Linkin Park – Musical Philosophy

Linkin Park

Linkin Park

Linkin Park is an American Rock band from Agoura Hills California. Since their formation in 1996, the band has sold more than 50 million albums and won two Grammy Awards. I am a fan of these fellas, i apriciate their music as i find their work to be very philosophical.Since their first debut with Hybrid Theory, i notice that they sing about things that is very often taken lightly such as interpretations of universal feelings, emotions, and experiences, and as “everyday emotions you talk about and think about”. Their approach is very diffrent than the ordinary crap you get from ordinary rock bands. “Crawling” is one of the few songs on the album to contain little rapping: Mike Shinoda only has one line that gets repeated in the pre-chorus. The lyrics might also signify an effect of crystal meth in which the user has the sensation of insects “crawling in their skin”.This would make sense as Chester was once an addict. The lyrics also describe somebody who goes through panic attacks, in which the victim, during the panic attacks, cannot control what’s going on, and in a way loses his/her grip on reality.

Their second album, Meteora was just as good and interesting. This is when i came about realising that America is facing an incredible problem with drugs, thanks to the song from this album “breaking the habit”. The song was based on a close friend’s drug addiction. It is a common idea that it was written about Bennington due to his extended drug abuse issues, although Shinoda began writing the song before he met Bennington. The rumour has its roots in Bennington’s reluctance to play the song at early live shows, because he was able to relate to it so closely. They actually have lyrically written their life stories in which depicts the drug abuse problem which plagues America. Makes me wonder, in the Scandinavian countries people are allowed to plant ganja for their own consumption but they don’t face a social drug abuse problem as bad as it is in the America.

Their third album, is my personal favourite. Minutes Midnight’s What I’ve Done is in my opinion their best work so far. It is incredible how briliantly this piece is put together, and the meaning behind the lyrics is what attracts me the most. The song is about humanity’s neglect of the society and environment that we’re responsible for. We are all so caught up in power, money, and pride, that we forget about all the atrocities that occur every day. This song calls for everyone to change their ways and make things right in the world. Our world, socially and environmentally, is falling apart because of one thing – us.

I hope you will enjoy the Youtube Video of What Ive Done. Stay tuned for my next piece on Islamic Rock! Until next time people, stay away from drugs and “rock on!”. – The Desperado!

What I’ve Done lyrics

In this farewell
There’s no blood
There’s no Alibi
‘Cause I’ve Drawn Regret
From the truth
Of a Thousand Lies

So let Mercy Come
And Wash Away
What I’ve Done

I’ll face myself
To Cross out what I’ve Become
Erase Myself
And let Go of What I’ve done

Put to rest
What you Thought of Me
While I clean this Slate
With the Hands of Uncertainty



For What I’ve Done
I start again
And whatever pain may come
Today this ends
I’m Forgiving What I’ve Done!!!


What I’ve Done
Forgiving What I’ve Done

3 Responses

  1. “Our world, socially and environmentally, is falling apart because of one thing – us”.


    i dont think its as simple as putting blames on us (i bet u means human society). human itself is a product of the environment that they lived in i.e. its social systems. seldom u would find a mat rempit coming from a family living in kenny hills, damansara heights, tropicana or all those gated communities in rich exclusive areas.

    u are more prone to find mat rempit from pantai dalam flats, kerinchi, kampung pandan, flat cheras, flat sri pahang at bangsar miskin and other areas where there is a huge concentration of poor, working class and low income groups.

    having friends from different strata of society and doing community youth organizing in these malaysian urban ghettoes areas made me thinks that environment have great influenced in formulating your attitude, behaviour, world view and thought system.

    generally u are a product of the system that u lived in.

    btw, great piece of article. new knowledge for me about linkin park. havent really follow current foreign rock groups anymore. used to listen to loads of rock songs from def leppard, guns n roses, cinderella, bon jovi, iron maiden, scorpions, poisons, metallica, nazareth, extreme, twisted sisters, ozzy osbourne and all those rock bands in the 80s.

    now i ll just stick to siti nurhaliza and nubhan. hahaha. looking forward for your next piece on islamic rock!

  2. Tuju my man. – The song is about humanity’s neglect of the society and environment that we’re responsible for. We are all so caught up in power, money, and pride, that we forget about all the atrocities that occur every day.

    – You cannot deny that… perhaps the better question to be asked is why are we so caught up in power, money, and pride??? Then perhaps we can look at the system.

  3. one thing that our country is lacking is this..expression of critical thought through the arts…many are more incline to sing bout love etc…think what we need is more of this kind of genre to enter into mainstream entertainment…to create awareness and to encourage expression in artistic ways…

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