"Ringfinger" as written by and Michael Reznor....
Well you've got me working so hard lately
Working my hands until they bleed
If I was twice the man I could be
I'd still be half of what you need
Still you lead me and I follow
Anything you ask you know I'll do
This one act of consecration
Is what I ask of you

A promise carved in stone
Deeper than the sea
Severed flesh and blood
Offer it to me

Well you just leave me nailed here
Hanging like jesus on this cross
I'm just dying for your sins
And aiding to the cause

A promise carved in stone
Deeper than the sea
Severed flesh and bone
Offer it to me

Wrap my eyes in bandages
Confessions I see through
I get everything I want
When I get part of you

A promise carved in stone
Its deeper than the sea
Sever flesh and bone
And offer it to me

A promise carved in stone
Deeper than the sea
Devils flesh and bone
Do something for me


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"Ringfinger" as written by Michael Reznor

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  • +1
    General CommentIt´s really about not being able to please the one you love
    Frauon January 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe's very desparate to please the person he wants to marry but she wont give in.
    ubertalldudeon July 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkay, these lyrics are actually part of the version of the song that is called "Twist" and is from a bootleg called "Purest Feeling". I've not actually heard that version yet, but will now be hunting it down. However I did find these lyrics when I was looking for the actual lyrics for "Ringfinger".

    Lyrics for "Twist":

    Well you've got me working so hard lately
    Working my hands until they bleed
    If I was twice the man I could be
    I'd still be half of what you need
    Still you lead me and I follow
    All of your back up to your chin
    Over to the tip of your switchblade
    As you pull it out and you stick it in

    (Twist twist twist) it can go a little deeper
    (Twist twist twist) I'm wearing these chains
    (Twist twist twist) you make it hurt real good
    (Twist twist twist) I love the pain

    Well you just leave me nailed here
    Hanging like Jesus on this cross
    I'm just dying for your sins
    And aiding to the cause

    (Twist twist twist) it can go a little deeper
    (Twist twist twist) I'm wearing these chains
    (Twist twist twist) you make it hurt real good
    (Twist twist twist) I love the pain

    Wrap my soul in bandages
    I'm tired of this war
    Go ahead and cut me
    I can't even feel it anymore

    (Twist twist twist) it can go a little deeper
    (Twist twist twist) I'm wearing these chains
    (Twist twist twist) you make it hurt real good
    (Twist twist twist) but I love, love the pain
    (Twist twist twist) it can go a little deeper
    (Twist twist twist) I'm wearing these chains
    (Twist twist twist) make it hurt, make it hurt
    (Twist twist twist) I love the pain
    (Twist twist twist)

    And for "Ringfinger":

    Well you've got me working so hard lately
    Working my hands until they bleed
    If I was twice the man I could be
    I'd still be half of what you need
    Still you lead me and I follow
    Anything you ask you know I'll do
    But this one act of consecration is what I ask of you

    Ringfinger
    Promise carved in stone
    Deeper than the sea
    Ringfinger
    Sever flesh and bone
    And offer it to me

    You just leave me nailed here
    Hanging like Jesus on this cross
    I'm just dying for your sins
    And aiding to the cause

    Ringfinger
    Promise carved in stone
    Deeper than the sea
    Ringfinger
    Sever flesh and bone
    And offer it to me

    Wrap my eyes in bandages
    Confessions I see through
    I get everything I want
    When I get part of you

    Ringfinger
    Promise carved in stone
    Deeper than the sea
    Ringfinger
    Sever flesh and bone
    And offer it to me
    Ringfinger
    Promise carved in stone
    Deeper than the sea
    Ringfinger
    Devil's flesh and bone
    Do something for me

    I'm so tired I can't get to sleep
    And the squeaking of the bed is right in time with the song that's repeating in my head
    I just want you to know

    "When I do it, I only think of you"

    Those last 4 lines are not actually in the song at all, but he listed them in the lyrics booklet for Pretty Hate Machine. So....quite obviously a very personal message meant for someone specific. At least in my opinion.
    I did not officially correct the lyrics because the ones listed are kinda from 2 different versions of the song. I thought that anyone else who is huge on NIN would appreciate. And I will add that if you can find a live version of "Ringfinger", you will hear that instead of "This one act of consecration...." he says "This one act of masturbation is what I ask of you".
    Belle47on August 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeing asked for someones hand in marriage.
    Freeman1221on April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShows how he'll always come back to the one he loves, even after she did all this to him. And, of course, the above.
    PrettyHateMachineon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought opposite.. a few things point to sheer sexual frustration. "Still you lead me and I follow, anything you ask you know I'll do, just one act of consecration, is all I ask of you..." I mean, I thought that it might be something to do with sex. She's leading him through... maybe even married him, and he still, quite simply, isnt getting any. "DO SOMETHING FOR ME"... "Sever flesh and bone, and OFFER IT TO ME"... Things like that... you know as well as I that trent isnt exactly conservative when it comes to sexual issues. Just a thought. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems that way...
    Nollykinon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI just had to analyze this one...

    Well you've got me working so heard lately
    Working my hands until they bleed
    **He's back with her, but he feels like she is in control and he doesnt want to do anything wrong, so hes working harder than usual, and he's humbled**
    If i was twice the man I could be
    I'd still be half of what you need
    **Yet he still can't live up to her standards, because even if he really tried, he still wouldnt be enough**
    Still you lead me and I follow
    Anything you ask you know I'll do
    But this one act of consecration is what I ask of you
    **Yet, he still wants her and will do anything she asks. And he is ok with it, but he just wants one thing in return from her...marriage. (Consecration in this sense means to make their relationship sacred by going through a religious and permamnent ceremony or rite)**
    Ringfinger
    Promise carved in stone
    Deeper than the sea
    **Here, he's comparing the marriage vows and the symbol of the ring as something that can never be broken again, (cause he wants to feel secure in the knowledge that she will never leave him again)**
    Ringfinger
    Sever flesh and bone
    And offer it to me
    **Here he just doesn't care about how she treats him, all he wants is marriage...at any cost. He'll take it even if she cut's her ringfinger off and gave it to him**
    You just left me nailed here
    Hanging like Jesus on the cross
    I'll be dying for your sins
    And aiding to the cause
    **I think hes saying he feels crucified by her cause shes getting away with a lot of things and hes letting her**
    Wrap my eyes in bandages
    Confessions I see through
    I get everything I want
    When I get part of you
    **he doesnt want to see or believe how she really is as long as he gets to have her**

    Sorry about my explanation being so long, but this is just how I see it.
    Daisy13on August 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere is another more cryptic meaning, in some sects of satanism it is considered a mark of ulimate devotion to satan to cutt off the ring finger of your left hand and offer it as a sacrifice.
    papaear6902on May 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentpapaear: interesting thought...but knowing trent, I'd say he knew that but put it in the context of something more along the lines of love or relational symbology.

    very cool, though, didn't know that.

    a very, very good nin song. surprisingly (unlike a few other pretty hate machine songs) it stands the test of time, especially when faced to fragile songs...
    harperdcon June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI enjoy the original-- "Twist" much better
    LittleUrantiaGirlon July 03, 2003   Link

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