Memories consume like opening the wounds
I'm picking me apart again
You all assume
I'm safe here in my room
Unless I try to start again
I don't want to be the one the battles always choose
'cause inside I realize that I'm the one confused

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don't know why I instigate
And say what I don't mean
I don't know how I got this way
I know it's not alright
So I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit tonight

Clutching my cure
I tightly lock the door
I try to catch my breath again
I hurt much more than any time before
I have no options left again
I don't want to be the one the battles always choose
'cause inside I realize that I'm the one confused

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
I don't know why I instigate
And say what I don't mean
I don't know how I got this way
I'll never be alright
So I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit tonight

I'll paint it on the walls
'cause I'm the one at fault
I'll never fight again
And this is how it ends

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
But now I have some clarity to show you what I mean
I don't know how I got this way
I'll never be alright
So I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit tonight



Lyrics submitted by ruben

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

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  • +10
    General Comment:This is one of my favorite songs of all time. The song describes the thoughts/emotions of someone who is about to commit suicide. It also refers to what may have caused the person to become that way. The lyrics are very general and vague so almost can relate to it. They can refer to almost any great emotional/physical struggle life gives us. Lost love, unrequited love, abusive relationship, cheating spouse, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, sexual abuse, bullying, PTSD, war trauma, self-harm, self-image issue etc. The list goes on and on.

    It’s such a beautiful song. It brings out the thoughts that someone who is suicidal more accurately, clearly and emotionally than any other song I have heard. If you want just a small idea of how horrible a person going through those experiences goes through, just listen to this song.

    By the way, anyone who has previously post that this song is about “breaking the habit” of drug addiction or whatever someone’s problem might be should have a closer look at the lyrics. This is clearly NOT an inspirational song about getting over your problems. This is made clear towards the end with the lines:

    “I will never fight again and this is how it ends” and “I don’t know how I got this way I’ll never be alright so I’m breaking the habit tonight” This is clearly saying that the person stopped fighting to fix their problem and has given up. He knows he will never get over his experience. It has made him so suicidal that he is going to kill himself tonight.
    griffon651on July 17, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General Comment:I think it's about trying to get over serf-mutilation...
    He's thinking about everything that's wrong with him, all his problems and remembering how good it felt when he hurt himself... "memories consume, like opening the wound"
    "you all assume i'm safe here in my room, unless i try to start again".... he's family and friends all know he has a problem, and they think he's over it, little do they know he's continuously thinking about it....
    He feels like he's the one with all the problems, that all the bad things go looking for him... clearly he's confused as to what to do, where to go with it all... which problems to fix and which problems to ignore... he's frustrated... he doesnt know what made him what to hurt himself, he knows it isn't a good thing and thats why he wants to stop...
    "Clutching my cure, tightly lock the door".... He's found his instrument with which he'll inflict his "medecin"... the locks the door 'cause he's ashamed, he doesnt want anyone to know that he's back to his old tricks...
    "I hurt much more, then any time before, i had no options left again".... judging by the last few words, saying "again" after he said he hurt more then anyother time makes me think that the feelings at that moment are just as bad as before, but he just thinks it's worse because he hurts so much...
    i'm not sure how to interpret "I'll paint it on the walls/'cause i'm the one at fault/i'll never fight again/and this is how it ends"...... perhaps he's blaming himself for making everone miserable, blaming himself for hurting himself and trying to make things alright again....
    At the end of the song he figures out what to do... he knows he'll never be completely over his problem, he knows he needs help and his willing to fight it....
    At least thats what it means to mean....... i really relate to this song.... it makes me feel like there are other people out there that have the same problem as me..... i know how it feels to struggle with the problem of self-harm..... this song really touched me....
    MethMethon June 24, 2003   Link
  • +5
    My Opinion:Ok to start off before I give my opinion what this song means.. I'm just going to say a couple things about everyone's interpretation. This song is about a drug addiction yes, but what most people don't realize is that this song isn't just about that. It's about your own meaning of the song. You may think it means something about an unhealthy relationship, addiction to drugs, addiction to something else, but the real meaning is what you define it as. In Linkin Parks case they made this song about a drug addiction and learning to break that nasty habit of yours.

    Bottom line is that: We as people all have problems in life. Some may say, we should fix them, but others may say we should let them go. Once you've overcame your problem you're always going to have another problem occur sometime in your life. You can either try to build up and learn from it(move on) or you can just choose the fact that you have that particular problem and than move on to not worrying about it.
    gurton September 15, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General Comment:to me, this song is about suicide. he has to deal with his past, he's confused about where his life's going, and the problems he has now, and he feels he's ruined his life already by lying to people about all these things, and he no longer really knows who he is, so he "breaks the habit", the habit being his life, ending the pain that hes felt for such a long time. so, thats just what it means to me. this and "numb" are my favorite songs on the album. btw, meteora is an ok album, but it, by no means, comes close to the mastery of the first album :D
    Chipmunk777on June 10, 2003   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:Well to tell you the real meaning of the song ,it is about Chester's drug addiction and Mike wrote the song for him. The way I like to interpret it is self-harm because I'm a self harmer and whenever i listen to the song it helps me not self harm.
    alexdbzalexon August 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:From listening to the song non-stop for the last hour, I've been able to grasp a view of what this song could represent. Yes, the song does talk about drug use, but if you watch the video clip, you can also see that it's describing the pain of a few other things;
    - Being Cheated on
    - Drug Use
    - Depression
    - Being told you're worthless

    And so on, all these idea's link up to one thing depression for mostly everybody involved in the activities, talking about this makes up around 1/2 the song and also 1/2 for the video clip, but the Idea of the chorus, is that these patterns and these cycles can be broken out of "Breaking the habit", the song suggest's that we all know what we have to do, but sometimes we simpley don't do that i.e. "Clutching my cure
    I tightly lock the door"
    At the end of the video clip, everything is sent in reverse kind of implying that everything could be changed if we broke out of our cycles earlier, or had frequent changes of heart.

    What I have said May not be right, but I thought I may as well share my thoughts..
    Mathazadon May 29, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Beautiful explaination MethMeth, it's excatly what I thought... I know all about the struggle with SI too... and it hit home with me too
    berrygirlon June 24, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:as i was sayin dis song also means a lot 2 one of my friends and i think dis might b 1 of da best song of lp (n da world) btw mike wrote dis song took him 6 tears 2 and he wrote it about 1 of his friends not chester he started 2 write dis song 3 YEARS b4 he met chester
    j_ramirez16on July 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:i heard that mike shinoda was making this song for 6 years.
    it's about drugs and a friend of him who was drug-addicted, but it's not chester.
    i read somewhere else that chester bennington (the singer of linkin park who was drug addicted in the past) couldn't sing the song for a year (2003)cause it was emotional for him.
    nectarioson May 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
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    I think its about drugs and him tryin to stop but it hard and him hallusinating
    linkinparkandmumfordandsonfanon October 19, 2011   Link

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