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{{song
 
{{song
 
| title = Only
 
| title = Only
| album = [[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]
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| album = ''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]''
 
| length = 4:22
 
| length = 4:22
| versions = Only<br>Only (Richard X Remix)<br>Only (El-P Remix)
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| versions = Only<br>Only (Richard X Remix)<br>Only (El-P Remix)<br>Only (''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]'')
| live = 2005 - Present
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| live = [[Live: With Teeth]] through Present
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
==About==
 
==About==
"Only" is track 8 from the 2005 album [[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]].  It was released as a [[Only (halo)|single]] in summer 2005, receiving the designation of [[Halo]] 20.  It is known for it's upbeat and synthesizer-driven instrumentation, and casual lyric delivery, reminiscent of 1989's [[Down In It (song)|Down In It]].
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''''''Only'''''' is the eighth track on the 2005 album ''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]].'' It was released as a [[Only (halo)|single]] in summer 2005, receiving the designation of [[Halo]] 20.  It is known for it's upbeat and synthesizer-driven instrumentation, and casual lyric delivery, reminiscent of 1989's [[Down In It (song)|Down In It]].
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"Only" was the second song that saw release of the master tracks for fan remixes.
  
Only was the second song that saw release of the master tracks for fan remixes.
 
 
===Meaning===
 
===Meaning===
Like most NIN songs, the true inspiration for the lyrics has never been revealed.  The lyrics suggest that this song is about internal identity struggles, possibly relating to split personalities.  Themes in this song are similar to the film "Fight Club", which was directed by David Fincher, who directed the music video for this song.
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Like most NIN songs, the true inspiration for the lyrics has never been revealed.  The lyrics suggest that this song is about internal identity struggles, possibly relating to split personalities.  Themes in this song are similar to the film ''Fight Club,'' which was directed by [[David Fincher]], who directed the music video for this song.
  
 
===Down In It===
 
===Down In It===
Only contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the 1989 song [[Down In It (song)|Down In It]].
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"Only" contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the 1989 song "[[Down In It (song)|Down In It]]."
 
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==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
===Halos===
 
===Halos===
*[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]] (2005)
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*''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]''
*[[Only (halo)|Only]] (2005)
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*''[[Only (halo)|Only]]''
*[[Every Day Is Exactly The Same (halo)|Every Day Is Exactly The Same]]
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*''[[Every Day Is Exactly The Same (halo)|Every Day Is Exactly The Same]]''
*[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]] (2007)
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*''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]''
  
 
==Versions==
 
==Versions==
Several official remixes of "Only" have been made.
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===Only===
*"Only" [Richard X Remix] – 7:24
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This is the original album version.
*"Only" [El-P Remix] – 4:21
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*"Only" [Richard X Dub] – 7:51
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===Only (Richard X Remix)===
*"Only" [Richard X Edit] – 3:46
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Coming soon
*"Only" [El-P Instrumental] – 4:21
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===Only (El-P Remix)===
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Coming soon
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===Only (Richard X Dub)===
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Coming soon
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===Only (Richard X Edit)===
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Coming soon
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===Only (El-P Instrumental)===
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Coming soon
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===Only (''Beside You In Time'')===
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This live version is found on the ''Beside You In Time'' DVD.
  
 
===Fan Remixes===
 
===Fan Remixes===
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==Music Video==
 
==Music Video==
The video for "Only" was direct by [[David Fincher]] and is largly created using advanced CGI.  It features a desk with a laptop, speakers, and a variety of 'office toys' being brought to life and animated by the music.
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The video for "Only" was directed by [[David Fincher]] and is largly created using advanced CGI.  It features a desk with a laptop (A 17" Mac PowerBook), speakers, and an Einstein's Cradle and PinPressions being brought to life and animated by the music.
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The video starts with a hand pressing the space bar on the computer, which starts its music program (iTunes with the Visualizer turned on). The Einstein's Cradle begins to sawy to the beat as ripples appear in a cup of coffee. [[Trent Reznor]] appears in the PinPressions, singing the song. As it gets to the second verse, the songs builds and the vibrations get more intense. Reznor seems to almost break out of the PinPressions as the balls on the Einstein's Cradle sway almost uncontrollably. The ripples in the coffee also have greater frequency. Finally an apple falls out of a neaby basket as Reznor disappears and the scene dies down. At the very end, a blurry image of a car can be seen driving away.
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The video was almost entirely computer-animated. It is reported that the only part that was live-action ws the hand at the very beginning of the video.
  
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
     I'm becoming less defined, as days go by
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     I’m becoming less defined
     Fading away, well you might say I'm losing focus
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    As days go by
     Kind of drifting into the abstract in terms of how I see myself
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     Fading away
     Sometimes, I think I can see right through myself
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    (You might say)
    Sometimes, I think I can see right through myself
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    I’m losing focus
    Sometimes, I can see right through myself
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     Kind of drifting into the abstract
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    In terms of how I see myself
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     Sometimes I think I can see right through myself
 
      
 
      
     Less concerned, about fitting into the world
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     Less concerned about fitting into the world
     Your world that is, cause it doesn't really matter anymore
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     Your world, that is
     (No, it doesn't really matter anymore)
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     Because it doesn’t really matter
     No, it doesn't really matter anymore
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     Anymore
 
     None of this really matters anymore
 
     None of this really matters anymore
 
      
 
      
     Yes, I am alone, but then again I always was
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     Yes I am alone
     As far back as I can tell, I think maybe it's because
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    But then again I always was
     Because you were never really real to begin with
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     As far back as I can tell
     I just made you up to hurt myself
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    I think maybe it’s because
      
