(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 CommentI kno this song iz about Trent not having faith, but those of u before me were saying it could b taken differently. I had this album 4 a couple years now, but when i got it, n didn't git quite all the words 2 this, when he wuz saying "Hey God" I thot he wuz saying "Don't Lie". I dunno y, that's just what i heard, so 4 a bit i didn't take it as sumthing religious, i took it as sum1 just stabbing u in the back, sum1 who just lied 2 u n it just rotted u 2 the bone. I always wanted 2 scream these lyrics 2 sum1 i had once trusted.
    Definitly my fav song by NIN. I cood listen 2 over n over. What i also liek it about tho, it not just the lyrics, but the overall sound of the song. It's sounds like there's a piece of an 80's horror movie soundtrack,(well, obviously 80's, it came out in '89). But i meen, when i hear the parts between "Terrible Lie", it sounds like sum1 running down a dark alley, being chased by sumthing horrid. It's so morbid, i love it.
    Admiral Thumperon September 13, 2007   Link

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