Nine Inch Nails


Nine Inch Nails Lyrics



The Fragile
1999

"Left" Disc

1. "Somewhat Damaged" - 4:31
2. "The Day the World Went Away" - 4:33
3. "The Frail" - 1:54
4. "The Wretched" - 5:25
5. "We're in This Together" - 7:16
6. "The Fragile" - 4:35
7. "Just Like You Imagined" - 3:49
8. "Even Deeper" - 5:47
9. "Pilgrimage" - 3:31
10. "No, You Don't" - 3:35
11. "La Mer" - 4:37
12. "The Great Below" - 5:17

"Right" Disc

1. "The Way Out Is Through" - 4:17
2. "Into the Void" - 4:49
3. "Where Is Everybody?" - 5:40
4. "The Mark Has Been Made" - 5:15
5. "Please" - 3:30
6. "Starfuckers Inc."- 5:00
7. "Complication" - 2:30
8. "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally" - 4:13
9. "The Big Come Down" - 4:12
10. "Underneath It All" - 2:46
11. "Ripe (With Decay)" - 6:34



"Left" Disc

1. "Somewhat Damaged"

so impressed with all you do
tried so hard to be like you
flew too high and burnt the wing
lost my faith in everything

lick around divine debris
taste the wealth of hate in me
shedding skin succumb defeat
this machine is obsolete

made the choice to go away
drink the fountain of decay
tear a hole exquisite red
fuck the rest and stab it dead

broken bruised forgotten sore
too fucked up to care anymore
poisoned to my rotten core
too fucked up to care anymore

broken bruised forgotten sore
too fucked up to care anymore
poisoned to my rotten core
too fucked up to care anymore

in the back
off the side
far away
is a place
where i hide
where i stay

tried to say
tried to ask
i needed to
all alone
by myself
where were you?

how could i
ever think
it's funny how
everything that swore it wouldn't change
is different now

just like you
would always say
we'll make it through
then my head
fell apart
and where were you?

how could i
ever think
it's funny how
everything you swore would never change
is different now

like you said
you and me
make it through
didn't quite
fell apart
where the fuck were you?


2. "The Day the World Went Away"

i listen to the words he'd say
but in his voice i heard decay
the plastic face forced to portray
all the insides left cold and gray

there is a place that still remains
it eats the fear it eats the pain
the sweetest price he'll have to pay
the day the whole world went away

na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah na na nah
na na nah
nah


3. "The Frail"

 

4. "The Wretched"

just a reflection
just a glimpse
just a little reminder
of all the what abouts
and all the might have
could have beens
another day
some other way
but not another reason to continue
and now you're one of us
the wretched

the hopes and prays
the better days
the far aways
forget it

it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to
it didn't turn out the way you wanted it, did it?
it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to
it didn't turn out the way you wanted it, did it?

now you know
this is what it feels like
now you know
this is what it feels like

the clouds will part and the sky cracks open
and god himself will reach his fucking arm
through
just to push you down
just to hold you down
stuck in this hole with the shit and the piss
and it's hard to believe it could come down to this
back at the beginning
sinking
spinning

and in the end
we still pretend
the time we spend
not knowning when
you're finally free
and you could be (but it didn't turn out the way you wanted it to)
(it didn't turn out quite the way that you wanted it)

now you know
this is what it feels like
now you know
this is what it feels like

now you know (now you know)
this is what it feels like (this is what it feels like)
now you know (now you know)
this is what it feels like (you can try to stop it but it keeps on coming)
(you can try to stop it but it)


5. "We're in This Together"

i've become
impossible
holding on to when
when everything seemed to matter more
the two of us (all used)
all used and beaten up
watching fate
as it flows
down the path
we have chose

you and me
we're in this together now
none of them can stop us now
we will make it through somehow

you and me
if the world should break in two
until the very end of me
until the very end of you

awake to the sound
as they peel apart the skin
they pick and they pull
trying to get their fingers in

well they've got to kill what we found
well they've got to hate what they fear
well they've got to make it go away
well they've got to make it disappear

the farther i fall i'm beside you
as lost as i get i will find you
the deeper the wound i'm inside you
for ever and ever i am a part of

you and me
we're in this together now
none of them can stop us now
we will make it through somehow

you and me
if the world should break in two
until the very end of me
until the very end of you

all that we were is gone we have to hold
all that we were is gone we have to hold
when all our hope is gone we have to hold
all that we were is gone but we can hold on

you and me
we're in this together now
none of them can stop us now
we will make it through somehow

you and me
even after everything
you're the queen and i'm the king
nothing else means anything


