I am just a copy of a copy of a copy
Everything I say has come before
Assembled into something into something into something

from Nine Inch Nails – Copy of A Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In one take, Trent seems to scrape on atomic theory: we are all made up of elements, constantly rearranged, shared, and destroyed. Before us, we were plants or animals, all coming from the core of a collapsing sun. As unique as we feel, inherently, we are the same.

This also signals Trent’s collapse. Realizing that he has no real control over his own life, he sees the individual parts of life as an unbeatable force. The millions of parts of him can survive without his help and ultimately guide his will, a hard wall to face.

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