This song was first played in the aforementioned program, and later became part of the set list on the Live: With Teeth tours. The tours also included "Not So Pretty Now," another With Teeth outtake. During a chat with fans in the official NIN fan club, The Spiral, Reznor stated that these songs were outtakes from the With Teeth sessions, and studio recordings of them might one day surface. A live recording of "Non-Entity" appears on Beside You In Time.
On March 20, 2009, Reznor released the studio version of "Non-Entity" for free, as well as "Not So Pretty Now", as part of the NINJA 2009 Summer Tour EP via ninja2009.com.
This studio-recorded version finally saw the light of day on March 20, 2009, when it was included on the NINJA 2009 Summer Tour Sampler EP. Slow and groove-oriented, its instrumentation is simple, maintaining use of live drums, bass, guitar and vocals. It features a prominent whine similar to the one used in "Home," and is structured much like "The Line Begins To Blur," though Reznor does not yell during the verses. Its original recording dates back to the With Teeth sessions, as this was the only time Dave Grohl recorded drum tracks for the band.
Performed at the ReactNOW! benefit, this was the first version of the song to be publicly performed. It features Reznor on piano and vocals with a drum machine backing him. It was made available for purchase via the now defunct Sony Connect service as an encrypted OMA download with proceeds going toward charities aiding those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Non-Entity (Beside You In Time)
This live version is among the bonus footage contained on Beside You In Time.
"Non-Entity" has been performed live on the Live: With Teeth tour. For the 2006 summer leg, a cage of LED lights was lowered in front of the stage, with purple lights behaving like tentacles responding to the music. At the Bridge School Benefit concert in October of 2006, Reznor performed the song backed by a string quartet. It was brought back to the setlist in the NIN/JA Tour.
The sky is not the same shade of blue Every single thing I believe isn't true Missing in a maze of monochrome How did I get here How can I go home? The echoes in my eyes Of all they used to see Burning down the world The ashes and debris And all that's left of me Non-entity Try to stand in line Try to obey The ghosts of what I was keep getting in the way Staring at the sun Blinded by the light Now I'm afraid I'm fading out of sight The echoes in my eyes Of all they used to see Burning down the world Ashes and debris And all that's left of you And all that's left of me All have washed away Non-entity
The word "echoes" appears misspelled as "echos" in the lyrics contained in the official download file.