6. "The Fragile"

she shines
in a world full of ugliness
she matters
when everything is meaningless

fragile
she doesn't see her beauty
she tries to get away
sometimes
it's just that nothing seems worth saving
i can't watch her slip away

i won't let you fall apart
i won't let you fall apart
i won't let you fall apart
i won't let you fall apart

she reads the minds of all the people as they pass her by
hoping someone will see
if i could fix myself i'd -
but it's too late for me

i won't let you fall apart
i won't let you fall apart
i won't let you fall apart
i won't let you fall apart

we'll find the perfect place to go where we can run and hide
i'll build a wall and we can keep them on the other side
...but they keep waiting
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and picking...
...and

(it's something i have to do)
i won't let you fall apart (i was there, too)
i won't let you fall apart (before everything else)
i won't let you fall apart (i was like you)
i won't let you fall apart


7. "Just Like You Imagined"


8. "Even Deeper"

i woke up today
to find myself in the other place
with a trail of my footprints
from where i ran away

it seems everything i've heard
just might be true
and you know me
(well you think you do)

sometimes, i have everything-
yet i wish i felt something

do you know how far this has gone?
just how damaged have i become?
when i think i can overcome
it runs even deeper

in a dream i'm a different me
with a perfect you
we fit perfectly
for once in my life i feel complete-

and i still wanna ruin it
afraid to look
as clear as day
this plan has long been underway

i hear them call
i cannot stay
the voice inviting me away

do you know how far this has gone?
just how damaged have i become?
when i think i can overcome
it runs even deeper

everything that matters is gone (everything that matters is gone)
all the hands of hope have withdrawn (everything)
could you try to help me hang on?
it runs...

i'm straight
i won't crack
on my way
and i can't turn back

i'm okay
i'm on track
on my way
and i can't turn back

i stayed
on this track
gone to far
and i can't come back

i stayed
on this track
lost my way
can't come back

i stayed
on this track
gone to far
and i can't come back

i stayed
on this track
lost my way
can't come back

i stayed
on this track
gone to far
and i can't come back

i stayed
on this track
lost my way
can't come back


9. "Pilgrimage"


10. "No, You Don't"

smiling in their faces
while filling up the hole
so many dirty little places
in your filthy little worn out broken down see through soul

baby's got a problem
tries so hard to hide
got to keep it on the surface
because everything else is dead on the other side

teeth in the necks of everyone you know
you can keep on sucking 'til the blood won't flow
when it starts to hurt it only helps it grow
taking all you need
(but not this time)
no, you don't

and just for the record
just so you know
i did not believe
that you could sink so low

you think that you can beat them
i know that you won't
you think you have everything
but no, you don't

no, you don't
no, you don't
no, you don't
no, you don't
no, you don't
no, you don't
no, you don't
no, you don't


11. "La Mer"

"et quand le jour arrive
la tourner el ciel
et la tourner la mer

et la mer eh ven embrasse moi
et la deneh ve moi logis

a rien pa peut arrete moi
a rien pa peut arrete moi
a rien pa peut arrete moi
a rien pa peut arrete moi"


12. "The Great Below"

staring at the sea
will she come?
is there hope for me
after all is said and done

anything at any price
all of this for you
all the spoils of a wasted life
all of this for you

all the world has closed her eyes
tired faith all worn and thin
for all we could have done
and all that could have been

ocean pulls me close
and whispers in my ear
the destiny i've chose
all becoming clear

the currents have their say
the time is drawing near
washes me away
makes me disappear

and i descend from grace
in arms of undertow
i will take my place
in the great below

i can still feel you
even so far away
i can still feel you
even so far away
i can still feel you
even so far away
i can still feel you
even so far away
even so far away
even so far away
even so far away
so far away

 

"Right" Disc

1. "The Way Out Is Through"

all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on
all i've undergone
i will keep on

underneath it all
we feel so small
the heavens fall
but still we crawl

all i've undergone
i will keep on

all i've undergone
i will keep on

all i've undergone
i will keep on


2. "Into the Void"

(tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
(tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
(tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
(tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)

talking to myself all the way to the station (tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
pictures in my head of the final destination (tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
all lined up (all the ones that aren't allowed to stay) (tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away

tried to save a place from the cuts and the scratches
tried to overcome the complications and the catches
nothing ever grows and the sun doesn't shine all day
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away

(tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)
(tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away) (tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away)

tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away
tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping


3. "Where Is Everybody?"

did you happen to catch
or did it happen so fast
what you thought would always last
has passed you by
is everything speeding up
or am i slowing down
i'm just spinning around
and i don't know why
all the pieces don't fit
though i didn't really give a shit
i never wanted to be like you
but for all i aspire
i am really a liar
and i'm running out of things i can do

i'd like to stay
but every day
everything pushes me farther away
if you could show
help me to know
how it's supposed to be
where did it go?

