"The Greater Good" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly

Everything you do
Everywhere you go
Anything we want
Anything
Everything you do
Everywhere you go
Anything we want
Anything

Breathe (everything you do, everywhere you go) us in (anything we want, anything)
Slowly (everything you do, everywhere you go), slowly (anything we want)
Breathe

Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly

Persuasion
Coercion
Submission
Passive ovation

Persuasion (breathe)
Coercion (us in)
Submission (slowly)
Passive ovation (slowly)
Persuasion (breathe)
Coercion (us in)
Submission (slowly)
Passive Ovation (slowly)

Breathe (persuasion) us in (coercion)
Slowly (submission), slowly (passive ovation)
Breathe (persuasion) us in (coercion)
Slowly (submission), slowly (passive ovation)

Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly


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"The Greater Good" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +2
    General CommentP3N1X
    is an ass. trent would hate him also, something like this was up on the official page as a message to him.

    fuck P3N1X . and fuck anyone who agrees with him.
    slevletteon April 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat i get from this is that it could be showing a representation of western civilization and its tendancy to force its way into other cultures to the point where they become dependant on western ways almost like its people are dependant on the air they breathe. Represented by the first 4 lines.

    The following 4 lines show the hold taking over the other cultures "Anything we want, anything" we get.

    The next 4 lines

    Persuasion (slowly)
    Coercion (slowly)
    Selection (breathe)
    Assimilation (us in)

    Show the means by which it all takes place, and lastly the final effect in the last 3 lines of them breathing western culture in
    Touweon April 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it's our way or nothing. And we come from the standpoint of 'we are here to help". It's something we used to do for a true greater good, but now it's only a phrase and masks the government's true motives.
    scarecrow826on April 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPenis, WTF?!?!?
    MermaidGazeon April 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPS, that was in regards to the first comment. Suffice it to say, I don't agree.
    MermaidGazeon April 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's simple.

    There is a higher power amongst us. We don't trust them. But there is the sudden outbreak of Parepin in the water. It's making us more submissive. We'll listen to anything they say.

    They want to be one with us, and us one with them. We down want to fight, so we'll "breathe them in", let them become a part of our lives.

    They will not force theirselves upon us, so their doing it "slowly...".

    They lead us to believe that it will all be for our benefit. There will be "persuasion, coercion, submission, assimilation", but we don't care.

    They are leading us to believe that it's all for "The Greater Good."

    Man, it really pays to do research on Year Zero ^_^.
    prettyhatemachine1on April 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe's a dick too
    slevletteon April 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess I wasn't the only one then. I know Trent had said that he had been listening to Public Enemy a lot for this album;(which makes sense considering the context)but I didnt think he'd actually put in a track that had a hip-hop feel to it. Bravo, Trent.
    Slyfer911on May 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Touwe. The theory goes along with the setting of the album. A global spreading dystopia.

    btw. it's not selection, it's submission.

    really cool track!
    the_great_destroyeron April 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt should be:
    Persuasion
    Coercion
    Submission
    Assimilation
    Snakeeon April 10, 2007   Link

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