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| album = ''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]''
 
| album = ''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]''
 
| length = 4:22
 
| length = 4:22
| versions = Only<br>Only (Richard X Remix)<br>Only (El-P Remix)<br>Only (''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]'')
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| BPM = 112
| live = [[Live: With Teeth]] through Present
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| versions = Only<br>Only (Instrumental)<br>Only (Radio Edit)<br>Only (Richard X Remix)<br>Only (El-P Remix)<br>Only (Richard X Dub)<br>Only (Richard X Edit)<br>Only (El-P Instrumental)<br>Only (''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]'')
}}'''"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 [[Halo numbers|Halo 20]] (see ''[[Only (halo)]]''). It is known for its upbeat and synthesizer-driven instrumentation, and casual lyric delivery, reminiscent of 1989's "[[Down In It (song)|Down In It]]". It was censored on radio, though it was obvious that the word "fucking" was being cut out.
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| live = [[With Teeth Fall Arena Tour]] through [[NIN + QOTSA Tour]]<br>[[NIN 2014 Europe/UK Tour]] through present
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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 [[Halo numbers|Halo 20]]. It is known for its upbeat and synthesizer-driven instrumentation, and casual lyric delivery, reminiscent of 1989's "[[Down In It (song)|Down In It]]." It was censored on radio, though it was obvious that the word "fucking" was being cut out.
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"Only" was the last song finished for ''With Teeth.''[http://web.archive.org/web/20060430005415/http://www.nin.com/access/2_26_05/questions10.gif] It was the second song that saw the release of its [[multitracks]] for fan remixes.
  
"Only" was the last song finished for ''With Teeth.''[http://www.nin.com/access/2_26_05/questions10.gif] It was the second song that saw the release of its master tracks for fan remixes.
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==="Down In It"===
 
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"Only" contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the song "Down In It."
===Meaning===
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'''"Down In It":'''
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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''Just then a tiny little dot caught my eye it was just about too small to see/But I watched it way too long it was pulling me down''
 
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'''"Only":'''
===Down In It===
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''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''
"Only" contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the 1989 song "[[Down In It (song)|Down In It]]". Both mention a small dot that caught the attention of the singer, who couldn't let go of it.
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===Song Credits===
 
===Song Credits===
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===Halos===
 
===Halos===
 
*''With Teeth''
 
*''With Teeth''
*''[[Only (halo)|Only]]'' (song and music video)
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*''[[Only (halo)|Only]]''
 
*''[[Every Day Is Exactly The Same (halo)|Every Day Is Exactly The Same]]''
 
*''[[Every Day Is Exactly The Same (halo)|Every Day Is Exactly The Same]]''
 
*''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]''
 
*''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]''
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===Seeds===
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*''[[The Definitive NIN - The Singles]]''
  
 
==Versions==
 
==Versions==
 
===Only===
 
===Only===
This is the original album version.
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This is the original album version. The drum machine used is the same as was used in the [[How To Destroy Angels]] track "[[Fur-Lined]]".
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===Only (Instrumental)===
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'''''Running Time: 4:48'''''
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Released exclusively through Apple Music.
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===Only (Radio Edit)===
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'''''Running Time: 4:01'''''
  
===Only (Richard X Remix)===
 
 
Coming soon
 
Coming soon
  
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===Only (Richard X Remix)===
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'''''Running Time: 7:24'''''
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Coming soon
 
====Song Credits====
 
====Song Credits====
*Remix and additional production: [{Richard X]] for blackmelody.com
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*Remix and additional production: Richard X for blackmelody.com
 
*Mix: Pete Hofmann for Miloco Management
 
*Mix: Pete Hofmann for Miloco Management
  
 
===Only (El-P Remix)===
 
===Only (El-P Remix)===
The dance-oriented beat is gone, replaced by a heavier beat and finger-snap percussion.
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'''''Running Time: 4:21'''''
  
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The dance-oriented beat is gone, replaced by a heavier beat and finger-snap percussion.
 
====Song Credits====
 
====Song Credits====
*Production: [[El-P]]
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*Production: [[EL-P]]
 
*Mix: Joey Raia, NASA
 
*Mix: Joey Raia, NASA
  
 
===Only (Richard X Dub)===
 
===Only (Richard X Dub)===
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'''''Running Time: 7:51'''''
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Coming soon
 
Coming soon
  
 
===Only (Richard X Edit)===
 
===Only (Richard X Edit)===
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'''''Running Time: 3:46'''''
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Coming soon
 
Coming soon
  
 
===Only (El-P Instrumental)===
 
===Only (El-P Instrumental)===
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'''''Running Time: 4:21'''''
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Coming soon
 
Coming soon
  
 
===Only (''Beside You In Time'')===
 
===Only (''Beside You In Time'')===
This live version is found on the ''Beside You In Time'' DVD.
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This live version is found on the ''Beside You In Time'' DVD. It contains a guitar riff intro which also appears in the chorus, not featured on the album version.
 
