"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

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 shared what I've made
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

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

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

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

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 Brad Delson Rob Bourdon

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  • +13
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me this about the fear of dying and being remembered for the bad rather than the good things in your life. Older people will tend to reflect on their lives and wonder if they've lived one of worth and if they've accomplished everything they've wanted to accomplish. You want to die with the comfort of knowing you were someone of worth so you can have that sense of peace and content when your time does indeed come. He's saying that when he dies, he doesn't want to be remembered for the wrong he's done and he wants someone to miss him. It would be terrible to leave this earth and then no one would miss you when you're gone. I don't think anyone wants that. He basically doesn't want his wrongs to be the reason for someone to resent him. Rather he'd be remembered for his good qualities and to literally "leave out all the rest."

    On the next verse where he states "Don't be afraid, I've taken my beating." It sounds to me like he's reassuring himself that he can die knowing that what's done is done and there is no need in grieving over it. He's paid for is wrongs and he's taken responsibility for them. So because he has done this, there is no reason for someone else to hold it against him. I like to use the phrase "What Right do you have to judge me for what I've already been forgiven for?" And if you want to put a religious spin on this and your relationship with God you can do that too. The moment when you repent and ask him for forgiveness and have this sense of peace with God and yourself, and so your only fear now is what others will think of you after you're long gone. Simple answer to that question: As long as you make peace with yourself and God, who cares what anyone else thinks? Especially if you're dead and gone I think the last thing you're going to be worried about is what people on earth are thinking.

    But aside from all that, assuming you wouldn't prefer to look at it from a religious perspective, you could take it as again taking responsibility for your actions and your wrongs. And once you do that, no one has the right to blame you or judge you because you have already taken that upon yourself. This goes along with the lines "Forgetting all the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well...pretending someone else can come and save me from myself." Basically he's recognizing the face that there's no point in hiding from your past and your feelings and it's best to own up to them and let them go. Don't sit there and point fingers at anyone else for your own wrongs. Be mature enough to blame yourself sometimes. And also, don't waste time feeling sorry for yourself and waiting for someone else to come and help you solve your problems. No, you have to be that person to bring yourself from whatever darkness you're experiencing and to solve your own problems. It's okay to ask for help but don't rely solely on anyone else.
    Lexikittenon October 15, 2013   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 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

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