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Dylan Klebold & ‘Burn’

Burn –> 🎵 “with all yer life fucked up around you” 🎵

(Need a little musical inspiration for the weekend? Let’s consult A Virtual Book of Existences for some more jammin’ tunes :))

Burn was recorded by Nine Inch Nails in 1994 for the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. Dylan referenced the track in a journal entry he made on November 3, 1997, slipping in a line from the song in between reflections on his depression and disconnection from “everything that zombies consider real”. 

The lyrics strongly echo Dylan’s own feelings of isolation and rejection, and, with the benefit of hindsight post-4/20/99, have an element of prophecy with regards to his actions a year and a half later. 

This world rejects me
This world threw me away
This world never gave me a chance
This world’s gonna have to pay

I don’t believe in your institutions
I do what you want me to
I’m like a case of indigestion
And I’ve got a little surprise for you

Something inside of me
Has opened up its eyes
Why did you put it there?
Did you not realize?

This thing inside of me
It screams the loudest sound
Sometimes I think I could
Burn

I don’t care about where you’re standing
Like I’m sheep out on the slay
With all your life fucked up around you
I can take it all away

Something inside of me
Has opened up its eyes
Why did you put it there?
Did you not realize?

This thing inside of me
It screams the loudest sound
Sometimes I think I could
I’m gonna burn this whole world down

(Dylan’s ‘Burn’ journal entry in context)

(( PS For the NIN music video, I selected a live version of Burn that they performed in my own hometown in 2009 :) ))