"Lost In The Echo" as written by Chester Charles Bennington, Robert G. Bourdon, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell and Joseph Hahn....
(Yeah) (Yo)
You were that foundation
Never gonna be another one, no
I followed, so taken
So conditioned I could never let go
Then sorrow, then sickness
Then the shock when you flip it on me
So hollow, so vicious
So afraid I couldn't let myself see
That I could never be held
Back up, no, I'll hold myself
Check the rep, yep you know my rail
Forget the rest let them know my hell
Damn, I'm back yep, my soul ain't sell,
Kept respect up the vets stay their,
Let the rest be to tell they tale
That I was there saying

And these promises broken
Deep, feeble
Each word gets lost in the echo
So one last lie I can see through
This time I finally let you
Go, go, go

Test my will, test my heart
Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up
Y'all go hard, I go smart
How's it working out for y'all in the back, huh?
I've seen that frustration
Big cross, they're lost but don't know
And I've come back unshaken
Let down, I've lived and let go
So you can let it be known
I don't hold back, I hold my own
I can't be mad, I can't be calm
I can't sing flat, it ain't my tone
I can't fall back, I came too far
Hold myself up and love my scars
Let the bells ring wherever they are
'Cause I was there saying

And these promises broken
Deep, feeble
Each word gets lost in the echo
So one last lie I can see through
This time I finally let you
Go, go, go

No, you can tell 'em all now
I don't back up, I don't back down
I don't fold up, and I don't bow
I don't roll over, don't know how
I don't care where the enemies are
Can't be stopped, all I know go hard!
Won't forget how I got this far
And every time, saying

And these promises broken
Deep, feeble
Each word gets lost in the echo
So one last lie I can see through
This time I finally let you
Go, go, go


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"Lost in the Echo" as written by Chester Charles Bennington Brad Delson

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  • +3
    General Commentlove this song! i think it's about let go of a relationship and standing up for yourself (that you can live on your own and take on the world on your own) without looking back
    geologynerd89on June 22, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Lyric Correction*From the lyric video*

    You were that foundation
    Never gonna be another one, no
    I followed, so taken
    So conditioned I could never let go
    Then sorrow, then sickness
    then the shock when you flip it on me
    So hollow, so vicious
    So afraid I couldn't let myself see
    That I could never be held
    Back or up, no, I hold myself
    Check the rep, yep, you know mine well
    Forget the rest, let them know my hell
    There and back yet my soul ain't sell
    Kept respect up the best, they fell
    Let the rest be the tale they tell
    That I was there saying

    In these promises broken deep below
    Each word gets lost in the echo
    So one last lie I can see through
    This time I finally let you
    Go

    Test my will
    Test my heart
    Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up
    Y'all go hard
    I go smart
    How's that working out for y'all in the back huh?
    I've seen that frustration
    Been crossed and lost, and told no
    And I've come back, unshaken
    Let down and lived and let go
    So you can let it be known
    I don't hold back
    I hold my own
    I can't be mapped
    I can't be cloned
    I can't C-flat
    It ain't my tone
    I can't fall back, I came too far
    Hold myself up and love my scars
    Let the bells ring wherever they are
    Cause I was there saying

    No, you can tell 'em all now
    I don't back up
    I don't back down
    I don't fold up and I don't bow
    I don't roll over
    Don't know how
    I don't care where they enemies are
    Can't be stopped, all I know is go hard
    Won't forget how I got this far
    For every time I'm saying
    iwnbts17on June 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation(Yeah) (Yo)
    You were that foundation
    Never gonna be another one, no
    I followed, so taken
    So conditioned I could never let go
    Then sorrow, then sickness
    Then the shock when you flip it on me
    So hollow, so vicious
    So afraid I couldn't let myself see
    That I could never be held
    Back up, no, I'll hold myself
    Check the rep, yep you know my rail
    Forget the rest let them know my hell
    Damn, I'm back yep, my soul ain't sell,
    Kept respect up the vets stay their,
    Let the rest be to tell they tale
    That I was there saying

    In my opinion, I believe that this song is about someone who is abused or just disrespected from people who are considered to hold more importance in this world, than him. I also believe that the disrespected person also once dreamed of becoming one of those important people until he realized that he was wrong.

    The first few lines show how the person longed to become someone respected in the society, and how blind he (It could be a she) had been, to admire such beings.

    Then he states the shock he felt, when he came to know that, for every bad thing, all the blame was aimed at the lower class, including him. But he was so scared and so fearful of the higher class that he couldn't stand up for himself.

