"Closer" as written by Trent Reznor....
You let me violate you
You let me desecrate you
You let me penetrate you
You let me complicate you

Help me, I broke apart my insides
Help me, I've got no soul to sell
Help me, the only thing that works for me
Help me get away from myself

I want to fuck you like an animal
I want to feel you from the inside
I want to fuck you like an animal
My whole existence is flawed
You get me closer to god

You can have my isolation
You can have the hate that it brings
You can have my absence of faith
You can have my everything

Help me, tear down my reason
Help me, it's your sex I can smell
Help me you make me perfect
Help me become somebody else

I want to fuck you like an animal
I want to feel you from the inside
I want to fuck you like an animal
My whole existence is flawed
You get me closer to god

Through every forest, above the trees
Within my stomach, scraped off my knees
I drink the honey inside your hive
You are the reason I stay alive

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"Closer" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +19
    General CommentYou are all crack-heads. This is a song about someone who hates themselves and finds an escape in mindless sex. This is in no way a happy party song either. He gets closer to god because of the fact that when he's with someone he can feel better about his own insecurities. And when he does this he takes something from the other person.
    DatheRon March 09, 2002   Link
  • +11
    General CommentSo so so so so so so so so good! The only thing that may be better is the video with its symbolism...pure genius. Obviously a song about getting power and identity through sex, which isn't as uncommon as one would hope. Sex brings the person "closer to God," which could be a metaphor for feeling high and invincible. I used to want to have sex to this song, but I've changed my mind. It's a song for a one night stand or a loveless relationship. It's a song for superficial encounters, not for the good stuff...
    Jeffreystumpon August 01, 2012   Link
  • +9
    Song MeaningYou can't just read the lyrics to this song and be able to understand what it means. You need to take everything he does, the lyrics, vocals, and music video to be able to see what he is saying. Thats why i love Trent's music so much, he uses everything about the song to show the emotions. Trent has also said that the album The Downward Spiral tells a story of a man's decent into madness ending with him committing suicide.

    This song is about him using sex with a woman he is obsessed with to cure his depression. If you listen to what he is saying and his emotions when he is saying it he is pleading with her to let him fuck her, hoping for some emotional release.

    "You can have my isolation
    You can have the hate that it brings
    You can have my absence of faith
    You can have my everything"

    He is telling her she can have everything just let him get this release.

    "Help me
    tear down my reason
    Help me
    It's your sex I can smell
    Help me
    You make me perfect
    Help me become somebody else"

    He wants her help to make him feel differently

    if you watch the music video it shows that the beat in the beginning is his heart and as the song goes on he starts pleading with her more and more and begins to break down.
    Portson December 12, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General Commentmaybe he just wants to forget everything that's going on (out of his control) and fuck.
    ninonon March 30, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThe way I see it, it's broken down into parts: obsession, violence, and hope. The violence part is pretty obvious. The hope and obsession are linked--this person is their last link to life, tearing down everything into basic instinct (like an animal).
    baby_janeon December 08, 2001   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe only person who knows the exact meaning of this song is Reznor, in my opinion.
    Ridiculously enough, I have my doubts about THAT, too.

    My personal interpretation, however, is that "Closer" is about a combination of things, a situation.
    Sometimes, when you hate yourself really badly, you're completely fucked up and depressed and you get together with your partner and you start getting intimate, it is a sort of cry for help. Gradually, the disgust you feel towards yourself drives you into a state of primal, animalistic, almost violent lust-"fuck you like an animal"-and eventually the sex consumes you so much, it gives you partial relief as it distracts you from the mess in your head and the hate you feel for yourself. This way, you get closer to god-both through feeling complete bliss and ecstasy, and through lightening your psychological burdain-even if just temporarily.
    So, the "help me become somebody else" is pretty much asking to "get away from myself" as in escaping from being a self-hating wreck at least for the time while the sex is going on.
    The "you let me" part, to me, acknowledges the whole thing truly being a form of help the other person willingly gives.
    Also, in the end the lust seems to shift towards emotion, as the person gets "closer to god"-feels less filthy and troubled-he/she feels like, even with all their flaws and problems, the other person makes them perfect, even if it's in a perverse, out-of-the-ordinary way...which could translate into actually being love.
    You can't really understand unless you feel something like it yourself, but when it comes to me, this song gives me a kind of sick feeling-a mixture of depression, self-loathing, despair, disgust, obsession, sado-masochistic tendencies, lust, need, affection...
    I guess you just need to be a little sick in the head to get it.

    That's the way I see it, and that's what it will always be to me. I think the interpretation of the song should be individual. But, the main point is that this song is absolutely perfect, and that's the fucking bottom line.
    TishBoneson October 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"You bring me closer to God."

    Let's see, how to interpret this song. The man is a user. The man is incomplete. He needs HER to live. Through her, he finds satisfaction of his power, his dominance, and his lust. Through her, he can vent his fears, his hate--he can let her "have my everything."

    And when it's all done, she brings him closer to God..
    pragmaticpoetryon April 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song could be taken as a extreme satire or parody of pop music. All pop songs are about are sex, this song is just taking it to the extreme. "you get me closer to god" could be seen as how pop music make sex an object unreachable.
    spittleon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song definitely is not just a sex anthem. There is a much darker and sinsister meaning. It is actually very sad and depressing. The character in the song is so broken down and so empty that sex is the only things that still makes him feel alive. Also, as a side note, I personally make a connection to religion, in that, especially in Hinduism as well as other Eastern religions, sex is in fact viewed as a spiritual connection with another person and God. Sex is sacred, not profane, as it is viewed by modern Christianity and society as well. In the video as well the part that has the monkey on the cross, I relate to something I saw on an early "Faces of Death" movie, where people where gathered at a table and took turns hitting a monkey in the head with a small hammer until it was dead and then eating its brain. This was done because it was believed that eating the monkey's brain would bring them closer to god. I think the S&M bondage style sex that is referenced is also a reflection of the psychological nature of being sadistic/masochistic, which is considered as a disorder, and is refering to the reasons why you can become this way, i.e. through being beaten down mentally and emotionally until you are virtually broken and empty until you find a way to regain power over yourself through sadistic/masochistic behavior, this behavior, of course, only deepens the wound leaving you desensitized in an extreme way so that you become regretful, suicidal, delusional?, etc.. The reason sex is glorified in this song is because it is the only thing the main character has left,therefore it in a way is his god, it controls him, it gives his life meaning and purpose as miserable of an existence as that sounds, that is the message being conveyed in this song as well as throughout The Downward Spiral.
    Androgyneon April 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi never really thought about any particularity deep meaning of the song until now.
    from my perspective the song was always about having a friend who you're close with and ending up sleeping with them or at least fantasizing about them to an extent in a 'guilty pleasure' sort of way. to me the song is about lusting over someone you shouldn't or someone who is pretty innocent and then feeling dirty and wrong because of it, and you know youre no good for them. its about an animalistic need and trying and failing to fight it.
    i see the song as some kind of inner monologue from that persons small but pushy dark side, that has been hidden away because they know its wrong. the song feels like that persons own little secret thoughts and i love it
    but thats just from my perspective
    in reality i think this is one of those songs that you cant help but fit to your own fantasizes and imagination
    squiggles78on September 16, 2013   Link

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