Metal Motivation – Nine Inch Nails – “The Becoming”

The Becoming is a song about madness. Trapped between logic and horror, a man struggles to hold on to his humanity as he starts to go insane. Trent Reznor perfectly captures every element of what it feels like to be overwhelmed and controlled by forces beyond your control. It’s brutal and unforgiving but it’s real and it happens every day. Look around you and you’ll see people who are suffering through various forms of mental illness. Look at them and remember to be kind. No matter who you are, everyone is fighting a battle.

I beat my machine it’s a part of me it’s inside of me
I’m stuck in this dream it’s changing me I am becoming
the me that you know he had some second thoughts
he’s covered with scabs and he is broken and sore
the me that you know doesn’t come around much
that part of me isn’t here anymore
all pain disappears it’s the nature of my circuitry
drowns out all I hear there’s no escape from this my new consciousness
the me that you know used to have feelings
but the blood has stopped pumping and he’s left to decay
the me that you know is now made up of wires
and even when I’m right with you I’m so far away
I can try to get away but I’ve strapped myself in
I can try to scratch away the sound in my ears
I can see it killing away all my bad parts
I don’t want to listen but it’s all too clear

hiding backwards inside of me I feel so unafraid
Annie, hold me a little tighter I might just slip away

it won’t give up it wants me dead
goddamn this noise inside my head

Written by: Trent Reznor
Lyrics courtesy of


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