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Album: Hesitation Marks
Length: 5:03
Tempo: 113 BPM
Versions: Satellite
Live: Tension

"Satellite" is the eighth track on the 2013 release Hesitation Marks. "Satellite", along with "Everything", were both originally written and recorded for a forthcoming greatest hits package for Interscope Records, but instead provided inspiration towards a new album.[1]

Song Credits

  • Trent Reznor: Vocals, Electronics, Percussion, Guitar, Bass


  • Hesitation Marks



This is the only known version. Opening into the first verse, quiet, low-register vocals layer behind a danceable beat loop surrounded by atmospheric synthesizers. Echoing distorted guitars break up parts of the multiple verses, then cover the background of the track during the chorus, which is mostly built on the differing lyrics and vocal layering. The coda of the track augments these elements with jangling guitar reminiscent of The Fragile and, prominently, a bassline backed by 'swarm' guitar layering that changes the mood of the track into something more mysterious and sinister. As layers build, the song gives out to several of the ambient layers and vocals only, fading out all the way.


This song debuted live on the first night of the Tension 2013 leg of the Nine Inch Nails Live 2013 tour.


   Data trails
   Like fingernails
   Scratch across the sky
   Hard to know
   Figure out
   Tell the truth from lies
   Every word you say
   Think I found
   A way around
   Yeah I think I found a way
   Well, come on
   I'm watching you
   I'm one step ahead
   I'm part of you
   I'm inside your head
   Yes we can
   Yes we did
   Eliminate the spread
   Better watch
   What you think
   What was that you said?
   Every word you say
   Think I found
   A way around
   Yeah I think I found
   A way
   I know you're up there somewhere
   So very high
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