song of the day. #10

song of the day.

The first time I heard this song, I died a little inside. I think it actually ripped out a piece of my heart. I had a lot of angst. I guess I still do. Isn’t that supposed to go away when you grow up? Hmm. I’ll get back to you on that… when I grow up.

This song easily makes my top-ten-best-songs-of-all-time list.

The original is the only version for me. Yeah, the Johnny Cash cover is well-loved, but me? I must have the original Trent Reznor. Because he’s fucking amazing.

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that’s real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt


Obviously I am not the owner of any rights to this song, this video, or these lyrics… just everything else… which isn’t much… © 2016 what sandra thinks

About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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11 Responses to song of the day. #10

  1. samdfb1 says:

    I haven’t heard this song in ages. It’s pretty intense- kind of makes you want to head towards the light. Kidding. But seriously- this song is powerful and sad in equal measure. I heart it. Great post. Cheers.

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  2. It’s a great one. And one we can all relate to at one time or another. I too think Reznor is awesome. But Johnny’s version cuts me to the bone every time I hear it. He was in a dark, dark place at the time that album was released, and it comes through in every word.

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    • I know some will freak out when I say this but… I have never been a fan of Johnny Cash… And I’m not sure I’ve ever loved a cover as much as an original. (I’m sure there’s an exception somewhere… but one doesn’t come to mind…)

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      • I generally don’t like the cover as much as the original either, but there are several songs where the opposite is true. I love Johhny! And, in this case, I like the cover more. But, I get not being a Johnny fan. He’s an icon, but a bit of an acquired taste.

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  3. Halycon Prana says:

    Apart from this song being well written and performed (Trent is one of my all-time music heroes). I love two things about this track (though I couldn’t listen to it too regularly). The first being the brutal honesty, and the second is that I believe their to be a hint of perseverance, a glimmer of hope. Thanks for posting as always!

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  5. Mr. Fluffy Red Rabbit says:

    Youps, should not have listened to that early in the morning but oh well


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