"Burn It Down" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
The cycle repeated
As explosions broke in the sky
All that I needed
Was the one thing I couldn't find
And you were there at the turn
Waiting to let me know

We're building it up
To break it back down
We're building it up
To burn it down
We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

The colors conflicted
As the flames, climbed into the clouds
I wanted to fix this
But couldn't stop from tearing it down
And you were there at the turn
Caught in the burning glow
And I was there at the turn
Waiting to let you know

We're building it up
To break it back down
We're building it up
To burn it down
We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

You told me yes
You held me high
And I believed when you told that lie
I played soldier, you played king
And struck me down, when I kissed that ring
You lost that right, to hold that crown
I built you up, but you let me down
So when you fall, I'll take my turn
And fan the flames
As your blazes burn

And you were there at the turn
Waiting to let me know

We're building it up
To break it back down
We're building it up
To burn it down
We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

When you fall, I'll take my turn
And fan the flames
As your blazes burn

We can't wait
To burn it to the ground

When you fall, I'll take my turn
And fan the flames
As your blazes burn

We can't wait
To burn it to the ground


Lyrics submitted by MusicFREAK20

"Burn It Down" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Joseph Hahn

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI think the song is about a bad relationship that jumps back and forth between being good and bad. The first two lines "The cycle repeated, as explosions broke in the sky" shows the cyclic nature of the relationship but that its always in turmoil. There is a want to "fix it, but couldn't stop from tearing it down." So the singer feels that he/she is "Building it up, to break it back down." No matter what they try to do, they always end up burning down their relationship into corruption. This is further seen in Mike rap, where he says that they try to "play soldier and king," but that it doesn't work because they end up striking each other down no matter what they do.

    So in the end they come up with the solution, they will burn it down once and for all. No more attempts at trying to fix the relationship.

    That's my take anyway, its interesting to see relationship LP songs return, considering the last 2 albums have been very political. Looking forward to the album!
    lordbloodon April 18, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI think it is about mankind and how we are always at war with everything, including each other. We are constantly battling everything. Our feelings, emotions, views, and we never seem to understand that everyone has an opinion. We think that our view is the best view and everyone should follow that view. Yet, we are all unique individuals, and instead of agreeing to disagree, we argue, fight, and go to war over everything. Hence the "building it up, to break it back down, building it up to burn it down".
    Kaspar7169on August 07, 2012   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationA song about the raping of our planet and its people. Also a song about Linkin Park's fans. The fans have built them up to be a huge band. Then some have turned against them. Their record company even tried to screw them too. Now the band is back again. And fair-weather fans are back for the time being. Eventually, though, fans hold the power to burn them to the ground. That's the double-edge sword of fame.
    lyricalONEon July 06, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionWhat the hell happened to lyrics? Who's ever monitoring this site needs the change them back.
    MusicFREAK20on May 02, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI think it's about war, relationships, and government. Think about it, What things are most easily used for personal gain? Being in government gives alot of power that you can use for your gain. Relationships can be, shall we say, complicated for one's own good at total disreguard of the other person. I would explain about war, but I'm too tired right now to think anymore, so imma be listen to that song. But this song is NOT about Religion. They are actually more likely to be Religous than Athiestic, but you never know unless you ask them.
    Tvilleacm2on August 19, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy opinion is the song is very political. This band doesn't normally waste a song with this intensity on "relationships". Whether the lyrics are auto-changed or not, the band's meaning and what they stand for remains the same. However, lyrics are written to be interpreted so that everyone gets what they need out of them.
    ninareneeon July 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My Opinioni think its how civilization gets fucked up but keeps coming back SideNote: This would be fuckin awesome for infamous
    ckako1on September 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is clearly referencing the Arab Spring.

    "The cycle repeated" - rulers rising to power and falling;

    "As explosions broke in the sky" - symbolic of the violence that has occurred.

    "All that I needed was the one thing I couldn't find" - Possibly meaning a loved one lost, or possibly even referring to hope.

    "And you were there at the turn, waiting to let me know" - Someone was there for that person to tell them it would be okay.

    "We're building it up to break it back down" - refers to the nature of government.
    WiKylePediaon April 19, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningYeah, the lyrics are fucked up. Its a whole different lyric....
    KingofSpadeson May 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionYeah, the lyrics are fucked up. Its a whole different lyric....
    KingofSpadeson May 08, 2012   Link

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