split
split into
something else
shed
your precious skin
save yourself
bleed
have to purge
what you were
yes
yes of course
this is going to hurt
nature is violent
the very nature of this is violence
no no no no no that was someone else
no no no no no no no that wasn't me

it's getting harder to tell the two of you apart
it's getting harder to tell the two of you apart
i don't believe you can even remember which one you are
it's getting harder to tell the two of you apart

thrive
just become
your disease
leave
them behind
you are free
take
what you want
what you deserve
yes
yes of course
this is going to hurt

it's getting harder to tell the two of you apart
it's getting harder to tell the two of you apart
i don't believe you can even remember who you are
it's getting harder to tell the two of you apart

i just don't know anymore
i just don't know




Lyrics submitted by Ian Equinox, edited by Belle47

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    General CommentWell, I don't necessarily agree with you (eksfaktr), but I think you're sort of right. First off, I don't think it's literal. I think it's more about how he has changed over the years and grown as a person. The first verse seems to be about him being "reborn" in a sense, and I think that's what he's referring to with the imagery. "Shed your precious skin" where the "skin" is his image, the image everyone expects him to wear. He's telling himself that he needs to stop trying to be what everyone wants him to be and just be himself, even though it is vastly different from who/how he was during The Downward Spiral era for example. He has to purge who he was, which basically means the same thing as shaking off his image, because his image was who he was in the past. It is going to hurt to fully change and show the world who he is now, show the world his new image. The part about it being "someone else" I think is about him doubting and second guessing himself about being this new person. The chorus is again him being unsure of who he really is or really wants to be. The next verse seems to be like two different parts of him talking, one part being the part of him that wants to change, and the other being the one that wants to hold onto the past. "Thrive just become your disease"-this is the part of him that wants to hold onto his old image. His "disease" being addiction and self-destruction. I think Reznor makes a connection between his past self-destructive self and his fame and success. I know when With Teeth came out he said how he felt unsure about even being able to write songs sober. So now it's like he wants the success and all that from his past, but without the addiction issues and self-destructive attitudes and behaviors. And that's precisely where the dilemna lies. Part of him thinks "fuck it, just go back to being an addict so you can have all the success all over again," but the other part of him says "no, you can't turn back to drugs," so he's stuck in this decision about what to do. "Leave them behind you are free"- this part is the part of him that wants to change telling him to leave the past behind him and accept who he is today. "Take what you want, what you deserve"- what you want and what you deserve are often two different things. He wants fame, success, etc.., but wonders if he really deserves that after the way he abused things before, if is family deserves that. Either way, the decision he makes is going to hurt him. He concludes by saying he still isn't sure what he should do or what he wants to do or if he will even be able to do it once he decides. Think of it as an identity crisis, or possibly even a mid-life crisis.
    Androgyneon January 07, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationJust my $.02 here, but does anybody get the feeling like the main character in this song maybe had a case of DID, and the personalities are starting to bleed into each other? That's how it feels to me. Especially the other voice, "It's getting harder to tell the two of you apart", seems to be intimately familiar with both sides of the person and how they tick, and yet they can't see the difference anymore either.
    eksfaktron January 07, 2014   Link
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    General Commentit's about all of us and our struggle to come to terms with the fact that we're simply animals
    waitwuton November 23, 2014   Link

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