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The second track from the album Pretty Hate Machine. Its intro beat bleeds in from the outro of "Head Like A Hole" and pops up occasionally throughout the song. The song is almost entirely synthetic and is extremely layered when compared to most of the other songs on the album.

During the verses, under the guitar stabs Reznor can be heard whispering "hey God!".


"Terrible Lie" is often the opening song of Nine Inch Nails shows following the… read more

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(Hey God)
Why are you doing this to me?
Am I not living up to what I'm supposed to be?
Why am I seething with this animosity?

Nine Inch Nails - Terrible Lie Lyrics


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  • that synth line at the end is godly [2]
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  • "You made me throw it all away, my morals left to decay." love that part!
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  • I like it. :3

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