This is the original version available on The Fragile. Beginning slowly with layers of percussion and deep synthesizers, Reznor's vocals begin subdued, eventually opening up into a howl for the louder, guitar-driven chorus. Each of the three distinct sections of the song are demarked by quiet, atmospheric breaks, a similar approach as the one used in "Reptile." The predominantly instrumental bridge and coda sections are heavy on mood, featuring violin.
On the vinyl version, the middle instrumental section is extended by a few bars, and the end does not feature "Pilgrimage" fading in.
Even Deeper (Instrumental)
Released exclusively through Apple Music and later on The Fragile: Deviations 1. Instrumental of the vinyl version
Even Deeper (Love Dub)
Also known as "Even Deeper (Telefon Tel Aviv Love Dub)", this remix was released on May 15, 2007 on an album for the group Telefon Tel Aviv, titled Telefon Tel Aviv—Remixes Compiled, along with remixes of other various songs, yet was performed live for years beforehand. It incorporates the atmospheric sounds that were featured on the intro to the original, but it also layers glitchy manipulations of other layers as well. While this version completely leaves out any of the original guitar parts, it features a delayed and reverbed guitar part, some synthesizers, and an additional piano line. A CD-quality MP3 version of the track was uploaded by Reznor on remix.nin.com.
Often, the wordless backing vocals during the second chorus are played by a keyboard instead of being sung. As well, the instrumental middle section tends to last about half as many measures as in the original. Since the Live: With Teeth tour, the last segment of the song has been sung with sparser lyrics. During the Tension 2013 Tour, this song featured backing vocals by Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson.
I woke up today To find myself in the other place With a trail of my footprints From where I ran away 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 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'm 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