Love Is Not Enough
"Love Is Not Enough" is the fifth track on With Teeth. It was the first song Trent Reznor wrote for that album. It is sometimes referred to by its acronym LINE, though this may be confused with "The Line Begins to Blur."
Love Is Not Enough
This is the original album version. Beginning with a simple drum loop as the synthesizer's delay effect from the end of "The Hand That Feeds" fades away, a tom and bass drum pattern in a different drum loop soon enter on top. A loud, distorted verse bassline and vocals soon enter. A distorted guitar riff enters halfway through this verse, which then opens up into the chorus with more prominent guitars. Reznor's vocals in the choruses mark one of the first occasions he would add extra-lyrical "words," specifically "hey," in between the lyrics, a technique he would go on to use quite often in many songs on ensuing tours. A bridge featuring loud melodic guitar follows the second chorus, which resolves into a quieter denouement with repeated high register wordless background vocals. The song soon ends as suddenly as it began.
Love Is Not Enough (Instrumental)
Released exclusively through Apple Music.
Love Is Not Enough (Live At Rehearsals)
This version appears as audio only on the Only single and as a video DVD extra on Beside You In Time. It and all subsequent live performances of the song use new percussion loops during the introduction and through the entire song, often a consistent pulse with the secondary drum loop on top.
Love Is Not Enough (Beside You In Time)
A live performance video on Beside You In Time, this is the opening track. It ends with Reznor shouting the song title.
"Love Is Not Enough" has been performed live since the Live: With Teeth tour in 2005. It was the first song played in the first show on March 25th, 2005, before the album's release. During the With Teeth arena tour, the song was played with the screen still down, the insides of the stage beaming with white light until it was lifted for "You Know What You Are?", which was the next song. Every performance of the song has featured new percussive backing tracks beneath the main drum beat; one is used on Beside You In Time, while the Lights In The Sky Tour version used a new ethnic percussion loop.
The more that we take The paler we get I can't remember what it is We try to forget The tile on the floor So cold it can sting In your eyes is a place Worth remembering For you to go and take this To smash it apart I've gone all this fucking way To wind up To wind up back at the start Hey the closer we think we are Well it only got us so far Now you got anything left to show? No, no, I didn't think so Hey, the sooner we realize We cover ourselves with lies But underneath we're not so tough And love is not enough It hides in the dark Like the withering vein We didn't give it a mouth So it cannot complain It never really had a chance We'd never really make it through And to think I believed I believed I could get better with you Hey the closer we think we are Well it only got us so far Now you got anything left to show? No, no, I didn't think so Hey, the sooner we realize We cover ourselves with lies But underneath we're not so tough And love is not enough
The final lines of the first verse were changed to:
To wind up back at Back at the start