"WTF!" as written by Saul Williams, Trent Reznor and Chris Davis....
I'm fighting every war at once and I'm winning
You can't think of me as you did in the beginning

By the time you hear this song you've gone wrong
Caught in the labyrinths of time in your mind
Unlearn, unwind but not to worry
There is no hurry, come unto me says she

You've been polluted, uprooted by time
You have been muted, computed
But I'm a living vessel of the one
Of the moon, of the sun

Hey, you ain't as dead as you seem what the fuck?
Hey, but you keep living your lies
Hey, your life's a bore but you dream
Bring yourself to be yourself tonight

I see evidence in how you hold your head
And I see evidence in how you say what's said
I see it in your eyes
That you've been hypnotized

You've been polluted, uprooted by time
You have been muted, computed
But I'm a living vessel of the one
Of the moon, of the sun

Hey, you ain't as dead as you seem what the fuck?
Hey, but you keep living your lies
Hey, your life's a bore but you dream
Bring yourself to be yourself tonight
Bring yourself to be yourself

Hey, you ain't as dead as you seem what the fuck?
Hey, but you keep living your lies
Hey, your life's a bore but you dream
Bring yourself to be yourself tonight

Bring yourself to be yourself
Bring yourself to be yourself
Bring yourself to be yourself
Bring yourself to be yourself

Bring yourself to be yourself
Bring yourself to be yourself
Bring yourself to be yourself
Bring yourself to be yourself


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"WTF!" as written by Trent Reznor Chris Davis

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    General CommentThis was the last song written for the album. The intro, Trents singing, came from the original version which was called War at Once. That song came about while we were on the road. One morning I texted Trent some lyrics which were
    I'm fighting
    every war
    at once
    and I'm winning.
    You can't
    think of me
    like u did
    in the beginning.
    That afternoon he comes to me with a track he made that day with him singing my words as the chorus. I was very impressed. That night, instead of watching NIN perform after my set, which I usually did, I wrote and recorded a poem over the track. It was pretty cool and lasted as a demo up until the point of mixing the album. When we pulled it up to mix, Trent was trying to find a nice way to say, "this shit is too poemy" just as I was thinking the same thing. I instantly started singing song lyrics that I actually wrote for Amethyst Rock Star over the track and it worked perfectly. I asked Alan to mute the old vocals and set up a mic. It took a second to come up with the chorus. I took a cue from my daughter who always likes to write songs with three snare hits (like in Surrender on the self titled) and put WTF where the hits would go. I felt like the chorus was the most poppy thing I'd ever written (Niggy Pop?) and so thought "what the fuck" was the perfect way to add some edge back to the song. The second half of the track came about from the beat CX programmed for Black Stacey for our live shows. He heard the orginal track, War at Once, and instantly suggested incorporating those drums. They fit beautifully. That day in the studio I asked Trent to let the beat ride and tried a few things over it. I had been listening to a lot of the Joshua Tree album, especially With or Without You, and was really feeling a need and desire to just belt out some chants. I saw Trent get excited which is usually followed by him softly implying that I should leave the room so he could start playing with my vocals. Fine with me. When I came back I added the harmonies and we all cheered. It was our first day of mixing and we had completly transformed a song we felt ok about into something we really loved.
    -Saul Williams
    saulwilliams.com/cgi-bin/ubb/…
    laurelinwyntreon November 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone part of the lyrics is wrong...it says "I'm a vessel of the One, of the Moon, of the Sun..."
    just like the second verse does.

    I bought this album through the saul williams site and even the lyrics found on ID3 tags of the mp3 are wrong or missing. I wonder if someone will post the lyrics for "The Ritual" which is my favorite.

    cheers
    punkroboton November 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about all the goths Saul Williams sang to while he was touring with NIN. Glaringly obvious, but really cool...
    DistortingJackon December 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is a brilliant song, the lyrics are amazing. I like to think it is about a Thoreau-like distancing from society. Regardless, the lyrics are great and so is the song.
    HellenKelleron May 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthoreau was a lying bitch, do your homework.
    but yea that makes sense to me.
    favorite song on the new album im thinkin...
    go_sadnesson October 07, 2008   Link

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