All Time Low
"All Time Low" is the fifth track on the 2013 release Hesitation Marks.
All Time Low
This is the original album version. Following an extended ambient introduction, the main body of the song is introduced, with a dance beat loop surrounded by jangling guitars unique to this track; the bass riff and beat closely resemble, intentionally or not, that of the Abba track "The Name of the Game". It later features descending, echoing synth melodies also rarely used in NIN tracks. The verse vocals recall the delivery used atop the similarly-danceable electronics of "Vessel."
All Time Low (Todd Rundgren Remix)
This version is included on the deluxe version of Hesitation Marks. It largely drops the guitar layers and instead features new, complex drumming patterns, and it prominently highlights the unique vocal layering present in the original.
All Time Low (Demo)
This version only appears on the iTunes and HDtracks digital download version of the album. It is a partial demo version of the final song.
This song debuted live on the first night of the Tension 2013 Tour. For this song, Palladino's bass is very prominently featured and if the song is present early in the set, it's generally the first use of the backing vocalists, Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson. The stealth screen in front has red thrumming coloration projected onto it for most of the song (similar to the general appearance of "Closer") before slowly becoming a multicolored aurora towards the end. At some shows, Trent sings the chorus to "Closer" during this portion, before the final repetitions of "stretch across the sky."
Go I've heard all I need to know Your voice in fucking echo stereo Well this particular scenario Looks like another all time low Why did you go and let them in? See this is where the fun begins You haven't even pierced the skin Just wait till you see what is coming Get down on the floor Shut the god damn door Been down this road before We're coming back for more So give me just a little, baby Just something to get by This is gonna last forever, baby We'll get to the other side And we will live forever, baby And stretch across the sky I'll follow right behind you, baby We are never gonna die Hey Everything is not okay We lost too much along the way The passengers arrived today It looks as though they're here to stay This paranoia turns to fear Just who was whispering in your ear? Pretending, but I know you hear (Just how'd we fucking end up here?) So give me just a little, baby Just something to get by This is gonna last forever, baby We'll get to the other side And we will live forever, baby And stretch across the sky I'll follow right behind you, baby We are never gonna die We're never gonna die How did we get so high?
In the final recording, the line in the first verse is changed to:
You barely even pierced the skin
The fourth line of each chorus also seems to omit the word "to".