Year Zero Album

Artist(s): Nine Inch Nails

Cover Art

Nine Inch Nails Year Zero Cover Art

Tracklist

HYPERPOWER!

length: 1:42
producer: Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Doug Trantow, Alan Mason and Brett Bachemin
drums (drum set): Josh Freese
assistant recording engineer drums (drum set) recording engineer: Steve Genewick
composer: Trent Reznor

Instrumental

The Beginning of the End

length: 2:47
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Brett Bachemin, Alan Mason, Atticus Ross, Doug Trantow and Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Down on your knees, you'll be left behind
This is the beginning
Watch what you think; they can read your mind
This is the beginning
I got my mark, see it in my eyes
This is the beginning
Well, my reflection I don't recognize
This is the beginning

We think we've climbed so high
Up all the backs we've condemned
We face no consequence
This is the beginning of the end

You wait your turn, you'll be last in line
This is the beginning
Get out the way 'cause I'm getting mine
This is the beginning
There are some ones that can help themselves
This is the beginning
May be too late as far as I can tell
This is the beginning

We think we've come so far
On all our lies we depend

We see no consequence
This is the beginning of the end

Survivalism

length: 4:24
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin, Alan Moulder, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
background vocals: Saul Williams
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I should have listened to her; so hard to keep control
We kept on eating, but our bloated belly's still not full
She gave us all she had, but we went and took some more
Can't seem to shut her legs; our mother nature is a whore

[Chorus:]
I got my propaganda
I got revisionism
I got my violence
In hi-def ultra-realism
All a part of this great nation
I got my fist
I got my plan
I got survivalism

Hypnotic sound of sirens echoing through the street
The cocking of the rifles, the marching of the feet
You see your world on fire; don't try to act surprised
We did just what you told us
Lost our faith along the way and found ourselves believing your lies

[Chorus]

All bruised and broken, bleeding, she asked to take my hand
I turned, just keep on walking
But you'd do the same thing in the circumstance; I'm sure you'll understand

[Chorus]

(You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism
You got your pacifism
I got survivalism)

(I got survivalism)

The Good Soldier

length: 3:23
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Brett Bachemin, Alan Mason, Atticus Ross, Doug Trantow and Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Gunfire in the street
Where we used to meet
Echoes that are beat
And the bass goes bomb
Right over my head
Step over the dead
Remember what you said
You know the part about life
Is just a waking dream
Well, I know what you mean
But that ain't how it seems right here, right now
How can this be real?
I can barely feel
Anymore

I am trying to see
I am trying to believe
This is not where I should be
I am trying to believe

Blood hardens in the sand
Cold metal in my hand
Hope you understand the way that things are gonna be
There's nowhere left to hide
'Cause God is on our side
I keep telling myself

I am trying to see
I am trying to believe
This is not where I should be
I am trying to believe

Vessel

length: 4:53
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Brett Bachemin, Alan Mason, Atticus Ross, Doug Trantow and Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I let you put it in my mouth
I let it get under my skin
I let you pump it through my veins
I let you take me from within
They tell us what we can and cannot do
Same thing we've heard a hundred times before
The way I put you inside of me
None of that matters anymore

My god, can we go any faster?
Oh my god, I don't think I can last here
My god, can we go any faster?
Oh my god, I don't think I can last here

I am you, and you are me
You will never be alone
But I have finally found my place in everything
I have finally found my home
I can leave all the best behind
I can see right through the whole facade
I am becoming something else
I am turning into god

My god, can we go any faster?
Oh my god, I don't think I can last here
My god, can we go any faster?
Oh my god, I don't think I can last here
(I don't think I can)
My god, can we go any faster?
Oh my god, I don't think I can last here
My god, can we go any faster?
Oh my god, I don't think I can last here

Me, I’m Not

length: 4:52
producer: Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Brett Bachemin, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Atticus Ross and Doug Trantow
background vocals: Saul Williams
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
And it's happening
Never planned on this
You've got something I need
Kind of dangerous
And I'm losing control
I'm not used to this
What you want from me?
I'm not used to this

I can't shut it off
This thing I've begun
And it's hard to tell
Just, where it's coming from
And it's hard to see
What I'm capable of
And it's hard to believe
Just, what I've become

Hey, can we stop
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop, c'mon
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop, ya
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop
Me, I'm not

I can swallow it down
Keep it all inside
I define myself
By how well I hide
Feel it coming apart
Well, at least I tried
I can win this war
By knowing not to fight

If I take it all back
Some way, somehow
If I knew back then
What I know right now

