Song of the Day #4,241: ‘Head Like a Hole’ – Nine Inch Nails

Industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails (the brainchild of one-man band Trent Reznor) was first eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. They were nominated that year and the following year, unsuccessfully, then missed the ballot for a few years before earning a spot in the 2020 class.

Reznor is no doubt a major influence on a genre of music I don’t much like, and his commercial and critical success — particularly in the 90s — makes him a no-brainer for the Rock Hall.

While I don’t dig industrial or electronic music, I am a big fan of Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine. That blend of muscular grunge and angsty/cerebral lyrics works so well on songs such as ‘Terrible Lie,’ ‘Down In It’ and today’s SOTD.

Reznor has gone on to have a successful career scoring films. He won an Oscar for his work on David Fincher’s The Social Network, and is the puzzling but inspired choice to score the upcoming Pixar movie Soul.

[Verse 1]
God money, I’ll do anything for you
God money, just tell me what you want me to
God money, nail me up against the wall
God money, don’t want everything he wants it all

[Pre-Chorus]
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me

[Chorus]
Head like a hole, black as your soul
I’d rather die than give you control
Head like a hole, black as your soul
I’d rather die than give you control

[Post-Chorus]
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve

[Verse 2]
God money’s not looking for the cure
God money’s not concerned about the sick among the pure
God money, let’s go dancing on the backs of the bruised
God money’s not one to choose

[Pre-Chorus]
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me

[Chorus]
Head like a hole, black as your soul
I’d rather die than give you control
Head like a hole, black as your soul
I’d rather die than give you control

[Post-Chorus]
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve

[Chorus]
Head like a hole, black as your soul
I’d rather die than give you control
Head like a hole, black as your soul
I’d rather die than give you control

[Post-Chorus]
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,241: ‘Head Like a Hole’ – Nine Inch Nails

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Definitely not a genre of music I enjoy, but someday I might be able to save time by skipping their exhibit if I ever visit the Rock Hall again.

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