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nin-Terrible Lie guitar tab NOW I'M NOTHING/TERRIBLE LIE
transcribed by John Vettese (spex49d@prodigy.com)
as recorded on Nine Inch Nails' Bootleg, Solid Gold Hell -If you don't have this bootleg, don't worry. Terrible Lie is pretty much the same in this live version as it is on the album except for the jam section and some lyric changes. I also transcribed the synth part in the chorus from Pretty Hate Machine to make it easier for you to hear. Everything else is from Solid Gold Hell, but like it said, it works out pretty much the same as on PHM, and it gives you a pretty good idea what do do with this song if you're preforming it live. Another point: a similar Terrible Lie can be found on the Coming Down Fast bootleg, except without Now I'm Nothing.

TABULATURE EXPLANATION
^ = hammer on/pulloff
() = sustained note
/ = slide
/\/\/ = vibrate w/tremelo bar


1) Now I'm Nothing
(Guitar/Bass out)
I am gonna smash myself to pieces.
I am gonna fuck myself up.
I am sifting through the ashes
Of what I have become.

(Bass enters)
I gave myself a-way, now I'm nothing.
Bass Fig. 1             end Bass Fig. 1
|---------------|-------------|---------|
|---------------|-------------|---------|
|-2-------------|-------------|-4-------|
|---------------|-2-----------|---------|

w/Bass Fig. 1 (3 times)
I let it slip away, now I'm nothing.
All that I can do is break myself in two.
I fucked it all away, not I'm nothing.

(Guitar/Bass out)
Wave, wave, wave, wave goodbye.
Wave, wave, wave, wave goodbye.
AHHHH!



2) Bridge
(accelerate to mosh speed...these are 16th notes)
Guitar
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|---------------------------------|
|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|---------------------------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
Bass
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|


Guitar
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|---------------------------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
|---------------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
Bass
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|


Guitar
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|---------------------------------|
|-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-6-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
|---------------------------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
Bass |---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|-3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3---|


Guitar

Hey
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-------------------------4-------|
|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-------|
|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-2-------|
|---------------------------------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2---------|
Bass
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|---------------------------------|
|-2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|---------------------------------|
|---------------------------------|-2---2---2---2---2---2-----------|



3) Terrible Lie
Guitar
  God why are you doing this to me?
  Rhythm Fig. 1               End Rhythm Fig. 1
|------------------------------------7-7---7---|
|----------------------------------------------|
|-6------------------------------------------4-|
|-6------------------------------------------4-|
|-4------------------------------------------2-|
|----------------------------------------------|
(Bass Out)

w/Rhythm Fig. 2 (3 times)
Am I not living up to what I am supposed to be?
Why am I seething with this animosity?
I think you owe me a great (fucking) big apology! Terrible
Synth Arr. For Guitar #1

lie! Terrible
Lead Fig. 1
|-------------------------------12-12-|----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|--11----11---11----11-14-14-12-------|-14-----------------14-14---------|
|-----14----14------------------------|-----7--7---7-9--7----------------|
|-------------------------------------|-------9--9-------9---------------|
Guitar #2
Rhythm Fig. 2
|-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|--6----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|--6----------------------------------|-5--------------------------------|
|--4----------------------------------|-5--------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-3--------------------------------|
Bass
Bass Fig. 1
|-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|--4----------------------------------|----------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------|-3--------------------------------|


Synth Arr For Guitar #1
lie!
Terrible
                          end Lead Fig. 1
|-----------------------------9----|-----------------------------|
|-------------------------------12-|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-14--------------------------|
|-------------14-14-12-------------|--------------14-14----------|
|--7--7--7--7----------------------|------7--7--7----------------|
|----9--9--9-----------------------|--------9--9-----------------|
Guitar #2
                                        &nsp;     end Rhythm Fig. 2
|----------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|--4-------------------------------|---------------------4-------|
|--4-------------------------------|-4-------------------4-------|
|--2-------------------------------|-4-------------------2-------|
|----------------------------------|-2---------------------------|
Bass
                                                end Bass Fig. 1
|----------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|--2-------------------------------|-----------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-2---------------------------|


w/Lead Fig. 1, Rhythm Fig. 2, Bass Fig. 1
lie!
Terrible lie! Hey

(Guitar #2 & Bass out)
w/Rhythm Fig. 1 (4 times)
God, I really don't know what you mean.
Seems like salvation comes only in our dreams.
I feel my hatred grow all the more extreme.
Hey God, can this world really be as sad as it seems?
Terrible

w/Lead fig. 1, Rhythm fig. 2, Bass fig. 1 (2 times) lie!
Terrible lie!
Terrible lie!
Terrible lie!

