Dead Souls

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"Dead Souls"
Album: The Crow Soundtrack
Length: 4:53
Tempo: 100 BPM
Versions: Dead Souls
Dead Souls (Instrumental)
Live: Self Destruct Touring Cycle
Live: With Teeth through Performance 2007
Wave Goodbye Tour through NIN 2013 Festival Tour

"Dead Souls" is a cover of a Joy Division song, frequently played live. It appeared in the 1994 film The Crow and was released on its soundtrack. It was also the tenth track (before "A Warm Place") on the Japanese version of The Downward Spiral. In 2004, it was included as the fifth track on the second disc of the 10th anniversary The Downward Spiral Deluxe Edition.

The Joy Division original was recorded in 1979 and released on their compilation album Still. In commentary for The Crow with producer and musical supervisor Jeff Most, it is revealed that Nine Inch Nails were originally supposed to perform in the film instead of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult.

Meaning

"Dead Souls" is often considered to be about a schizophrenic man, as evidenced by the lyric "a duel of personalities" and the other lyric "they keep calling me".

Appearances

Halos

  • The Downward Spiral (Japanese edition and 2-disc Deluxe Edition)

Seeds

Soundtracks

  • The Crow Soundtrack

Versions

Dead Souls

This version is on both the Crow soundtrack and both the Japanese and 2-disc Deluxe Edition of The Downward Spiral.

Dead Souls (Instrumental)

This unmastered vocal-less mix was released by Trent Reznor through his remix.nin.com account.

Live

"Dead Souls" is a regular in setlists. In the With Teeth: Summer Amphitheater Tour, Peter Murphy joined NIN on stage to sing this song at the live radio show on July 1, 2006, and at the last show of the tour on July 8, 2006. On the Self Destruct Tour, Reznor would sing "The Becoming" lyric, "god damn this noise inside my head," after the end of this song. It would then transition with the sound of wind into a performance of "Help Me I Am In Hell."

Lyrics

    Someone take these dreams away
    That point me to another day
    A duel of personalities
    That stretch all true reality
    
    They keep calling me
    Keep on calling me
    
    When figures from the past stand tall
    And mocking voices ring the hall
    Imperialistic house of prayer
    Conquistadores who took their share
    
    They keep calling me
    Keep on calling me
    
    Calling me
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