Just Like You Imagined

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"Just Like You Imagined"
Album: The Fragile (Left)
Length: 3:49
Tempo: 150 BPM
Versions: Just Like You Imagined
Just Like You Imagined (Alternate Version)
Just Like You Imagined (And All That Could Have Been)
Live: Fragility v2.0 through Wave Goodbye Tour

"Just Like You Imagined" is the seventh track on the Left disc of The Fragile. It is an instrumental track in either a 5/4 time signature or a 10/8 time signature.

Song Credits




  • nin.com—NIN.com posted a clip of the Fragility 2.0 lineup performing this song at rehearsals.
  • And All That Could Have Been (teaser trailer)—The final section of this song was used for the trailer for And All That Could Have Been.
  • 300 (movie trailers only)—Clips of this song are featured prominently in the trailers for the movie 300, which came out in theaters in March of 2007. The climactic trailers have led many YouTube videos to feature the song.
  • The String Tribute To Nine Inch Nails


Just Like You Imagined

This is the original album version. It begins with quiet ambience and synthesizers, providing the setting for a piano and guitar introduction. The energetic main body of the piece features three distinct melody-driven sections demarked by short breaks, one of which layers synthesizers modeling Reznor's voice. The final section returns to the quietness of the introduction, but with piano and bass playing one of the basslines in unison. They fade in volume to a quiet, distorted percussion loop, which ends the song.

Just Like You Imagined (Alternate Version)

Running Time: 3:46

Released on The Fragile: Deviations 1. Also known as "Just Like You Imagined" (Alt) when it was originally released on Apple Music as part of The Fragile Instrumental. It lacks the rhythmic static at 1:37 and at the end of the song, with a shorter piano fadeout.

Just Like You Imagined (And All That Could Have Been)

This song is featured on the DVD and VHS versions of And All That Could Have Been. A prominent pre-recorded vocal recording, perhaps saying the title, occurs when the drums and bass come in at the beginning of the song, and bounce between the stereo channels as they fade. The Fragility Tour version of the song featured a rare instance of Reznor playing bass.

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