"Burning in the Skies" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
I use the dead wood to make the fire rise
The blood of innocence burning in the skies
I filled my cup with the rising of the sea
And poured it out in an ocean of debris

Ooh, I'm swimming in the smoke
Of bridges I have burned
So don't apologize
I'm losing what I don't deserve
What I don't deserve

We held our breathe when the clouds began to form
But you were lost in the beating of the storm
But in the end we were made to be apart
In separate chambers of the human heart

Ooh, I'm swimming in the smoke
Of bridges I have burned
So don't apologize
I'm losing what I don't deserve
It's in the blackened bones
Of bridges I have burned
So don't apologize
I'm losing what I don't deserve
What I don't deserve

I'm swimming in the smoke
Of bridges I have burned
So don't apologize
I'm losing what I don't deserve
The blame is mine alone
For bridges I have burned
So don't apologize
I'm losing what I don't deserve
What I don't deserve
What I don't deserve, ooh woah
What I don't deserve

I use the dead wood to make the fire rise
The blood of innocence burning in the skies


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"Burning In the Skies" as written by Chester Charles Bennington Brad Delson

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  • +8
    General CommentI can see this two ways. Firstly is directly following Oppenheimer's quotation in the last song, it could be in reference to the atomic bomb, specifically those dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. "Blood of innocents burning in the skies," "swimming in the smoke" all being views a crewmember of the bombers could have had.

    Possibly more likely/fitting is an environmental view, whereupon the blood of innocents burning in the skies, swimming in the smoke, rising of the sea, literally coming from the destruction of forests and burning of fossil fuels (though still being poetic, mind you.)
    Also, "I'm losing what I don't deserve" could be in reference to how humans don't deserve our environment with the way we've treated it, and as such it's disappearing. And "But in the end we were meant to be apart" could be in reference to how humans have almost always tried their best to distance themselves from nature, or at least the idea that the two cannot coexist.
    With either, it's quite the sad song, much more emotional than any love song.

    Speaking of which, @ellzZzZ, I'm doubting that there's any intentional love imagery/lyrics in this song, or even album. In A Thousand Suns, they went for a view of the world as it is. Not to mention that Linkin Park hasn't had that much love imagery in any of their previous songs either, and when there is any it's very rough and extreme, not the kind of "aw I love you" that comes with most other music.
    BlueVisionon September 19, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think the entire album (i haven't extensively listened to the entire thing yet) is talking about us destroying the planet and the disaster that looms on our horizon if we don't change our habits. I'd like to point out the connection to Oppenheimer because I'm not sure anyone else has noticed this. The second song, the radiance, is audio of Oppenheimer speaking and along with the quote in that song there is another famous quote of his that goes like this "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one" I don't think I need to explain the significance of this quote to the song and the album as a whole. Oh and incase you don't know Oppenheimer is considered the father of the atomic bomb.
    davidt0504on September 20, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentInteresting remarks about the environment and world degradation interpretation. I guess its quite valid and LP thought about it while writing the song.

    However I also believe a more personal/individual interpretation is possible. Mostly beacause of the subjects "I" and "you" used.

    For example, to who would he saying "don't apologize", or "you were lost in the beating of the storm"? A possibility could be him addressing god, like "don't feel sorry for us, it's our fault", and "men were blind doing war and you were not there priority anymore"

    But it seems more plausible to have him simply addressing some girl ("you", "I", and "we" therefore take a more straightforward interpretation), with who he messed up the relation ("burned the bridge"), that he regrets it, but is able to admit that anyway, it wasn't "meant to be", and that he didn't deserve it, due to his "behaviour".

    blackkomorion October 17, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentFrom what i interpret he's done something really bad then lost someone or something in it. Now he feels really bad and wishes he didn't do what ever he did wrong.
    MasterofRandomon January 28, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI used the deadwood to make the fire rise
    The blood of innocence burning in the skies
    I filled my cup with the rising of the sea
    And poured it out in an ocean of debris
    Oh

    I'm swimming in the smoke / of bridges I have burned
    So don't apologize / I'm losing what I don't deserve
    What I don't deserve

    We held our breath when the clouds began to form
    But you were lost in the beating of the storm
    And in the end we were made to be apart
    Like separate chambers of the human heart
    No

    I'm swimming in the smoke / of bridges I have burned
    So don't apologize / I'm losing what I don't deserve
    It's in the blackened bones / of bridges I have burned
    So don't apologize / I'm losing what I don't deserve
    What I don't deserve

    I'm swimming in the smoke / of bridges I have burned
    So don't apologize / I'm losing what I don't deserve
    The blame is mine alone / for bridges I have burned
    So don't apologize / I'm losing what I don't deserve
    What I don't deserve

    I used the deadwood to make the fire rise
    The blood of innocence burning in the skies

    Directly from Linkin Park's website.
    iJeremyon September 11, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentWhen I listened to the whole album, I definitely interpreted a war/environmental theme and 'Burning In The Skies' is all about the love affair with humans and the earth.

    We treat earth like shit both environmental and through acts of war

    'I use the deadwood to make the fire rise'
    'I'm swimming in the smoke Of bridges I have burned'
    'The blood of innocence burning in the skies'

    and In the end we were never meant to co-exist

    'And in the end we were made to be apart Like separate chambers of the human heart'
    'The blame is mine alone / for bridges I have burned'
    'So don't apologize / I'm losing what I don't deserve'



    gjahnkeon September 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenta great song
    one of my favourits from "a thousand suns"
    gj39on September 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthands down best song on the new album. although blackout is up there. ats is definitely the best lp release thus far. i love the nine inch nails/coldplay vibes im getting from the cd
    Dekadinon November 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyoutube.com/… (Official Video)

    This whole CD is about the Atomic Bomb, and this song is def about what happened during WWII
    ThoR294on February 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's not as literal as it seems. Just because there is talk of burning and smoke does not mean it is about a war scenario.

    The song is about painfully admitting to oneself that your significant other is not the one, that you two are not meant to be.

    "I use the dead wood to make the fire rise
    The blood of innocence burning in the skies"

    The one who realizes the relationship is not right is intentionally trying to destroy the relationship (breaking up) to prevent pain in the future. That person feels bad because it is causing pain for the other (the innocent one).

    "I'm swimming in the smoke
    Of bridges I have burned
    So don't apologize
    I'm losing what I don't deserve"

    The heartbreaker is feeling the pain of breaking off, too, because of how much the relationship meant to him or her. However, he or she doesn't want the other to feel bad because the heartbreaker knows he doesn't deserve him or her anyway.

    "We held our breathe when the clouds began to form
    But you were lost in the beating of the storm
    But in the end we were meant to be apart
    In separate chambers of the human heart"

    They both knew it was coming, however it was impossible to stop because "the beating of the storm" was already acknowledged. They simply weren't meant to be.

    Sad song. :(
    adamguy17on February 25, 2011   Link

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