"Waiting For The End" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
This is not the end
This is not the beginning,
Just a voice like a riot
Rocking every revision
But you listen to the tone
And the violent rhythm
And though the words sound steady
Something empty's within 'em

We say Yeah!
With fists flying up in the air
Like we're holding onto something
That's invisible there,
'Cause we're living at the mercy of
The pain and the fear
Until we get, forget it,
Let it all disappear.

Waiting for the end to come
Wishing I had strength to stand
This is not what I had planned
It's out of my control

Flying at the speed of light
Thoughts we're spinning in my head
So many things were left unsaid
It's hard to let you go

(Oh) I know what it takes to move on,
I know how it feels to lie,
All I wanna do
Is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven't got

Sitting in an empty room
Trying to forget the past
This was never meant to last,
I wish it wasn't so

(Oh) I know what it takes to move on,

I know how it feels to lie,
All I wanna do
Is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven't got

Yeah, yeah
What was left when that fire was gone?
I thought it felt right but that right was wrong
All caught up in the eye of the storm
And trying to figure out what it's like moving on
And I don't even know what kind of things I've said
My mouth kept moving and my mind went dead
So, picking up the pieces, now where to begin?
The hardest part of ending is starting again!

All I wanna do
Is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven't got

This is not the end
This is not the beginning,
Just a voice like a riot
Rocking every revision
But you listen to the tone
And the violent rhythm
Though the words sound steady
Something empty's within 'em
(Holding on to what I haven't got)

We say Yeah!
With fists flying up in the air
Like we're holding onto something
That's invisible there,
'Cause we're living at the mercy of
The pain and the fear
Until we get it, forget it,
Let it all disappear
(Holding on to what I haven't got!)


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"Waiting For the End" as written by Chester Charles Bennington Brad Delson

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  • +11
    General CommentThis song perfectly captures that painful moment of denial when a relationship is ending.

    Because "It's hard to let you go," the singer pretends to himself that he's still got the love he used to have, but in fact he's deluding himself, "holding on to what I haven't got."

    "The hardest part of ending is starting again" because the pain of lost love is too heard to bear, the loneliness of an "empty room" makes it worse, the messiness of "so many things. . . left unsaid" makes it even worse, so it feels far less painful just to pretend it's all not happening. . . to delay and delay that moment when "we dead it, forget it, let it all disappear."

    And this song applies to all sorts of relationships, when you've got to say goodbye, but just can't bear it yet. . .

    So powerful, I love this bittersweet truthful song!
    yhtrownuon September 08, 2010   Link
  • +9
    My InterpretationThis song fits those who have taken their lives or those who are struggling with depression.

    "But you listen to the tone
    And the violent rhythm
    And though the words sound steady
    Something empty's within 'em"

    Many people who struggle with depression put on a brave face, but they feel empty inside with a battle that rages within - one that no one can see.

    "We say Yeah!
    With fists flying up in the air
    Like we're holding onto something
    That's invisible there,
    'Cause we're living at the mercy of
    The pain and the fear"

    Fighting depression is hard and scary and they are holding on to anything they can - even that which no one else can see.

    "Waiting for the end to come
    Wishing I had strength to stand
    This is not what I had planned
    It's out of my control

    Flying at the speed of light
    Thoughts we're spinning in my head
    So many things were left unsaid
    It's hard to let you go"

    These verses make me think of someone with depression who has given up the fight. They don't have the strength to fight on.

    "(Oh) I know what it takes to move on,
    I know how it feels to lie,
    All I wanna do
    Is trade this life for something new
    Holding on to what I haven't got

    Sitting in an empty room
    Trying to forget the past
    This was never meant to last,
    I wish it wasn't so"

    Those with depression lie often about how they are doing. They are trying to hold on but feel like they don't have anything to hold on to, or they don't have anything to hold on to, but they are trying to hold on.

    "Yeah, yeah
    What was left when that fire was gone?
    I thought it felt right but that right was wrong
    All caught up in the eye of the storm
    And trying to figure out what it's like moving on
    And I don't even know what kind of things I've said
    My mouth kept moving and my mind went dead
    So, picking up the pieces, now where to begin?
    The hardest part of ending is starting again!"