Hey, can we stop
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop, c'mon
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop, ya
Me, I'm not
Hey, can we stop
Me, I'm not

Capital G

length: 3:50
producer: Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor
vocal: Trent Reznor
trumpet: William Artope
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Doug Trantow, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
tenor saxophone: Matt DeMerritt
trombone: Elizabeth Lea
baritone saxophone: Double G
drums (drum set): Josh Freese
brass arranger: Double G
woodwind arranger: Double G
assistant recording engineer trombone recording engineer & drums (drum set) recording engineer & woodwind recording engineer & tenor saxophone recording engineer & baritone saxophone recording engineer & trumpet recording engineer: Steve Genewick
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I pushed the button and elected him to office, and
He pushed the button, and he dropped the bomb
You pushed the button, and could watch it on the television
Those ************s didn't last too long

I'm sick of hearing 'bout the have and have-not's
Have some personal accountability
The biggest problem with the way that we are doing things is
The more we let you have, the less that I'll be keeping for me

Well, I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Turning in my god for this one
And he signs his name with a capital G

Don't give a **** about the temperature in Guatemala
Don't really see what all the fuss is about
Ain't gonna worry about no future generations
And I'm sure somebody's gonna figure it out

Don't try to tell me that some power can corrupt a person
You haven't had enough to know what it's like
You're only angry 'cause you wish you were in my position
Now nod your head because you know that I'm right, all right!

Well, I used to stand for something
But forgot what that could be
There's a lot of me inside you
Maybe you're afraid to see

Well, I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Turning in my god for this one
And he signs his name with a capital G

Well, I used to stand for something
But forgot what that could be
There's a lot of me inside you
Maybe you're afraid to see

Well, I used to stand for something
Now I'm on my hands and knees
Turning in my god for this one
And he signs his name with a capital G

My Violent Heart

length: 4:14
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Brett Bachemin, Alan Mason, Atticus Ross, Doug Trantow and Trent Reznor
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
You and I - we may look the same
But we are very far apart
There's bullet-holes where my compassion used to be
And there is violence in my heart

Into fire you can send us
From the fire we return
You can label us a consequence
Of how much you have to learn

You can try, but you'll never understand
This is something you will never understand
Can you hear it now?
Hear it coming now?
Can you hear it now?

On hands and knees
We crawl
You cannot stop us all
Our bones, our skin
We will not let you in

You have set something in motion
Much greater than you've ever known
Standing there in all your grand naivety
About to reap what you have sown

Time will feed upon your weaknesses
And soon you'll lose the will to care
When you return to the place that you call home
We will be there, we will be there

On hands and knees
We crawl
You cannot stop us all
Our blood will stay
We will not go away

On hands and knees
We crawl
You can not stop us all
Our blood, our ways
Will never leave this place

We crawl
We crawl
We crawl
We crawl

The Warning

length: 3:39
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Some say it was a warning
Some say it was a sign
I was standing right there
When it came down from the sky
The way it spoke to us
You felt it from inside
Said it was up to us
Up to us to decide

You've become a virus
That's killing off its host
We've been watching you with all of our eyes
And what you seem to value most

So much potential
Or so we used to say
Your greed, self importance, and your arrogance
You piss it all away

We heard her cry
We've come to intervene
You will change your ways and you will make amends
Or we will wipe this place clean

Your time is tick-tick-ticking away

God Given

length: 3:51
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Hey, man, please don't make a sound
Take a look around
Can't you see what's right in front of you?
Have a little taste
No more time to waste
You don't wanna get left behind 'cause it's all coming down right now

How hard is it to see?
Put your faith in me
'Cause you wouldn't want to be
Praying to the wrong piece of wood
You should get where you belong
Everything you know is wrong
Come on, sing along, everybody now

(God given)

[Chorus:]
And He gives us sight
And we see the light
And it burns so bright
Now we know we're right
It is kingdom come
And Thy will be done
We have just begun
We're the chosen ones

(I would never tell you anything that wasn't absolutely true that hadn't come right from
His mouth that He wants me to tell you)

Wait
Step into the light
How can this be right?
I'm afraid we're going to ask you to leave
Guess you cannot win
With the color of your skin
You won't be getting in to the Promised Land
This is just another case
You people still don't know your place
Step aside, out the way, wipe that look off your face
'Cause we are the divine
Separated from the swine
Come on, sing along, everybody now

(God given)

[Chorus x 2]

(I would never tell you anything that wasn't absolutely true that hadn't come right from
His mouth that He wants me to tell you)

