Me, I'm Not
At the February 19th, 2007 Nine Inch Nails concert in Barcelona, Spain, a second plain-looking USB flash drive was found in a bathroom stall. This drive had two MP3 files: one called 2432.mp3 and the other "Me, I'm Not."
Trent Reznor on sounding like KMFDM
"Play Me, Im not.
"You: go fuck yourself. Now. The day I steal something from KMFD-Fucking-M is a sad fucking day indeed. Call up Sasha and have him sue me if you feel that strongly about it, meanwhile let everyone have some goddamned fun without you pissing on the parade."
Me, I'm Not
This is the original album version. Highly repetitive, it features a consistent drum loop and manipulated bass riff throughout. On top are layered various synthesizers and samples in addition to Reznor's vocals, which are mostly sung in his lower range, sometimes nearly whispered.
Me, I'm Not (Instrumental)
This unmastered vocal-less mix was released by Reznor through his remix.nin.com account.
Me, I'm Not: Olof Dreijer
This remix is on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. Coming in at over 14 minutes long, it's the longest Nine Inch Nails remix to be officially released. Very different from the album original, it begins with a simple beat and synth melody, over which a high-pitched droning sound element is added. This sound invokes similarities to the instrumental melody within the original song's chorus. The sound is a lot like a wave, cresting and receding. Soon, a basic percussion beat comes in on top of these sounds. At around 4 minutes in, the higher sound drops out, and finger-snap percussion joins in shortly thereafter. A hi-hat beat joins in and another beat comes in. At around 5:25 the higher sound begins to creep in and whispered vocals ("I'm not used to this") come in and out through this portion of the song. A lower synth melody comes in almost halfway through as the higher part again disappears momentarily. The higher sounds return as vocals appear sporadically in this sequence. Once again, a wave-like pattern is invoked in the sound elements dominating this piece. Past the 9-minute mark, the lyrics "I define myself/By how well I hide" and "What I know right now" are clearly audible through the rest of the sounds. The finale contains several sound elements emerging and fading away in a repeated cycle before fading out altogether.
"Me, I'm Not" was first played live on May 9, 2007 at Luna Park in Sydney, Australia, on the Performance 2007 tour. Reznor and Alessandro Cortini both play keyboards and synths on this song, with a computer hooked up to Reznor's machine. In the song's first live performances, Reznor played slide guitar but it was played by Aaron North in subsequent performances. Josh Freese and Jeordie White did not play on this song live.
And it's happening Never planned on this You got something I need Kind of dangerous And I'm losing control I'm not used to this What you want from me? I'm not used to this Can't seem to shut it off This thing I've begun And it's hard to tell—just Where it's coming from And it's hard to see What I'm capable of And it's hard to believe—just What I've become Hey Can we stop? Me, I'm not I can swallow it down Keep it all inside I define myself By how well I hide Feel it coming apart Well at least I tried I can win this war By knowing not to fight If I take it all back Some way somehow If I knew back then What I know right now Hey Can we stop? Me, I'm not
The ninth line of the first verse was shortened in the actual recording:
I can't shut it off