Nine Inch Nails


Nine Inch Nails Lyrics



Pretty Hate Machine
1989

1. "Head Like a Hole" - 4:59
2. "Terrible Lie" - 4:38
3. "Down in It" - 3:46
4. "Sanctified" - 5:48
5. "Something I Can Never Have" - 5:55
6. "Kinda I Want To" - 4:33
7. "Sin" - 4:06
8. "That's What I Get" - 4:30
9. "The Only Time" - 4:47
10. "Ringfinger" - 5:40


1. "Head Like a Hole"

god money i'll do anything for you
god money just tell me what you want me to
god money nail me up against the wall
god money don't want everything he wants it all

no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me
no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me

head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control
head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control

bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve

god money's not looking for the cure
god money's not concerned about the sick among the pure
god money let's go dancing on the backs of the bruised
god money's not one to choose

no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me
no you can't take it
no you can't take it
no you can't take that away from me

head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control
head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control

bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve

bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve

head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control
head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control
head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control
head like a hole
black as your soul
i'd rather die
than give you control

bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve
bow down before the one you serve
you're going to get what you deserve


2. "Terrible Lie"

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 someone to hold 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 take it
don't take 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 your 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
i give you everything (i need someone to hold on to. i need someone to hold on to)
my sweet everything (i need someone. i need someone. i need someone to hold on to)
i give you everything (i need someone to hold on to. i need someone to hold on to)
my sweet everything (i need someone to hold on to. i need someone to hold on)
i give you everything (i need someone to hold on to. i need someone to hold on to)
my sweet everything (i need someone. i need someone. i need someone to hold on to)
i give you everything (i need someone to hold on to. i need someone to hold on to)
my sweet everything (i need someone. i need someone. i need someone to hold on to)

(i need someone to hold on to)


3. "Down in It"

now i'm down in it
now i'm down in it

kinda like a cloud i was up way up in the sky
and i was feeling some feelings you wouldn't believe
sometimes i don't believe them myself
and i decided i was never coming down
just then a tiny little dot caught my eye
it was just about too small to see
but i watched it way too long
it was pulling me down

i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it
i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it

shut up so what what does it matter now
i was swimming in the haze now i crawl on the ground
and everything i never liked about you
is kind of seeping into me
try to laugh about it now
but isn't it funny how everything works out
("i guess the jokes on me," she said)

i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it
i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it

i used to be so big and strong
i used to know my right from wrong
i used to never be afraid
i used to be somebody
i used to have something inside
now just this hole that's open wide
i used to want it all
i used to be somebody

i'll cross my heart i'll hope to die
but the needle's already in my eye
and all the world's weight is on my back
and i don't even know why
what i used to think was me is just a fading memory
i looked him right in the eye and said "goodbye"

i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it (now i'm down in it)
i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it

i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it
i was up above it

rain rain go away come again some other day
rain rain go away come again some other day
rain rain go away come again some other day
rain rain go away come again some other day

i was up above it
i was up above it
now i'm down in it

i was up above it

now i'm down in it


4. "Sanctified"

it's still getting worse after everything i've tried
what if i found a way to wash it all aside
what if she touches with those fingertips
as the words spill out like fire from her lips

if she says come inside i'll come inside for her
if she says give it all i'll give everything to her

i am justified
i am purified
i am sanctified
inside you

Heaven's just a rumor she'll dispell
as she walks me through the nicest parts of hell (dance of hell)
i still dream of lips i never should have kissed
well she knows exactly what i can't resist

if she says come inside i'll come inside for her
if she says give it all i'll give everything to her

i am justified
i am purified
i am sanctified
inside you

"dear mom and dad, this is the hardest letter i've ever had to write. i'd hoped somehow to get out of this quickly so that you'd never have to know about it, but that just isn't possible now. i don't know what's going to happen, but what can i say to you? will 'i'm sorry' make a difference? will it ease the pain? the shame you must be feeling... forgive me... please."

i'm just caught up in another of her spells
well, she's turning me into someone else
every day i hope and pray that this will end
but when i can i do it all again

and if she says come inside i'll come inside for her
and if she says give it all i'll give everything to her

i am justified
i am purified
i am sanctified
inside you

i am justified
i am purified
i am sanctified
inside you


5. "Something I Can Never Have"

i still recall the taste of your tears
echoing your voice just like the ringing in my ears
my favorite dreams of you still wash ashore
scraping through my head 'till i don't want to sleep anymore

you make this all go away
you make this all go away
i'm down to just one thing
and i'm starting to scare myself
you make this all go away
you make this all go away
i just want something
i just want something i can never have

you always were the one to show me how
back then i couldn't do the things that i can do now
this thing is slowly taking me apart
grey would be the color if i had a heart
come on tell me

you make this all go away
you make this all go away
i'm down to just one thing
and i'm starting to scare myself
you make this all go away
you make this all go away
i just want something
i just want something i can never have

in this place it seems like such a shame
though it all looks different now,
i know it's still the same
everywhere i look you're all i see
just a fading fucking reminder of who i used to be
come on tell me

you make this all go away
you make this all go away
i'm down to just one thing
and i'm starting to scare myself
you make this all go away
you make it all go away
i just want something
i just want something i can never have
i just want something i can never have


