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Thread #149902   Message #3550568
Posted By: Jim Dixon
18-Aug-13 - 11:05 PM
Thread Name: Songs that sing to your heart.
Subject: Lyr Add: HURT (Trent Reznor)
This was mentioned by Dave Hanson on 13-Mar:

HURT
Written by Trent Reznor
Originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails on "The Downward Spiral" (1994)
As sung by Johnny Cash on "American IV: The Man Comes Around" (2002)

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain,
The only thing that's real.
The needle tears a hole,
The old familiar sting.
Try to kill it all away,
But I remember everything.

What have I become,
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end.
And you could have it all,
My empire of dirt.
I will let you down.
I will make you hurt.

I wear this crown of thorns*
Upon my liar's chair,
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair.
Beneath the stains of time,
The feelings disappear.
You are someone else.
I am still right here.

What have I become,
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end.
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down.
I will make you hurt.

If I could start again
A million miles away,
I would keep myself.
I would find a way.

[* In the original song sung by Nine Inch Nails, the phrase was "crown of shit."]