The Beginning Of The End
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On March 2, 2007 at around 4pm PST. "The Beginning of the End" was played on Jed the Fish's program on KROQ as his "Catch of the Day." Early the next morning, after the song was played again on KROQ, a radio-quality rendition of the track began to circulate the internet. 
The Beginning Of The End
This is the original album version. Like "Hyperpower!" preceding it, the song builds throughout the track, beginning with the drum loop, then guitar and vocals. Bass, tambourine and synthesizer layers are continuously added until an instrumental bridge leads to a loud, noisy synthesizer solo. Most layers then drop away for a few bars of the drum loop, which leads directly into "Survivalism."
The Beginning Of The End (Instrumental)
This unmastered vocal-less mix was released by Reznor through his remix.nin.com account.
The Beginning Of The End: Ladytron J-Type Mix
This remix can be found on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. More techno-oriented than the album original and containing a dance beat, it also contains some distorted vocals in the verses. This distortion can also be heard in the choruses. By the time the second verse comes in, another synth line joins in, creating a noisier atmosphere. More synths — this time sounding like a choir — join in the chorus. These layers of sound carry the song to the end of the piece. At about 3:36 into the song, a variation of The Downward Spiral motif can be heard ending the song:
Here is a video of the performance.
Down on your knees, you'll be left behind This is the beginning Watch what you think, they can read your mind This is the beginning I got my mark, see it in my eyes This is the beginning My reflection I don't recognize This is the beginning We think we climb so high All up the backs we've condemned We face our consequence This is the beginning of the end You wait your turn, you'll be last in line This is the beginning Get out the way, 'cause I'm getting mine This is the beginning God helps the ones that can help themselves This is the beginning May be too late as far as I can tell This is the beginning We think we've come so far On all our lies we depend We face our consequence This is the beginning of the end
In the actual recording, the second line of the first chorus is changed:
Up all the backs we've condemned
The third line of the last chorus is also changed:
Facing our consequence