Tuesday, August 18, 2009


“Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails exhibits a deep and serious meaning, which is felt by anyone and everyone. The songwriter (s) chose to write in such a personal way that the reader or listener would feel attached and interested to him. It is worded in such a way, that the reader feels a familiar feeling when reading it. The song isn’t exclusive to the writer, you can interpret it in any way you like.
Everyone has felt that they no longer felt and did as others did at some times, and the writer reveals that feeling in a personal way which grasps the reader or listener’s attention (“ I hurt myself today, to see if I still feel pain ”). In (“ I wear this crown of thorns, upon my liar’s chair ”),it was evident that the writer was writing about a personal experience in which he was an important figure (singer) and he felt that he wasn’t worthy of the position he was in this specific lyric like most of the song’s lyrics are not exclusive to the writer, everyone has felt like they were not worthy of what they have received and felt just like the writer does, bad. Everyone feels like they’re losing control of their lives sometimes, and when the writer talked about it in his song, the reader feels good about someone understanding him and capture the true meaning of the song. The writer talks about the fact that he doesn’t like what he is, but he likes who is (If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way”) and that feeling is really understood by the reader, because he went through the same feeling.
This specific tone which exhibits a deep meaning, but is written in such a way that reminds you of your experiences and really touches your heart. The meaning of the song isn’t written down and exclusive to the writer, its meaning is interpreted by the reader and his own personal experiences.

Samar Al Ansari
Class 10.3
Sept. 19, ‘03

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