You Know What You Are?

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"You Know What you Are?"
Album: With Teeth
Length: 3:41
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Versions: You Know What You Are?
You Know What You Are? (Clint Mansell Remix)
You Know What You Are? (Beside You In Time)
Live: Live: With Teeth through Performance 2007

"You Know What You Are?" is the second track from 2005's With Teeth. It is a very aggressive and upbeat song, featuring a gang-shouting chorus and heavy guitar tracks. A remix of this song by Clint Mansell appeared on the Doom soundtrack, and played during of end credits of that movie. The title strongly resembles a track on the Head Like A Hole single, entitled "You Know Who You Are."

Interpretation

The lyrics of the song appear to be commenting on a person's inability to change for the better, evident in lyrics such as "You can dress it all up you can try to pretend/But you can't change anything in the end." and "Don't you fucking know what you are?/Go on get back to where you belong." Many interpretions of this song often overlook the possibility that the "you" to which Trent Reznor refers, may in fact be himself.

Song Credits

Appearances

Halos

Seeds

Soundtracks

  • Doom Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Versions

You Know What You Are?

This is the original album version.

You Know What You Are? (Clint Mansell Remix)

This is a remix by Clint Mansell created for the soundtrack to the movie adaptation of Doom. It closely resembles the original version, with some altered vocal effects and a different mix.

You Know What You Are? (Beside You In Time)

This version can be seen and heard on the Beside You In Time DVD. The band omit the ending wah guitar and piano, ending the song once the last chorus finishes.

Live

"You Know What You Are?" has become a staple of Nine Inch Nails' live performances. The song, when performed live, sounds very similar to the album version. The only big differences are more intense guitar sounds and improvisational soloing by Aaron North during the bridge.

Lyrics

    I tried to sneak myself through I tried to get to the other side
    I tried to patch up the cracks and the holes that I have to hide
    For a little bit of time even made it work okay
    Just long enough to really make it hurt
    When they figured me out and it all just rotted away
    
    Don't you fucking know what you are?
    Go on get back to where you belong
    
    You better take a good look because I'm full of shit
    With every bit of my heart I have tried to believe in it
    You can dress it all up you can try to pretend
    But you can't change anything
    You can't change anything in the end
    
    Don't you fucking know what you are?
    Go on get back to where you belong
    
    Remember where you came from remember what you are

Additional lyrics printed in the With Teeth PDF booklet, but not appearing in the song itself

    Not one of them you belong with
    
    You're only fooling yourself
    Go on get back to where you belong
    You are not one of them
    You belong with us you're only fooling yourself
    Come back where you belong back
    
    To nowhere back to nothing 
    Back to that lonely place inside your head 
    Come back to where you belong
    You're so fucking stupid and pathetic
    What you're trying to do
    We will never let you go
    That was a lie you must have wanted to believe
    You didn't really believe that did you?
    Well it runs too deep it runs too deep my friend
    Better start to look at things through different eyes
    
    Don't you know fucking know what you are?
    
    Go on get back get back get back to where you belong
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