"Underneath It All" as written by and Trent Reznor....
All I do
I can still feel you

Numb all through
I can still feel you
Hear your call
Underneath it all
Kill my brain
Yet you still remain
After all I've died
After all I've tried
You are still inside

All I do
I can still feel you

You remain
I am stained

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"Underneath It All" as written by Trent Reznor

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    General CommentThis song holds personal meaning with me, and I can relate to it's meaning. I'll explain it through my own experiences and the context I see it in. . .

    The narrator was once in love with the subject. The subject meant everything to the narrator, and the narrator was eventually wronged beyond belief. He tries to move on, but he never can because 'underneath it all' the subject still remains. He's willing to do anything to shake the scent of heartbreak, but he never can. He just wants to be able to let go, but it's impossible for him. He tries, and tries, and only defeats himself more and more. Perhaps the only ending for this torment he's experiencing is suicide.
    LittleUrantiaGirlon July 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHow is it silly to think it might be about God? Trent was raised in a Christian household and even flirted with Christianity at one point in his younger years. If you've ever had any sort of relationship/understanding with the Lord you'd know it's not something you can totally blank out of your thought process. No matter if you are angry at him or choose to ignore/not believe him Him. The Fragile is a really introspective album that I feel touches on a lot of Trent's softer more vulnerable emotions. During the writing process when Trent was really searching deep he may have unearthed his connection with God and thus we have what's "underneath it all". Underneath all of the hardness, despair, and self-searching for all these years is it somehow laughable to assume that Trent may have had a weak moment wherein he breifly heard God's call?
    Jumpy-B-Lon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the songs Trent dedicated to his grandmother after her passing. Rather than possibly being about God, I would venture to guess it is about her. Additionally, this song has never been performed live, which could lend to it being quite an emotional track for Trent.
    ninsegaon May 15, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno matter what you do, sometimes you just can't erase people from your memory
    trent is a lyrical god
    whiskeyfairyon April 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentUnderneath it all, Trent still knows that God is true. He tries to become numb to the fact and ignore the feellings but they're still inside. He kills his brain, perhaps with drugs or just trying to kill any though relating to a true God.

    "after all I've died
    after all I've tried
    you are still inside

    you remain
    I am stained"

    Even in death, he relizes, God is true and no amount of trying will kill that fact. Trent will allways, on the inside, know that God is true.
    woundedfateon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it has to do with God. The first three seem to be more correct to me.

    Sounds exactly like what I'm going through.
    Cham Zordon December 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Wounded Fate. I'm sorry but not every song can be about some lover who hurt Trent or some relationship that went sour. If that's the case music certaintly lacks any depth whatsoever. It seems to me that most people seem to think that nearly every song has to do with said stuff.
    Jumpy-B-Lon December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the first three posts have it I think. I'm not sure Trent has anything good to say about trhe man upstairs. Its about someone who "still remains" in him, even though he's tried everything to attempt to erase them from his head.
    FaaipDeOaidon January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it's silly to assume it's about God being true.
    phantombreezeon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps what remains might be a desire to kill himself; If there is a cohesive storyline to the albums, maybe it's left over from The Downward Spiral if the character never actually killed himself. He's tried to do many things to numb the pain, possibly even drugs ("Kill my brain"), but nothing can make it stop.
    eversiuson February 25, 2005   Link

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