pleading and
needing and
bleeding and
breeding and
feeding
exceeding
where is everybody?
trying and
lying
defying
denying
crying and
dying
where is everybody?

well okay, enough.
you've had your fun
but come on there has got to be someone
hasn't yet become
so numb
and succumb
and
god damn i am so tired of pretending
wishing i was ending
when all i'm really doing is trying to hide
and keep it inside
fill it with lies
open my eyes?
maybe i wish i could try

pleading and
needing and
bleeding and
breeding
feeding
exceding
where is everybody?
trying and
lying
defying
denying
crying and
dying
where is everybody?

pleading
feeding
bleeding
breeding
feeding
exceding
where is everybody?
trying
lying
defying
denying
crying and
dying
where is everybody?


4. "The Mark Has Been Made"

i'm getting closer
i'm getting closer
i'm getting closer
all the time


5. "Please"

this is how
it begins
push it away but it all comes back again
all the flesh
all the sin
there was a time when it used to mean just about everything

just like now
just like now

breathe, echoing the sound (echoing the sound)
time starts slowing down (time starts slowing down)
sink until i drown (sink until)
i don't ever want to make it stop

and it keeps repeating
will you please complete me?

never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up

(never be enough)
watch the white (to fill me up)
(never be enough)
turn to red (to fill me up)
(never be enough)
it fills up the hole but it grows somewhere else instead (to fill me up)
(never be enough)
(to fill me up)
all my life
yeah yeah yeah yeah, but it just left me dead
the world is over and i realize it was all in my head

now everything is clear (everything is clear)
i erase the fear (i erase the fear)
i can disappear (i can disa)
(please) i don't ever want to make it stop

you can never leave me
will you please complete me

never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up
never be enough
to fill me up


6. "Starfuckers Inc."

my god sits in the back of the limousine
my god comes in a wrapper of cellophane
my god pouts on the cover of the magazine
my god's a shallow little bitch trying to make the scene

i have arrived and this time you should believe the hype
i listened to everyone now i know that everyone was right
i'll be there for you as long as it works for me
i play a game it's called insincerity

starfuckers
starfuckers
starfuckers incorporated
starfuckers

i am every fucking thing and just a little more
i sold my soul but don't you dare call me a whore
and when i suck you off not a drop will go to waste
it's really not so bad you know once you get past the taste (asskisser)

starfuckers
starfuckers
starfuckers incorporated
starfuckers

starfuckers
starfuckers
starfuckers incorporated
starfuckers

all the pain
how did you think we'd get by without you?
you're so vain
i'll bet you think this song is about you
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you?
don't you? (starfuckers)
(starfuckers)
(starfuckers)
(starfuckers incorporated)
starfuckers (starfuckers)
starfuckers (starfuckers)
(starfuckers)
(starfuckers incorporated)
(starfuckers)
(starfuckers)
now i belong
i'm one of the chosen ones

(starfuckers)
now i belong
i'm one of the chosen ones

(starfuckers)
now i belong
i'm one of the chosen ones

(starfuckers incorporated)
(starfuckers)
now i belong
i'm one of the beautiful ones (starfuckers)
(starfuckers incorporated)

i have become


7. "Complication"

as black as the night can get
everything is safer now
there's always a way to forget
once you learn to find a way how

in the blur of serenity
where did everything get lost?
the flowers of naivete
buried in a layer of frost

the smell of sunshine
i remember sometimes

thought he had it all before they called his bluff
found out that his skin just wasn't thick enough
wanted to go back to how it was before
thought he lost everything
then he lost a whole lot more

a fool's devotion
swallowed up in empty space
the tears of regret
frozen to the side of his face

the smell of sunshine
i remember sometime

i've done all i can do
could i please come with you?
sweet smell of sunshine
i remember sometimes


8. "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally"


9. "The Big Come Down"

there is a game i play
try to make myself okay
try so hard to make the pieces all fit
smash it apart just for the fuck of it

bye bye oooh
got to get back to the bottom
oooh
the big come down isn't that what you wanted?
oooh
find a place with the failed and forgotten
oooh
isn't that really what you wanted now?

there is no place i can go there is no way i can hide
it feels like it keeps coming from the inside

there is a hate that burns within
the most desperate place i have ever been
try to get back to where i'm from
the closer i get the worse it becomes
the closer i get the worse it becomes

there is no place i can go there is no place i can hide
it feels like it keeps coming from the inside


10. "Underneath It All"

all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you
numb all through
i can still feel you
hear your call
underneath it all
kill my brain
yet you still remain

crucified
after all i've died
after all i've tried
you are still inside

all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you
all i do
i can still feel you

all i do
i can still feel you
all i do (you remain)
i can still feel you (i am stained)


11. "Ripe (With Decay)"

 


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