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Something I Can Never Have

"Something I Can Never Have"
Song by Nine Inch Nails from the album Pretty Hate Machine
Released October 20, 1989
Genre Industrial rock, dark ambient
Length 5:55
Label TVT
Writer Trent Reznor
Producer Trent Reznor, Flood, Adrian Sherwood, Keith LeBlanc, John Fryer
Pretty Hate Machine track listing
"Something I Can Never Have"
"Kinda I Want To"

"Something I Can Never Have" is the fifth track on the Nine Inch Nails' 1989 debut album, Pretty Hate Machine. The song was used in the film Natural Born Killers.[1][2]

According to Loren Coleman, the song deals with suicidal themes.[3]

Tom Breihan from Pitchfork Media gave a positive review to the song, stating that the song portrays "an absolute mastery" with "its haunted, minimal piano figure and a few hushed synth tones slowly, letting in sputtering static, faraway door-slam drums, and quiet little counter-melodies."[4] Nevertheless, the initial reception of Pitchfork to the song was mixed, with being called as a "'Goodbye Blue Sky' rip-off" in a previous review by Rob Mitchum, in 2006.[5]

A "deconstructed" version of the song was also included in the live album And All That Could Have Been. The accompanying live music video, with Jerome Dillon was also released.[6]


This song has also been covered by the band Flyleaf for Underworld: Evolution OST.[7] In July 2014, Tori Amos covered the song on her Unrepentant Geraldines Tour.[8]


  1. ^ Lochhead, Judy (2001). Postmodern Music/Postmodern Thought. Taylor & Francis, ISBN 9780815338208
  2. ^ Buckley, Peter (2003). The Rough Guide to Rock.  
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  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (November 24, 2010). "Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine".  
  5. ^ Mitchum, Rob (January 12, 2006). "Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Nine Inch Nails - Something I Can Never Have".  
  7. ^ "Marco Beltrami – Underworld: Evolution (Original Score)".  
  8. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (August 21, 2014). "The 10 Best Cover Songs from Tori Amos's Unrepentant Geraldines Tour".  

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