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===Fan Remixes===
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Because the master tracks were released to facilitate fan remixes, hundreds exists.
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==Music Video==
 
==Music Video==
The video for "Only" was directed by [[David Fincher]] and is largly created using advanced CGI by computer graphics company DigitalDomain. It features a desk with a laptop (A 17" Mac PowerBook), speakers, a cup of coffee, a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton%27s_cradle Newton's cradle] and a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin_Art Pin Art] desk toy being brought to life and animated by the music.
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[[Image:Onlystill.jpg|thumb|Screenshot from the "Only" video]]
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The [[Nine Inch Nails music videos|music video]] for "Only" was directed by [[David Fincher]] and was largely created using advanced CGI by visual effects company Digital Domain. It features a desk with a laptop (A 17" Mac PowerBook), speakers, a cup of coffee, a [[wp:Newton's cradle|Newton's cradle]] and a [[wp:Pin Art|Pin Art]] desk toy 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 Newton's cradle begins to sway to the beat as ripples appear in a cup of coffee. Reznor appears in the Pin Art, 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 Pin Art as the balls on the cradle sway almost uncontrollably. The ripples in the coffee also have greater frequency. The climax of the song dislodges the top-most apple in a nearby bowl, after which Reznor's impression walks off 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, with Reznor filmed live in front of a green screen and then mapped onto the Pin Art. It is reported that the only parts that were live-action were the hand at the very beginning (that of Fincher) and the bowl of apples at the end.
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=== Credits ===
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* Director: David Fincher
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* Production Company: Anonymous Content
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* Agency: [[Interscope Records]]
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* Visual Effects: Digital Domain
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** Eric Barba
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** Lisa Beroud
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** Jay Barton
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** Jim Gaczkowski
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=== Awards ===
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<!-- note: Digital Domain's page claims it won a D&AD aware for special effects but there is no mention of it on D&AD's site -->
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* [[wp:Visual Effects Society|Visual Effects Society]] [http://www.vesawards.com/history/4.html 4th Annual VES Awards (2005)]: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video
  
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 Newton's cradle begins to sway to the beat as ripples appear in a cup of coffee. Reznor appears in the Pin Art, 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 Pin Art as the balls on the cradle sway almost uncontrollably. The ripples in the coffee also have greater frequency. Finally, an apple falls out of a nearby 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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==Reznor on the songwriting==
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<blockquote>"It's about the business. When you get on this path of trying to sell records it becomes about selling more records and playing bigger venues. It's like,'I'm friends with Tom Morello but Audioslave are releasing something on the same day as us and I must destroy him'. It's like, 'Wait a minute!' The goal has to be about making the best music possible or else it becomes something that will make you implode. Although, I'd rather have money than not because I know what not having it is like and not being able to pay the gas bill sucks. I feel lucky that I can do this but I constantly have to remind myself what the goal is. Should I say yes to that Microsoft commercial because I could use a new house? Or do I say no because this is something precious that would be tarnished if I did that? I find myself saying this to record labels and business manager guys,and they're like, 'You won't do what because of what?' My feelings were hurt when I heard David Bowie's 'Heroes' on a fucking Microsoft commercial. It's like 'Why? Fuck!'"</blockquote>
  
The video was almost entirely computer-animated, with Reznor filmed live in front of a green screen and then mapped onto the Pin Art. It is reported that the only parts that were live-action were the hand at the very beginning (that of director David Fincher) and the bowl of apples at the end.
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==Live==
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"Only" made its live debut on the [[2005/09/19_Phoenix,_AZ|third show]] of the [[With Teeth Fall Arena Tour]]. The song was played with live drums until 2014, when Ilan Rubin began playing bass while the band played to a backing track.
  
 
==Lyrics==
 
==Lyrics==
     I’m becoming less defined
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     I'm becoming less defined
 
     As days go by
 
     As days go by
 
     Fading away
 
     Fading away
     (You might say)
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     (Well you might say)
     I’m losing focus
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     I'm losing focus
 
     Kind of drifting into the abstract
 
     Kind of drifting into the abstract
 
     In terms of how I see myself
 
     In terms of how I see myself
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     Less concerned about fitting into the world
 
     Less concerned about fitting into the world
 
     Your world, that is
 
     Your world, that is
     Because it doesn’t really matter
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     Because it doesn't really matter
 
     Anymore
 
     Anymore
 
     None of this really matters anymore
 
     None of this really matters anymore
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     But then again I always was
 
     But then again I always was
 
     As far back as I can tell
 
     As far back as I can tell
     I think maybe it’s because
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     I think maybe it's because
 
     Because you were never real to begin with
 
     Because you were never real to begin with
 
     I just made you up
 
     I just made you up
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     There is only me
 
