A Warm Place (3:23)

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From The Downward Spiral and 7 other releases

A Warm Place can be regarded as the turning point of the album. It is the only instrumental, discounting the practically inaudible spoken words at the beginning. Its tranquil and soothing nature highly contrasts with the other tracks on the album, which all contain loud and angry parts.

The previous track, “Big Man With A Gun,” is arguably the most chaotic on the album. The narrator asserts his power and domination over samples of tortured screams. The last instance of “nothing can stop me now” in the album is shouted, and this is perhaps his last straw (no pun intended). At just over a minute and a half, “Big Man With A Gun” suddenly collapses, and “A Warm Place” starts immediately.

The narrator has begun a drastic change in point of view. He experiences a moment of clarity to truly consider his situation in a way unhindered by intoxicants, or perhaps enhanced by them. Backed by the melancholy piano tune, he realizes who he has become and what he has done. He had known subconsciously before, and he had voiced the varying attributes (the title of “The Becoming” being the most obvious example), but he had not yet come to grips with the real consequences of his character and actions, which differ from the extreme views he had expressed previously. “Warm” contrasts with the cold, indifferent quality of machines, which are sampled throughout the album. This “warm place” relates to the womb or to the rise in body temperature during intercourse, where life begins.


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water rolls down the skin like tiny beads
eyes close so that they might see
touching him.(illum tangendo)
this sun is a star in someone else's sky

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  • bartende_r

    ready to transcend.

    2 Jul 9:27pm Reply
  • benson_x

    sounds like sine wave by mogwai. beautiful

    16 Jun 10:37am Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    best song on the album

    16 Mar 2:00pm Reply
  • zajac09

    After all this years this track is still awesome!

    11 Mar 6:05pm Reply
  • thailon_5

    I'll never get over how beautiful this is.

    5 Mar 12:21pm Reply
  • liquidvizions

    I can't believe some of you have obviously missed the Depeche Mode resemblance... Trent CLEARLY borrows from the song "Stripped" {mainly from the live version from Depeche Mode 101} GO LISTEN! But now this is not a bad thing. Far from it. <3

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Mighty_SavagE

    absolutely marvelous.

    5 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CrimsonLull

    This one really remim=nds me of OST of the Silent Hill games! Really love it!

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • death--pierceme

    This is definitely something unreal, something godly. [2] couldn't have described it better imo.

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Flynner11

    Seriously depressing song. Damn.

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Nick_ThP

    I just relistened TDS today after a long break from NIN, and for some reason this song didn't really click with me before now. It's beautiful.

    19 Jun 2013 Reply
  • KoromoAmae

    You have to hear real hard with a normal pair of headphones; I eventually heard the sample at the beginning but I think it would be virtually impossible without headphones. Beautiful song either way.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Tony--

    I will use this song in my movie one day I make it.

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nyfelim

    zawsze rzygam podczas trwania tej piosenki, bo to trochę zbyt dużo Piękna jak na jedną osobę.

    6 Feb 2013 Reply
  • strom-z

    one of the most beautiful things he's created. I always have to let it lead into "eraser"..

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • WeilandEsDios

    One of the most beautiful songs ever written.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • everfreee

    one of the best tracks on the album! this song always inspires me to create.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • christles

    One of my favorites.

    3 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Eightbit-boy

    This is definitely something unreal, something godly.

    15 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Dosva

    "According to the NINwiki the phrase 'The best thing about life is knowing you put it together' is repeated, very quietly, about six times at the beginning of the song, but bugger me if I can hear it." It's definitely there, but extremely faint. You may need some high end headphones or monitors to pick it up well.

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
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