CRPS SOUNDTRACK: Hurt

HURT

by Nine Inch Nails and also covered amazingly haunting by Johnny Cash

Ive always known the original Nine Inch Nails (NIN) original of this song and never really paid the lyrics much attention. Now looking at it from the point of view of a person with Chronic pain, I see this song in a whole new light. There are two main thoughts of what this song is about. One is that it is about recovering from Drug addiction and the other is conceptual and about the character of the songs Album, The Downward Spiral, who has attempted suicide and is contemplating his lack of legacy.

It wasn’t until the Johnny cash version came out just before his death that I really fell in love with this song in a big way. Cash’s version is so haunting and full of pain. It has the power to bring you to tears and make your heart ache. NIN front man, Trent Reznor has said of Mr Cash’s version of his song “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… ” This version is often thought of as a Cash Original. In fact I for a long time did not realise it was the same song. Its. Just. That. Damn. Good!

[Verse 1]
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

[Chorus]
What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

[Verse 2]
I wear this crown of shit
Upon my liar’s chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stain of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

[Chorus]
What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

[Outro]
If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way…

I hope you are feeling pain free today. Thanks.

Resources:

https://genius.com/Nine-inch-nails-hurt-lyrics: Seen 22/12/2017

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