     There is only me
 
     Only
 
     Only
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Additional lyrics were printed in the ''With Teeth'' PDF booklet, but do not feature in the song, and are only included in one of the multitrack sets:
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    Is this really all there is?
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    Is this really all there is?
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[http://www.nin.com/halo/20/index.html "Only" on nin.com]
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*[http://vimeo.com/61997410 "Only" music video]
*[http://www.nin.com/visuals/index.html Video link on nin.com]
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*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP581mozBYk "Only" live from ''Beside You In Time'']
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_%28Nine_Inch_Nails_song%29 "Only" on Wikipedia]
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*[http://www.digitaldomain.com/play_video.php?id=19&section=bts Behind-the-scenes video from DigitalDomain] (behind-the-scenes portion plays after finished video)
*[http://www.digitaldomain.com/play_video.php?id=19&section=bts Behind-the-scenes video from DigitalDomain] (behind-the-scenes portion plays after finish video)
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Revision as of 18:16, 9 April 2019

"Only"
Album: With Teeth
Length: 4:22
Tempo: 112 BPM
Versions: Only
Only (Instrumental)
Only (Radio Edit)
Only (Richard X Remix)
Only (El-P Remix)
Only (Richard X Dub)
Only (Richard X Edit)
Only (El-P Instrumental)
Only (Beside You In Time)
Live: With Teeth Fall Arena Tour through NIN + QOTSA Tour
NIN 2014 Europe/UK Tour through present

"Only" is the eighth track on the 2005 album With Teeth. It was released as a single in summer 2005, receiving the designation Halo 20. It is known for its upbeat and synthesizer-driven instrumentation, and casual lyric delivery, reminiscent of 1989's "Down In It." It was censored on radio, though it was obvious that the word "fucking" was being cut out. "Only" was the last song finished for With Teeth.[1] It was the second song that saw the release of its multitracks for fan remixes.

"Down In It"

"Only" contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the song "Down In It." "Down In It": Just then a tiny little dot caught my eye it was just about too small to see/But I watched it way too long it was pulling me down "Only": 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

Song Credits

Appearances

Halos

Seeds

Versions

Only

This is the original album version. The drum machine used is the same as was used in the How To Destroy Angels track "Fur-Lined".

Only (Instrumental)

Running Time: 4:48 Released exclusively through Apple Music.

Only (Radio Edit)

Running Time: 4:01

Coming soon

Only (Richard X Remix)

Running Time: 7:24

Coming soon

Song Credits

  • Remix and additional production: Richard X for blackmelody.com
  • Mix: Pete Hofmann for Miloco Management

Only (El-P Remix)

Running Time: 4:21

The dance-oriented beat is gone, replaced by a heavier beat and finger-snap percussion.

Song Credits

  • Production: EL-P
  • Mix: Joey Raia, NASA

Only (Richard X Dub)

Running Time: 7:51

Coming soon

Only (Richard X Edit)

Running Time: 3:46

Coming soon

Only (El-P Instrumental)

Running Time: 4:21

Coming soon

Only (Beside You In Time)

This live version is found on the Beside You In Time DVD. It contains a guitar riff intro which also appears in the chorus, not featured on the album version.

Music Video

Screenshot from the "Only" video

The music video for "Only" was directed by David Fincher and was largely created using advanced CGI by visual effects company Digital Domain. It features a desk with a laptop (A 17" Mac PowerBook), speakers, a cup of coffee, a Newton's cradle and a Pin Art desk toy 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 Newton's cradle begins to sway to the beat as ripples appear in a cup of coffee. Reznor appears in the Pin Art, 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 Pin Art as the balls on the cradle sway almost uncontrollably. The ripples in the coffee also have greater frequency. The climax of the song dislodges the top-most apple in a nearby bowl, after which Reznor's impression walks off 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, with Reznor filmed live in front of a green screen and then mapped onto the Pin Art. It is reported that the only parts that were live-action were the hand at the very beginning (that of Fincher) and the bowl of apples at the end.

Credits

  • Director: David Fincher
  • Production Company: Anonymous Content
  • Agency: Interscope Records
  • Visual Effects: Digital Domain
    • Eric Barba
    • Lisa Beroud
    • Jay Barton
    • Jim Gaczkowski

Awards

Reznor on the songwriting

"It's about the business. When you get on this path of trying to sell records it becomes about selling more records and playing bigger venues. It's like,'I'm friends with Tom Morello but Audioslave are releasing something on the same day as us and I must destroy him'. It's like, 'Wait a minute!' The goal has to be about making the best music possible or else it becomes something that will make you implode. Although, I'd rather have money than not because I know what not having it is like and not being able to pay the gas bill sucks. I feel lucky that I can do this but I constantly have to remind myself what the goal is. Should I say yes to that Microsoft commercial because I could use a new house? Or do I say no because this is something precious that would be tarnished if I did that? I find myself saying this to record labels and business manager guys,and they're like, 'You won't do what because of what?' My feelings were hurt when I heard David Bowie's 'Heroes' on a fucking Microsoft commercial. It's like 'Why? Fuck!'"

Live

"Only" made its live debut on the third show of the With Teeth Fall Arena Tour. The song was played with live drums until 2014, when Ilan Rubin began playing bass while the band played to a backing track.

Lyrics

    I'm becoming less defined
    As days go by
    Fading away
    (Well 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

Additional lyrics were printed in the With Teeth PDF booklet, but do not feature in the song, and are only included in one of the multitrack sets:

    Is this really all there is?
    Is this really all there is?

External Links

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