(Hey god) why are you doing this to me?
Am I not living up to what I'm supposed to be?
Why am I seething with this animosity?
(Hey god) I think you owe me a great big apology

Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie

(Hey god) I really don't know what you mean
Seems like salvation comes only in our dreams
I feel my hatred grow all the more extreme
(Hey god) can this world really be as sad as it seems?

Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie

Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't take it away from me, I need someone to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to someone on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Don't tear it, don't tear it, don't tear it, don't tear it, don't

(Hey god) there's nothing left for me to hide
I lost my ignorance, security and pride
I'm all alone in a world you must despise
(Hey god) I believed the promises, your promises and lies

Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie
Terrible lie

You made me throw it all away, my morals left to decay (terrible lie)
How many you betray you've taken everything (terrible lie)
My head is filled with disease, my skin is begging you please (terrible lie)
I'm on my hands and knees, I want so much to believe

I give you everything my sweet everything
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)
You everything my sweet everything (I need someone to hold on to)


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Terrible Lie Lyrics as written by Trent Reznor

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    General CommentDude, i fuckin' love this song, definitly a favorite of mine. I can relate, when i first heard this song, when he's saying "Hey god", i thot he wuz saying "Don't lie", (that wuz b4 i looked in the booklet), but it fits too i guess. I like to think of my x-boyfriend, i used to imagined yelling "TERRIBLE LIE!" in his face. Because he's egotistical in his own way, bastard thiks he's god, so that's how i reely relate.

    So i can understand if thsi songs about Trents "relationship" with god, but maybe he went thru a simular situation as i did. I could be either, but who reely knows.
    Admiral Thumperon December 03, 2006   Link

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