The Line Begins To Blur
"The Line Begins To Blur" is the eleventh track on the 2005 release With Teeth.
The last three songs on With Teeth seem to describe the protagonist's views of the world and the way things are going in it, i.e., the way he would like things to be going. In this track, he expresses how what he believed, along with that which he believed in, is changing, shooting off in radical directions. He speaks as if it was destined to be this way, as if he saw it coming all along. This song, along with "Beside You In Time" and "Right Where It Belongs" can almost be seen as a prequel to Year Zero, as they speak about corruption in man's heart, and the world changing, revealing something not before seen ("The Line Begins To Blur" definitely seems to lead up to the Resistance Theory, and Trent Reznor's struggle coping with a world that has completely devolved around him, as the chorus says, "As far as I have gone/I knew what side I'm on/But now I'm not so sure/The line begins to blur… ").
The Line Begins To Blur
This is the original album version. Dave Grohl's live drums and loud, distorted bass begin the song, its rhythmic stomp augmented by distortion loops that give the effect that the listener's speakers are crackling from the volume. Reznor's vocals are elongated yells through the verses, which contrast with the melodic, guitar-driven chorus. Simple in its structure, the song features a second verse and chorus before moving into a coda driven by a melodic lead guitar line and Reznor's wordless vocal accompaniment. The layering and vocals during this last section are reminiscent of The Fragile. Its final cymbal hit crossfades with the drone of "Beside You In Time."
The Line Begins To Blur (Beside You In Time)
This live version can be found on the Beside You In Time DVD. It remains very faithful to the original sound and structure.
"The Line Begins To Blur" has been played live since the first leg of the Live: With Teeth tour in 2005. The chorus lyrics are often changed from "I knew what side I'm on" to "To know what side I'm on." This is seen on Beside You In Time.
There are things that I said I would never do There are fears that I cannot believe have come true For my soul is too sick and too little and too late And my self I have grown too weary to hate The more I stay in here The more it's not so clear The more I stay in here The more I disappear As far as I have gone I knew what side I'm on But now I'm not so sure The line begins to blur Is there somebody on top of me? I don't know, I don't know Isn't anybody stopping me? I don't know, I don't know Well I'm trying to hold my breath Just how far down can I go? I don't know, I don't know I don’t know As I lie here and stare The fabric starts to tear It's far beyond repair And I don't really care As far as I have gone I knew what side I'm on But now I'm not so sure The line begins to blur
In the final recording, the third verse slightly changes to:
Well I'm trying to hold my breath I don't know, I don't know