You Know What You Are?

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"You Know What You Are?"
Album: With Teeth
Length: 3:41
Tempo: 160 BPM
Versions: You Know What You Are?
You Know What You Are? (Instrumental)
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. Its title strongly resembles "You Know Who You Are."

Song Credits





  • Doom Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


You Know What You Are?

This is the original album version. Beginning immediately with Dave Grohl's quick drumming, the song is differentiated as the only studio NIN song featuring prominent double bass technique. Joined by panning noise loops, a distorted guitar riff and echoing synthesizers, Trent Reznor delivers each verse in yells, a delay effect bouncing his voice throughout the mix. The chorus opens up considerably, simplifying the drum rhythm and featuring loud, distorted bass frequencies. The bridge maintains the quick intensity of the verses but builds up using a new bassline and the repeated mantra, "Remember where you came from. Remember what you are." The final chorus is even louder than the first two, culminating in a wah guitar ending that gives way to quiet synthesizer chords accompanying the chorus piano line. The end of the last musical phrase segues into "The Collector." The descending guitar melody during the bridge is very similar to that during the verses of "Everything".

You Know What You Are? (Instrumental)

Running Time: 3:48

Released exclusively through Apple Music.

You Know What You Are? (Clint Mansell Remix)

Running Time: 3:11

This is a remix by Clint Mansell created for the soundtrack to the movie adaptation of Doom. It closely resembles the original version, with only some altered vocal effects, new sound effects and altered mix levels differentiating it from the album version.

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.


"You Know What You Are?" made its live debut on March 23, 2005 and became a staple of Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth-era performances. The song, when performed live, sounds very similar to the album version. The only significant differences are the improvisational soloing by Aaron North during the bridge and the more sudden ending, exemplified on Beside You In Time.

The song was occasionally played throughout the European spring leg of Performance 2007, but has not been played since the last show of the Australia/Japan leg.


    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

    You are not one of them you belong with us
    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 where you belong
    You're so fucking stupid and pathetic
    Look 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 fucking know what you are?
    Go on get back get back get back to where you belong
Previous track - "All The Love In The World" Track 2 from With Teeth Next track - "The Collector"
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