"Another Version of the Truth" as written by and Trent Reznor....

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    General CommentThis song suprised me in a good way.

    There is definetly that sad undertone throughout the song, but as it progresses things seem to brighten up. This is my favorite track so far on the CD because Trent has changed things up.

    There is a strong feeling of content as the song progresses which for me associates with hope and meaning (truth).

    We really have to ask ourselves what "other" version of the truth he is refering to.
    ukynateon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYes!!! first to post:P lol
    In my opinion I don't think this one is as good as some of the other instrumental works. But maybe I have to listen to it more to get a better feel of it.
    joshmanon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's trying to make it sound dark at the beginning, and when it brightens up it's kind of the calm before the storm.

    It's a new realization that the people can live again, noted in In This Twilight, and Zero-Sum, but quickly shot down for most of the people it is focusing on in the latter song.

    Second only to Zero-Sum in my opinion. Even if it is a little plain, I think it's one of the best instrumentals Trent has ever done. The idea it conveys is the important part, and I've never felt such a conveyance of hope, or false hope in a track like this before. The distortion is wonderful, and the ambience building just makes the whole thing so much more dream like.

    It reminds me of music from The Road to Perdition, if anyone has ever seen that movie.
    scarecrow826on April 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenttotally agree scarecrow... great song
    ukynateon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love it. Reminds me of A Warm Place. Except betterer,
    flavour countryon April 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe beginning of the song, the distortion, is the exact copy of what is used in the promotional video (with the car driving, the sign saying "i am trying to believe" and the Prescence reaching down)

    I think this song is quite ethereal, its as if all the songs before this are very much humanized with human's points of views, human's faith, human's reactions. But this song is a sudden break, it's tranquillity makes everyone pause and suddenly realise that their power struggles and all the fighting and war and sadness and totalitarianism is pointless, that the HyperPower that is America is powerless, because now the end has come. It provides a bridge between everyone's fears and hopes, and the actual arrival of the End, and of the Prescence.
    SethSephiron April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with SethSephir

    With all that has happened (The ever-crashing economy, Parepin, Angry Sniper, Opal, the threat of Red Horse Vector, and the Presence), everyone can see that it is coming. The end really is near. In all of the fighting and trying to ignore it, we stop to think about the future. Then we realize it. We have almost no time left. The world is on a string that is about to be cut. There's no hiding it. We can't lie to ourselves, or run away from the truth. But we try to make ourselves feel better and stifle our fear by making "Another Version of the Truth", to make ourselves believe that in the end, everything will come out alright, that the end is coming, but there may be good out of it. We'll be okay.
    prettyhatemachine1on April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhile I agree with prettyhatemachine1, I differ in that the "other version of the truth" is already there. It's what the government to this point in the album's plot has been providing, the apathy provided by parepin, etc. A part of the alternate reality game that proceeded this talked about how a kid and his sister started drinking well water, and realized how horrible the world was, and then the boy was hospitalized and drank parepin water again and eventually surrendered to the drug's effect, feeling complete apathy when his sister died of tetanus and noone helped her. I think this somehow relates to it, surrendering to the more pleasant "truth" that's already there out of hopelessness.
    Pandoruson April 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGaia/Mother nature is still there.Alive albeit barely. She talks. Everyone is too busy to worhis a als egod t listen. She is pissed off in a subtle way.
    LTDon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGaia/Mother nature is still there.Alive albeit barely. She talks. Everyone is too busy to worship a false god to listen.
    She is pissed off in a subtle way.
    (just fixed typoes, i'm drunk and need sympathy)
    LTDon April 19, 2007   Link

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