The Warning (Year Zero song)
"The Warning" is the ninth track on the 2007 release Year Zero. This song is widely believed to be about The Presence. At the end of the album version of the song is the static noise that was included at the end of the leaked version of "My Violent Heart," which revealed The Presence when ran through a spectrogram.
The song title appears on the With Teeth poster but is not featured on the album. It is possible, though exceptionally unlikely, that the song was recorded during the With Teeth sessions.
This is the original album version. Beginning with a glitchy drum beat atypical of Year Zero, the guitar, synth and bass follow with a danceable melody followed subsequently by Reznor's vocals above the music. After Reznor declares "Your time is tick-tick-ticking away" for the first time in the song, the guitar plays a more distorted and 'industrial' sounding riff than the main riff. Reznor's final lyrical declaration continues repetitiously until the end, where he whispers "ticking away" faintly only for the music to be replaced by a short, quiet burst of static which ultimately leads into the following song, "God Given".
The Warning (Instrumental)
The Warning: Real World
This remix featuring African drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose is on Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D. It starts with a piano melody that is joined by drum elements. The verse features the vocals over a drum beat accompanied by a droning synth. Oddly enough, the lyric "You piss it all away" was censored on this mix. The new synths and the drums create an even more foreboding atmosphere than what is heard in the Year Zero original. At the end a sound element similar to the guitar in the original is heard under the fading synths.
Some say it was a warning Some say it's a sign I was standing right there When it came down from the sky The way it spoke to us You felt it from inside Said it was up to us Up to us to decide "You've become a virus Killing off his host We been watching you with all of our eyes And what you seem to value most So much potential Or so we used to say Your greed, self-importance and your arrogance You piss it all away We heard her cry We have come to intervene You will change your ways and you will make amends Or we will wipe this place clean" Your time is ticking away
The second line is said as follows in the actual recording:
Some say it was a sign
That last line of the song is said as follows in the actual recording:
Your time is tick-tick-ticking away