She spread herself wide open to let the insects in
She leaves a trail of honey to show me where she's been
She has the blood of reptile just underneath her skin
Seeds from a thousand others drip down from within
Oh my beautiful liar
Oh my precious whore
My disease my infection
I am so impure

Devils speak of the ways in which she'll manifest
Angels bleed from the tainted touch of my caress
Need to contaminate to alleviate this loneliness
I now know the depths I reach are limitless
Oh my beautiful liar
Oh my precious whore
My disease my infection
I am so impure

Oh my beautiful liar
Oh my precious whore
My disease my infection
I am so impure

Oh my beautiful liar
Oh my precious whore
My disease my infection
I am so impure


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Reptile Lyrics as written by Trent Reznor

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    General CommentThere are two possible meanings to this song:

    Basically to interperate the song you have to take it from two different veiwpoints

    1) someone with a gf who's an utter slut
    2) Stalker/Rapist

    1) Well she's sleeping around, she's unclean. And the speaker also feels contaminated by it.

    2) This point can be argued by the break after the second chorus (With the sample of the woman crying over a mellow synth track) and trent's oh's (notice how they almost sound orgasmic)

    Well simply verse 1, how he see's her sleeping with another man, possibly her bf/husband besides himself, and how he wants her from himself (hence she's a whore for not being with him) The chorus could be his thoughts as he's raping her, (lying about not being together note: most stalkers are absolutely convinced of being in a relationship with a person who might not even know them, A whore for sleeping with the other man, and a diesease of his mind cuz he can't stop thinking about her.) and he has trhe guilt for raping her (and possibly killing her)

    Note the whole album of the downward spiral seems to revolve around the concept of an abusive relationship, which leads me to an interpretation of the album. What if the person speaking is NOT the protagonist in some cases. (Mr. Self-Destruct, Piggy, Closer, and so on.) What if it's someone who went insanely paranoid after getting out of an abusive relationship because 1) Since he/she controlled most of his/her life, he/she knows nothing else and/or 2) he/she is afraid there insignificant other will come back for them. This drives her to madness, and ultimatly to suicide. It might be a stretch but these feelings have been known to cause suicide in survivors of an abusive relationship, and feelings of numbness.
    colddwelleron April 12, 2006   Link

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