"10 Miles High" as written by and Trent Reznor....
I'm going to get so high
You'll never get inside
I swore I'd never turn into you
I'm closer all the time

I made it ten miles high
Can't tell my truth from my lies
I swore to god I would never turn into you
I'm getting closer... all the time

Tear it all down
Tear it all down
Tear it all down
Tear it all down
Tear it all -


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"10 Miles High" as written by Trent Reznor

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    My InterpretationI think this song is based off of becoming someone that you hate, but I don't think it's actually a literal person.
    I think he means someone you imagined as a bad person in a past. An idea. "I swore I'd never turn into you" meaning "I know that way isn't the right way, so I'm not going to travel down that road." And then over time, he realizes, he's somehow turned into this person. He's lost perception of what he actually is made of and what he's tried so hard to be and lied to himself that he is. (Can't tell my truth from my lies)

    "I'm getting closer, all the time" basically meaning that he's starting to turn it around. He's starting to become higher than his lies.

    His fears came true, and now they're spreading into things that are actually happening. "My nightmares are everywhere but inside, a living indication of every situation"
    "But it seems I've got neglected complications, hindered my salvation" He's completely neglected the voice screaming inside him telling him that he was going to fall.
    "But I try, and I try, and I try..." He keeps trying to pull it back together. Trying to find safety.

    "I'm gonna get so high,
    You'll never get inside,"

    He's running away from the mess he made, to try and repair what's left of himself.

    "I swore I'd never turn into you,
    I'm closer all the time"

    He's realized that he's becoming that someone he said he never would.

    "I made it 10 miles high,
    Can't tell my truths from my lies"

    He can't see what's really a part of who he is, and what's changed inside of him to fit the someone he hates. He doesn't know which flaws are his flaws, and which good traits are his traits.

    "I swore to god I would never turn into you,
    I'm getting closer,
    All the time."

    He's so angry that he let himself become this person that he hates so much.

    "Tear it all down" basically means he's going to rip himself apart, just to see what's left of him.

    This interpretation is kind of personal, because it's kind of what I'm going through right now, but music is entirely personal in my opinion. People form relationships with different songs, and no two relationships are the same.
    *shrug*
    dripdroptikson July 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt's about turning into the person you hate and being partly in denial of it by saying that you are so high and away from the person you hate but for some reason your constantly falling down lower towards him/her at the bottom.

    Letting the hate you have for this person turn you into them.
    dsgfsdgson October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou are an idiot, egb. As a matter of fact Trent isn't into drugs; he tells the story in a few interviews of how he tried some of the hard ones once, found it was over-rated, and renounced them.

    Apparently, Trent lacks the weakness necessary to enjoy drugs.

    My opinion on the song is in absolute concurence with MeshBlorg, above.
    sinistercontrivanceon November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is beautifully creepy.
    clairebabyon May 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTotally about what Mesh Blorg said.
    Don´t you just love trent?
    Frauon December 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts funny looking back at posts. For example, look at the first post at the top by egb. We all know now Trent was druggy.
    FaaipDeOaidon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMore correct lyrics below. I'm new to this, so I don't know if I can edit song lyrics themselves....


    I'm getting closer, [4x]
    All the time,
    I'm getting closer,
    All the time,
    I'm getting closer, [2x]
    All the time,
    I'm getting closer, [5x]

    I tried to get so high,
    I made it 10 miles high,
    I'm gonna get so high,

    I'm gonna get so high,
    You'll never get inside,
    I swore I'd never turn into you,
    I'm closer all the time,
    I made it 10 miles high,
    If you're not truthfull I'm not a lie,
    I swore to god I would never turn into you,
    I'm getting closer,
    All the time.

    Tear it all down. [8x]
    Tear it all -
    onethousandnailson June 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNEVER MIND MY LAST POST - It has a mistake. THESE are the correct lyrics.


    I'm getting closer, [4x]
    All the time,
    I'm getting closer,
    All the time,
    I'm getting closer, [2x]
    All the time,
    I'm getting closer, [5x]

    I tried to get so high,
    I made it 10 miles high,
    I'm gonna get so high,

    I'm gonna get so high,
    You'll never get inside,
    I swore I'd never turn into you,
    I'm closer all the time,
    I made it 10 miles high,
    Can't tell my truths from my lies,
    I swore to god I would never turn into you,
    I'm getting closer,
    All the time.

    Tear it all down. [8x]
    Tear it all -
    onethousandnailson June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually YOUR am idiot Sinistercontrivance.....Trent ODed in London and nearly died. Let's say he tried "a few of the hard ones" more than once.

    To me this song is more about Trent realizing that he's become the druggie that he never thought he'd ever be.
    redking666on July 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually YOUR am idiot Sinistercontrivance.....Trent ODed in London and nearly died. Let's say he tried "a few of the hard ones" more than once.

    To me this song is more about Trent realizing that he's become the druggie that he never thought he'd ever be.
    redking666on July 03, 2006   Link

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