(Both Guitars and Bass out)
Don't tear it away from me, I need somone to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need somone to hold on to
Don't tear it away from me, I need somone to hold on to
Please don't tear it away from me, Motherfucker needs
somone to hold on to

(Bass and Guitar enter)

Don't tear it away from me, I need somone to hold on to Guitar
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-4-------------------------|-5---------------------------|
|-4-------------------------|-5---------------------------|
|-2-------------------------|-3---------------------------|
Bass
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-2-------------------------|-3---------------------------|


Don't tear it away from me, I need....
Guitar
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-2-------------------------|-4---------------------------|
|-2-------------------------|-4---------------------------|
|-0-------------------------|-2---------------------------|
Bass
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-0-------------------------|-2---------------------------|


Don't tear it away from me, I need you to hold on to
Guitar
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-4-------------------------|-5---------------------------|

|-4-------------------------|-5---------------------------|
|-2-------------------------|-3---------------------------|
Bass
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|---------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-2-------------------------|-3---------------------------|


Don't take it, don't take it, don't take it, don't take it, don't!
Guitar
|------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|------------------------------|--------------------------------------4-|
|-2----------------------------|-4------------------------------------4-|
|-2----------------------------|-4------------------------------------2-|
|-0----------------------------|-2--------------------------------------|
Bass
|------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|------------------------------|----------------------------------------|
|-0----------------------------|-2--------------------------------------|


(Bass out)
w/Rhythm Fig. 1 (4 times)
There's nothing left for me to hide,
I lost my ignorance, security, and pride.
I'm all alone in a world you must despise.
Hey God, I believed your promises! Your promises and lies!
Terrible

w/Lead Fig. 1, Rhythm Fig. 2, Bass Fig. 1 (4 times)
lie!
Terrible lie!
Terrible lie!
Terrible lie!
Terrible lie!
(You made me throw it all away, my morals left to decay,)
Terrible lie!
(how many you betry, you've taken everything)
Terrible lie!
(My head is filled with disease, my skin is begging you please,)
Terrible lie!
(I'm on my hands and knees, I want so much to believe)



4) Outro
Guitar #1
Rhythm Fig. 3
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
|-6---------------|-(6)--------------4-|-6---------------|
|-6---------------|-(6)--------------4-|-6---------------|
|-4---------------|-(4)--------------2-|-4---------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
Synth Arranged For Guitar #2
Lead Fig 2.
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
|-----4---6-------|------4---6---------|-----4---7-------|
|-------------4---|--------------4-----|-------------4---|
|-2^4-----------4-|--2^4-----------4-4-|-2^4-----------4-|
|-----------5-----|------------5-------|-----------5-----|
Bass
Bass Fig. 2
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|
|-4---------------|-(4)--------------2-|-4---------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|-----------------|


Guitar #1
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|--------------------|-6---------------|-(6)--------------4-|
|--------------------|-6---------------|-(6)--------------4-|
|--------------------|-4---------------|-(4)--------------2-|
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
Synth Arranged For Guitar #2
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|------4---6---------|-----4---6-------|------4---6---------|
|--------------4-----|-------------4---|--------------4-----|
|--2^4-----------4-4-|-2^4-----------4-|--2^4-----------4-4-|
|------------5-------|-----------5-----|------------5-------|
Bass
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|
|--------------------|-4---------------|-(4)--------------2-|
|--------------------|-----------------|--------------------|


Guitar #1
                      end Rhythm Fig. 3
|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|
|-6---------------|--------------------|
|-6---------------|--------------------|
|-4---------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|
Synth Arranged For Guitar #2                       end Lead Fig. 2 |-----------------|--------------------|
|-----------------|--------------------|
|-----4---6-------|------4---6---------|
|-------------4---|--------------4-----|
|-2^4-----------4-|--2^4-----------4-4-|
|-----------5-----|------------5-------|

