Survivalism (song)

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"Survivalism"
Album: Year Zero
Length: 4:23
Tempo: {{{BPM}}} BPM
Versions: Survivalism
Survivalism (Radio Edit)
Live: 2007/02/19


About

"Survivalism" is the third track on the 2007 release Year Zero.

Survivalism is the belief that one must be prepared to survive a major catastrophe by stocking up on food and weapons. A survivalist therefore is a person who anticipates and prepares for a future disruption in local, regional or worldwide social or political order. Survivalists often prepare for this anticipated disruption by learning skills (e.g., emergency medical training), stockpiling food and water, or building structures that will help them to survive (e.g., an underground shelter).

Appearances

Halos

Promos

  • Survivalism

Versions

Survivalism

Found on the Year Zero album as well as the Survivalism promo.

Survivalism (Radio Edit)

A radio-friendly edited version that is found on the Survivalism promo. The word "whore" is edited out.

Leak

An mp3 "leak" of the song appeared on Feb 16th, 2007, courtesy of KROQ:

Music Video

Filming for the "Survivalism" video began on February 5, 2007. The video was "leaked" to the internet via flash drives given to people attending the Nine Inch Nails concert in London on March 7, 2007.

SPOILERS BEGIN
A wall of surveillance monitors details the activities of several people. A group of rebels is creating stencils and spray-painting the "Art Is Resistance" logo on walls. In an apartment, a pair of gay lovers share an intimate moment. In another dwelling, a young woman stands topless at her mirror doing her hair and applying make-up. Elsewhere someone is high on drugs, while a couple just sits on their couch in their home. A man is seen on a computer with several photos and news clippings behind him. Seen on several monitors is Nine Inch Nails playing the song in what is assumed to be their practice space. Intercut with these scenes is footage of armed soldiers moving in on one of the buildings and one of the places in the video.

At the end of the video the people in the other monitors seem to respond to an ado in one of the spaces seen on the monitor wall. The space where NIN was playing has its door busted in which has Rev 18.3.4 painted across it and a pool of blood leading out, while the cameras trained on the gay lovers and the man on the computer have gone blank. At the very end a body is seen being dragged around a corner, leaving a trail of blood.
END SPOLIERS

Download Links

http://theosborns.info/NIN-YZ/Survivalism_Video_lo.mov Low-resolution video
http://zincink.com/survivalism_hi.mov High-resolution video

Live

"Survivalism was played live for the first time at the Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain, on February 19, 2007.

Here is a video of the performance.

Lyrics

    I should have listened to her
    So hard to keep control
    We kept on eating but
    Our bloated belly's still not full
    She gave us all she had but
    We went and took some more
    Can't seem to shut her legs
    Our mother nature is a whore
    
    I got my propaganda
    I got revisionism
    I got my violence
    In high-def ultra-realism
    All a part of this great nation
    I got my fist
    I got my plan
    I got survivalism
    
    Hypnotic sound of siren
    Echoing through the street
    The cocking of the rifles
    The marching of the feet
    You see your world on fire
    Don't try to act surprised
    We did just what you told us
    Lost our faith along the way and found ourselves believing your lies
    
    I got my propaganda
    I got revisionism
    I got my violence
    In high-def ultra-realism
    All a part of this great nation
    I got my fist
    I got my plan
    I got survivalism
    
    All bruised and broken, bleeding
    She asked to take my hand
    I turned, just keep on walking
    But you'd do the same thing in this circumstance I'm sure you'll understand
    
    I got my propaganda
    I got revisionism
    I got my violence
    In high-def ultra-realism
    All a part of this great nation
    I got my fist
    I got my plan
    I got survivalism
    
    You've got your pacifism, I've got survivalism