The song's accompanying artwork appears to represent a person committing suicide by firing a gun through the back of their mouth, a figure facing the left with their head bent down, or a glass being poured out to its right.
This is the original album version. The song is stylistically split into two parts. The verses consist of an abusive diatribe, taking the listener to task for their weaknesses and compelling them to submit to authority. The chorus, perhaps representing the response of the berated protagonist, finds the singer questioning the reality of his situation and expressing a wish to escape. The sections are sharply different musically as well, with the verses shouted over a harsh, bending guitar riff and drum loop, while the chorus section features more melodic singing and clean guitar strumming. The final, instrumental chorus section transitions suddenly into a quiet, filtered coda, which decays into low bass tones. "Lights In The Sky" soon follows.
Head Down (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 physical form of The Slip, on an accompanying DVD of rehearsal footage. The band omits the quiet coda.
You What you looking at? Head down Too late for that What you want What you get Know your place Don't ever forget And this is not my face And this is not my life And there is not a single thing here I can recognize This is all a dream And none of you are real I'll give anything I'll give anything Hey you What you running from? All your hate What you've become Bet you didn't think It would happen to you All used up Half way through And this is not my face And this is not my life And there is not a single thing here I can recognize This is all a dream And none of you are real I'll give anything I'll give anything