Right Where It Belongs Lyrics - Nine Inch Nails

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See the animal in his cage that you built
Are you sure what side you're on?
Better not look him too closely in the eye
Are you sure what side of the glass you are on?
See the safety of the life you have built
Everything where it belongs
Feel the hollowness inside of your heart
And it's all...
Right where it belongs

What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you think you know
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection
Is it all you want it to be?
What if you could look right through the cracks?
Would you find yourself...
Find yourself afraid to see?

What if all the world's inside of your head
Just creations of your own?
Your devils and your gods
All the living and the dead
And you're really all alone?
You can live in this illusion
You can choose to believe
You keep looking but you can't find the woods
While you're hiding in the trees

What if everything around you
Isn't quite as it seems?
What if all the world you used to know
Is an elaborate dream?
And if you look at your reflection
Is it all you want to be?
What if you could look right through the cracks
Would you find yourself...
Find yourself afraid to see?

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Most of y'all are wrong | Reviewer: Bullet | 6/12/13

I feel:

This song is about the blindness we have as people for all the rest of the world. even for ourselves. "are you sure what side of the glass you are on" is a statement in my opinion that asks someone that is not looking closely to the facts. but more to an image made for him or her (like a caged animal that lost it's instincts). "And if you look at your reflection
Is it all you want it to be"

"You keep looking but you can't find the woods, While you're hiding in the trees" Is that you choose to not see what is right in front of you. What it is in front of you is an elaborate dream. But you are too afraid to see it.

I think that sooths the song and atmosphere a whole lot better than Famous people in general.

The Universe is a Dream... | Reviewer: Godhead | 12/24/11

the animal is the "true-self" hidden behind developmental strategies designed to obtain love and acceptance. the prison is the mind/personality structure one learns to identify with and repress the "true-self" "no-good" animal because it wasn't good enough to be accepted and loved as is.

it appears we are the greatest artist we could possibly know; we are dreaming the entire universe as we're being dreamed as a reflection of the universal mind. everyone we see, know, books we read, movies we watch, everything becomes a projection of our psyche in classic transference. this is it, falling asleep into the illusion of form only to awake into the realization it's all be a dream.

beyond conceiving of a place beyond which one can go beyond.

Song Meaning | Reviewer: Goody | 4/7/11

I think this song represents our passive nature as human beings, and our need to experiment, judge and observe the world in a prying manner.

When we apply this observation onto ourselves because of what others believe, we begin to subconsciously destroy our individual integrity.

Existing in a world of observation means the natural balance of social interaction becomes compromised.

Welcome to the American Dream!

Right Where It Belongs | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/30/11

I also kinda think this song is about famous people. When trent asks are you sure what side of the glass your on, he could mean are you really just an image to people. And then that person just choses to create their own reality because they can buy their own reality in a way.

meaning?? | Reviewer: Quartthegreat | 12/23/10

Actually I tink the song is about people with fame in general. They try to hide the fact that in the pst lives they have problems and try to be this person everyone wants them to be completely ignore the fact that they are a broken person. Pretty much the person in the song is trying to forget all the problems that they have and create a false happiness.

interpretation zero | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/13/10

this is all wrong. The song is to get you thinking about if people actually exist, or are just figments of your imagination.. Are you crazy in a sense.. the crowd cheering is supposed to contrast the slow beat and make you feel even more lonely. What you see in the world reflects who you are...are you afraid to see what you are, so you project it into the world?

Oh, | Reviewer: B | 5/5/10

We put an animal in a cage, thinking that means we own it. In reality, this train of thought is putting you in a cage. I think he's saying that humans are constantly forgetting that we really are nothing more than complex sentient compositions of elements on a rock floating through space. Asking "If you could see right through the cracks, would you find yourself afraid to see" is like asking someone, "Do you realize you aren't really as self-important as you think you are? and if you do, why do you still play the part?" Just some thoughts.

We are nothing, breeders and eaters | Reviewer: Mo | 4/16/10

Human are creatures who assume we are the most advanced and only sentient beings in the universe, but how do we really know "what side of the glass [we] are on?" What is the world except that which we perceive. We place ourselves in imaginary cages that we build, such as conforming to societal pressures or "norms" or obeying the laws created by some majority (not that is necessarily a bad thing all the time). But what we perceive and the truth of reality is subjective. We will never be sure what is real because we all create our own worlds that we can never fully share with anyone. Reality is something that is verifiable by corroborating an event with other people to make sure you are all perceiving the same set of facts and circumstances. But how will you ever know that the people you are collaborating with are not part of your created world? For all we know, we are but mere creations in the sentience of a more advanced and omnipotent being who can not be described in words and terms but is as much real as anything else.

My Review | Reviewer: Murderface <3 | 2/28/10

This is my favorite song. The lyrics are so meaningful. They are left open for the listener to determine the meaning however they see it fit. That makes NIN so much more amazing than other bands.

a commentary on the uncertainty of perception | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/19/10

How does anyone know for sure if they are not being kept alive by a machine in a hospital somewhere, or locked in a padded room and imagining they are living a life? Reminds me of the matrix, there is no way to tell besides taking the red pill. Embrace of the unknown and fear of the monotony of a hollow existence.

My opinion. | Reviewer: taylordike | 12/3/09

This song is absolutely glorious. Deep and personal, and left up to the listener on what the interpretation is. This song, to me, is like reflecting on yourself. As in "If you look at your reflection, is it all you want it to be?"
Well is it? And the line "Keep on looking but you can;t find the words, are you hiding in retreat?" really hits me...When you have so many things you want to say, but you can't. This is by far my favorite song.

Everyone | Reviewer: Dropkickthepunx | 12/3/09

I think this song was written as a self examination. Although I think it's the kind of song that also points it's finger at everyone else. It's designed to make each person who listens question their own lives. Are you really being everything you could be? Are you going above and beyond to actually help make this world better? Or, are you living in a self made fortress, where nobody else can ever get in? Is the life you live all just made up of bullshit and false friendships and relationships? Is it all for show, or is there actually substance behind it?

maybe a song to Manson | Reviewer: Devo | 10/5/09

It could be a quiet song to Manson, especially sense the crowd yelling for no particular reason... They have beef and the song is kinda shit talking about someones shitty pre concived notions of what "is"

Reply to Asks questions, provides no answers | Reviewer: Girl A | 7/29/09

I can see what you're saying. I just think that Trent is more focused on trying to get people to open their minds to thinking in different ways than just the normal way most people think. I think his mission is to get people to think more philisophically so that they CAN find the answers they need. He wants to show people the questions that lie out there...not solve all of the problems for them. It's about getting people to really live their lives, and think about things instead of just accepting life the way our society tells us it is. It's not about trying to solve people's problems or giving out all the answers. Trent knows that part of life is seraching for your answers. He's just helping to bring the questions out of all the mess.

Asks questions, provides no answers | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/12/09

I'm a long time NIN fan.

However the problem I have with Trents lyrics and his philosophy is that he critisizes common wisdom, and provides no answers.
It is easy to critisize. Much harder to show us how to solve the problems.
What are the answers Trent? Huh? I don't think you know what they are.

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