Burning Bright (Field on Fire)

Album: Not the Actual Events (2016)
  • songfacts ®
  • Artistfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • This blazing track is filled with distortion that abates in the chorus, as Trent Reznor sings, "Break through the surface and breathe."

    There is plenty of apocalyptic imagery:

    The flies come roaring out
    And will surround the entire world
    And blacken out the sky and every last one of you
    Like a plague of locusts

    And liberation through destruction:

    I am forgiven, I am free
    I am the field on fire

    There is not likely a concrete interpretation of this song; Reznor describes the Not the Actual Events EP as "unfriendly" and "impenetrable."
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

Jesus In Pop Hits: The Gospel Songs That Went MainstreamSong Writing

These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"They're Playing My Song

Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

Rosanne CashSongwriter Interviews

Rosanne talks about the journey that inspired her songs on her album The River & the Thread, including a stop at the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper/Lou Reed)Songwriter Interviews

The co-writer/guitarist on many Alice Cooper hits, Dick was also Lou Reed's axeman on the Rock n' Roll Animal album.

Movie Stars In Music VideosSong Writing

Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Mila Kunis and John Malkovich are just a few of the film stars who have moonlighted in music videos.