"Letting You" is the third track on the Nine Inch Nails album The Slip. A noisy and fast-paced song, it is somewhat similar to "You Know What You Are?" from With Teeth and "March Of The Pigs" from The Downward Spiral, but is also similar to "Hyperpower!" from Year Zero.
The artwork is a vertically oriented Art Is Resistance emblem that can also be seen as the letters L and Y, with a red line originating from where the star would be. The song can be interpreted as a protest song, similar to "The Hand That Feeds," from With Teeth. The artwork and subject matter of the lyrics may suggest a connection to Year Zero. The artwork for the sticker from the CD/DVD release is the same, but with the red line omitted.
This is the original album version. Fast-paced and featuring blistering guitar, the odd drum rhythm loops throughout the track, sometimes complicated further with extra bass drum hits. Bass enters in short bursts through the choruses. Vocals throughout the song are shouted rhythmically. Various ambient synthesizers fill the background throughout, layering through its instrumental coda along with a stabbing synthesizer that increases in volume until it overcomes the rest of the mix and cuts off suddenly.
Letting You (Live At Rehearsals)
This version of the song was released online via nin.com and PitchforkTV. It was filmed and recorded in the band's rehearsal space in mid 2008 and directed by Rob Sheridan. It also features on the physical release of The Slip, on an accompanying DVD of rehearsal footage.
This song was played very frequently on the Lights In The Sky Tour, with the last line of the chorus sung "Get away, get away" instead of "Get away with it." An example of this can be seen in the HD Video: Letting You live from on stage, Brisbane 2.21.09 that was filmed by Rob Sheridan available on the Nine Inch Nails Official Youtube channel.
The third line is sung live as "One hand behind your heart".
The sky is painted black The smoke pours out the stack One hand upon your heart One hand behind your back You train us how to act You keep the fear intact The imminent attack Everything is right on track And we are letting you get away We are letting you get away with it Upon our plates to feed The dying left to bleed How much we really need Your politics of greed The cancer takes ahold The wolf is in the fold Our destiny’s been sold We do just what we’re told And we are letting you get away We are letting you get away with it Your armies filled with hate Believing your charade Begin to suffocate For us it’s far too late And we are letting you get away We are letting you get away with it