The Only Time
"The Only Time" is the ninth track on the 1989 release Pretty Hate Machine.
The song references "Down In It" in its use of the same recognizable melodic synth voice.
The Only Time
This is the final album version. A distorted guitar overdub in the instrumental end of the song segues directly into "Ringfinger."
The Only Time (Demo)
An early version of the song found on Purest Feeling.
The Only Time (Closure)
This live version begins with Reznor explaining that "this is a song about fucking."
Last performed during the Self-Destruct Tour with new guitar riffs, the song has pushed its way back to the surface in brief, its melody being used for an interpolation/breakdown during the final verse of "Closer" on the Live: With Teeth tour and continuing to this day.
I'm drunk And right now I'm so in love with you And I don't want to think too much about what we should or shouldn't do Lay my hands on Heaven and the sun and the moon and the stars While the Devil wants to fuck me in the back of his car Nothing quite like the feel of something new Maybe I'm all messed up Maybe I'm all messed up in you But this is the only time I really feel alive This is the only time I really feel alive I swear I just found everything I need The sweat in your eyes the blood in your veins are listening to me Well I want to drink it up and swim in it until I drown My moral standing is lying down Nothing quite like the feel of something new Maybe I'm all messed up Maybe I'm all messed up in you But this is the only time I really feel alive This is the only time I really feel alive I can't help thinking Christ never had it like this
The final line appears only in the liner notes.
In the final album cut, the line
Well I want to drink it up and swim in it until I drown
is changed to
Well I want to rip it up and swim in it until I drown