| album = ''[[With Teeth (halo)|With Teeth]]''
| length = 4:22
| BPM = 112| 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]]'')| live = [[With Teeth Fall Arena Tour]] through Present[[Lights In The Sky Tour]]<br>[[NIN + QOTSA Tour]]<br>[[NIN 2014 Europe/UK Tour]] through present}}'''"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. "Only" was the last song finished for ''With Teeth.''[] It was the second song that saw the release of its master tracks for fan remixes. ===Meaning===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 Finchermultitracks]], who directed the music video for this songfan remixes.
==="Down In It"===
"Only" contains a verse that is very similar to a verse in the song "Down In It." Both mention a small dot that caught the attention of the singer, who couldn't let go of it. '''"Down in 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''
''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''
*''With Teeth''
*''[[Every Day Is Exactly The Same (halo)|Every Day Is Exactly The Same]]''
*''[[Beside You In Time (halo)|Beside You In Time]]''
*''[[The Definitive NIN - The Singles]]''
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
*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: [[ElEL-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.
===Fan Remixes===
Because the [[multitracks|master tracks]] were released to facilitate fan remixes, hundreds exist.
==Music Video==
[[Image:Onlystill.jpg|thumb|Screenshot from the "Only" video]]The [[Nine Inch Nails music videos|music video ]] for "Only" was directed by [[David Fincher ]] and was largly 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 [http[wp:// 's cradle|Newton's cradle]] and a [http[wp:// Pin Art|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
** Jay Barton
** Jim Gaczkowski
=== Awards ===
<!-- 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 -->
* [http[wp:// Visual Effects Society|Visual Effects Society]] [ 4th Annual VES Awards (2005)]: Outstanding Visual Effects in a Music Video ==Reznor on the songwriting==<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> ==Live=="Only" made its live debut on the [[2005/09/19_Phoenix,_AZ|third show]] of the [[With Teeth Fall Arena Tour]], and quickly became a setlist staple. This would continue for multiple tours, with "Only" appearing at most shows on the [[Performance 2007]] tour and almost every performance on the [[Lights In The Sky Tour]]. "Only" was not performed on the [[Wave Goodbye Tour]], and would make sporadic appearances in the [[NIN 2013-2014|2013-2014]] and [[NIN 2017-2018|2017-2018 touring cycles]]. The song was played with live drums until 2014, when Ilan Rubin began playing bass while the band played to a backing track.
I’m I'm becoming less defined
As days go by
Fading away
(Well you might say)
I’m I'm losing focus
Kind of drifting into the abstract
In terms of how I see myself
Less concerned about fitting into the world
Your world, that is
Because it doesn’t doesn't really matter
None of this really matters anymore
But then again I always was
As far back as I can tell
I think maybe it’s it's because
Because you were never real to begin with
I just made you up
There is only me
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==
*[httphttps://wwwarchive.nin.comorg/halodetails/20/index.html NineInchNails-OnlyMultitracks "Only" on ninMultitracks at archive.comorg]*[ Video link on nin.com61997410 "Only" music video]*[ watch?v=fP581mozBYk "Only" on Wikipedialive from ''Beside You In Time'']
*[ Behind-the-scenes video from DigitalDomain] (behind-the-scenes portion plays after finished video)
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