"The Hard Way" as written by Mike Shinoda and Kenna,....
Come with me
Let me walk you through the world that I currently stay in
You can take a look around and tell me if I'm mistaken
You can meet and talk to everybody that I live with
Maybe you can tell me why everybody's so distant
Is it me? Or maybe when I look around daily
I don't even know the people I can put my trust in lately
People that I used to hang with, now they're acting so different
I'm still the same person, why doesn't anybody listen?
Can somebody please just explain to me
What happened to the way that we always said we'd be?
Cause right now I don't know why I pushed through the pain that I got through
And I'm losing hope

Deafening voices
That frequency inside my head that says
I'm going at it the hard way
I focus
Get everything inside out of my brain that claims
I'm going at it the hard way

Come with me
Let me walk you through the world that I currently live in
Not a thing is forgotten, not a thing is forgiven
Nobody can hold their own underneath the weight
But nobody can take the blame for their own mistakes
So what do you do when somebody lets you down
And you want to say something but you can't cause they're not around?
Inside you think they know the extent of the pain
But they won't even admit that they were the one to blame
Can somebody please just explain to me
What happened to the way that we always said we'd be?
Cause right now I don't know why I pushed through the pain that I got through
And I'm losing hope, give me one reason not to

Lyrics submitted by L-Kyne

"The Hard Way" as written by Mike Shinoda Kenna

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    General Commentits not about change for the worst, its about change, unexpected change that was not forseen. best example i can come up with is, lets say a kid has a group of friends he spends most of his time with, does everything with these few, pretty much best friends down to the very soul. then one day the kid is told he has to move states away, then gets up and leaves, after spending 3 years of torture, hoping nothing but getting back to his home town, he comes back to his home town, back to that same group from before, and everything is completley different, everyone acts nothing like they use to, does nothing that they use to before, as if they were completley different people. the kid tries to adapt but just cant because hes the same person as he was when he moved, but everyone else moved on and changed completely and alls he wants his old friends back, down to the point of which that kid doesnt feel like he belongs in that group anymore. this was one of my biggest fears when moving away from my home town, this song pretty much discribes it down to the very core, good thing my friends barely changed at all all 4 years of highschool, suprisenly haha.
    davefaseon June 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNice to hear a rap in a different time signature than straight 4/4 (this one is in 6/4). This is a very chilling song, especially where Kenna wails in the background. To me it's about change for the worse, everything moving around you and not being able to keep up, and losing hope for the future.
    L-Kyneon January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first verse brings to mind how a celebrity comes home to his old friends and his old neighborhood and everybody is different; everybody has changed and doesn't treat him the same.
    cmill216on January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song can be summed up in the line:
    "And I'm losing hope. Give me one reason not to."
    It's about feeling lost and isolated, how things are changing around you without you wanting them to.
    lucyb85on January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti sat down and listened to this song and it was the first song in a long long time where i read it like a book, lyrically and melodywise. amazing lyrics, i can really relate to how mike is feeling in this song.
    braveexplosivoon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDitto on the timing issue, L-Kyne. Very haunting song. I think a lot of it is directly related to the idea of fame and losing touch and connections with those that you held dearly before, but I also think that it can be varied to other more "realistic" situations.
    Tsahvanon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou know what's funny, Im not a very emotional person but this song struck a chord and gave me chills down my spine. I was a little choked up...spooky song...

    None the less it was great.
    k3vinbrownon August 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVERY SPOOKY!!! I can relate to this song soooo much. Lyk i went to a diferent school and stuff for a whle and when i came back and saw my frends they were all diferent... wierd
    Mike666on November 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great, it is about change for the worse, but I thnk that it's coming from a kids point of view, with a parent seperation. and he's talking to a friend of his, trying to get the answers from a friend, cuz he doesn't understand why everything is changing.

    Can somebody please explain to me
    What happened to the way that we always said we'd be?

    This line really speaks to me. very powerful lyrics.
    also the part where he goes, not a thing is forgotten, not a thing is forgiven. he's explaining the situation with his parents. They don't forget what they did to eachother to get to where they are now, and they don't forgive either. very sad but very true
    LickMySpatula00on December 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIts simple: The fear of being alone! everyone has the tought of dying and being remembered as this great person, but along with that, people have the fear of being forgotten about, like their life didnt mean anything! he comes home and him being away for so long, the town changes and because he is not there, he doesnt change with them, he changed differently. he doesnt feel like HE changed, so he doesnt see it. but the distance ruined all the ties that he had with his home town.

    it is kinda curious how where'd you go and this song talk about SOMEONE leaving after messing up, like they just packed up and left, and it hurt all those people they knew. its like a reoccurring theme.
    Meteora64on June 29, 2007   Link

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