Interpretations of Hurt
Okay, not an original thought, but, Trent Reznor’s Hurt is amazing.
I was listening to music on Soundcloud and the version by Eco and Carly above popped up. I really don’t understand Soundcloud’s interface, so I end up with weird mixes. One minute it’s a documentary, then it’s trance music, then conversational german. As I said, weird, but strangely, it works during the commute.
Today, this song popped up and I liked the vibe. Usually, I ignore lyrics, but this snatched my attention. I thought I’d heard it before, but it took a while to gel… REALLY?! Johnny Cash? WTF? The video on Youtube works well employing a Marilyn Monroe storyline, but it’s the lyrics that make it work, otherwise, move along.
I wanted to hear Johhny’s version now. I’d heard snippets on the tube, but never listened to the whole thing, so I went and tracked it down. I knew JC’s version was a cover of Trent’s but had never really heard either. Blown completely away. Johnny’s version was…
…like visiting my father in his last year. So full of pain, regret, celebration, smiles, tears, and anticipation. “Freighted” would be the best description I can come up with, at least, the best I can put in words. Now, I had to check out the original.
I wikied the song to learn more and was struck by this quote from Trent, the author,
"I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore…"
My exposure to NIN music is pretty much what comes on the radio and Closer which is one of my wife’s favorites, don’t ask. I could take it or leave it. Based on the quote and the wiki article, I expected something vaguely popular from the Alanis Morrisette era, she beat him for the Grammy.
Boy, was I wrong. It’s all dissonant chords conveying the desperation I can only assume he was feeling. I love Johnny’s version. It’s amazing. But, Trent is wrong. If anything from this era survives to the next, I hope this song is included. Three versions, three interpretations, all work. Watch all three and see if you agree.