemala .
Don't really see what all the fuss is about,
Ain't gonna worry 'bout no future generations and a,
I'm just somebody gonna figure it out
Don't try to tell me that some power can corrupt a person,
You haven't had enough to know what its like,
You're only angry cause you wish you were in my position,
Now nod your head because you know that I'm right..all right!

Well I used to stand for something
But forgot what that could be
There's a lot of me inside you
Maybe you're afraid to see.

Well I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Trading in my God for this one
And He signs his name with a capital G...

Well I used to stand for something
But forgot what that could be
There's a lot of me inside you
Maybe you're afraid to see.

Well I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Traded in my God for this one
And He signs his name with a capital G.

Thanks to Erica Ducay for submitting Capital G Lyrics.

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Capital G meaning | Reviewer: Ashlynn Knowledge | 6/14/13

I think it's talking about how government is and how they don't care about what we think they should care about, but ultimately it is saying that every person who thinks they are not like that or who disapproves of how things are, if given the chance, would really be exactly the same way. I.e. most of us are no different, we are just in a different place and perspective. For instance, anyone of us is on a different scale, or capable of being equivalent to any asshole we think this song is about.

morons | Reviewer: nicko [rt] | 10/15/09

take a literature class.

things can be multirepresentational. just because the 'g' stands for 'greed' doesn't mean that it can't stand for 'george bush' in the subtext. there doesn't have to be only one definition- you can layer your thought however you want in your writing.

and trading in 'god' for 'god' makes no sense.

pick up a book every now and then.

capital g g is for government | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/30/08

The "g" means government. " I traded in my god for this one, he signs his name with a capital G" basically as I see it, we are selling our own values and self judgement and subscribing to a fear based rule, putting our faith in a system we all bemoan to be corrupt but we never do anything about it. "Power can corrupt a person, you've never had enough to know what it's like.... nod you head because you know that I'm right" seems to me, "you sold out for a supposed 'saftey' complain about it, but for as bad as we are, you know there is nothing better" lol, love the song. Probably my fave NIN one next to closer.

...Wow | Reviewer: Nicole Bennett | 11/3/07

I'd have to agree with George Martin.
It has already been stated somewhere by Trent Reznor himself, that the "G" in this song does NOT stand for God, or George Bush - it stands for "Greed".
Listen to the song, people.

The G does not represent God because Trent Reznor already takes that spot. | Reviewer: George Martin | 10/7/07

A song like this can be discussed without political debate. Just to put this out, Trent Reznor wanted to sing The Hand That Feeds on MTV with George Bush in the screen behind. If you don't know Trent's political stance already, you might be want to listen to some of his albums a slight bit more thoroughly...

But a song this powerful, just about Bush, isn't going to retain too much over time. Trent's focus is the bigger picture, the whole concept of corrupt leaders and the psychological trait that sprouts from this: Greed. Even if a name were mentioned, like in more specific personal accounts, just notice how lyricists often make generalizations on the side. It's not about stoning a bird, or killing two birds with one stone at that rate. We're talking about the extinction of the whole species of cockatoo.

It's all a bit much | Reviewer: Johnson | 9/26/07

First of all I love this song and I love NIN. Secondly, congrats Vashti on knowing Mr Reznor so well, but if the "G" stands for God and he's trading in his God for God, then it really makes no sense what so ever. Thirdly, what's it matter? I agree that the level of debate sparked is a testament to the power of the song. And, if it makes people more interested and aware of the world around us then great, but at the end of the day you either like it or you don't. And I don't think that's decided by what the "G" stands for.

bit much perhaps | Reviewer: johnson | 9/26/07

Firstly, I love the song and I love NIN. Secondly Vashti, congrats on knowing Mr Reznor so well, but if the "G" stands for God, and he's trading God in for God, it doesn't really make any sense what so ever. Thirdly, who cares what he was writing about? I agree that the debate proves the power of the song and if it makes people take an interest in whats around them then great, but also, at the end of the day either you like it or you don't and it's what it means to you that decides that. Not what the "G" actually stands for..

Educate yourself | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/24/07

Type in goggle searches for these films:
Terror storm by Alex Jones, and
America:Freedom to Fascism by Arron Russo.
Also, visit,, and for the vital info your TV media refuses to give you.

Educate yourself and awake from your sleep state.

... | Reviewer: blabla | 9/17/07

Shut your mouth, wolf lover.
You need to stop being such a butt head and actually have support for your country. How are we supposed to accomplish anything if people can't even have support for their country and their president? That is the saddest thing i've ever heard and it infuriates me. I can't even begin to express how mad that makes me when people talk about how horrible president bush is doing. I'd like to see you go be president and do better than he is doing now. Grow up.

About Bush and Greed | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/2/07

It strikes me as hilarious that no one has listened to the song carefully. In the background amidst the heavy guitar riffs you can hear "greed, greed, greed" like the sound of people shouting. . it's just muffled by the guitars . it's near the end starts with about 1min 24 secs left in the song. . However, i don't buy that this song has Nothing to do with Bush because the election reference, power corruption reference, and global warming reference are undeniable. I think Bush is just a metaphor of the dangers of Greed in general. Whatever it really means . . if it has created this much debate it is a testament to how powerful of a song it is. .i love it

why, oh why? | Reviewer: the sound of the truth | 8/27/07

this is to Wolf lover, you poor ignorant bastard. you seemingly and nonverbally claim to be a word of truth as you spread a campaign of hatred against our said president. why not take a look into your own mind and ask yourself the same questions that you ask of yourself. you claim that he is a racist motherfucker, but where is your proof? what offense has he laid upon you? as a mix between african american and mexican, i have found no such offenses. you also say that anyone who elected him is a racist motherfucker, so what does that make over half the country? it can be seen through your aggressive remarks that you yourself are a little insecure. why such language if not because you have such anguish toward yourself, that you are so quick to blame on someonelse. so please before you make such a public statement, make sure it is for the right reasons, and also a bit more tasteful.

this is a good laugh | Reviewer: vashti | 8/17/07

i am giggling my head off at you guys, trent has to be one of the most self obsessed guys i have ever met, (interviewed him in 1996), anyone who really really gets this guys and his music will realise that its not political at all. this album is a return to the nin i love, hard as well... nails, and about ourselves, and G stands for god. if i know mr reznor....

lol | Reviewer: Krix | 8/9/07

ever wondered if he wanted you to interpret what the G stands for?

GG. not everything is about bush you fucks.

F@#king Idiots! | Reviewer: Diabo 76 | 6/20/07

This song is not f$cking about Bush. If you guys knew anything, you'd know that Trent himself said that the G stands for Greed. Not George Bush.

NIN Capital G. | Reviewer: Wolflover | 6/8/07

Who ever elected George Bush is a mother $#@%er.They are racist the Mother ^%$#ers !@@#$%&s. What were you thinking*&^%$. He probaly already wasted all ourmoney you !@@#$*^. Morons. Anyway rock on NIN.