"Faint" as written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
I am a little bit of loneliness, a little bit of disregard
Handful of complaints but I can't help the fact
That everyone can see these scars
I am what I want you to want, what I want you to feel
But it's like no matter what I do, I can't convince you
To just believe this is real
So I, let go watching you turn your back like you always do
Face away and pretend I'm not
But I'll be here 'cause you're all that I've got

I can't feel the way I did before
Don't turn your back on me
I won't be ignored
Time won't heal this damage anymore
Don't turn your back on me I won't be ignored

I am, a little bit insecure, a little unconfident
'Cause you don't understand I do what I can
But sometimes I don't make sense
I am, what you never want to say, but I've never had a doubt
It's like no matter what I do I can't convince you for once just to hear me out
So I, let go watching you turn your back like you always do
You face away and pretend I'm not
But I'll be here 'cause you're all that I've got


You hear me out now
You're gonna listen to me like it or not
Right now, hear me out now
You're gonna listen to me like it or not
Right now

[Chorus: x3]

Lyrics submitted by ChaoX

"Faint" as written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Dave Farrell, Joseph Hahn

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  • +8
    General CommentOkay. Lots of people keep saying what f*ags Linkin Park is and how bad they suck. If you hate them that much, why are you wasting your valuable time complaining about them? Go comment on a song you like, not rag on the ones you don't like. People like different things, it would be a pretty boring planet if everyone one liked all the same things. Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean it shouldn't be there. That, my friends, is called fascism, which is what Hitler was. Do you really want to have the same position as Hitler? Okay, that was a low blow, but seriously. Don't waste your time commenting on a band you don't like. I don't go around looking up Britney Spears music and saying how stupid it is. It's a waste of time I could be spending saying something positive about songs I like.

    Rant over. I see a lot of symptoms of emotional abuse in these lyrics, which seems a typical theme for Linkin Park and Three Days Grace alike. I basically see an emotionally abused person trying desperately to connect to the one person they care about, but that person is embarrassed or annoyed and doesn't want to have anything to do with the singer, and the singers fed up with being ignored. I also see the possibility of a one night stand happening, and the singer thought it was real, but it ruined their friendship, but it's a bit of a stretch, and I lean towards the first explanation.

    Also, this site is for the *meaning* of the song, not how "effing awesome" it was. We don't need two hundred pages of how Linkin Park rocks, or what a bunch of f*gs they are. Thank you.
    Fenrir666on August 21, 2008   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI know this song doesn't mean what the situation i describe does, but to me, this song struck the strings of a situation i've been in.

    I am a social exhile, a loner, socially inept, awkward, forsaken, rather forgotten than included. It's always been like this. I grew up in a place that i didn't fit in. Not "oh, my life sucks, i'm so pathetic and the world is against me, i'm just going to crawl into a corner and abbandon all hope," more like i recieved death threats for not siding with anyone. I never fit that mold, so i never had anyone to identify with, i was all alone, on one side of the world, watching from the outside. I never had any friends growing up, no relationships, no life to live, i was just getting by, trying not to end up a footnote in the paper. I was able to get out. I went to college, something very few did, and one of the few ways to get out, something only the smart ones could do.

    Getting out of there was like serving 60 years in jail. You come out, and the world has changed, nothing is familiar, you don't know how to act, and i didn't know how to react to people. I live far away from where i grew up now, and have been here for 2 years. The entire first year, (and still now, but not as much) i spent learning how people really were, and what the world was really like. The down side was learning things that i knew to be normal, that were no longer normal, things i thought were everyday events, people 'wow' and shriek in disbelief at. I found out how awful the place i came from was. I knew i wanted to get out, that i didn't belong, but when i was out, i learned how terrible of a place it really was.

    I had to learn how to socialize. Things most people find easy, or maybe just uncomfortable, like talking to someone you don't know, i didn't just have to overcome fears of, i had to learn. I had to learn how to act like not every one dislikes you, or was out to get you. I had to learn how to act around people, and i'm still learning. As a result, i'm super awkward to be around.

    But then, after all this, just this year, i made my first friend. Someone i could talk to, confide in, care about, and be cared for in return. She became my bestfriend, by definition, not just because she was my only friend. I began to know how she reacts, talks, feels about things, and eventually, how she thinks. But as fate would have it, and like you could guess when a guy and girl become friends, someone begins to REALLY care for the other. An emotional connection was created, and i became dependant on her. I could tell her anything, and more importantly, she could rely on me for anything. I needed her to need me. I needed her to use me for things, to make myself useful, and to make her happy, even if it was only for a second. She became my only outlet for feeling. I had been numbed by the society i lived in, and needed her presence to allow me to feel emotion. Without her, i was numb again, the problem was, i wasn't ultra high on her list of friends. I was jut a friend that she could rely on and use when she needed, but she had many other friends. The fact that she hung around me at all when she clearly wasn't forced to, when she didn't feel like she needed to, but because she wanted to, made me feel wonderful. Nobody had ever wanted to be around me before. But then summer came, and so she didn't live down the hall in the dorms anymore, and she didn't come in my room and jump on my roommates bed anymore, and we didn't watch movies together anymore, and she didn't cry on my shoulder when she needed me anymore. She had other friends for that, other outlets, people closer to her, both emotionally, and physically. I had just been a friend of oppritunity, proximity.