(God given)

Meet Your Master

length: 4:09
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Lay down imposition against a polished steel
This is something different
You like the way this feels
No time for asking questions
No time for wondering
We've had enough of you now
We've heard everything

We're goin' to play a new game
You put on this blindfold
You do what we tell you
You do as you're told
Used to be the leader, but
Now comes the time to serve
Maybe we'll show some mercy
Maybe you'll get what you deserve

[Chorus:]
Countdown to the end
Gonna make it go faster
Right around the bend
This is gonna be a disaster, disaster
Countdown to the end
And we're here to go faster
Come on down, my friend
It's time to meet your master

You've left quite a mess here
Under your stewardship
You thought you'd figured it out, but
You'll find your place in this
Nothing is so convincing
For you to see the truth
Give us so many things now
We've got in store for you

[Chorus]

Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down

The Greater Good

length: 4:52
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly

Everything you do
Everywhere you go
Anything we want
Anything
Everything you do
Everywhere you go
Anything we want
Anything

Breathe (everything you do, everywhere you go) us in (anything we want, anything)
Slowly (everything you do, everywhere you go), slowly (anything we want)
Breathe

Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly

Persuasion
Coercion
Submission
Passive ovation

Persuasion (breathe)
Coercion (us in)
Submission (slowly)
Passive ovation (slowly)
Persuasion (breathe)
Coercion (us in)
Submission (slowly)
Passive Ovation (slowly)

Breathe (persuasion) us in (coercion)
Slowly (submission), slowly (passive ovation)
Breathe (persuasion) us in (coercion)
Slowly (submission), slowly (passive ovation)

Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly, slowly
Breathe us in
Slowly

The Great Destroyer

length: 3:17
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Say your name
Try to speak as clearly as you can
You know everything gets written down
Nod your head
Just in case they could be watching with their shiny satellite

[Chorus:]
I hope they cannot see
The limitless potential
Living inside of me
To murder everything
I hope they cannot see
I am the great destroyer

Turn it up
Listen to the **** they pump into
Your head
Filling you with apathy
Hold your breath
Wait until you know the time is right
On time
The end is near

[Chorus]

Another Version of the Truth

length: 4:09
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Alan Moulder, Doug Trantow, Trent Reznor, Brett Bachemin, Atticus Ross and Alan Mason
composer: Trent Reznor
Instrumental

In This Twilight

length: 3:34
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
Watch the sun
As it crawls across a final time
And it feels like
Like it was a friend

It is watching us
And the world we set on fire
Do you wonder
If it feels the same?

And the sky is filled with light
Can you see it?
All the black is really white
If you believe it

As your time is running out
Let me take away your doubt
You can find a better a place
In this twilight

Dust to dust
Ashes in your hair remind me
What it feels like
And I won't feel again

Night descends
Could I have been a better person?
If I could only do it all again...

And the sky is filled with light
Can you see it?
All the black is really white
If you believe it
And the longing that you feel
You know none of this is real
You will find a better a place
In this twilight

Zero‐Sum

length: 6:15
producer: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
vocal: Trent Reznor
mixer: Alan Moulder
recording engineer: Doug Trantow, Atticus Ross, Trent Reznor, Alan Mason, Brett Bachemin and Alan Moulder
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
They're starting to open up the sky
They're starting to reach down through
And it feels like we're living in that split-second of a car crash
And time is slowing down
And if we only had a little more time
And this time is all there is

Do you remember the time we...
And all the times we...
And should have...
And were going to...
I know
And I know you remember
How we could justify it all
And we knew better
In our hearts, we knew better
And we told ourselves it didn't matter
And we chose to continue
And none of that matters anymore
In the hour of our twilight
And soon it will be all said and done
And we will all be back together as one
If we will continue at all

[Chorus:]
Shame on us
Doomed from the start
May God have mercy on our dirty little hearts
Shame on us
For all we've done
And all we ever were
Just zeros and ones

And you never get away
And you never get to take the easy way
And all of this is a consequence
Brought on by our own hand
If you believe in that sort of thing
And did you ever really find
When you closed your eyes
Any place that was still
And at peace?
And I guess I just wanted to tell you
As the light starts to fade
That you are the reason
That I am not afraid
And I guess I just wanted to mention
As the heavens will fall
We will be together soon if we
Will be anything at all

[Chorus]

Shame on us (Shame on us)
Doomed from the start
May God have mercy on our dirty little hearts
Shame on us (Shame on us)
For all we have done
And all we ever were
Just, just zeros and ones