Bass
                          end Bass Fig. 2
|------------------|-------------------|
|------------------|-------------------|
|-4----------------|-------------------|
|------------------|-------------------|


w/Rhythm Fig.3, Lead Fig. 2, Bass Fig. 2 (3 times)
Guitar #3
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|-----------------|
|------------2----|-(2)---|------------2----|-2/4-4--4-4-4^2--|
|-2/4-4--4-4------|-------|-2/4-4--4-4------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|-----------------|

|-----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------------|
|-----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------------|
|-----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------------|
|------------2----|-(2)---2-4^2---|------------2-|-2/4-4--4-4-4--2-2-|
|-2/4-4--4-4------|-------------4-|-2/4-4--4-4---|-------------------|
|-----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------------|

|-----------------|-------|-----------------|--------------------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|--------------------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|--------------------------|
|------------2----|-(2)---|------------2----|-2/4-4--4-4-4--2-2--4^2---|
|-2/4-4--4-4------|-------|-2/4-4--4-4------|------------------------4-|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|--------------------------|

|-----------------|-------|-----------------|----------------------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|----------------------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|----------------------------|
|------------2----|-(2)---|------------2----|-2/4-4--4-4-4--2-2--5-5-5-5-|
|-2/4-4--4-4------|-------|-2/4-4--4-4------|----------------------------|
|-----------------|-------|-----------------|----------------------------|

|------------|-------|------------|-------|------------|-------|
|------------|-------|------------|-------|------------|-------|
|------------|-------|------------|-------|------------|-------|
|-5--4--2----|-(2)---|-5--4--2----|-(2)---|-5--4--2----|-(2)---|
|------------|-------|------------|-------|------------|-------|
|------------|-------|------------|-------|------------|-------|

|------------|-------|
|------------|-------|
|------------|-------|
|-5--4--2----|-(2)---|
|------------|-------|
|------------|-------|

(Guitar 1, Guitar 2, & Bass out)
Guitar #3
|--------------|----------|------|------|------|
|--------------|----------|------|------|------|
|--------------|----------|------|------|------|
|------------2-|-(2)/\/\/\|/\/\/\|/\/\/\|/\/\/\|
|-2/4-4--4-4---|----------|------|------|------|
|--------------|----------|------|------|------|
                           THE END!!!!!!!!!





Terrible Lie
Nine Inch Nails

There are only two chords in this entire song B5 and C#5, here's the fingering:

  B5 ----        C#5 ----
     ----             ----
      -4--             -6--
      -4--             -6--
      -2--             -4--
      ----             ----

B5  C#5
Hey God, why are you doing this to me?
B5  C#5
         Am I not living up to what I'm supposed to be?
B5  C#5
         Why am I seething with this animosity?
B5  C#5
Hey God, I think you owe me a great big apology

B5       C#5 Terrible lie x4

B5  C#5 Hey God, I really don't know what you mean
B5  C#5
          Seems like salvation comes only in my dreams
B5  C#5
         I feel my hatred grow all the more extreme
B5  C#5
Hey God, can this world really be as sad as it seems


B5       C#5
Terrible lie x3

B5 (only once
   Don't turn away from me I need you to hold on to x3
   Don't turn away from me I someone to hold on to \
   Don't turn away from me I need you to hold on to / X2
   Don't turn x2
   Don't take it x2
   Don't

B5  C#5
Hey God, there's nothing left for me to hide
B5  C#5
         I lost my ignorance security and pride
B5  C#5
 I'm all alone in a world you must despise
B5  C#5
Hey God, I read your promises your promises are lies

B5       C#5
Terrible lie x7

(start with this after the 4th terrible lie)

B5     C#5
          You make me throw it all away
                           B5  C#5
          My morals left to decay

          How many you betray

          You've taken everything
B5    C#5
          My head is filled with disease
                            B5   C#5
                    My skin is beggin you to please

          I'm on my hands and knees
                         B5   C#5
          I want so much to belive

B5   C#5 X12

("I need someone to hold onto" in background after first few times)

>_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_<
>Jesse Schlotterbeck<
>jschlot@depauw.edu <
>-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-<



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