Only Lyrics - Nine Inch Nails

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I'm becoming less defined, as days go by
Fading away, well you might say I'm losing focus
Kind of drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself
Sometimes, I think I can see right through myself
Sometimes, I think I can see right through myself
Sometimes, I can see right through myself

Less concerned, about fitting into the world
Your world that is, cause it doesn't really matter anymore
(No, it doesn't really matter anymore)
No, it doesn't really matter anymore
None of this really matters anymore

Yes, I am alone, but then again I always was
As far back as I can tell, I think maybe it's because
Because you were never really real to begin with
I just made you up to hurt myself

I just made you up to hurt myself
Yeah, and I just made you up to hurt myself
I just made you up to hurt myself
Yeah, and I just made you up to hurt myself

And it worked
Yes it did!

There is no you, there is only me
There is no you, there is only me
There is no fucking you, there is only me
There is no fucking you, there is only me

Only (x4)

When, the tiniest little dot caught my eye
And it turned out to be a scab
And I had this funny feeling
Like I just knew it's something bad

I just couldn't leave it alone
I kept picking at that scab
It was a doorway trying to seal itself shut
But I climbed through

Now I'm somewhere I am not supposed to be
And I can see things I know I really shouldn't see
And now I know why now, now I know why
Things aren't as pretty on the inside

There is no you, there is only me
There is no you, there is only me
There is no fucking you, there is only me
There is no fucking you, there is only me

Only (x8)

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concious thoughts in an unconcious denial against one's position in the society | Reviewer: dante | 12/28/10

Trent Reznor sick and tired being a borgoueis,has no longer the power to fit or try to fit in a world that he hates and wants to be destroyed.It's not just politics he hates it's also human relationships that makes impossible for the songwriter to relax and turns him to the art of self destruction which includes alchohol,drugs even suicide attempts.Not entirelly free from the ways of the society he creates an imaginary 'love that never found it's way' story just to find something to punish himself but mostly to keep him moving on with his depress and social disorder.The songwriter admitts that to himself and escapes from his final self destruction.He is now free,wiser and ready to face his fears and what mankind has become.He is ready to fight.The true nature of anarchy today.What we humen should do fight today leave yesterday behind and never fear tommorow otherwise we are just pathetic,pseudo-romantic individuals and should condemn ourselves in oblivion.

Narcissism | Reviewer: Roger | 11/20/10

In a classic narcissistic relationship, one person acts as the self-interested partner, and the other partner is the "echo" personality. This is the only truly "known" way to achieve balance with a narcissist.

Trent, in this song, is casting himself as the "echo" personality. That is, he had been dating a narcissistic woman, and thus had learned to "define" himself through his relationship with her. Now that the relationship is over, he "can see right through himself." That is, there was no one really there to begin with.

And now that he's alone, he is realizing that he had allowed himself to become involved with a malignantly selfish individual because he, as someone who may have been emotionally abused as a child, interprets abuse as being "love."

And now that there is no longer someone there to abuse him, he has to find ways to abuse himself. In this case, it is picking at his own scabs. And the "doorway trying to seal itself shut," is his attempt at introspection. But, as someone devoid of personality, introspection can only be defined in physical terms, such as through an open wound.

God being candid | Reviewer: Patrick | 8/13/10

Simply, just God being candid with us, mankind. And possibly the fallen angels, including Satan, too. That's all. Watch the video from this perspective. The "perfect", clutter-free, sterile office symbolizes God always being at work and we (humans) are the scab. There's even some apples in a bowl. Someday He is going to pick (most of) us off and flick us away. God must've made us up to hurt Himself because it's all we seem to do. Isn't it?

Hang on people | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/12/10

How about instead of saying "this is what the songs about" let's start it off with "I think the song means this" or "This song means this to me"
Because face's going to mean something diffrent to each of us.

To me, this song is about being consumed by oneself. Not feeling like yourself anymore, or simply giving up on trying to give up on trying to be "cheerful" all the friggin time. Letting the more animalistic side free and just being.

dont speak of which u dont know | Reviewer: JJ | 5/10/10

i think that none of u can fully understand where he is truely coming from with the lyrics of this song. you are all adapting it to your own past fucked up experiences.i also believe that this is the overall point of great music and poetry because in one way or another you can relate to the writer even if your preception is not totaly correct.unless he explains it himself in detail i am going to make no false assumptions and just take it for face value but i do think it is a beautifull peice of art and i myself can relate to it IN MY OWN WAY and in MANY different ways at that!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trent William Reznor? | Reviewer: AMZ | 2/4/10

Look at the 14 lines starting: "When, the tiniest little dot..." I don't know if it's crazy of my to say, but I see a Shakespearean Sonnet here. Of course the number of syllables can't always match up, but there's a flow to it. The lines are grouped into stanzas, and it has the same progression of ideas, with a volta on the NINTH line and changes in vocal tone and music clearly accompanying it. I'm bringing this to English class...

Opalescence pf tooth | Reviewer: Samuel | 9/4/09

It would improve viewing for everyone.
I am from Herzegovina and also am speaking English, give true I wrote the following sentence: "He arises uniformly describe typically more, because he is well continuous how the forces are exposed to the order."

Thanks for the help :D, Samuel.

A Simple Explaination | Reviewer: Grids | 7/14/09

Mr. Reznor has a certain way with words. Much of the song is just clever poetry, and ruminations of subjects he's visited well in the past. Perhaps a reclarification of paths previously taken, then well-worn into exhaustion.

There is no "You" is his prior self. "Me" is his current identity, abandoned of his make-believe construct as the Character of Rock-Star, it's self-realization done personal.

Any NIN lyric is about love, self-doubt and/or pain and struggle.
The opening line, "Becoming less defined, as days go by." pretty-much sums up the entire song, and every lyric following expands upon this concept: Getting older. Not what I used-to-be. Growing wiser, but not neccessarily smarter.

Mind Control | Reviewer: uhh huh | 6/15/09

This song is about mind control of any sort. When this song came out I had just crawling out of years deep depression caused by the mind control of my X and his family. In had let these people control so many aspects of my life- they had me convinced they were good people but, anything I wanted was suppressed & not good for all. (of them) As I tried to claw out of depression and talked with people I came to the realization that things were not as I thought they were and the more I looked at the situation the clearer it became. Looking back it was pretty funny watching them squirm as they realized I was seeing things (as they really were) they did not want me to see. When I kicked him out I was alone but then again I always was. The X was never there for me... he was nothing more than a puppet of his controlling family, he wasn't real. Making myself believe he was something he was not was a sure way of hurting myself, but I climbed thru it.

Overcoming. | Reviewer: Matt | 4/1/09

In this song, Trent addresses his pain over his past struggles with drug abuse and alcoholism. When he says, "There is no you, there is only me." He seems to make that point pretty clear.
With lines such as "I just made you up to hurt myself," you can see the point unfolds just right if you know the band well enough.

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