Getting Smaller

From NinWiki

Jump to: navigation, search
"Getting Smaller"
Album: With Teeth
Length: 3:35
Tempo: 84 BPM
Versions: Getting Smaller
Live: Live: With Teeth
Lights In The Sky Tour

"Getting Smaller" is the ninth track on the 2005 release With Teeth. The lyrics may address Trent Reznor coming back from his addictions as a humbled person.

According to at least one media promo listening[1], the working title for the song was slightly longer, appearing as "Getting Smaller Every Day."

Song Credits

Appearances

Halos

  • With Teeth

Seeds

Other

  • Tony Hawk's Project 8 video game

Versions

Getting Smaller

This is the only version currently available. Crossfading in from the end of "Only," it begins with frantic and seemingly random distorted guitar playing, punctured by the chorus guitar riff. Grohl's live drums soon begin accompanying, leading into the first verse, accompanied by a different guitar riff. The song opens up in volume and layering for the choruses, their lyrics yelled out by Reznor with a delay effect. A third different guitar riff leads the bridge, which also features layered atmospheric synthesizers over the drum beat that build in intensity and lead into the final chorus.

Live

"Getting Smaller" was played live on the Live: With Teeth tour in 2005-06, but was a setlist rarity. It was also played at least once during the Lights In The Sky Tour.

Lyrics

    Getting a little erratic here
    And I don't know who to trust
    I guess they got a way of reading my mind
    I guess I got to adjust
    I got my arms that flip flop flip flop flip
    I got my head on a spring
    Well I thought I got you on my side
    I haven't got fucking anything
    
    I'm just a face in the crowd
    Nothing to worry about
    Not even trying to stand out
    I'm getting smaller and smaller and smaller
    And I have nothing to say
    It's all been taken away
    I just behave and obey
    I'm afraid I am starting to fade away
    
    Can kind of see out the cracks
    When I press up to the wall
    I'm not looking to stand up real high
    I'd be happy to crawl
    I think I'm losing my grip
    But I can still make a fist
    You know I still got my one good arm
    That I can beat—I can beat myself up with
    
    I'm just a face in the crowd
    Nothing to worry about
    Not even trying to stand out
    I'm getting smaller and smaller and smaller
    And I have nothing to say
    It's all been taken away
    I just behave and obey
    I'm afraid I am starting to fade away
    
    Hey and for what it is worth
    I really used to believe
    That maybe there's some great thing
    That we could achieve
    And now I can't tell the difference
    Or know what to feel
    Between what I've been trying so hard to see
    And what appears to be real
    
    My world is getting smaller every day
    Hey hey hey hey
    And that's OK

In the actual recording, the first line of the third verse is changed:

    I kind of see through the cracks
Previous track - "Only" Track 9 from With Teeth Next track - "Sunspots"
This page was last modified on 1 November 2013, at 22:29. This page has been accessed 28,951 times.