"Where Is Everybody?" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Did you happen to catch
Or did it happen so fast
What you thought would always last
Has passed you by
Is everything speeding up
Or am I slowing down
Just spinning around
And I don't know why
All the pieces don't fit
Thought I didn't give a shit
I never wanted to be like you
But for all I aspire
I am really a liar
And I'm running out of things I can do

I'd like to stay
But every day
Everything pushes me further away
If you could show
Help me to know
How it's supposed to be
Where did it go?

Pleading and
Needing and
Bleeding and
Breeding and
Where is everybody?
Trying and lying
Defying denying
Crying and dying
Where is everybody?

Well okay, enough,
You've had your fun
But come on there has to be someone
That hasn't yet become
So numb and succumb
And god damn I am so tired of pretending
Of wishing I was ending
When all I'm really doing is trying to hide
And keep it inside
And fill it with lies
Open my eyes?
Maybe I wish I could try

Pleading and needing
And bleeding and breeding
And feeding exceeding
Where is everybody?
Trying and lying
Defying denying
Crying and dying
Where is everybody?

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"Where Is Everybody?" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +4
    General CommentI always wondered whether this song was named after the Twilight Zone episode of the same name, and now that Trent's called a song 'The Four of Us Are Dying' (another Twilight Zone episode) on The Slip, it seems more likely.

    The episode 'Where Is Everybody?' is about...


    A guy in a US Military uniform walking round a small US town with nobody in it apart from himself. It's a lot like the "We're In This Together" video actually. Anyway, he keeps wandering around, having no idea how he got there, who he is, or what he's supposed to be doing, and gradually freaks out more and more. Eventually at the end of the episode he completely cracks and keeps pushing a traffic light button sobbing and crying out for someone to help him. Then the twist is that he was actually a volunteer for a US Space Program who was in an isolation tank to experiment on trying to send man to the moon (the episode was written / filmed in the late fifties). He dreamed the whole town up in his own mind from lonliness and sensory deprivation.
    Yer_Maon May 08, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who wants to conform to society, but can't. He wants to believe that there are other people like him, who can't conform and are therfore different from the rest of society. "Where is Everybody?" implies that he is searching for these people, but can't find them. Its a conformist's anti-conformist song, if you know what i mean, and an excuse for being different.
    Ragnarok2128on April 12, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthese are some of reznor's most revealing and self deprecating lyrics. in all his music, though there is a certain self loathing, never does reznor question his own purpose or integrity. this he does in where is everybody. reznor goes so far as to call himself a liar, probably the lowest insult an artist can get. it means his work is all a piece of crap, and his work is his life. in a way, then this could be the most depressing nails song ever written.
    but it isn't. it balances the self loathing with ego building hatred of everybody else. verses are balanced between the "you" and the "i," and the chous taunts everybody else. this is a truly great [and, as i get the impression, underrated] song, and is a hidden gem in the beauty of the fragile.
    crashingheroon June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Fragile carries a theme of abandonement, and this continues that. It stems from the opening track, "Somewhat Damaged". He had a breakdown, his "head fell apart", and he feels as though everyone has left him because of it. He's all alone and he hates these people for leaving him - but, as we all know, when you hate everyone else you're really just hating yourself too.
    DeathRockBoyon June 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis trent possibly looking for the real people out there? all trent wants, i think, is someone who doesnt try to be someone they are not. i find this in the song "the fragile" as well...its pure beauty i think
    sean7711on July 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti couldnt agree with crashinghero more.... what a powerful song
    bengton August 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTrent feels abandoned and betrayed by "everyone" (obviously his friends or family, or the people who promised to be there and weren't). In other words, there's many people who are along for the ride of fame and fortune and such, but when Trent needs a shoulder to cry on or something to hold him, no one is there.

    "I'm so tired of pretending of wishing I was ending"
    ---he's tired of pretending he's suicidal and depressed when all he really wants is someone to be there for him. . . and not have to 'live up' to other's expectations. He wants to be himself.
    LittleUrantiaGirlon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat LittleUrantiaGirl said about "I'm so tired of pretending of wishing I was ending" I totally agree with, hence "there has got to be someone".
    [inactive account]on April 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo far, I think everyone who has posted above is right on a level. This is one of my favorite songs, and as good as the version on The Fragile is, the Halo 16 version of this is amazing. Almost all of Halo 16 as the distinct essence of some kind of... like digital water.
    sinistercontrivanceon November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentget the telefon tel aviv remix of this. its fucking awesome.
    xnoisecorexon February 08, 2005   Link

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