Pretty Hate Machine Album

Artist(s): Nine Inch Nails

Cover Art

Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine Cover Art

Tracklist

Head Like a Hole

length: 5:02
producer: Trent Reznor and Flood
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: Keith LeBlanc
engineer: Ken Quartarone, Keith LeBlanc, Flood, Doug DeAngelis and Kennan Keating
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor

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 with 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.
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.
You know who you are.

Terrible Lie

length: 4:39
producer: Flood and Trent Reznor
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: Trent Reznor and John Fryer
engineer: Flood, John Fryer and Doug DeAngelis
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 someone to hold on to.
don't take it away from me.
i need someone to hold on to
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 that promises, your promises and lies
terrible lie
terrible lie
terrible lie
terrible lie
you made me throw it all away.
my morals left to decay.
how many you betray.
you've taken everything
terrible lie
terrible lie
terrible lie
terrible lie
my head is filled with disease.
my skin is begging you please.
i'm on my hands and knees
i want so much to believe.
don't take it away from me.
i need someone to hold on to.
don't take it away from me.
i need someone to hold on to
i give you everything.
my sweet everything
hey God, i really don't know who i am.
in this world of piss

Down in It

length: 3:47
remixer: Keith LeBlanc and Adrian Sherwood
producer: Trent Reznor, Adrian Sherwood and Keith LeBlanc
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: Adrian Sherwood
engineer: Trent Reznor, Keith LeBlanc, Kennan Keating and Adrian Sherwood
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor

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 and that dot 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

Well 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 and 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
And 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
I was up above it
I was up above it
Now I'm down in it



Sanctified

length: 5:50
producer: John Fryer and Trent Reznor
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: John Fryer
engineer: John Fryer
electric guitar: Richard Patrick
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
It's still getting worse after everything I 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.

[Chorus:]
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 dispel.
As she walks me through the nicest parts of hell.
I still dream of lips I never should have never kissed.
Well she knows exactly what I can't resist

[Chorus]

I think we should get in the front right now,
Get in the front right now!
Doesn't that feel good?
Now you're ready to go, get it.
Now I want you to get in there and get the job done.
Life is great!
Life is terrific!
Thank you God for another wonderful day!
I'm still caught up in another of her spells.
Well she's turning me into someone else.
Everyday I hope and pray this will end.
But when I can I do it all again
And 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
I am purified.
I am terrified.
I am sanctified.
Inside you
Even when it's bowling shapes and see your life begin to change.

Something I Can Never Have

length: 5:55
producer: Trent Reznor and John Fryer
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: John Fryer
engineer: John Fryer
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 way
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
Gray would be the colour 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 way
I just want something
I just want something I can never have
I just want something I can never have

Kinda I Want To

length: 4:35
producer: Trent Reznor and John Fryer
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: John Fryer, Trent Reznor and Keith LeBlanc
engineer: Kennan Keating, Ken Quartarone, John Fryer and Keith LeBlanc
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
i can't shake this feeling from my head.
there's a devil sleeping in my bed.
watching you from across the way.
i cannot make this feeling go away
Chorus: i know it's not the right thing.
and I know it's not the good think.
but 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.
maybe God will cover up his eyes
Chorus
why does it have to be this way?
why does it have to be?
why does have to be this way?
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'll take my chance tonight)

Sin

length: 4:06
remixer: Keith LeBlanc
producer: Trent Reznor and John Fryer
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: Trent Reznor and Keith LeBlanc
engineer: John Fryer, Ken Quartarone, Kennan Keating and Keith LeBlanc
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 get's under my skin.
Within.
Take in the extent of my sin
You give me the anger.
You give me the nerve.
Carry out the sentence.
I get what I deserve.
I'm just an effigy to be defaced.
To be disgraced.
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 get's under my skin.
Within.
Take in the extent of my sin

That’s What I Get

length: 4:31
producer: John Fryer
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: John Fryer
engineer: John Fryer
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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.
Chorus: but that's what i get
that's what i get
that's what i get
that's what i get
how could you turn us into this?
after you just taught me how to kiss you.
i told you i'd never say goodbye.
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.
for trusting you.
that's what i get.
why does it come as a surprise.
to think that i was so naive.
maybe didn't mean too much.
but it meant everything to me.
Chorus

The Only Time

length: 4:50
producer: Trent Reznor, Keith LeBlanc and John Fryer
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: Keith LeBlanc
engineer: Keith LeBlanc, John Fryer, Ken Quartarone and Kennan Keating
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I'm drunk.
And right now I'm 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 **** me in the back of his car.

[Chorus:]
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.

[Chorus]

Ringfinger

length: 5:41
producer: Trent Reznor and John Fryer
vocal: Trent Reznor
performer: Trent Reznor
mixer: John Fryer and Trent Reznor
engineer: John Fryer
recording engineer: Trent Reznor
programming: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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
All of your back up to your chin.
Over to the tip of your switchblade as you pull it out and stick it in.

[Chorus:]
(Twist Twist Twist) we can go a little deeper.
(Twist Twist Twist) I'm wearing these chains.
(Twist Twist Twist) you make it hurt real good.
(Twist,Twist,Twist) I love the pain.

Well you just leave me nailed here.
Hanging like Jesus on the cross.
I'm just dying for your sins.
And aiding to the cause.

[Chorus]

Wrap my soul in bandages.
I'm tired of this war.
Go ahead and cut me.
I can't even feel it anymore.

[Chorus]