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Album: Things Falling Apart
Length: 7:06
Tempo: 126 BPM
Versions: Metal
Live: Wave Goodbye Tour
Europe + Asia 2018 through present

"Metal" is the eighth track on Things Falling Apart, a cover of Gary Numan from his 1979 album The Pleasure Principle. An early, partial leak of the cover from The Fragile era was remixed and shared under various names, most often the "Lee Completion Mix."

The end of the song features a drawn-out instrumental referencing several other Numan songs: the higher-pitched synth line is taken from "M.E." (also from The Pleasure Principle), while the piano line references "Remember I Was Vapour" (from 1980's Telekon).

Song Credits

  • Writing: Gary Numan
  • Published by Beggar's Banquet Music/Momentum Music Ltd. (PRS)
  • Manipulation: Trent Reznor, Alan Moulder



  • Things Falling Apart




This is the only available version.


"Metal" was performed live for the first time on the opening date of the NIN|JA 2009 tour and was performed frequently through the final Wave Goodbye dates. The song returned after nine years when it was played a few times in 2018.


    We're in the building where they make us grow
    And I'm frightened by the liquid engineer
    Like you
    My Mallory heart is sure to fail
    I could crawl around the floor just like I'm real
    Like you
    The sound of metal I want to be you
    I should learn to be a man
    Like you
    Plug me in and turn me on
    Oh everything is moving
    I need my treatment it's tomorrow they send me
    Singing "I am an American"
    Do you?
    Picture this if I should make the change
    I'd love to pull the wires from the wall
    Did you?
    And who are you and how can I try?
    Here inside I like the metal
    Don't you?
    All I know is no one dies
    I'm still confusing love with need

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