.. e in, followed by grim lines about the actual face of the end, Blackened: The amplifying of existing evil. Finally, there’s a hidden implication of things so very abdominal it cannot be said out loud. It’s been there through the entire song, but realization isn’t risen until after the final chorus, where the messenger, Color our world blackened, is preceded by tales of hypocrisy. Blackened is aware! lyrics Happiness in Slavery-Nine Inch Nails happiness in slavery slave screams he thinks he knows what he wants slave screams thinks he has something to say slave screams he hears but doesn’t want to listen slave screams he’s being beat into submission don’t open your eyes you won’t like what you see the devils of truth steal the souls of the free don’t open your eyes take it from me i have found you can find happiness is slavery slave screams he spends his life learning conformity slave screams he claims he has his own identity slave screams he’s going to cause the system to fall slave screams but he’s glad to be chained to that wall don’t open your eyes you won’t like what you see the blind have been blessed with security don’t open your eyes take it from me i have found you can find happiness is slavery i don’t know what i am i don’t know where i’ve been human junk just words and so much skin stick my hands through the cage of this endless routine just some flesh caught in this big broken machine meaning Slave screams he thinks he knows what he wants Trent is talking about your average ignorant American.
The consumer. He thinks he knows what he wants.he believes that he makes decisions about his life when really it is corporate America and the media telling him what he wants and what he needs. Slave screams thinks he has something to say He thinks what he has to say counts. That it’s important. That it makes a difference. It feels good to feel important.
Slave screams he hears but doesn’t want to listen It’s easier for him to ignore, to block out all the negatives of the world around him than to actually face them. Slave screams he’s being beat into submission I believe this is Trent commenting on the slave’s condition. He’s being beat into submission. being molded. The line isn’t literal.
The slave doesn’t even realize that he’s being shaped into what he is by the media, by capitalism, by politics. He is taught to live in his own comfortable little place in society and not make any trouble and he will live a happy little meaningless life. Don’t open your eyes, you won’t like what you see This is kind of the twist to the song. Trent is saying to the slaves, don’t open your eyes to the truth. Just sit there ignorantly enjoying your happy little life.
If you were to open your eyes and see reality, you would realize that you have no voice. That you are a slave to your job. They set your hours, they tell you where to be and when to be there. That you are a slave to commercialism. You can only buy what they sell you.
That you’re a slave to the media. They’ll tell you all you need to know. It can also relate to government, in a sort of George Orwell kind of way. The lyrics they don’t gotta burn the books, they just remove them come to mind. You are made to believe that you have power when really this is not the case. The devils of truth steal the souls of the free The free.
these are the people who know the truth. This line is just a fancy way of saying that the truth hurts..it’s hard to accept. the free have lost faith in humanity. Don’t open your eyes, take it from me. I have found you can find happiness in slavery Trent is saying, look I’ve been there.
I was once the slave. I opened my eyes to the truth and it isn’t pretty. He’s advising you to live your ignorant life, almost envying those who do. You can find happiness in slavery. This slavery is better than the alternative.
Slave screams he spends his life learning conformity We return to Reznor discussing the slave once more. This line is quite obvious. Since birth, we are taught conformity. For some, it is the hardest of lessons. They tell you to be happy, you must fit in. You must do what you are told.
Don’t try to break the mold.don’t cause any trouble, and you will find happiness. It’s somewhat ironic that Trent agrees with this. Slave screams he claims he has his own identity The slave thoroughly believes he is an individual. He believes his is unique. important.
When really he is just another number. another guy in the factory. Another person to profit from. Slave screams he’s gonna cause the system to fall This line gives me some trouble. I think it may be referring to the last line, saying that the slave thinks he can make a difference.
So when Trent says he’s gonna cause the system to fall, in the slave’s mind, he feels he can do this.that he has that power as an individual. We are told that our vote counts, that one person can make a difference. This is what the slave believes. Slave screams but he’s glad to be chained to that wall The slave is happy in his slavery. That’s it, pure and simple.
He’ll tell you that he wants to be an individual and he’ll deny that he’s a tool of commercialism. he’ll deny his slavery, but really, he is happy where he is. .the blind have been blessed with security. That’s a key line in the song. The blind are the slaves, those that do not see the truth.
They are blessed with security, they are told they are important. They believe this in their ignorance, and they are happy. I don’t know what I am I don’t know where I’ve been human junk just words and so much skin This is a slave opening his eyes, becoming free. He realizes that he does not matter. Just some more human junk, no different from anybody else.
Stick my hand through the cage of this endless routine just some flesh caught up in this big broken machine He goes on to see his slavery and how he has no control over his life. his environment. He loses hope. His soul was stolen. He is just some flesh caught up in the big broken machine that is our society, and there is nothing he can do about it. He’d be happier as a slave, when he felt important.
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