"All the Love in the World" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Watching all the insects march along
Seem to know just right where they belong
Smears a face reflecting in the chrome
Hiding in the crowd, I'm all alone
No one's heard a single word I've said
They don't sound as good outside my head
It looks as though the past is here to stay
I've become a million miles aw-
Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?

All the jagged edges disappear
Colors all are brighter when you're near
The stars are all afire in the sky
Sometimes I get so lonely, I could
Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?

Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?
Why do you get all the love in the world?

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"All the Love in the World" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's about a deeply depressed individual who is in love with someone who doesn't love him back. "All the jagged edges disappear" when she's around; the "colors are all brighter". When she breaks his heart, inevitably, he wonders in despair and fustration why she, or anyone, might "get all the love in the world"-- except for him. I know this because I just lived through this. Kindness to others is the only way out.
    Maxwell_Blankon June 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOkay then.

    First of all, from a producer's standpoint, the inclusion and placement of this song is brilliant. Before the album came out, most people had heard "The Hand That Feeds," "Only," and "Every Day is Exactly the Same." They expected the album to contain mostly rock-influenced drum beats, fun breakdowns, driving synths, and so on... So by including this as the first song, it's a huge attention-grabber that is amazingly effective. Now. Onto the song meaning.

    Obviously, as with pretty much all NIN songs, everyone's interpretation of the song is based on their own circumstances, in my opinion... (That said, this is a great album to feel sorry for yourself to, but that's beside the point.) So for me, it looks like this:

    There's a girl. And he's got this weird obsession-attraction thing with her, but she hardly notices him. He's shut himself down to everything else but her... and she gives her love to someone else. A rival.

    So he sinks down into this pit, where finally he can only think of her... and of the blasted rival, who doesn't even really deserve her love.

    He addresses the rival: "Why do you get all the love in the world?" Rather, why does the rival get all the love in the world [that matters]?

    Watching all the insects ... where they belong - The insects (everyone else in the world, that doesn't matter) know exactly what they're doing; they have no idea.

    All the jagged edges disappear - Classic denial. When he can't get her to notice him, he tries to pretend he's okay with it. But we all know he's not.

    And that great pickup at 3 minutes and some? That's the part where he realizes his anger about the whole thing, and realizes that it's okay to feel that. So by the end of the song, he's screaming, demanding. Not asking, like before.

    Ugh. That's just what I get out of it.

    Great song.
    amohalkoon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song's about desiring to be loved. He feels alienated from the rest of society, but is actually a good-hearted person, yet the whole of society still gets the love of the world. He is in a state of despair over this fact, because he feels like he deserves to be loved and doesn't understand why he isn't. It's just a sad song with a lot of feeling in it. Any "loner" or hermit would relate to this entirely, as do I.
    Androgyneon June 21, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEDIT:

    Maybe this song is totally dedicated to God.

    God and Faith are supposed to make life better and more clear. And now Faith is really all Trent has left, but he'd really like to know why God gets all the love in the world.

    It's quite possible that God and Faith are failing him, and in return he'd just really like to know why everyone looks up to him so much, when he does absolutely nothing to help anyone. Everyone worships God, but God's not helping Trent when he needs help the most.

    He then in turn asks "why do you get all the love in the world?"

    When he says "all the jagged edges disappear" etc etc. he's not comparing his life to when he thinks about God, he's comparing what Faith is supposed to be like, in the eyes of mortal man, but then leading it on that it isn't working out for him. Then it leads to the chorus.
    BLEEDTHROUGHon April 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think the song refers to how people are born into poverty and others born into wealth. I think the song is written in the perspective of someone born in a crappy house with crappy parents. Fot instence they might beat him and he looks at the othe happy "normal" familys and is jealous of the love that they get.
    EliteSquibyon July 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaybe it's about a jealous sibling who's been cast out as the black sheep of the family.
    angelsarahon December 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, but very different in comparison to The Fragile and TDS.

    I loved it immediately, but i'm sure a lot of people won't take to it so quickly.
    Glomeon April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti loved it right away also

    and um basically i think its about being alone, and not loved or understood lol pretty obvious
    Alexis507on April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think I need to really hear and understand the album as a whole before I can interpret the meaning of this... as is the case with a lot of NIN albums, each song tells a part of the story.
    Glomeon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt\'s hard for me to interpret the meaning too. At first I thought he\'s expressing anger for someone who he doesn\'t like, but gets more recognition/attention than him. Then I noticed a few allusions. One to \"Hurt\", with the line...

    \"I\'ve become a million miles away\"

    which might be hinting at the fact that he\'s over his addiction. But really I\'m not sure on that. It could very well mean something entirely different because the lines before are describing a neglected person.

    The other allusion I noticed was to Elvis\'s song \"Heartbreak Hotel\" with the line...

    \"Sometimes I get so lonely I could...(die)\"

    Which lead me to believe the person that the one-line chorus is about is someone he used to be with.

    Regardless, it\'s a great opening to the album, and it took a few listens before I really started liking it. I love how it really picks up at the 3:00 mark or so. Gets louder etc.
    Ubiqon April 23, 2005   Link

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