6. "Kinda I Want To"

i can't shake this feeling from my head
there's a devil sleeping in my bed
he's watching you from across the way
i cannot make this feeling go away

i know it's not the right thing
and i know it's not the good thing
kinda i want to
kinda i want to

i'm not sure of what i should do
when every thought i'm thinking of is you
all of my excuses turn to lies
or maybe God will cover up his eyes

and i know it's not the right thing
and i know it's not the good thing
kinda i want to
kinda i want to
kinda i want to
kinda i want to

somebody
somebody
somebody
somebody
somebody
somebody
somebody
somebody

kinda i want to
maybe just for tonight
we can pretend it's alright
what's the price i pay
i don't care what they say

i want to
i want to
i want to
i want to
i want to
i want to
i want to
i want to


7. "Sin"

you give me the reason
you give me control
i gave you my Purity
my Purity you stole
did you think i wouldn't recognize
this compromise
am i just too stupid to realize
stale incense old sweat
and lies lies lies

it comes down to this
your kiss
your fist
and your strain
it gets under my skin
within
take in
the extent of my sin

you give me the anger
you give me the nerve
carry out my sentence
will i get what i deserve
i'm just an effigy to be disgraced
to be defaced
your need for me has been replaced
and if i can't have everything
well then just give me a taste

it comes down to this
your kiss
your fist
and your strain
it gets under my skin
within
take in
the extent of my sin

you give me the reason
you give me control
i gave you my Purity
my Purity you stole
did you think i wouldn't recognize
this compromise
am i just too stupid to realize
stale incense old sweat
and lies lies lies

it comes down to this
your kiss
your fist
and your strain
it gets under my skin
within
take in
well my sin
it comes down to this
your kiss
your fist
and your strain
it gets under my skin
within
take in
the extent of my sin


8. "That's What I Get"

just when everything was making sense
you took away all my self-confidence
now all that i've been hearing must be true
i guess i'm not the only boy for you

but that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get

how can you turn me into this? after you just taught me how to kiss you i told you i'd never say goodbye now i'm slipping on the tears you made me cry

but that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get

why's it come as a surprise to think that i was so naive maybe didn't mean that much but it meant everything to me that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get that's what i get


9. "The Only Time"

i'm drunk
and right now i am so in love with you
and i don't want to think too much about what we should or shouldn't do
lay my hands on Heaven and the sun and the moon and the stars
while the devil wants to fuck me in the back of his car
nothing quite like the feel of something new

maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up in you
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up in you
maybe i'm all messed up

this is the only time i really feel alive
this is the only time i really feel alive

i swear
i just found everything i need
the sweat in your eyes the blood in your veins are listening to me
well i want to wrap it up and swim in it until i drown
my moral standing is lying down
nothing quite like the feel of something new

maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up in you
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up
maybe i'm all messed up in you
maybe i'm all messed up

this is the only time i really feel alive
this is the only time i really feel alive

maybe i'm all messed up in you

this is the only time i really feel alive
this is the only time i really feel alive
this is the only time i really feel alive
this is the only time i really feel alive


10. "Ringfinger"

well you've got me working so hard lately
working my hands until they bleed
if i was twice the man i could be
i'd still be half of what you need
still you lead me and i follow
anything you ask you know i'll do
this one act of consecration is what i ask of you

ringfinger
promise carved in stone
deeper than the sea
ringfinger
sever flesh and bone
and offer it to me

well you just leave me nailed here
hanging like Jesus on this cross
i'm just dying for your sins
and aiding to the cause

ringfinger
promise carved in stone
deeper than the sea
ringfinger
sever flesh and bone
offer it to me

wrap my eyes in bandages
confessions i see through
i get everything i want
when i get part of you

ringfinger
promise carved in stone
it's deeper than the sea
ringfinger
sever flesh and bone
and offer it to me
ringfinger
a promise carved in stone
deeper than the sea
ringfinger
devil's flesh and bone
do something for me

ringfinger



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