"The Perfect Drug" as written by Chris Alan Vrenna, Charles Clouser, Daniel Patrick Lohner and Trent Reznor....
I got my head but my head is unraveling
Can't keep control can't keep track of where it's traveling
I got my heart but my heart's no good
You're the only one that's understood

I come along but I don't know where you're taking me
I shouldn't go but you're wrenching, dragging, shaking me
Turn off the sun pull the stars from the sky
The more I give to you the more I die
And I want you

You are the perfect drug
You make me hard when I'm all soft inside
I see the truth when I'm all stupid-eyed
The arrow goes straight through my heart
Without you everything just falls apart
My blood just wants to say hello to you
My soul is so afraid to realize
How very little there is left of me
And I want you

You are the perfect drug
(Take me with you)
Without you everything just falls apart
It's not as much fun to pick up the pieces


Lyrics submitted by TwiggysFuckDoll, edited by NINja94, Lyssavirus, tryptych

"The Perfect Drug" as written by Chris Alan Vrenna Charles Clouser

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  • +3
    General CommentI think what Trent may be trying to say is that the person he is in a relationship with makes him feel like he is dieing inside like he's losing his identity. But if he or the other person stopped the relationship his life would fall apart, as if the person was like a sercurity blanket for him and I also get the feeling that this person may intimidate him quite a bit this may also make him feel like he is dieing inside because he has no control over the relationship its just the other person, he feels like nothing.. I think this may explain why he calls this person the perfect drug, the person is security and also a buzz but it is destroying him at the same time but he couldn't cope with out it. Any way I'm going to stop talking now cause I'm irrating myself.
    SongMeaningson May 07, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a perfect representation of multiple personality disorder. The singer is basically losing it, his head is unraveling, he cant keep control. His perfect drug is the new personality he has created to help deal with his problems. The more he gives to the new side, the more his old self dies. Everything about the new identity is better, stronger, more capable, but deep inside he knows that there is very little left of his original persona. Thus in the end the new, darker side of his mind becomes dominant, because the weaker personality has realized that without him everything falls apart.

    Anyone who has read or seen Fight Club will know exactly what I mean.
    Smokeon July 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such a sexy song.
    pumpkingirlon May 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is just about alcohol addiction and the effects is has not only on oneself but others around you. In the video, Trent drinks Absinthe, which has substances in it which are an epileptic. I believe this is "The Perfect Drug" he's referring too. Then there's the double meaning with the girl. Obviously, whoever he was with at the time left him cuz of it, his addiction, causing regret and a battle bwtween good and evil within him.
    That's just my opinion.
    jjjeremmon February 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat is the perfect word to describe this song, sexy.
    chotee666on May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, why can't my girlfriend like NIN:P
    BrokenSwordon May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so sexy to me. It would really turn me on to hear a guy tell me I'm his "perfect drug."
    nietzsche_66on May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust a killer song... I know what it means to me, and I know it's a song I'll listen to for years to come...
    clamshavefeelings2on May 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be about a drug, but also take into account that more symbolism can be portrayed in the video which shows a young girl. Double meaning?
    SwitchBladeon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment<>
    the literal meaning is that its about a drug, the symbolic meaning (what we would read between the lines) is that its about a person who he feels addicted to.
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    thats true, but i think the video is paralleling the tone of the song rather than the meaning. its got a kind of edgar allan poe thing going on.
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    damn straight
    PJ10on May 30, 2002   Link

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