domingo, 23 de noviembre de 2008

HURT




Original Nine Inch Nails song




Johnny Cash's cover




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 (shit)
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


I found this song highly emotional since the first time I listened to it not more than two weeks ago. Its original author is Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), and the first video in this post is a live performance of the single at the Kansas Expocenter Topeka the 8th of February 1996. A gigant screen was dropped on stage showing different images, such as war atrocities, nuclear bomb explosions, animals and a fox decomposing in reverse. This pictures provoke in me a sense of loss, guiltiness, nostalgia, inevitability and other similar reactions that have a lot to do with the lyrics of the song. "If I could start again / A million miles away", "Everyone I know / goes away in the end" and other quotes from the song fit with the photographs, allowing the listener and seer to create a feeling inside themselves, a feeling that's different in everyone, but resembling in sense: HURT.

The second video is the cover version by Johnny Cash, who depicts his own feelings of the song in the video, showing important moments of his own life. Watch both videos.

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