We're in This Together

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"We're in This Together"
Were in this together 1.jpg
Single by Nine Inch Nails
from the album The Fragile
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1999
Length7:16 (album version)
5:18 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Trent Reznor
Producer(s)Trent Reznor, Alan Moulder
Nine Inch Nails singles chronology
"The Day the World Went Away"
"We're in This Together"
"Into the Void"
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 14
Halo 15
Halo 16
Additional covers
Disc 2
Disc 2
Alternative cover
Disc 3
Disc 3
Alternative cover

"We're in This Together" is a three-disc single (also known as "triple single") by industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails for the song of the same name released in 1999. It is the 15th official Nine Inch Nails release and is a single for the album The Fragile.


According to The Fragile contributor Keith Hillebrandt, "the whole song started from something [Reznor] actually played at the end of another track ... he wrote it up into an entirely new song".[1]

The lyrics seems to be inspired by David Bowie's song "‘Heroes’" from the same-named 1977 album,[2] such as with the line "You're the queen and I'm the king"[3] and describing two people trying to fight against an ominous and seemingly unstoppable force. Bowie, who is recognized as one of Reznor's greatest influences, is given a special thanks credit in the liner notes of The Fragile.

MTV's Gil Kaufman described the song as "a seven-minute-plus cathartic pop song with somewhat hopeful lyrics over a plodding hip-hop beat, walls of distorted guitars and an eerie slasher-film cricket sound".[4]

Both "10 Miles High" and "The New Flesh" originally appeared on the vinyl version of The Fragile.

The song was featured in the first official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios film The Avengers.[5]

Music video[edit]

Reznor in the music video

The song's music video was directed by Mark Pellington and released on August 27, 1999.[6][7] An extended version of the video has since surfaced. Trent Reznor and a large group of black-clothed men are seen running down empty streets, onto a train, and into a field. There are also shots of several elderly people, and a brief scene with a young woman.

The video was filmed in Guadalajara and in the dry lake of Sayula.[8][9]


"We're in This Together" was released on a three-part single, which was only available in Europe and Japan; it was not released in the United States. Two radio promos (the first with the album mix and radio edit of the song, the second with just a unique short edit of the song) were released in America as Halo 15 as well.[10][11][12]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 (Orange)
1."We're in This Together"7:16
2."10 Miles High"5:13
3."The New Flesh"3:40
Total length:16:09
Disc 2 (Green)
1."We're in This Together" (Radio edit)5:18
2."The Day the World Went Away" (Quiet)6:19
3."The Day the World Went Away" (Porter Ricks mix)7:04
Total length:18:41
Disc 3 (Yellow)
1."We're in This Together"7:16
2."Complications of the Flesh"6:36
3."The Perfect Drug"5:42
Total length:19:34



Chart (1999) Peak
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks[13] 11
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 21
UK Singles Chart[15] 39


  1. ^ David Fricke (July 8, 1999). "Reznor Returns With Bold New Album". Rolling Stone. No. 816. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ Will Hermes (1999-09-24). "The Fragile". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  3. ^ Alex Burns (December 1999). "This Machine Is Obsolete". M/C Journal. 2 (8). Retrieved September 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Kaufman, Gil (1999-08-31). "Judging By Song Titles, Nine Inch Nails Still On Downward Spiral". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
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  6. ^ MTV News Staff (1999-08-14). "NIN Delivering New Single, Video On August 27". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  7. ^ archive-Brian-Hiatt (1999-08-27). "New Nine Inch Nails Single Surprisingly Upbeat". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  8. ^ Gil Kaufman (1999-08-14). "Nine Inch Nails Shoot Video In Guadalajara, Mexico". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  9. ^ Gil Kaufman (1999-08-17). "Nine Inch Nails To Release Single, Video". MTV.com. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  10. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | We're in This Together, Pt. 1 | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  11. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | We're in This Together, Pt. 2 | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  12. ^ "Nine Inch Nails | We're in This Together, Pt. 3 | Album". MTV. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  13. ^ "Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  14. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  15. ^ "Nine Inch Nails". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 9, 2016.

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