"The Only Time" as written by and Michael Reznor....
I'm drunk
And right now I'm so in love with you
And I don't want to think too much about what we should or shouldn't do
Lay my hands on heaven and the sun and the moon and the stars
While the devil wants to fuck me in the back of his car

Nothing quite like the feel of something new
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up in you
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up in you
Maybe I'm all messed up
This is the only time I really feel alive
This is the only time I really feel alive

I swear
I just found everything I need
The sweat in your eyes the blood in your veins are listening to me
Well I want to wrap it up and swim in it until I drown
My moral standing is lying down

Nothing quite like the feel of something new
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up in you
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up
Maybe I'm all messed up in you
Maybe I'm all messed up
This is the only time I really feel alive
This is the only time I really feel alive

Maybe I'm all messed up in you
(This is the only time I really feel alive)


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"The Only Time" as written by Michael Reznor

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is the most underrated song of all time. Seriously it's like top 5 NiN songs

    and as for the meaning.... uhhh kinda obvious


    Once before performing the song live, a high as fuck Trent whispered "This... is a soooong.... about... FUCKING......" into the microphone very suggestively..... IT MUST BE ABOUT DRUGS!!!!!
    NINirvana69on October 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti dont think he's drunk for real...he's drunk with infactuation for this new girl.
    being with someone for the first time feels so good you dont care about your morals.
    lust is a sin, and this song is clearly about lust.
    by commiting this sin he's not only nailng this chick in the back of his car...he's making love to the devil
    jennifer555on July 05, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm sure that this song is about sex with a new partner. With that said I think this is one song to play whenever you are with a possible new partner. She ofcoarse would have to be a little crazy and those are usually the best ones
    NSearchOfTruthon July 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a one night stand. "and right now I'm so in love with you" One night stands are often looked down upon by society so "maybe I'm all messed up" explains his feelings towards his "moral standing" laying down. How can you get the feeling of something new with somone more than once? You can't. So you have to continue to find that feeling, so in these situations "this is the only time I really feel alive"
    I love the song, and seeing him preform it on the Closure concert tape just...hmm...do I really need to explain?
    andshediedon August 31, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is probably about someone having his first homosexual experience despite being told that it's wrong.
    "I'm drunk / And right now I'm so in love with you"
    Lowered inhibitions.
    "And I don't want to think too much about what we should or shouldn't do"
    "While the devil wants to fuck me in the back of *his* car"
    "My moral standing is lying down"
    "Maybe I'm all messed up /Maybe I'm all messed up in you"
    He's been taught by his religion that homosexuality is morally wrong.
    "This is the only time I really feel alive"
    "I swear / I just found everything I need"
    "Nothing quite like the feel of something new"
    He enjoys having sex with men, or at the very least, he enjoyed fucking that one guy at the back of his car.
    AldinTheMadon September 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI see this as a kind of part deux to 'Kinda I Want To'.
    Anthrackson October 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnly one person has got that this is about getting drunk and having sex with a dude?!

    COME ON PEOPLE! >_>
    The Honest Liaron May 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, a few of you *ARE* right, this song is about a homosexual experience that Trent had. But with who? Richard Patrick, his former guitarist and frontman of Filter. He wrote the song about their drunken sexual experience.
    sharkfoodon March 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the bass riff!
    NicoleInWonderlandon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is one of the top 3 songs on PHM. Why the hell haven't more people commented on it. Has anyone seen the "Closure" video. It has a killer live performance of this song.
    egbon May 02, 2003   Link

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