"Sunspots" is the tenth track on the 2005 release With Teeth.
- Live Drums: Dave Grohl
- With Teeth
This is the original album version. Driven throughout by consistent drum and bass parts, Trent Reznor's layered vocals and muted guitars soon join. The higher, melodic verses are followed by lower pitched vocals in the pre-choruses, then higher again as the choruses are sung in falsetto. The choruses also feature a different chord progression played by bass and distorted guitars, similar to the choruses of "Love Is Not Enough." The second chorus and following bridge also feature a synthesizer lead that sounds very similar to a blender, perhaps the song's most notable characteristic. The song ends after two repeated choruses with different lyrics and 16 bars of the verse bassline and drums, which stop together just as they began.
Released exclusively through Apple Music.
"Sunspots" was not performed live until 2022, perhaps due to Reznor's fear of straining his voice too much, but eventually made its live debut on June 21 at Brixton Academy, London. It had also been performed at soundchecks and rehearsals with vocals. One of those soundchecks can be heard here. Starting 2013, "Sunspots" was interpolated into the outro of "Sanctified" by Alessandro Cortini.
Sunspots cast a glare in my eyes Sometimes I forget I'm alive I feel it coming and I've got to get out of its way I hear it calling and I come cause I can't disobey I should not listen and I shouldn't believe but I do Yes I do She turns me on She makes it real I have to apologize For the way I feel My life it seems has taken a turn Why in the name of God would I ever want to return? Peel off our skin we're gonna burn what we were to the ground Fuck in the fire and we'll spread all the ashes around I want to kill away the rest of what's left and I do Yes I do She turns me on She makes it real I have to apologize For the way I feel And nothing can stop me now And there is nothing to fear And everything I'd ever want Is inside of here Now I just stare into the sun And I see everything I've done I think I could have been someone But I can't stop what has begun When everything is said and done And there is no place left to run I think I used to be someone Now I just stare into the sun