"Discipline" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Am I
Am I still tough enough?
Feels like I'm wearing down (down down down down)
Is my viciousness losing ground (ground ground ground ground)
Am I taking too much?
Did I cross the line? (line line)
I need my role in this
Very clearly defined

I need your discipline
I need your help
I need your discipline
You know once I start I cannot help myself

Now it's starting up
Feels like I'm losing touch
Nothing matters to me
Nothing matters as much
I see you left a mark
Up and down the skin (skin skin)
I don't know where I end
Or where you begin

I need your discipline
I need your help
I need your discipline
You know once I start I cannot help myself

I cannot stop myself
Once I start I cannot stop myself
And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself
And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself
And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself
And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself

I need your discipline
And you know
I need your help
Once I start I cannot stop myself
I need your discipline
And you know
Because once I start I cannot stop myself

I need your discipline
And you know
I need your help
Once I start I cannot stop myself
I need your discipline
And you know
Because once I start I cannot stop myself

And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself
And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself
I need your discipline
And you know
Once I start I cannot stop myself
I need your discipline
And you know
Cannot stop myself
Once I start I cannot stop myself


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"Discipline" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +4
    General Commentanyone else notice how pudgy trent was in the ghosts festival video?
    I think discipline is about trent not being able to stop himself from eating krispy kreme donuts, hence "once i start I cannot stop myself"
    and when eh says "i need your discipine" he's talking about his personal trainer....
    also towards the end, it sounds like he's saying "i need your health system"
    mmm sugar coated pudgy trent lips...
    honeyglazedon May 05, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDoes it have to be about any one thing in particular?

    I can see how it alludes to drugs, and sex, eating... whatever!

    Addiction, whether to drugs, sex (pretty much a drug release in the brain as well, right?) it all requires 'discipline' to stop yourself.

    When it says 'left a mark' it can mean past tense, as in in his past.

    Even suggesting he is addicted to food is laughable... totally irrelevant.
    aviatorbrisbaneon May 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI since a with_teeth vibe from this song as well. It's like, now that he's come to this point and done the hard part getting sober and clean, can he maintain the will and discipline to keep himself that way?
    starfireon April 23, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOk I'm about 90% certain this is NOT about Trent. This is all sarcastic. Tongue-in-cheek, people. He's saying this stuff from the role of the quintessential neo-con fascist running the country. Sort of like what he did with Capital G. He's playing out this role as though the person is finally questioning their war-mongering, oil-grubbing, bull economics methods ("Am I still tough enough? Feels like I'm wearing down. Is my viciousness losing ground, ground, ground?"). There should be a recognizable theme here since With Teeth (I definitely agree that this song is picking up on that aesthetic), which is that Trent is becoming less focused on social revolution and more focused on political revolution, less focused on introversion and more on extroversion. Thus his recent camaraderie with Saul Williams and the use of Year Zero in its entirety as a concept album poised against the Bush regime and its results. While most of his songs still hold some evidence that he is still questioning himself (i.e. Right Where it Belongs), he has spent far less time with the self moralizing and more time to the cause of the struggle. Questions, comments?
    Robert the Devilon April 27, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAm I the only one who is sensing a sexual tension in this song? Ever since I heard it for the first time... I can not help myself either, but thinking it's about a submissive/dominant relationship. Just a thought.
    lilli258on May 06, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwith all the connections, and as a long term NIN fan lol, the VERY FIRST THING that came to my head was sex. sexsexsexsexsex. c'mon guys discipline? if any here have been in a sub/dom relationship you will know what i mean.

    building on what lilli and sunnyside said earlier and my own impressions
    vampyre459on May 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGoing to quickly throw down my opinion. Seems to me it's about him questioning whether or not he still has it in him to keep doing what he does, and he's asking fans for their discipline to keep him from procrastinating. That's just a guess though.
    FalseDeityon April 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI absolutely loved With Teeth, I thought it was probably the best album Reznor could have written after quitting drugs. Ever since then I have been disappointed with Year Zero, Ghosts I-IV, and now this song. I feel he's lost his touch with his past creativity and the new music has been taking it's toll on him. I believe he kind of addresses this in this song. It sounds like he's questioning whether to get back into drugs to rejuvenate his mind (And now it's starting up, feels like I'm losing touch, nothing matters to me, nothing matters as much). Personally I would love to see him create another "The Fragile" while staying clean but I just don't see that happening. Still an amazing musician in my book nevertheless.
    TtertNoslenon April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI mean it could be about drugs, but I feel like that era's closed and done. Trent's done so much with himself in recent years, including buffing up and cutting his hair. Seems weird he'd be writing a song about drugs now.

    "Is my viciousness,
    Losing ground, ground, ground, ground, ground?"

    Sounds like he's concerned that his flame is dwindling down.
    FalseDeityon April 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen i first heard this it sounded like he was talking about jacking off...lmao
    jlredspotteddrumon April 26, 2008   Link

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