"Me, I'm Not" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Well, it's happening
Never planned on this
You've got something I need
Kind of dangerous
And I'm losing control
I'm not used to this
What you want from me
I'm not used to this

I can't shut it off
This thing I've begun
And it's hard to tell
Just where it's coming from
And it's hard to see
What I'm capable of
And it's hard to believe
Just what I've become

Hey, can we stop?
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop?
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop?
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop?
Me, I'm not

I can swallow it down
Keep it all inside
I define myself
By how well I hide
I feel it coming apart
Well, at least I tried
I can win this war
By knowing not to fight

If I take it all back
Someway, somehow
If I knew back then
What I know right now


(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

(Me, I'm not)

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"Me, I'm Not" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's "Hey, can we stop" Not what you have up there (can't stop). Aside from that, I believe that your lyrics are correct.

    With the conceptualization that Trent has already put into play over this album . . . I would figure that this song is ACTUALLY about the Sniper.

    I say this because the Sniper was once one of the Fictious Military Division. The "105th Airborne Crusaders" to be exactly. Pertaining to the audio files found on the ARG websites for this album, the Sniper ends up aiming at the government for what he learned about them:

    "if I knew back then
    what I know right now"

    He starts aiming to show people what they are blinded to, even if it takes extreme measures. So, the lines

    "Hey, Can we stop
    Me, I'm not"

    Is about him not "putting up his gun" and continuing to use it as he was instructed to do: To stop the oppressers of the people.

    Also, the information (audio file and 105thairbornecrusaders website) came out directly before this song was "leaked".
    Cabreson February 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEither that, or it could be about AIR [Art Is Resistance]. The only reason I shifted focus to that POV are 4 lines:

    "I define myself
    by how well I hide"

    If you go to the AIR site and look at the "message board", he was actually someone who went out and spraypainted the outline of an body in a ton of different spots. His message only got out by how well he hid.

    "I can win this war
    by knowing not to fight"

    A lot of the other users on the AIR "board" argue that this is passive civil resistance and that by not turning violent they're convincing more and more to join them. That's the concept behind AIR.
    Pandoruson February 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about him telling ppl that he's not one of them..to just stop.. he's not.
    Coracoon August 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this is simply about moral hypocrisy. Can we all stop living the way we're living and treating people / the planet badly (Me? I'm not).
    Nosferobtuon December 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment" Me, I'm not " deals with regret on how someone turned out for worse. Its hard to understand what this song means without hearing the rest of this "highly conceptual" Year Zero.
    I'm looking forward to the 4.17.07 release.
    mycrofton February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThree things I'm guessing this is one of the songs you can fuck to. this sounds sexual if taken out of context, and it has a fairly strong resemblance to even deeper. Great song can't waiit for year zero.
    Nirvana23on February 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is sexy.
    loveisfictionon February 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am very impressed with this song. possibly about how he changing and he's not really himself. we probably need to know about the song and the ones around it to know more but so far this song kicks so much ass.
    metalontheinsideon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, I think its about the sniper too. now, I really got a weird vibe from this song...feels like pink floyd meets korn.
    hallowed_rainon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould it be about " The Presence" taking some one over.
    Distorting them and turning them into something they don't want to be?That is what I thought of when I first listened to the song.
    PCS153on March 13, 2007   Link

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