Beside You In Time (song)

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"Beside You In Time"
Album: With Teeth
Length: 5:24
Tempo: 120 BPM
Versions: Beside You In Time
Beside You In Time (Beside You In Time)
Live: With Teeth Arena Tour
Live 2014

"Beside You In Time" is the twelfth track on the 2005 release With Teeth.





Beside You In Time

This is the original album version. It starts quietly with a dark, uneasy drone fading in from the end of "The Line Begins To Blur," which remains prominently throughout the entirety of the song and swells in volume in time with the simple drum loop. Reznor's long verse syllables are joined by a percussive yet melodic loop moving with the drum loop, fading away through the simple and repetitious chorus. The second chorus ends and drops out all elements but the drone, which stops swelling quickly and increases in volume until the drum loop enters once more and sets the drone swelling again. This leads into a loud, powerful, guitar-driven coda, its rhythmic pace matching the 16th note pulse evident throughout the track. The guitar riff changes after Reznor's high register singing, drawing this section to a close and leaving the swelling drone and drum loop to crossfade with the introductory soundscape of "Right Where It Belongs."

Beside You In Time (Beside You In Time)

This live performance can be found on the Beside You In Time DVD release. Mostly faithful to the original, it features a shorter break between the final chorus and the loud coda, during which Reznor uses his microphone stand to "smash" the projection screen before him, which "shatters" like a wall of glass in time with his attack.


On the Fall 2005 and Winter 2006 legs of the Live: With Teeth tour, a curtain is dropped down in front of the stage as lights pulsate both on the screen and behind the stage. The band can be seen silhouetted against the back lights. As the song builds to its climax, Trent Reznor can be seen lifting his microphone stand, swinging it at the curtain at the song's climax as it shows a shattering glass effect and lifts, revealing the stage once again.


    I am all alone this time around
    Sometimes on the side I hear a sound
    Places parallel I know it's you
    Feel the little pieces bleeding through
    This goes on
    And on
    And on
    Now that I've decided not to stay
    I can feel me start to fade away
    Everything is back where it belongs
    I will be beside you before long
    This goes on
    And on
    And on
    We will never die
    Beside you in time
Previous track - "The Line Begins To Blur" Track 12 from With Teeth Next track - "Right Where It Belongs"