Song: Something I Can Never Have

Band: Nine Inch Nails
Composed By: Trent Reznor

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Nine Inch Nails
Pretty Hate Machine, All That Could of Been
Something I Can Never Have
tabbed by aaron nolan

[main riff]




This riff actually has slight variations which are different in the 'all that could of been version' from the pretty hate machine version.

[late guitar riff]


This riff comes in towards the end of the song thus I named it late guitar riff for easy 

[unison late riff version]


[bass line](during singing)



"you always were the one to show me how, back then I couldn't do the things that I can 
do now, this thing is slowly taking me apart, grey would be the color, if I had a heart, 
come on tell me, you make this all go away, you make this all go away, I'm down to just 
one thing, and I'm starting to scare myself, you make this all go away, you make it all 
go away, I just want something, I just want something I can never have, in this place it 
seems like such a shame, though it all looks different now, I know its still the same, 
everywhere I look your always there, just the fading fucking reminder of who I used to be, 
come on tell me, you make this all go away, you make this all go away, I'm down to just one 
thing, I'm starting to scare myself, you make this all go away, you make this all go away, 
I just want something, I just want something I can never have......I just want something I
can never have"


Trent has done this song various ways, and usually eventually he has multiple the parts 
playing at the same time towards the end of the song, so listen to the song, experiment 
a little, but I guarantee this is right, I listened to it, and checked it over many times 
to make sure.  Thats it, and if you need any help email me at, or, those are also my messanger names, so you can contact me 
there too, have a great time with this song!


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  • Pretty Hate Machine

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Bicycle Music Company Song Duration on Album: 5:55 Album Duration: 48:29

    Release Date: 1989

    Moods: Anguished/Distraught, Bleak, Harsh, Hostile, Tense/Anxious, Aggressive, Angry, Angst-Ridden, Cathartic, Complex, Confrontational, Cynical/Sarcastic, Intense, Nihilistic, Paranoid, Theatrical, Provocative, Rebellious

    Styles: Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Industrial, Industrial Metal, Dance-Rock

    Themes: Feeling Blue, Heartache, Introspection, Jealousy, Solitude

  • Natural Born Killers [Original Soundtrack]

    Genre: Stage & Screen Label: Interscope Song Duration on Album: 4:04 Album Duration: 01:15:38

    Release Date: 1994

    Moods: Anguished/Distraught, Earthy, Gentle, Happy, Innocent, Laid-Back/Mellow, Aggressive, Confrontational, Freewheeling, Menacing, Rebellious, Reckless, Refined, Rollicking, Unsettling, Urgent, Weary, Yearning, Acerbic, Angry, Bitter, Bleak, Brash, Ramshackle

    Styles: Hardcore Rap, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, West Coast Rap, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Grunge, Soundtracks, Alternative Pop/Rock, Industrial, Heavy Metal

    Themes: Reflection, Late Night, Scary Music

  • And All That Could Have Been

    Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Universal Distribution Album Duration: 01:13:52

    Release Date: January 22, 2002

    Moods: Aggressive, Intense, Angry, Confrontational, Druggy, Elaborate, Harsh, Hostile, Lush, Menacing, Provocative, Reckless, Reflective, Self-Conscious, Sexual, Tense/Anxious, Visceral, Bleak, Cathartic, Paranoid, Volatile, Angst-Ridden, Cynical/Sarcastic, Gloomy, Melancholy, Nihilistic, Nocturnal

    Styles: Alternative Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Industrial, Industrial Metal, Album Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

    Themes: Cool & Cocky, Late Night, Scary Music

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