"Leave Out All the Rest" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
I dreamed I was missing
You were so scared
But no one would listen
Cause no one else cared
After my dreaming
I woke with this fear
What am I leaving
When I'm done here?
So, if you're asking me, I want you to know

[Chorus]
When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Don't be afraid
I've taken my beating
I've shed but I'm me
I'm strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I've never been perfect
But neither have you
So, if you're asking me, I want you to know

[Chorus]

Forgetting
All the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well
Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are

[Chorus]

Forgetting
All the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well
Pretending
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are
I can't be who you are


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"Leave out All the Rest" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Joseph Hahn

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  • +7
    Song Meaninghonestly, the meaning really is straightforward but in a good way, this is such a good song. I think alot of you kinda got the wrong message. Maybe because alot of you are trying to dig too deep into the meaning when all you got to do is really look and he gives it away easily but strong. my opinion this is the best song on the album, but I still love every song on the album a whole lot.

    The song starts out talking about when he dreamted about when he was dead and not part of the earth anymore, and then when he woke up after his dream, he thought about what will stay here (the people, the memories, how they will feel) when hes gone in the afterlife, and

    'When my time comes
    Forget the wrong that I've done
    Help me leave behind some
    Reasons to be missed'

    he's saying when his time comes for death, like all of us will have, he doesn't want people to dwell on all the bad things he has done, or what he didn't do. leaving behind reasons to be missed for him are kinda an assumption to us that he wants the people to remember the good times and good things, cause there were also alot.

    'And don't resent me
    And when you're feeling empty
    Keep me in your memory'

    as in, if you had hatred for something he did or he did something wrong to you or even if he wasn't in the greatest mood all the time (whatever the reason is), don't keep bitterness on him, forgive him not only because he is dead or gone, but because he is human, and if you are a person who really cared about him, keep him in your memory, like he said in the lyrics.

    'Don't be afraid
    I've taken my beating
    I've shared what I made'

    he did what he had to do on this earth, he took his share of being beat on, maybe not physically, but hes had his share of dislike, and he's shared what he's made (in chester's case, he's shared his music for the world. he shared what he made'.

    'I'm strong on the surface
    Not all the way through
    I've never been perfect
    But neither have you'

    he may of been strong shielded for himself but like all of us as humans, he had difficulty with things and broke down from time to time. He wasn't perfect, like all of us never will be. So don't hold the things he did wrong against him. we have all done things wrong.

    'Forgetting
    All the hurt inside
    You've learned to hide so well'

    hes talking about himself, and everyone else, about how we all try to forget the bad things that have happened to us, and we try to convince ourselves that we are okay cause we have hidden it 'so well'. That indeed is my favorite line in the whole song.

    'Pretending
    Someone else can come and save me from myself

    we all have hope that there is someone out there to help us through the destructive times that come about in our lives, so he is pretending someone can come help him, but he knows deep inside he has false hopes cause deep down it's like he just can't be saved. Alot of people feel like that, including me.

    'I can't be who you are' - referring to the people who are living greatly in his life, or aren't in as much distress as he is dealing with right now, he can't be them because of the things happening to him.


    This song really gets to me. Chesters voice is the perfect companion with the beat and song. I can listen to it over and over again and it will never get old, as with alot of LP's songs. It's almost as if they speak my life in all the right words, and I know alot of people can relate also. Truly great, great song.

    jfshep94on April 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCorrections...

    Forget the one that I've done

    SHould be..

    Forget the wrong that I've done.

    I've taken my bail

    should be..

    I've taken my beating.

    I'm struggling to surface

    should be..

    I'm strong on the surface.

    You've learned to have so well

    shoudl be

    You've learned to hide so well.

    On of the best songs in the new cd, LIVE ON FOREVER LP!
    importskyline22on May 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentmy favorite song of the album!!
    "Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed" sums up the whole song.
    inzzzomniaon May 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbound by silence they don't get much by you buying the cd just a couple cents; so you didn't do much.
    humble_024on May 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is addicting....
    thats all i have 2 say.
    Just the whole beat and mood of it.
    As for the meaning...
    not quite sure about that.
    Refuse2bOrdinaryon May 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its a song about a teen sending a message to their parents says they've realised how horrible they've beena dn all the stuff they did that could have killed them, and they're sorry for everything and hope that when they die, the parents will remember the good things and not all the bad things they've done.
    BSoJealouson September 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me cry all the freakin' time. This guy that I was very good friendswith/almost dated really liked Linkin Park. My favorite band is Alkaline Trio...So I got hime into Alk3, and he got me back into Linkin Park. He had Cystic Fibrosis, and he passed away a month ago today. He set this as his profile song on MySpace when he got sent home from the hospital, so it almost always makes me tear up, if I'm really thinking about it....Linkin Park, you amaze me.
    DeadEndGirl1991on December 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song is about a person who's done some pretty hurtful things in his/her time and they want to be remembered not for the bad things they've done but the good, when their gone.
    It's pretty straight forward..really good song.
    It was on the Twilight soundtrack.
    Shori_16on November 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about me. I have done some dumb bad things in my life. And when it is my time to leave this world I hope that I am remembered for all the good things that I have done. Not the bad. I love this song from the first time I heard it.
    pscout007on January 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing.

    Clearly this song is someone talking to someone else because of "YOU were so scared" and other things like that. I don't know why, but I imagine someone writing this in a letter to someone that they love, but have hurt. They know that they are going to be leaving them (either through death or some other means)-- though not neccessarily immeadiatly because they are "writing" as a result of a dream-- so they are telling them not to remember them for the mean things they did, but for the love they had for the recipient of the letter and the other good things that they have done. Apparently they are just realizing that they have hurt this person, because they are talking about the addressee's pain that they "hide so well." Also that the person they are writing to is a much better person than they are.

    That is my view.
    Peace, love, and music,
    Annabelle Marie
    AnnabelleMarieon April 11, 2009   Link

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