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     Because you were never real to begin with
    I just made you up to hurt myself
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     I just made you up
    Yeah, and I just made you up to hurt myself
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     To hurt myself
    I just made you up to hurt myself
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    Yeah, and I just made you up to hurt myself
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     And it worked
 
     And it worked
     Yes it did!
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     Yes it did
   
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     There is no you, there is only me
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     There is no you
     There is no you, there is only me
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     There is only me
     There is no fucking you, there is only me
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     There is no fucking you
     There is no fucking you, there is only me
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     There is only me
   
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     Only
     Only (x4)
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     Well, the tiniest little dot caught my eye
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    [Pt. 2]
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     Well the tiniest little dot caught my eye
 
     And it turned out to be a scab
 
     And it turned out to be a scab
 
     And I had this funny feeling
 
     And I had this funny feeling
 
     Like I just knew it's something bad
 
     Like I just knew it's something bad
   
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     I just couldn't leave alone
     I just couldn't leave it alone
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     And I kept picking at that scab
     I kept picking at that scab
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     Like it was a doorway trying to seal itself shut
     It was a doorway trying to seal itself shut
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     But I climbed through
 
     But I climbed through
 
      
 
      
     Now I'm somewhere I am not supposed to be
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     And now I'm somewhere I am not supposed to be
 
     And I can see things I know I really shouldn't see
 
     And I can see things I know I really shouldn't see
     And now I know why now, now I know why
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     Now I know why
     Things aren't as pretty on the inside
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    And now I know why
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     Things aren't as pretty
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    On the inside
 
      
 
      
    There is no you, there is only me
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     There is no fucking you
    There is no you, there is only me
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     There is only me
     There is no fucking you, there is only me
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     Only
     There is no fucking you, there is only me
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    Only (x8)
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
*[http://www.nin.com/halo/20/index.html "Only" on nin.com]
 
*[http://www.nin.com/halo/20/index.html "Only" on nin.com]

Revision as of 12:00, 23 February 2007

"Only"
Album: With Teeth
Length: 4:22
Tempo: {{{BPM}}} BPM
Versions: Only
Only (Richard X Remix)
Only (El-P Remix)
Only (Beside You In Time)
Live: Live: With Teeth through Present


About

'Only' is the eighth track on the 2005 album With Teeth. It was released as a single in summer 2005, receiving the designation of Halo 20. It is known for it's upbeat and synthesizer-driven instrumentation, and casual lyric delivery, reminiscent of 1989's Down In It.

"Only" was the second song that saw release of the master tracks for fan remixes.

Meaning

Like most NIN songs, the true inspiration for the lyrics has never been revealed. The lyrics suggest that this song is about internal identity struggles, possibly relating to split personalities. Themes in this song are similar to the film Fight Club, which was directed by David Fincher, who directed the music video for this song.

Down In It

"Only" contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the 1989 song "Down In It."

Appearances

Halos

Versions

Only

This is the original album version.

Only (Richard X Remix)

Coming soon

Only (El-P Remix)

Coming soon

Only (Richard X Dub)

Coming soon

Only (Richard X Edit)

Coming soon

Only (El-P Instrumental)

Coming soon

Only (Beside You In Time)

This live version is found on the Beside You In Time DVD.

Fan Remixes

Because the master tracks were released to facilitate fan remixes, hundreds exists.

Music Video

The video for "Only" was directed by David Fincher and is largly created using advanced CGI. It features a desk with a laptop (A 17" Mac PowerBook), speakers, and an Einstein's Cradle and PinPressions being brought to life and animated by the music.

The video starts with a hand pressing the space bar on the computer, which starts its music program (iTunes with the Visualizer turned on). The Einstein's Cradle begins to sawy to the beat as ripples appear in a cup of coffee. Trent Reznor appears in the PinPressions, singing the song. As it gets to the second verse, the songs builds and the vibrations get more intense. Reznor seems to almost break out of the PinPressions as the balls on the Einstein's Cradle sway almost uncontrollably. The ripples in the coffee also have greater frequency. Finally an apple falls out of a neaby basket as Reznor disappears and the scene dies down. At the very end, a blurry image of a car can be seen driving away.

The video was almost entirely computer-animated. It is reported that the only part that was live-action ws the hand at the very beginning of the video.

Lyrics

    I’m becoming less defined
    As days go by
    Fading away
    (You might say)
    I’m losing focus
    Kind of drifting into the abstract
    In terms of how I see myself
    Sometimes I think I can see right through myself
    
    Less concerned about fitting into the world
    Your world, that is
    Because it doesn’t really matter
    Anymore
    None of this really matters anymore
    
    Yes I am alone
    But then again I always was
    As far back as I can tell
    I think maybe it’s because
    Because you were never real to begin with
    I just made you up
    To hurt myself
    And it worked
    Yes it did
    There is no you
    There is only me
    There is no fucking you
    There is only me
    Only
    
    [Pt. 2]
    Well the tiniest little dot caught my eye
    And it turned out to be a scab
    And I had this funny feeling
    Like I just knew it's something bad
    I just couldn't leave alone
    And I kept picking at that scab
    Like it was a doorway trying to seal itself shut
    But I climbed through
    
    And now I'm somewhere I am not supposed to be
    And I can see things I know I really shouldn't see
    Now I know why
    And now I know why
    Things aren't as pretty
    On the inside
    
    There is no fucking you
    There is only me
    Only

External Links