"I Would For You" is the eleventh track on the 2013 release Hesitation Marks.
- Adrian Belew: Additional Backing Vocals
- Joshua Eustis: Additional Backing Vocals
- Eugene Goreshter: Additional Electronics, Violin
- Trent Reznor: Vocals, Electronics, Guitar, Bass, Piano
- Ilan Rubin: Live Drums
- Hesitation Marks
I Would For You
This is the only known version. A beat loop characterised by quick double kicks opens this track, with deep bass and quiet vocals creating the first verse. Choruses open up with a simpler, clearer drum loop, a different bassline, and strange guitar layering that acts like a strings keyboard patch, creating a large stage for Reznor's loud and echoing vocals. The second chorus is followed by a new distorted guitar riff, which repeats as synth and percussion layers build; these eventually give way to a solitary piano melody, which quietly segues into "In Two" in a method recalling "Lights in the Sky" becoming "Corona Radiata" on The Slip.
This song was a setlist rarity - it debuted live on the first night of the Tension 2013 Tour, but was only played four more times on that tour and never since. It featured backing vocals by Lisa Fischer and Sharlotte Gibson.
What a pathetic string of words Just leave them lying on the floor The warning posted on the door Not over here not anymore There was a place that could have been Step over all that used to be Since you've invited yourself in Some things I'd rather you not see See I keep lying to myself Don't know what else there is to do If I could be somebody else Well, I think I would for you Didn't seem like something more? So long I can't remember when And this has happened all before And this will happen all again And I only have myself to blame And I only have myself to blame See I keep lying to myself Don't know what else there is to do If I could be somebody else Well, I think I would for you
In the final version of the song, the second to last line in the first verse is changed to:
Since you have let yourself come in