"Leaving Hope" as written by and Michael Reznor....

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"Leaving Hope" as written by Trent Reznor

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    General Commenta progression into silence
    Consiliumon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy new favourite NIN song. No lyrics to this one but the title and music suggest a hopeful scenario. This song was a part of the STILL cd most probally being one of the studio outakes that wasn't released before. Juding whether it comes from 'The Downward Spiral' or 'The Fragile' era could help to give a better prespective on this song.
    WORlockon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJudging by the title, it sounds like it was an outake from The Fragile era. Leaving Hope...Into The Void... getting some clues to what era its from? this my opinion WORlock, but i thought it belongs in The Fragile era. which had more of lost feelings and lost hopes. Trent finally gave up, leaving hope behind.
    ArchAngelVanityon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song so much. if i listen to it when im sad ill just start crying though...hmm. im thinking fragile too, but you never know.
    todayisonfireon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLeaving Hope, the title is clearly negative, maybe from the begining of the fragile era, before into the void.
    9INon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"the title and music suggest a hopeful scenario."

    huh? the title, to me, seems to say the exact opposite.
    lefttheretodrownon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far the best song in the Nine Inch Nails library.
    The title, by the way, is the name Trent has used to publish his songs ever since Pretty Hate Machine back in 1989.
    Edifice_Rexon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song very obviously conveys the feelings of giving up and letting go. It could mean a million things. Giving up on a person that won't help themselves, letting go of a relationship, or just giving up on yourself. It brings to mind a sort of struggle to hold on to hope until the very end when you realize it's not there, nor was ever there to begin with. So you let yourself fall and you don't get back up. You leave hope behind.
    eeyore1883on April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI personally invision this whenever I listen to it:

    I see the first half of the song as the "Leaving Hope" portion. The sad, melancholy portion which portrays someone who has lost all hope in everything. Then towards the middle of the song after the second collaboration of the string instrument and the piano, I feel a moment of realization. From then on, I feel a sense of moving on and development musically and as a person whom is using the music to portray the mind. At the very end, I feel the person has become someone else emotionally. I think this song is ever-developing and one of the greatest pieces ever created.
    Ms Self Destructon February 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin response to what lefttheretodrown said about the title not being negative, I think either up or down could be the mood and message of the song. like, "I am leaving all hope I have, I'm giving up" could be the negative perspective, but in a less likely(in my opinion) interpretation of what reznor is expressing in this song, maybe he's saying "this is my only hope of leaving, my leaving hope, I need to get going, I need to go back to making a studio album that is going to make everything else I've done seem like I was just fuckin' around"
    DustinBeyetteon February 23, 2005   Link

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