The Fragile Album

Artist(s): Nine Inch Nails

Cover Art

Nine Inch Nails The Fragile Cover Art

Tracklist

Somewhat Damaged

length: 4:32
vocal: Trent Reznor
additional guitar: Danny Lohner
composer: Trent Reznor, Danny Lohner
lyricist: Trent Reznor

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This machine is obsolete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
**** the rest and stab it dead

Broken bruised forgotten sore
Too ****ed up to care anymore
Poisoned to my rotten core
Too ****ed 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 **** were you?

The Day the World Went Away

length: 4:34
vocal: Trent Reznor
additional guest: Kim Prevost
guest choir vocals: The Buddha Debutante Choir
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I'd 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
Na na na, nah
Na na nah
Na na na , nah

The Frail

length: 1:54
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental

The Wretched

length: 5:26
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 to, did it?
It didn't turn out the way you wanted it to
It didn't turn out the way you wanted it to, 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 ****ing arm through
Just to push you down
Just to hold you down
Stuck in this hole with the **** 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 knowing 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

You can try to stop it but it keeps on coming
You can try to stop it but

We’re in This Together

length: 7:16
producer: Alan Moulder and Trent Reznor
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
engineer: Alan Moulder
drums (drum set): Jerome Dillon
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I've become impossible holding on to when
When everything seemed to matter more
The two of us
All used and beaten up
Watching fate as it flow 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've found
Well they've got to hate what we 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'm 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 on
All that we were is gone we have to hold on
When all our hope is gone we have to hold on
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

The Fragile

length: 4:36
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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

She reads the minds of all the people as they pass her by
Hoping someone can see
If I could fix myself I'd - but it's too late for me

I wont 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...

It's something I have to do
I was there, too
Before everything else
I was like you

Just Like You Imagined

length: 3:50
guest piano: Mike Garson
guest additional guitar: Adrian Belew
additional guitar: Danny Lohner
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental

Even Deeper

length: 5:48
guest background vocals: Elquine L. Rice, Stefani Taylor, Gary L. Neal, Barbara Wilson, Leslie Wilson, Traci Nelson, Rodney Sulton, Tracy Hardin, Di Coleman and Terry L. Rice
vocal: Trent Reznor
additional synthesizer: Danny Lohner
drum machine programming: Danny Lohner
additional mixer: Dr. Dre
composer: Trent Reznor, Danny Lohner
lyricist: Trent Reznor
i woke up today
to find myself in the other place
with a trail of 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

and in a dream i'm a different me
with a perfect you
we fit perfectly
and for once in my life i feel complete-
and i still want to 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
all the hands of hope have withdrawn
could you try to help me hang on?
it runs...

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

Pilgrimage

length: 3:32
guest trumpet: Cherry Holly
guest percussion: Steve Duda
guest choir vocals: The Buddha Boys Choir
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental

No, You Don’t

length: 3:36
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
smiling in thier 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 until 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

La Mer

length: 4:38
vocal: Trent Reznor
guest cello: Willie
guest: Denise Milfort
guest drums (drum set): William Rieflin
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
And when the day arrives
I'll become the sky
And I'll become the sea

And the sea will come to kiss me
For I am going
Home

Nothing can stop me now

The Great Below

length: 5:17
vocal: Trent Reznor
guitar: Danny Lohner
guest guitar: Adrian Belew
sampler: Charlie Clouser
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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
Tried 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

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

The Way Out Is Through

length: 4:17
guest piano: Mike Garson
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor, Charlie Clouser, Keith Hillebrandt
lyricist: Trent Reznor

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

Into the Void

length: 4:50
guest background vocals: Kim Prevost
vocal: Trent Reznor
engineer: Alan Moulder
drum machine programming: Charlie Clouser
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Tried to save myself but myself keeps slipping away

Talking to myself all the way to the station
Pictures in my head of the final destination all lined up
(all the one's that aren't allowed to stay)
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

Where Is Everybody?

length: 5:42
vocal: Trent Reznor
guest guitar: Adrian Belew
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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
Just spinning around
And I don't know why
All the pieces don't fit
Thought I didn't give a ****
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 further 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 to be someone
That hasn't yet become
So numb and succumb
And god damn I am so tired of pretending
Of wishing I was ending
When all I'm really doing is trying to hide
And keep it inside
And fill it with lies
Open my eyes?
Maybe I wish I could try

Pleading and needing
And bleeding and breeding
And feeding exceeding
Where is everybody?
Trying and lying
Defying denying
Crying and dying
Where is everybody?

The Mark Has Been Made

length: 5:17
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental

Please

length: 3:33
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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

breathe, echoing the sound
time starts slowing down
sink until i drown
(please) 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

watch the white
turn to red
it fills up the hole but it grows somewhere else instead
all my life
yeah yeah yeah yeah, but it just left me dead
(well guess what?)
the world is over and i realize it was all in my head

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

you can never leave me
will you pleaseb complete me

never be enough
to fill me up

Starfuckers, Inc.

length: 5:01
vocal: Trent Reznor
guest choir vocals: The Buddha Boys Choir
composer: Trent Reznor, Charlie Clouser
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 ***** 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

Star****ers
Star****ers
Star****ers, Inc.
Star****ers

I am every ****ing 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, yeah
(*** kisser)

Star****ers
Star****ers
Star****ers, Inc.
Star****ers

All our pain
How did we ever get by without you?
You're so vain
I bet you think this song is about you
Don't you?
Don't you?
Don't you?
Don't you?

Now I belong I'm one of the chosen ones
Now I belong I'm one of the beautiful ones

Complication

length: 2:30
additional guitar: Danny Lohner
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental

I’m Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally

length: 4:16
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 sometimes

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


The Big Come Down

length: 4:12
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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 **** of it

Bye bye oooh
Got to get back to the bottom
Bye bye oooh
The big come down isn't that what you wanted?
Bye bye oooh
Find a place with the failed and forgotten
Bye bye 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

Underneath It All

length: 2:48
vocal: Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
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

you remain
i am stained

Ripe (With Decay)

length: 6:35
guest violin: Steve Duda
guest piano: Mike Garson
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental