"Discipline" is a single from Nine Inch Nails and also the fourth track on Halo 27, The Slip. It contains a beat reminiscent of "Only" from With Teeth, and its lyrics seem to have a sado-masochistic overtone.
The song was released to radio stations simultaneously around 2:30pm EST on April 22, 2008, being mastered only the day before, and was then made available as a free download via discipline.nin.com, which eventually redirected to theslip.nin.com. When downloaded, it comes with track art and a note found in the comments box of the song info saying "Go to www.nin.com on May 5", which was the release date of the then-unannounced album The Slip. The lyrics are also contained.
"Discipline" is the first radio single from NIN since becoming an independent recording act, following their final release under a major record label, 2007's Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. Due to the advertisement and short notice of the release, the song was posted on YouTube almost immediately after release. The multitrack files for this track can be found at remix.nin.com.
The track art resembles a lowercase 'd'. It also resembles a person sitting with their knees drawn up to their chest, facing to the left. Lastly, the shape also resembles the portion of the Art is Resistance logo that contains the star. For the physical release booklet, the red line on the "Discipline" artwork continues over to the opposite lyrics page crossing over the phrase "I cannot help myself".
Discipline (MP3 download version)
The original download version is 4:29 in length and fades out at the end.
Discipline (Album version)
The version on The Slip is 4:19 and starts to fade out at the end, but then abruptly cuts off as it segues into "Echoplex." You can find in the scrapped 24/96 WAV format download, a 4:34 version that fades out slower and to a more complete silence than the MP3 version. However the final WAV24/96 does have the regular 4:19 version.
Discipline (Multitrack combined version)
The version available at remix.nin.com in the form of separate multitracks is 5:08 when combined, and does not fade out. Instead, the outro continues for an additional 3½ measures before abruptly coming to a halt.
Discipline (Live At Rehearsals)
This version of the song was filmed and recorded in the band's rehearsal space in mid 2008 and directed by Rob Sheridan. It features on The Slip, on a DVD of rehearsal footage. Its ending is the same as the multitrack combined version, but shorter.
This song was a staple on Lights In The Sky Tour and remained a feature through to the NIN/JA Tour / Wave Goodbye Tour the following year. There are no significant changes from the album version, save an extended outro.
Am I still tough enough? Feels like I’m wearing down Is my viciousness Losing ground? Am I taking too much Did I cross a line I need my role in this Very clearly defined I need your discipline I need your help I need your discipline You know once I start I cannot help myself And now it's starting up feels like I'm losing touch Nothing matters to me Nothing matters as much I see you left a mark Up and down my skin I don't know where I end And where you begin I need your discipline I need your help I need your discipline You know once I start I cannot help myself Once I start I cannot stop myself