"Slip Out The Back" as written by and Mike Shinoda....
You know me
I used to get caught up in everyday life
Trying to make it through my day so I could sleep at night
Tried to figure out my way through the maze of rights and wrongs
But like you used to say
Nothing feels like it's really worth it
Forget perfect, I'm trying not to be worthless
Since I last saw you I've been looking for a purpose
Well, I met this kid who thought like I did
He had a weird way of looking at it
This is what he said

Slip out the back before they know you were there
And at the worst you'll see nobody cares
Cause you don't wanna be around when it all goes down
Even heroes know when to be scared

Now, I don't remember where I met him
Or remember his name
But he walked funny like he was just too big for his frame
Just over five foot but he weighed a buck fifty
And what he said seemed so right it stuck with me
Listen, it's like poker, you can play your best
But you gotta know when to fold your cards and take a rest
And know when to hold your cards, hold your breath
And hope that nobody else is stacking the deck

Because I don't need to tell you that life isn't fair
It doesn't care, it arbitrarily cuts off your air
And like you, I want someone to say it's okay
In the truest part of our hearts everybody's afraid
We're just under-appreciated and overwhelmed
Fighting so hard to hide our fear that we're scaring ourselves
You understand what I'm saying, cause you always did
But it's different in the words of a cowardly kid who said

And I'm no hero
You remember how it was, you know
All I ever did was worry, feeling out of control
To the point where everything was going end over end
I'm spinning around in circles again
This is where you come in
All of this to explain to you why I had to
Separate myself away from yesterday's life
Please remember, this isn't how I hoped it would be
But I had to protect you from me

That's why I
Slipped out the back before you knew I was there
I know you felt unprepared
But every single time I was around I'd just bring you down
And I could tell that it was time to be scared
That's why I
Slipped out the back before you knew I was there
And I know the way I left wasn't fair
I didn't wanna be around just to bring you down
I'm not a hero but don't think I didn't care


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"Slip Out the Back" as written by Mike Shinoda

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  • +2
    General CommentI can relate to the song b/c of relationship i was in..

    And I'm no hero
    You remember how it was, you know
    All I ever did was worry, feeling out of control
    To the point where everything was going end over end
    I'm spinning around in circles again
    This is where you come in
    All of this to explain to you why I had to
    Separate myself away from yesterday's life
    Please remember, this isn't how I hoped it would be
    But I had to protect you from me

    that explains it a lot. To relate this, when I was with my g/f, she was going through a really rough time..and I would try to help, but my helping was making it worse. LIke the song says, I was always worried, and there were times when I felt like it was too much... "feeling out of control..".... so basically he's saying that he left the relationship because all he was doing was making things worse...
    Dark_Rider2k3on June 17, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with all of these views (I'm still at maybe for the anal sex theory, though. :P) It seems to me that this song can mean multiple different things. Whether it was an angel telling him not to kill himself, his father's words echoing in his head, or just a really bad relationship that he has to separate himself from, it's an amazing song with a deep meaning.
    Rekrapsteron April 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song, but I haven't the faintest clue what it means, lol
    madd_elibberon December 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTake chances, but know when to give up or you're gonna screw yourself over.
    Photikon December 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentoh I pressed add before I added this part!

    "You know me
    I used to get caught up in everyday life
    Trying to make it through my day so I could sleep at night
    Tried to figure out my way through the maze of rights and wrongs
    But like you used to say
    Nothing feels like it's really worth it
    Forget perfect, I'm trying not to be worthless
    Since I last saw you I've been looking for a purpose
    Well, I met this kid who thought like I did
    He had a weird way of looking at it
    This is what he said"

    This is the angel appearing to him and telling him this story, I know I wrote that it was the kid that was talking to him before, but it's really the angel telling him this story...sorry about that
    LickMySpatula00on December 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's like a father talking to a child, explaining why he was never around. Now whether or not that means he committed suicide, I don't know... "I know you felt unprepared / But every single time I was around I'd just bring you down / And I could tell that it was time to be scared / That's why I / Slipped out the back before you knew I was there / And I know the way I left wasn't fair / I didn't wanna be around just to bring you down / I'm not a hero but don't think I didn't care" I think reinforces the father-child interpretation.
    .powersuitinsnow.on March 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song just feels to me that it's just like what some of you have said,
    I've always seen how he said "He walked funny, like he was just to big for his frame." like saying this kid that had more on him and knew more then most adults did, seen more and stuff. Making him wiser.
    none,nonemoreblackon July 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI actually did an analysis for this song in English class once....
    I always thought it was about suicide. but that's just me.
    Music.IsMyAeroplaneon August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song can be interpreted in many ways, lol idk if its about anal sex haha, on a serious note, suicide def can fit, with an angel talking to mike telling him some advice, but idk cus why would an angel giv someone advice to kill themselves. what i think is a more secular meaning, such as slip out the back means to runaway, literally runaway from your family or your lover or such, and to stay away, you do this b.c the ppl ur are running away from are hurt by ur actions and perhaps u by theirs. so u runaway while u can so as to not truly and permanently hurt these ppl. the worse thing that can happen is nobody cares you are gone b.c they know that u were hurting them as well so they dont care that u r gone and that could hurt you the most. b.c if u left ppl u cared about unannounced and they didnt care that u were gone. that would be really painful emotionally. and as for the kid hes talking about meeting, to me it sounds like hes a drifter or something. someone who u may meet randomly and not remember where or his name b.c it could have been anywhere, at a bar/club, at a job, but if he was a local person or something ud kno him or get to kno him but b.c hes not u meet him one nite and only one nite and hes gone, cus hes slipping out the back before he hurts anyone else. he just drifts around from place to place never really getting to know anyone on a real level
    jjjwusaon August 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbout Colombine, are you flipping kidding me?

    Those kids didn't, "slip out the back", they kicked the front door down and started shooting people.

    I am amazed by some of the interpretations people get from songs.

    This song is just about not getting involved in things over your head and how it's sometimes better to look out for yourself then to try to be a hero to someone who you really can't possibly help.

    Sometimes the right thing is the thing that you don't do... the cause that you don't involve yourself with. That's the message of this song.

    If your world is messed up and lacking focus, and someone who is an even worse place comes to you looking for salvation... it's in your basic nature to want to help them, this song is explaining that sometimes it's okay to walk away and take care of yourself, because if you don't, you will end up destroying both of you.
    osubuckeye4on January 04, 2008   Link

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