the hand that feeds

I have to admit, that by sheer fluke, Trent Reznor has again managed to write a song that dovetails perfectly with my thought patterns. I’ve heard the new single a lot lately, and there’s one version of the chorus:

just how deep do you believe?
will you bite the hand that feeds?
will you chew until it bleeds?
can you get up off your knees?
are you brave enough to see?
do you want to change it?

That’s it, right there. Sometimes, it takes a good psuedo-angst lyric and a thumping bass to express what I’m trying to say. “The Hand That Feeds” is well in keeping with how I’ve been thinking lately. It works nicely with my crisis of conscience. For social commentary Nine Inch Nails tracks, it’s right up there with “Head Like A Hole” and “Happiness In Slavery”.

you’re keeping in step
in the line
got your chin held high and you feel just fine
because you do
what you’re told
but inside your heart it is black and it’s hollow and it’s cold

just how deep do you believe?
will you bite the hand that feeds?
will you chew until it bleeds?
can you get up off your knees?
are you brave enough to see?
do you want to change it?

what if this whole crusade’s
a charade
and behind it all there’s a price to be paid
for the blood
on which we dine
justified in the name of the holy and the divine

just how deep do you believe?
will you bite the hand that feeds?
will you chew until it bleeds?
can you get up off your knees?
are you brave enough to see?
do you want to change it?

so naive
to keep holding on to what I want to believe
i can see
but i keep holding on and on and on and on

will you bite the hand that feeds you?
will you stay down on your knees?

I take back the crack I made about the new songs sounding like NIN fridge poetry. The rest of them do. This one does not.

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