Hurt (Nine Inch Nails song)

"Hurt"
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Promotional single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album The Downward Spiral
ReleasedApril 17, 1995 (1995-04-17)
FormatCD
Studio
Genre
Length6:12
Label
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
Producer(s)Trent Reznor
Audio sample
"Hurt"

"Hurt" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994), written by band leader Trent Reznor. It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996, but ultimately lost to Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know".

In 2002, "Hurt" was covered by Johnny Cash to commercial and critical acclaim; it was one of Cash's final hits released before his death, and the related music video is considered one of the greatest of all time by publications such as NME. Reznor praised Cash's interpretation of the song for its "sincerity and meaning", going as far as to say "that song isn't mine anymore."[2]

Meaning

The song includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. Some listeners contend that the song acts as a suicide note written by the song's protagonist, as a result of his depression, while others claim that it describes the difficult process of finding a reason to live in spite of depression and pain and does not have much to do with the storyline of The Downward Spiral.[3]