This song is reportedly Trent Reznor’s favorite and is always the final song played at Nine Inch Nails concerts. He considers it the most personal song he has ever written.
This album was written and recorded with Trent Reznor lived in the house where Sharon Tate used to live, this is where she became one of the victims in the Manson family murders Trent always says he didn’t know she used to live there when he rented it.
The front door of the house had the word “Pig” written on it by the murderers. Reportedly this was painted over numerous times, but you could faintly see the outline of the word on the wall.
This song is about realizing consequence and regret. It sends a powerful message that we should all proceed through life wisely, because there is nothing worse than being stuck with a label, a pain, a sickness, or a death, that we know beforehand will leave us only wishing things had been different and that we could change the choices we made.
I’m not proud to say I hate myself and don’t like what I am, but maybe there is real human communication that ends up positive even though everything being said is negative.
Johnny Cash played this song over 100 times before he recorded his cover and Johnny called this song “The best anti-drug song I ever heard.”
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