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  • +13
    General Commentits the reverse of closer and the downward spiral on the same ablum. In relation to the whole album, is meant to represent the human part of the mind haeping the man in the story make the right choice.
    Throughout the whole album, the character defied god, killed god, then became god, through sexual and violent acts ("you get me closer to god") As the mechanical voice inside his head tries to take over him and control him, this song reflects where the machine could not reach, could not control . A warm place inside you that reminds you that there is a place inside you that nobody can reach, and nobody can take away from you, the peace and calm in your heart that will stay with you forever.
    This is the turning point in the album - just as the mechanical side of the mind starts to take over control, the character realises that he can still make a choice to save his soul - death
    By eraser, he wants death, in reptile, he wants to feel emotion.by the downward spiral, the mechanical side takes over, but as it does, he takes a gun to his head, to save others, and to save himself.

    oh and it has lyrics (in the first fifteen seconds or so "The best thing about liife is knowing you put it together" is repeated over and over)
    The Numptyon April 29, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentTalk about uncomfortable silence. This song is that defination. (I'm aware there is sound you twits.)

    "The best thing about life is knowing you put it together..." Talk about some serious shit. If only I could write something like that, so simple and small, yet so underminded. great way to open up Eraser.

    Don't you love the way Trent blends all the songs together? Everytime I listen to TOOL or NIN, its like watching a movie. Hardly anyone else does that for some reason... It makes the cd less boring.
    FaaipDeOaidon December 15, 2004   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think that in Big Man With a Gun, the main character may have committed a rape (and possible murder) if you observe the lyrics going along with the background screams.

    In this song, he suddenly realizes everything he's done.

    I thought the 'warm place' could be this small shred of sadness/sympathy (human emotion) left in his cold heart.

    "The best thing about life is knowing you put it together." Sounds like a moment of clarity for him. He realizes had he been in control of his life he wouldn't have chosen this, but after becoming mechanical and powerful, he lost the chance to make good choices.

    In Eraser, he is even more horrified by what he's realized in this song and wants to die.
    arcadeson July 15, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really couldn't have said it much better than The Numpty. This together with Eraser is probably one of the most crucial points of the album, which is why I left these last bits alone for quite some time.

    The opening lines "the best thing about life is that you put it together" is a quiet realization by the little bit of humanity left in the Ruiner's assault; he comes to terms with the fact that he is responsible for where he is, not his ex-girlfriend or his boss or anyone else he ever feels hurt him. The fact that this song is so quiet and humble in extremely harsh contrast to the rest of the album makes me think it must be post-something: perhaps after his sexual control rampage in "Big Man With A Gun," he comes home, lies down, and reflects. We've all been there, those moments where you fall down in bed either after a long day or a long night or a significant event and you forget the outside world for a little bit. He is scared of how much the Ruiner/Mr. Self-Destruct/his machine half has come to control his life, but its this song that he realizes its an internal conflict that he must end. The end of the song provides hope for some sort of solution to that. The only problem is that he has no idea how, which leads to Eraser...
    HammerFloydon December 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn every storm there is an eye, where you can step back and realize all you've lost, too tired to feel anything, but without this place, this perspective caused by utter calm, everything is too much to handle
    anomalous3on May 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about hope, but man almighty, this song gives me the damn chills. Its just so eerie and depressing.
    FaaipDeOaidon May 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song to me represents the deepest of isolation, and makes me remember a time in my life where I wanted to kill everyone. a tought time in my life indeed, that is why I can barely listen to this album anymore it makes me remember a part of my life I dont want to.
    gtfoedgelordon July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a really bittersweet song. It can either really uplift me or depress me, but all in all, it's really beautiful. One of the many greats Trent's produced. ^^
    xx_acid_starzon August 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI listen to it to relax. Generally, the uneducated radio listener thinks of hard industrial rock when they hear about NIN. This is a departure, a break for the listener, and a break in reality for the character of the album as Numpty described.
    Darkmoose84on September 13, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is my favorite NIN song. mainly because there's no lyrics here, just his brillant composition. this song says so much more than his "16 year old goth kid" lyrics ever could
    harsh stone whiteon January 21, 2006   Link

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