    So now we get to the song. These are the lines that hit me hardest out of the song:

    "I am a little bit of loneliness, a little bit of disregard
    Handful of complaints but I can't help the fact
    That everyone can see these scars
    I am what I want you to want, what I want you to feel"

    I'm lonely again, there's not much for me, i've been disregared, left behind.
    I have my issues with adjusting to things, but it's because i don't know where to go or what to do, i'm learning on the go.
    I've got scars, and everyone can see them, i'm awkward to be around, and nobody can see far enough past these scars to understand me, get to know me, or help me. She was the only one that has ever done that, and now she's gone.
    I want her to want me, like i need her. I want her to feel what i feel and understand why i feel it.

    "So I let go watching you turn your back like you always do
    Face away and pretend that I'm not
    But I'll be here 'cause you're all that I've got"

    I watched her leave, and i let her go because that's what she wanted, she's turned away from me.
    I feel like she is pretending i don't exist, even though i know that's not the case, because this is my general experience with everyone else.
    While she's gone, i'll wait here, right where she left me, because i don't know where else to go, i dont' know what my purpose is otherwise. I can't feel anything without her here, and she's all i have, literally. I don't have anyone or anything else.

    "I can't feel the way I did before"

    This one has three meanings for me. 1) I can't go back to where i was, not now that i've seen where i've come from, 2) I'm numb without her, there is no happiness, or saddness, or anger and 3) I can't feel useful anymore because she's the only thing that's made me useful ever.

    "Time won't heal this damage anymore"

    My damages can't be healed more, by time, waiting won't help me, but i have no place to go.

    I literally have nothing else in my life except her, but she's not here. I wish i could just move forward on a path, but she was the path, there is no road to follow anymore, and going back isn't an option. Staying where i am is my only choice.

    I don't think anyone has ever gone through what i've gone through, and i know nobody has felt what i feel now, i don't think anyone really knows what it's like to have just 1 thing in life. One single possesion, feeling, and all inclusive outlet, and lose it. There just isn't chartered territory to say what to do now except wait for something to happen.

    I know this song wasn't written to mean what it does to me, but for me, i can make this song realate. If i could write this whole portion of my life down, this song would be its theme for me.
    ME68on July 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis album is the BEST ONE YET!!! I love it!! MAJOR Awesomeness!! TOTAL Sweetness!! YA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best Yet!!!
    _lpfreak_on March 29, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBasic meaning of song= "LISTEN TO ME, GODDAMMIT!!!!"


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    Rori the Rockeron April 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song...definitely one of my favorites. I think this song is about a guy who loves and cares about a girl but for some reason she doesn't see how much he cares about her. She keeps ignoring him and not giving him much attention but he wants her to hear him and believe that he is really here and real. He just resorts to waiting for her until he gets fed up and says "You're going to listen to me/ Like it or not/ Right now." Thats just my take on it.
    MusicXpress24on September 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAhhh, this one takes me back.

    Classic Linkin Park, monologue directed at an unfair lover. This song is about, once again, lashing out at someone that has been unjust in a relationship. Mike Shinoda’s verses outline all of the things that you would want that terrible lover to hear. And the rest is an aggressive attempt at being heard.

    One of their best songs.
    Rotageron February 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRecently, i have discovered how much i can relate to this song. My interpretation of this song is speaking out to the people that you thought loved you. Not so long ago, i have left my old friend group becuase they completely ignore me and made me feel insecure constantly. Basically, i feel like i have to work in order to get them to notice me. This song defines what i feel when i hang out with them. It actually helped me see what was actually going on with me.
    The reason why i wanted to stay in that friend group before was unbelievable, i was actually afraid to losing them before, but now i know that i must lose friends in order to gain new ones. I happened to hang out with my old friends that i stupidly abandoned in order to hang out with my old friend group from before. My old friends accepting me again makes me feel special, i hope they will be my friends forever.
    MyDearAccounton May 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song makes me think of how easily all my friends abandoned me. It's amazing how easily people forget that you even exist.
    DafnneCarteron February 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis wicked cool song is about being invisible to to the one that matters most to you. being invisible myself, I want to scream this at EVERYBODY almost all the time. Love this band, got to see them live in Johannesburg recently, they are so epic live.........
    BaZzNaZzon December 11, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it could definitely be looked at as you're a social outcast or a loner and you want to fit in but no one seems to notice you. Also it could be about wanting to be heard and making yourself heard. Maybe you're living in someone else's shadow and you don't have the courage to stand up to them and make them think that you're someone of worth and significance. Loneliness and insecurity are definitely qualities of a person who doesn't fit in and they are usually invisible to the world. So you go through life complaining about it but not exactly making the effort to do anything about it. At least not until the part where Chester screams "Hear me out now, you're going to listen to me like it or not" that's pretty much the moment where he gets fed up with being invisible and instead of wishing someone would listen, he's making them listen and not giving them the option to ignore him anymore. It's taking a stand for yourself and putting yourself out there because if you wander through life at the back of the line with your head down and silent, no one is going to hear you nor care. YOU have to make yourself heard.
    Lexikittenon October 15, 2013   Link

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