"Hit The Floor" as written by Dave Farrell, Robert G. Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Charles Bennington and Joseph Hahn....
There are just too many times that people have tried to look inside of me
Wondering what I think of you well I protect you out of courtesy
Too many times that I've held on when I needed to push away
Afraid to say what was on my mind
Afraid to say what I need to say
Too many things that you've said about me when I'm not around
You think having the upper hand means you gotta keep putting me down
But I've had too many standoffs with you it's about as much as I could stand
So I wait till the upper hand is mine

One minute you're on top
The next you're not, watch it drop
Making your heart stop
Just before you hit the floor
One minute you're on top
The next you're not, missed your shot
Making your heart stop
You think you've won
And then it's all gone

So many people like me that put so much trust in all your lies
So concerned with what you think to just say what we feel inside
So many people like me walk on eggshells all day long
All I know is that all I want is to feel like I'm not stepped on
There are so many things you say that make me feel you cross the line
What goes up will surely fall, and I am counting down the time
Cause I've had so many standoffs with you it's about as much as I could stand
So I waiting until the upper hand is mine

One minute you're on top
The next you're not, watch it drop
Making your heart stop
Just before you hit the floor
One minute you're on top
The next you're not, missed your shot
Making your heart stop
You think you've won
And then it's all gone
And then it's all gone
And then it's all gone
And then it's all gone
Now it's all gone.
I know I'll never trust a single thing you say
You realize you divide us but you lied anyway
And all the lies have got you floating up above us all
But what goes up has got to fall

One minute you're on top
The next you're not, watch it drop
Making your heart stop
Just before you hit the floor
One minute you're on top
The next you're not, missed your shot
Making your heart stop
You think you've won
And then it's all gone
And then it's all gone
And then it's all gone
And then it's all gone
Now it's all gone.


Lyrics submitted by ruben, edited by jewelessien

"Hit the Floor" as written by Chester Charles Bennington Brad Delson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about a typical victim of someone with antisocial personality disorder.

    Generally when dealing with these types of people for a long time, a victim (usually a spouse or child) has been brainwashed by the abuser.

    At this point (referring to this song)the victim realizes that he/she has known all along that everything that their victimizer says is only well placed. Which means they lie about their abusive behavior to the victim to cover their ass, but there are so many inconsistencies with their abusers web of lies that they have finally chosen to extricate themselves from this abusive relationship and are waiting for them to self-destruct.

    This quote in particular is standard for a person who has been a victim of mental abuse (mental abuse goes along with all other forms of abuse...that's how a molester is able to commit repeated acts....or why a woman comes back for another beating. If someone just beat you, you would leave and never come back. Please remember that sociopaths are very subtle, and very good at manipulation.)
    Lyric:

    And I protect you out of courtesy
    Too many times that I've
    Held on when I needed to push away
    Afraid to say what was on my mind
    Afraid to say what I need to say

    Mental abusers convince the victim to cover for them through manipulation, but if that child would just "say what was on his mind/what he needed to" the abuser would have been found out, but the child fears this or is brainwashed into thinking his abuse is normal behavior and no one would help anyway.

    Also this next lyric is classic also:
    Things that you said about me
    When I'm not around
    You think havin the upper hand
    Means you got to keep puttin me down

    Generally people who are abusing a person has their victim in a position of dependency. They hold things like money, sex, security over their victims so that they fear loosing this abuser because they 'need' them. They also say bad things about you like "she's such a needy bitch" or "he's such a unruly child." (this makes them look like the victim) Hmm I wonder why he's unruly...it could be that you molest him 3 days a week and convince him it's normal and even if it wasn't no one really cares...


    Again, victim's believe their abuser's lies:
    So many people like me
    Put so much trust in all your lies

    And this song is about the victim's breaking point. They can not make sense of the lies and abuse anymore so they want out:
    I know I'll never trust a single thing you say
    You knew your lies would divide us
    But you lied anyway
    And all the lies have
    Got you floating up above us all (most sociopaths have people convinced they are good by using a front of lies)
    But what goes up has got to fall (a very nice double entendre if I may say so myself)

    This song is more complex than just a bad person getting what they should in the end. I have to just asume Chester being abused as a child and then making it out of the shit effects this song heavily. Actually many of LP's lyrics refer to sociopaths and the damage they cause. Even the songs where it's about him becoming them. All a victim knows is lies and so they start to mimic their abusers thought pattern because they think this is the only way the world works. Molested people become molesters...not Chester though! He left his abuser in the freaking dust!

    princessoftartson May 21, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think this song is awesome and its interpreted differently by different people so maybe they (linkin park) made it one of those songs that was meant to be taken differently and fit different people? but anyway heres my interpretation of it. its about someone who was being nice to someone because they felt sorry for them, but that person thought because everyone was being nice to him he was all that, and started being a jerk to everyone, and everything was going to his head, then he realized no one likes him, and thats when he falls.
    pezzbton November 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdood, anyone making fun of emo or emo type music, should fucking shutup, becuz all music is emotional in some way or other, so stop listening to these types of music or music like it, and go listen to mindless bullshit and comment about that shit. right, there is a point where emo gets too emo, such as panic at the disco or some other shit. but sooner or later you'll grow up and fucking realize that everyone has feelings, even the fucking high and mighty stereotypical male guy has fucking feelings. are you man enough? if u dont realize that, then you've had a pretty fuct up upbringing and are gonna go bonkers cuz everyone has to let some steam off once in awhile.
    blc43519on May 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat I love about Linkin Park is that they have songs like this, which are mostly to angrily screaming about shit, and songs like Valentines Day, My December that are really intelligent and well crafted music. They have the best of both worlds.
    ZOMBIE_LORD_77on November 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about somone who treats this person wrong and they allow it cause they dont want to hurt them but they are fed up with this so they are waiting until that whole '' whats goes around comes around '' effect happens .. god , this song is so true ..
    NIKKIEon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsadly, this song fits PERFECTLY with what's been going on with me and my "best friend" of 6 years
    iknowimsopatheticon June 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about someone whos close friend is lieing to be better then his/her friends like rumors or making people believe that there something there not.
    Maxleetison June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Nikkie. I think this is Linkin Park's best song
    eskimoon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust got the CD yesterday and i thkn that this is the best song on the CD (next to faint) and i second what Nikkie said :-)
    Gentle_Demon17on June 30, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song to me, is about two good friends who after a gradual loss of mutual trust and friendship throughout the years, flip out on each other one day and one is crushed (socially, not physically) under the other.
    Rurouni LechonParkon October 01, 2004   Link

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