"Last" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Gave up trying to figure it out my head got lost along the way
worn out from giving it up my soul i pissed it all away
still stings these shattered nerves
pigs we get what pigs deserve
i'm going all the way down i'm leaving today
come come come on you've gotta fill me up
come come gotta let me inside of you
come come come on you've gotta fix me up
come come gotta let me inside of you
still feel it all slipping away but it doesn't matter anymore
everybody's still slipping away but it doesn't matter anymore
look through these blackened eyes
you'll see ten thousand lies
my lips may promise but my heart is a whore
come come come on you've gotta fill me up
come come gotta let me inside of you
come come come on you've gotta fix me up
come come gotta let me get through to you
this isn't meant to last
this is for right now
i know it's all getting away it comes to me as no surprise
i know what's coming to me is never going to arrive
fresh blood through tired skin
new sweat to drown me in
dress up this rotten carcass just to make it look alive
come come come on you've gotta fill me up
come come gotta let me inside of you
come come come on you've gotta fix me up
come come gotta let me get through to you
this isn't meant to last
this is for right now
i wish i could put all the blame on you
i want you to make me
i want you to take me
i want you to break me
then i want you to throw me away


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    General Comment"i wish i could put all the blame on you
    i want you to make me
    i want you to take me
    i want you to break me
    then i want you to throw me away"
    I think it's about...
    He's in a relationship and he lies about quite a few things and thinks she or whoever it is doesn't need them, that he's too lowly for them. He wants them to throw him away because that's all he thinks he's worth, is trash.
    n_i_n13on May 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about losing yourself, and desperately clawing up to recover from a frenetically paced downward spiral. Thats the more general theme. Specifically this song is about attempting to sustain yourself through carnality when you have lost so much.

    This song, as a special place in my heart, so to speak. I've been exactly where it describes.
    sinistercontrivanceon November 17, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI see it as somebody taking advantage of many people, needing for him to be "filled up" he does this by "look through these blackened eyes
    you'll see ten thousand lies
    my lips may promise but my heart is a whore" lieing to people, similar to Closer he feels incomplete and needs the sex to keep him alive, (The reference to sweat and blood can mean sex)

    and any relationship made, wont last.
    Okunnuron August 23, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti believe this song is about someone who is in a relationship with someone who they at one point was so completly in love, and all of a suddon the felling started slipping away. and he couldnt do anything about it. no matter how much he wanted to save himself and the relationship, he just couldnt. so he is trying to convice himself that it wasnt meant to last
    pretyhtemachin0on January 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is fuckin amazing. to say that trent reznor is a lyrical genius would belittle him "pigs we get what pigs deserve" i mean how are you going to beat that. and the raw emotion that he puts into the songs is insane and it drives the feeling out of the listener. a world without trent reznor is a world i would not want to live in.
    Rich4684on April 09, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song kicks so much ass it's not even funny.

    not very industrial, but a fucking badass industrial metal song. love the beginning
    kill the absenceon July 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationKeep in mind that Trent sometimes writes his lyrics from different perspectives, so when he says "I" he can be writing about someone else.

    I agree with the old groupie/whore theory. Most of the lyrics are ambiguous, but when you put together some of the key phrases, they seem to point in that direction ("worn out from giving it up," "blackened eyes," "my heart is a whore," "dress up this rotten carcass").
    freedomclubon September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its talking about condoms. lol.

    This isnt built to last, this is for right now.

    maybe trents having sex (not suprising lol), and she wants to quit but hes building the semen up and shoots it inside the condom.



    as for the pigs part, trent normally writes about 4 things:
    Pain, Pigs, Sadomasochistic sex, and that bitch he met in college.
    BloodOceanon February 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments on one of my favorite NIN songs? That's a shame.

    I love this track. The imagery is just so powerful (fresh blood through tired skin / new sweat to drown me in / dress up this rotten carcass just to make it look alive), and the way Trent sings it is amazing.
    Kultcheron October 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS ABOUT GROUPIES!!! WOOHOO!
    Nin172004on May 27, 2004   Link

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