Linkin Park: Meteora (2003)


I know this is about music, but what the hey. Linkin Park have the ability to get into my head and hit my calming button. Chaos calms and this lovely sensation ensues. Books, music and math. Very few bands have that ability. In Linkin Park they have Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Phoenix and Joe Hahn who in combination made a sound that brings peace. My poor dog isn’t happy when I play them, but she suffers through the noise.

I love their texts. All too often bands seem to have a low opinion of their target group’s intelligence. Linkin Park is different in that regard. I’m including a couple of examples from their album Meteora:

  • 3, Somewhere I belong
  • When this began
  • I had nothing to say
  • And I’d get lost in the nothingness inside of me
  • I was confused
  • And I let it all out to find/that I’m
  • Not the only one with these things in mind
  • Inside of me
  • But all the vacancy the words revealed
  • Is the only real thing I’ve got left to feel
  • 4. Lying from you
  • I remember what they taught to me
  • Remember condescending talk
  • Of who I ought to be
  • Remember listening to all of that
  • So I pretended up a person who was fitting in
  • And now you think this person
  • Really is me and I’m
  • (Trying to bend the truth)
  • But the more I push
  • The more I’m pulling away
  • 6. Easier to run
  • It’s easier to run
  • Replacing this pain with something numb
  • It’s so much easier to run
  • Than face all this pain here all alone.
  • Something has been taken
  • From deep inside of me
  • A secret I’ve kept locked away
  • No one can ever see
  • Wounds so deep they never show
  • They never go away
  • Like moving pictures in my head
  • For years and years they’ve played.

Anyways, I’m a fan and if you want to listen to a bunch of guys who describe different kinds of pain well – here they are.

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