"Happiness in Slavery" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Slave screams he thinks he knows what he wants
Slave screams thinks he has something to say
Slave screams he hears but doesn't want to listen
Slave screams he's being beat into submission
Don't open your eyes you won't like what you see
The devils of truth steal the souls of the free
Don't open your eyes take it from me
I have found
You can find
Happiness is slavery
Slave screams he spends his life learning conformity
Slave screams he claims he has his own identity
Slave screams he's going to cause the system to fall
Slave screams but he's glad to be chained to that wall
Don't open your eyes you won't like what you see
The blind have been blessed with security
Don't open your eyes take it from me
I have found
You can find
Happiness is slavery
I don't know what I am I don't know where I've been
Human junk just words and so much skin
Stick my hands through the cage of this endless routine
Just some flesh caught in this big broken machine


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"Happiness in Slavery" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +2
    General CommentWhat makes Trent's songs cool is that he DOESN'T have any answers. His music is his own dialogue with himself. Should we give into happiness and become a slave, or remain free but cursed to never being happy? Slavery can indeed lead to happiness. It's what society was founded on. Does a slave mentality lead to happiness or does happiness lead to a slave mentality? Does unhappiness lead to being independent or does independence lead to unhappiness? This unanswered paradox is Trent's, and our, plight.
    entity994on September 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis was written when going through an ongoing legal battle with a record company.

    tvt inspired hate.

    sorry
    daxdreyon March 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyea it means not so much that "anarchists" are slaves, but rather... our society, governments, and religious institutions. People who have a loan for school, and their car, and their house, and a mortgage and all that other shit that is controlled by David Rockefeller or related banking cartel individuals like the Bloomberg Group. We ARE slaves. If you think this is a cool song but all this government-conspiracy theory stuff is wrong.. guess what???? you're a poser... listen to trent's new cd, listen to his interviews, he's just as concerned as MANY others about this. if you think everyone who put comments here is "crazy" maybe you should be watching the O.C or American Idol or something rather than pretending to understand.
    anarchriston September 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHonestly, to me, I think it's about simply being a slave to capitalism.
    Supaphly65on May 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe label, yeah but it also applies to real life. Ignorance is bliss. People can be happy if they conform and shit, do exactly what people expect them too, but if they open their eyes and see what they are doing... realizing they are slaves to society, they won't be happy with it anymore.
    DJgifon February 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about the delusion of freedom we suffer in the modern world, while the vast majority of the (first) world is confined to a small set of possibilities from birth, we are taught to love it and want it.

    Slave screams he thinks he knows what he wants
    [<>] Thinking we can really choose anything we want, when what we want usually just coincides with what we're allowed.
    Slave screams thinks he has something to say
    [<>]
    Slave screams he hears but doesn't want to listen
    Slave screams he's being beat into submission
    Don't open your eyes you won't like what you see
    [<>] Keep believing the lie, realising that you're not truly free is a frightening and painful experience.
    The devils of truth steal the souls of the free
    [<>] The people at the top of the "food" chain as it were, contributing to the delusion.
    Don't open your eyes take it from me
    I have found
    You can find
    Happiness is slavery
    [<>] Speaking from the position of someone that has made the realisation and were wholly content with their life until that point.
    Slave screams he spends his life learning conformity
    [<>]
    Slave screams he claims he has his own identity
    [<>] Further delusion of the freedom we think we possess
    Slave screams he's going to cause the system to fall
    [<>] Lying to ourselves that we (anyone) can really change the world
    Slave screams but he's glad to be chained to that wall
    [<>] Not admitting that he's happy that life is set out and made so easy.
    Don't open your eyes you won't like what you see
    The blind have been blessed with security
    [<>] Those who stay on the road meant for them live a secure life
    I don't know what I am I don't know where I've been
    Human junk just words and so much skin
    [<>]
    Stick my hands through the cage of this endless routine
    Just some flesh caught in this big broken machine
    [<>] Trying to escape the reality he has realised, only to make the further realisation that he means nothing in the grand scheme.
    Echoplexiaon October 02, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit means great part of the lyrics author life in the time he wrote this. it seems he feels as a slave in slavery in the endless routine of life.
    he feels that way because he did not solve the puzzle of life yet " i don t know who i am i don t know where i ve been". i relate a lot with this too so i found easy to figure it out. this slavery means the fight between good and evil inside the soul and the evil is the slave condition he wants to be free of.
    sonofdoomon May 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho ever posted these lyrics failed to include the last line of the song. It's after all the music is over when Trent whispers, "Happiness...it controls you...happy-ness..."
    OceanOfChaoson May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho ever posted these lyrics failed to include the last line of the song. It's after all the music is over when Trent whispers, "Happiness...it controls you...happy-ness..."
    OceanOfChaoson May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a great song, i must say. It deals with having to be kept a prisoner in this world. The video for this song is very unique, it def portreys how people do think and feel.
    Coladaon July 28, 2002   Link

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