    With depression, the fire is gone and you feel like you are in the eye of the storm. Depression is a liar though. Things can get better, but you do have to start again.
    Cat1216on January 14, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretationi agree with everyones concept on this song. but i think you guys are thinking to small. i read an article about linkin parks new album having references to 2012 and the apocalypic destruction of our planet. "reviewrinserepeat.com/artist/linkin-park/album/a-thousand-suns/…" thats the article there in the quotes. i think this song is talking about the upcomming doomsday as not the end or the beginning. after this destruction we will be living in pain and fear, pain from the great losses we all will experience and fear from fear of the unknown. no one knows what its like to live without our technologies and gizmos and such. we are too attached. "What was left when that fire was gone I thought it felt right but that right was wrong All caught up in the eye of the storm And trying to figure out what it's like moving on" the word fire can easily stand for the destruction. fire is a destructive force. later they mention picking up the pieces, the remnants of the chaos and destruction. needing to find a way to move on from "the end" which is the hardest part. starting our civilization over again.
    lutzy11on November 02, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI do in fact agree with all the people that think this song is about love. This song can easily trigger emotions in people (including myself) that have had a difficult love/breakup/unsaid things/friendship/loss which is why I think it is so powerful. This song is beautifully written and of course reading the lyrics does not justify how incredible it sounds when cried out verbally. I think anyone who hears this song and is emotionally touched reverts to one specific moment in time, or to one specific person they failed to keep in their lives whether by their decision or someone else's. This song just brings it out of you! However I think this song truly means that we all hang on to someone we don't mean to, or sometimes even want to hang on to...anymore. But there is nothing we can do about it no matter what we do. They're etched, carved, burned, buried, memorized, their scent sticks to us like glue. And just to keep going with this, my favorite part of the song is "sitting in an empty room trying to forget the past". I get a sense of a double meaning in perhaps his empty room is his mind and not actually a tangible room and of course, "trying to forget the past" is another way of saying "trying to forget the memories". Anyway, as they say, Love is a Mother Fucker. I think this all made sense? I don't know.
    castoniaon November 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with the soldier before he leaves for war thing. But also with the soldier returning from war thing. Or it could be both.

    I can see how it could be about the end of a relationship, too, I'm just not sure that goes with the themes in the rest of the album.

    I LOVE this new album, and I'm pretty sure this is my favorite song on there. It might be a perfectly produced song. It flows so nice, it rolls, and I love the way it wraps you up and brings you with it.
    SusieBon September 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about denial. Perhaps over a broken relationship, or a bad grade, or even a death. We (As humans) have a habit of 'holding on to what we haven't got'. This song is about moving on, accepting the truth, and living the rest of your life. But this is hard, as M. Shinoda said, 'the hardest part of ending is starting again.' this is true, and even so, we need to move on, otherwise we may never be the same
    Samuentagaon February 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningGuy You are all wrong no offence, I know for a fact this song is about victims of cancer because of what the lyric says especially in the lines "Waiting for the end to come Wishing I had strength to stand This is not what I had planned" and also in the line "Because we're living at the mercy of the pain and the fear Until we dead it, forget it let it all disappear"....and also if you here it on the radio you can hear cancer victims in the background talking about what its like for them...if you think im wrong fine, but i can assure you that this is what the song is about....
    skydiver1224on May 04, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhat I could get from this song was maybe someone wanting to love another person who is just getting over a bad break up.
    Like...
    'Waiting for the end to come'

    is the person who wants to go out with the person getting over a bad break up, waiting for the other person to get over it.

    'Wishing I had strength to stand
    This is not what I had planned
    It's out of my control
    Flying at the speed of light
    Thoughts were spinning in my head
    So many things were left unsaid
    It's hard to let you go'

    Is the person still trying to get over everything, but still can't.

    'I know what it takes to move on
    I know how it feels to lie
    All I want to do
    Is trade this life for something new
    Holding on to what I haven't got'

    They are telling the person they know how hard it is to try and get over something like that, and that they know how it feels when you have to lie when you say, 'Yeah, I'm OK.' And they are holding on to what they haven't got when they are trying to love someone who still loves someone else.
    TheFifthElementon May 12, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGotta agree with Samuentaga. This is about letting go of a relationship that never came to fruition. It's about the pain that accompanies the end of a love that never materialized on the part of the other party. At least with death there is finality and one is forced to move on, but with unrequited love there is the hope that must first die before one can let go enough to begin a new life alone. "We're living at the mercy of the pain and the fear" is a GREAT line. It's scary to have to relinquish a dream when you don't know what the future will hold without that person you love. I really love this song and not just because it has personal meaning to me; there's the guitar part 2/3 of the way through (either bass or electic...I am musically inept) that makes me want to fly each and every time it kicks in.
    MaryMaryQuiteContraryon September 08, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationAbsolutely brilliant song from the first lyric to the last.

    The best thing about it is that it can apply to so many situations. It expresses the feelings and emotions behind the end of one phase in life and the inevitable, impending beginning of another.

    You get to the end and realize it was never meant to last forever and it's time to let go because what used to be there is gone now ("Holding onto what I haven't got"). Whether you're ready or not, it's time to move on.

    "Flying at the speed of light
    Thoughts we're spinning in my head
    So many things were left unsaid
    It's hard to let you go"

    Hard to pick only one part of the song, but these words summarize the entire song perfectly. Think about how fast important life events seem to come and go, how difficult it can be to grasp what's happening, to voice your emotions, and ultimately to let go and move forward.
    seve43on August 30, 2012   Link

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