Compare/Contrast Reznor vs. Frisbey

When I read the lyrics for All the Love in the World, which I’ve never really listened to that much, I thought it kind of reminded me of my people-watching poem. It’s kind of the same idea, but he says it so much better – how no matter who is around you or beside you, you can still feel like ultimately you’re alone.

All the Love in the World by Trent Reznor

All The Love In The World – Nine Inch Nails

watching all the insects march along
seem to know just right where they belong
smears of face reflecting in the chrome
hiding in the crowd i’m all alone

no one’s heard a single word i’ve said
they don’t sound as good outside my head
looks as though the past is here to stay
i’ve become a million miles away

why do you get all the love in the world?

all the jagged edges disappear
colors all look brighter when you’re near
all the stars afire in the sky
sometimes i get so lonely i could

why do you get all the love in the world?

why am i always watching from the outside?
on the other side of the glass behind glass
always watching everyone separate
watching always don’t touch this is getting deeper
as time goes by the water’s getting colder
here i am surrounded by people but still all alone
even with myself imprisoned in my head
and there doesn’t seem to be any way to get out
and i am so fucking sick of here wish i was there
right beside is still a million miles away
behind these bars in a rut anyplace will do

hello? didn’t think so
broadcasting only static coming in
no one can hear me when i’m in here

FILLING SPACE (people-watching in a crowded cafeteria) by Laurie Frisbey

I fade into the background
become the walls around me
as they surround me
I think you see right thru me
I’m an apparition watching
from the corner of the room
listening to the din of voices
many conversations blend
in static hum of white noises
words just empty space fillers
as in this room I seem to be
I watch your aimless wandering,
phony gestures, forced smiles,
opening your cans of laughter
do you really enjoy this place
or are you just here filling space
in the entropy of my head?
are you real or fabricated by
a lonely corner of the mind
of this apparition filling space
in your make-believe world?

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