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     Heaven's just a rumor she'll dispel
 
     Heaven's just a rumor she'll dispel
     As she walks me through the nicest parts of Hell
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     As she walks me through the nicest parts of Hell (bitch)
 
     I still dream of lips I never should have kissed
 
     I still dream of lips I never should have kissed
 
     Well she knows exactly what I can't resist
 
     Well she knows exactly what I can't resist

Revision as of 08:03, 24 March 2009

"Sanctified"
Album: Pretty Hate Machine
Length: 5:48
Tempo: {{{BPM}}} BPM
Versions: Sanctified
Sanctified (Purest Feeling)
Sanctified (Demo)
Live: VIVIsectVI Tour through Nights Of Nothing Tour

"Sanctified" is the fourth track on the 1989 release Pretty Hate Machine. It's best known for it's very tribal rhythms and distinctive bassline, though the original version of the song was apparently much brighter. A darker atmosphere was given to it for the Pretty Hate Machine version. The song appears to be about sex with a woman who the protagonist (Trent Reznor) is crazy about but is deathly afraid of. This could also be a metaphor for substance abuse.

Song Credits

  • Production: Trent Reznor, John Fryer
  • Engineer/Mix: John Fryer

Appearances

Halos

  • Pretty Hate Machine

Seeds

Other

Versions

Sanctified

The album version of the song features a very dark motif, given the very tribal rhythm, synthetic "chanting" and the oddly tuned "guitar" that accompanies the beat. There is a short bridge in the middle in which some muffled samples can be heard underneath the synthetic drum loops and Gregorian like chanting. The outro is comprised of a keyboard drone at the end (created by Richard Patrick), accompanied by some downmixed samples, which lowers in pitch and winds down, segueing directly into "Something I Can Never Have."

Sanctified (Purest Feeling)

The second track on Purest Feeling, the song begins with a shouted four count with drumsticks before hitting into the song. Though the beats and bassline are identical, the song is played slightly faster and all the effects are at a higher octave, giving it a much brighter feel. The samples in the song are also much louder than in the version on Pretty Hate Machine.

   Sample in the bridge:
     Old Man: "He wants to give it a try right now. Give it a try right now!"
     *car starts*
     Old Man: "Doesn't that feel good?  Now you're ready to go! Hey there?  
     Ready to get in there and get the job done!  Live is great!  Life is terrific!  
     Thank you God, for another wonderful day."

There is also one minor lyrical change in the last couple of lines.

   "I am purified!  I am terrified
    I am sanctified... inside you!"

His screams fade off into the guitar drones which contain more samples, which segue directly into the next song on the album, Maybe Just Once.

Sanctified (Demo)

Present on the Demos and Remixes bootleg, it has the same tone as the Pretty Hate Machine version while including some alternate samples, including a shortened version of the "Old Man" sample in the bridge, a few odd noises not present in the final version (such as the "reeeeeeeeeee" at the beginning of the bridge), the alternate lyric at the end, and an odd sample at the very end which concludes with a man saying, "You'll see your life begin to change."

Live

"Sanctified" has been a rarely played song since the Pretty Hate Machine tours, though when it is played, an extended intro is usually played during which Reznor addresses the audience.

Lyrics

    It's still getting worse after everything I've tried
    What if I found a way to wash it all aside
    What if she touches with those fingertips
    As the words spill out like fire from her lips

    If she says come inside I'll come inside for her
    If she says give it all I'll give everything to her
    I am justified
    I am purified
    I am sanctified
    Inside you

    Heaven's just a rumor she'll dispel
    As she walks me through the nicest parts of Hell (bitch)
    I still dream of lips I never should have kissed
    Well she knows exactly what I can't resist

    If she says come inside I'll come inside for her
    If she says give it all I'll give everything to her
    I am justified
    I am purified
    I am sanctified
    Inside you

    I'm just caught up in another of her spells
    She's turning me into someone else
    Every day I hope and pray that this will end
    But when I can I do it all again

    If she says come inside I'll come inside for her
    If she says give it all I'll give everything to her
    I am justified
    I am purified
    I am sanctified
    Inside you

    As surely as the blade's course is run
    Maybe my kingdom's finally come

The following audio sample can be heard at 3 minutes 19 seconds on the studio version:

    Dear mom and dad, 
    This is the hardest letter I've ever had to write. I'd hoped somehow to get out of this quickly
    so that you'd never have to know about it, but that just isn't possible now. I don't know what's
    going to happen, but what can I say to you? Will "I'm sorry" make a difference? Will it ease the
    pain? The shame you must be feeling? Forgive me, please.


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