Give it to me
I can take it

Make it stop . . .
(Repeat until end)

Lyrics submitted by vapur, edited by Mellow_Harsher

Complications of the Flesh song meanings
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    General Commenti've never heard of this song, what album is it on?
    Soldier1288on August 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song can only be found on the third edition of the "We're In This Together" single. A really rare single to own. It is my opinion that the song wasn't intended to have a meaning, but I'd say it has something to do with sex if anything. The song is a collaboration of the songs "Complication" and "The New Flesh", and is mostly just an instrumental.
    Ru1neron September 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell, i'm sure this isnt too deep of an interpretation, but he wants it. he "knows" he can handle it, he seriously wants it. oops, didnt work out... now it cant stop, and he doesnt like it at all... maybe "make it stop" is repeated until the end, b//c it never actually does stop. OR... by him saying "make it stop", he wants the feeling and agony to stop b//c no one believes he can actually take it. ...idk
    tenmileshighhhon July 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyea its about when he was a kid he had rape problems witht the robotts of 1987 so he had to remove several ribs to suck his penis to make him self unattrackted tot the robots
    nin number oneon July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's either about drugs or S&M
    NINirvana69on January 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWell I personally related to this song with this sort of imagined sort of actual experience.

    You know that something bad is going to happen (your girlfriend breaking up with you, etc..) Therefore, you expect it, hence, "give it to me, I can take it." You're trying to be brave in the face of fear. Stoic. Then when it actually happens you are begging for it to stop. Like I said this is a personal experience of mine that I related to this song. A different idea comes from the title. Complications of the Flesh. Flesh referring to sin/ the world in Christianity. Complications referring to the difficulty of overcoming sin. In Trent's personal life this would more than likely be referencing his substance abuse/addiction problems. "Give it to me, I can take it," meaning either give me the drug, or give me the reremedy. "Make it stop" meaning the high/comedown off the drug, or the symptoms of withdraw from not having the drug.
    Androgyneon April 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song that is a perfect example of what a Nine Inch Nails song is.
    This is and abstract description of pain. I feel the situation of the song puts Trent is a situation where someone is trying to break him with pain, but he can take it.... for a while. Then all you hear is pain for a broken man with nothing left.
    joeswan1on March 18, 2014   Link

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