"God Given" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Hey, man, please don't make a sound
Take a look around
Can't you see what's right in front of you?
Have a little taste
No more time to waste
You don't wanna get left behind 'cause it's all coming down right now

How hard is it to see?
Put your faith in me
'Cause you wouldn't want to be
Praying to the wrong piece of wood
You should get where you belong
Everything you know is wrong
Come on, sing along, everybody now

(God given)

And He gives us sight
And we see the light
And it burns so bright
Now we know we're right
It is kingdom come
And Thy will be done
We have just begun
We're the chosen ones

(I would never tell you anything that wasn't absolutely true that hadn't come right from
His mouth that He wants me to tell you)

Wait
Step into the light
How can this be right?
I'm afraid we're going to ask you to leave
Guess you cannot win
With the color of your skin
You won't be getting in to the Promised Land
This is just another case
You people still don't know your place
Step aside, out the way, wipe that look off your face
'Cause we are the divine
Separated from the swine
Come on, sing along, everybody now

(God given)

And He gives us sight
And we see the light
And it burns so bright
Now we know we're right
It is kingdom come
And Thy will be done
We have just begun
We're the chosen ones

And He gives us sight
And we see the light
And it burns so bright
Now we know we're right
It is kingdom come
And Thy will be done
We have just begun
We're the chosen ones

(I would never tell you anything that wasn't absolutely true that hadn't come right from
His mouth that He wants me to tell you)

(God given)


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"God Given" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +2
    General CommentWhat i got out of listening to this track (also the only track off the album ive felt the imediate need to put my opinion in on) is that its a realization of how rediculous and close minded religion has gotten in present day society and how carried on the current path organized religion and its effects on its followers will soon enough tear apart the civilization we have spent thousands of years evolving into what it is today.
    Touweon April 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbest song on album. does anyone else get a "Sexy Back" feeling around a minute into the song...? first time I heard it I made that connection, unfortunately...
    hardlyamethodon July 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRolling Stone said that this song is about the Government controlling the church 15 years from now. Similarly, Survivalism is about how the military controls the government in the future.
    ZEROpumpkinson August 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, why do these songs always have to turn into religious debates? Although I must say (with moronic ignorance like syko227 aside) this is perhaps the most polite religious debate I have seen on here, no one has called anyone a fag yet, way to go!

    Anyway, I personaly did not see this song as mockery because like the whole album, it is telling a story. This is the point of view of someone else, not Trent going "oooh, look at meee, I'm a christain and I believe blah blah blah" it's the corrupt and incorrect views of characters in the story.

    In my opinon, I agree with the one who said it is more about the goverment than christains. Seriously, I never had to think about it, I heard it and it just made sense to me (being as many of the songs from Year Zero are from the viewpoint of the goverment or a soldier) that it was the goverment trying to justify what it is doing by saying it is God's will. I mean, seriously, this is something that has been done millions of times in the past. So in all honesty, I see mockery or blasphemy in this song, just a goverement trying to trick the people into following them by saying this is God's will and we are His chosen people, like the Muslims before them and thousands of religions before them.

    So, in all honesty, I think it is the Anti-Religious people here that are trying to claim a song that doesn't mean what you want it to mean. Seriously, there are pleanty of anti-religious songs out there, just go listen to a Marilyn Manson cd (not just because of the anti-religious content, I mean come on... they are fucking amazing) or any death metal cd (if thats your thing), but understand that this song and CD is not anti-religious, it is anti-goverment.
    crimsonxkingon August 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI would always get the idea of some new religious sect.

    The start of the song makes me think of some back-alley recruitment.

    "...How hard is it to see
    Put your faith in me..."


    The last part, starting as

    "Wait
    Step into the light
    how can this be right?"

    makes me think of some goverment/spy operation preparing to destroy the sect.

    The artists themselves would be the prophets

    "And He gives us sight
    And we'll see the light
    And it burns so bright
    Now we know we're right
    It is kingdom come
    And Thy will be done
    We have just begun
    We're the chosen ones"
    AgentAWolfon February 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment...Way too much flaming of Christians going on here. I don't really think that's what the songs totally about. This is about people who think that they're better and have a "holier-than-thou" attitude, that either stuff it down your throat or tell you you're gonna burn in hell. Let me say, I'm actually a Christian, so I guess you could say I'm partially biased, so whatever.
    Tigerdude36on February 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentListen to the beat of God Given.

    Got it?

    Okay, now listen to the beat of Zero-Sum

    SAME THING, different tempo.

    This man is a genius
    ThingsFallingAparton January 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAlright, I have to say something.

    I don't believe it is fair what some of your are saying. Someone said that "Christians make it hard for me...", and how "Christians recurit..." People always say that we Christians are judgmental and unaccepting towards others.. Well, that's being judgmental right there. When you say that about a Christian, you're being a big hypocrite. And it makes you look stupid. Not all Christians try to shove religion down your throat, and not all of them are the stereotypes that you all seem to believe. I am a Christian myself, and I am no judgmental, and I accept a lot of people. Even if I don't agree with what they believe in or what they do, I don't rant about it, because it's not my life. But I really get angry when I see people talking about us Christians like this--accusing us of discriminate against other people. You need to know that not all Christians are like that. Some are REAL Christians who are loving and try to be like Jesus as much as they can. The ones who are rude and critisize other relgions, people, etc, are not doing their best to glorify God.

    I am sure I will get a lot of nasty comments from some people, but I don't really mind. Not very many people know the term 'civilized'. Anyway, I actually like the beat of this song, personally. Very good tempo.
    HisDaughteron July 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn my opinion...

    I don't think the song has much to do with christianity. Anyone who knows anything about the setting of Year Zero knows that there is no longer any seperation of church and state. Instead Church and State now are the same. So in reality, this song could be about the new government that was established. The religious government.
    iconofsinon May 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese are the lyrics to the fast whispering part of the song, I'm not sure if they are 100% accurate, but they are the best I could do.

    "We'd never tell you anything that wasn't absolutely true, that hadn't come right from his mouth and he wants me to tell you."
    12Monkeyson April 04, 2007   Link

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