"The Background World" is the fifth track on the 2017 EP Add Violence.
- Add Violence
The Background World
This is the only known version. To date it is the longest original song (remixes not included) on an official Nine Inch Nails release.
The song was featured on Season 3, Episode 7 of TNT's Animal Kingdom on July 10, 2018. A portion of the lyrics are sung during a final scene, with the looped outro segueing into the credits.
You left me here What am I supposed to do? I never dared to look inside Just like you told me to I'm going into you again And I know you saw it too And I will keep myself awake I know what’s coming I feel it reaching through There is no moving past There is no better place There is no future point in time We will not get away The world is bleeding out It folds itself in two Behind the background world Is always bleeding through Are you sure this is what you want? As hard as you try not to see it
Further lyrics are printed on the physical component:
The Floating Shadow of Thought all The Dead smell of perfume whispers secrets surges maybe I will just stay awake Red swine eyelids You shut up, you saw him too, you see The Curse The Mirror If you could see inside If you were here to see My dreams are showing through Maybe this is what it appears to be