    That he couldn't convince himself (before) that he couldn't be held back, he couldn't be accused of problems that he had no fault in, that he was an independent man who had his own rights.

    He wanted everyone to know how much he had suffered, how much every person in the lower class had suffered, because of the higher class.

    They had did their best to keep up their respect but it's time for it to fall. After this, the higher class will make even more excuses for their actions but they will just be more lies, won't they?

    The only words he'll have to hang onto are:

    And these promises broken
    Deep, feeble
    Each word gets lost in the echo
    So one last lie I can see through
    This time I finally let you
    Go, go, go

    And once again these promises are broken, but it doesn't matter because they were fragile and weak, from the day they were made.
    The promises refer to the ones the people of the higher class had made to their families. That they wold earn them respect and that, whatever they earn will be earned with honesty and handwork, but in reality, all the burden is on the lower class.

    "Each word gets lost in the echo" This refers to the fact that when an induidual (from the higher class) makes a promise, it won't mean a thing, because that promise will get lost in the millions of voices that commited the same thing but it was never meant to be true, anyway.

    But in this world full of lies, I still see one commitment that might hold a bit of truth. That this war will never make peace, so it's time for the lower class to let go and have faith, that the higher class will fall apart, one day. So, we have to make the best of what we have today, satifying ourselves with the knowledge that, even though some things cannot be changed, no one can hold us back from who we are.

    Test my will
    Test my heart
    Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up
    Y'all go hard
    I go smart
    How's that working out for y'all in the back huh?
    I've seen that frustration
    Been crossed and lost, and told no
    And I've come back, unshaken
    Let down and lived and let go
    So you can let it be known
    I don't hold back
    I hold my own
    I can't be mapped
    I can't be cloned
    I can't C-flat
    It ain't my tone
    I can't fall back, I came too far
    Hold myself up and love my scars
    Let the bells ring wherever they are
    Cause I was there saying

    Do what ever you want but you can't change a thing. Actually, allow me to demonstrate, what'll really happen. You will strike as hard as you can but we'll stay strong and patient, and when you ask us how much pain you're causing us, we won't let even the sightest whimper escape from our mouths. This will anger you. But what you don't realise is that we've been through that stage and we have all been furious because of your demands. But we made it through without a scratch because our problems have gave us strenghth, and taught us to ignore and let go. So you should know, that we can't be forced do anyting that is beyond what we are capable of. And we won't let anything that simple shatter us. Because we're the one's who know:

    In these promises broken deep below
    Each word gets lost in the echo
    So one last lie I can see through
    This time I finally let you
    Go

    No, you can tell 'em all now
    I don't back up
    I don't back down
    I don't fold up and I don't bow
    I don't roll over
    Don't know how
    I don't care where they enemies are
    Can't be stopped, all I know is go hard
    Won't forget how I got this far
    For every time I'm saying

    So, I just every person to know that you don't own us. No body does. We cannot be controlled. We won't bow down and surrender to you and, we don't care who is good or who is bad. All we know is that we own ourselves and we are all (lower and higher class, both) equal. And we won't forget how much we struggled before, because we still hold on to the truth. That we are a part of this world.

    We won't forget.

    In these promises broken deep below
    Each word gets lost in the echo
    So one last lie I can see through
    This time I finally let you
    Go

    Hope you like it. Just to let you know, I'm 13 and English isn't my first language, but I've tried my best to interpret his beautiful song. It's one of my favourites, too.

    A little note:
    To me, this song best describes the siuations which involve economy, abuse and any stage which involve unequality.
    FaithAwayon November 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWe're all just little blips in time........we have no voice throughout time, but in our own time, some of us have the loudest voice to someone we love.
    Snake250on October 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat I don't get, is why is Mike saying

    "Y'all go hard/I go smart
    How's that working out for y'all in the back, huh?"

    and then

    "Can't be stopped, all I know is go hard"
    DJDarkWolfon August 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"You were that foundation
    Never gonna be another one, no
    I followed, so taken
    So conditioned I could never let go
    Then sorrow, then sickness
    Then the shock when you flip it on me
    So hollow, so vicious
    So afraid I couldn't let myself see
    That I could never be held
    Back up, no, I'll hold myself
    Check the rep, yep you know my rail
    Forget the rest let them know my hell
    Damn, I'm back yep, my soul ain't sell,
    Kept respect up the vets stay there,
    Let the rest be to tell they tale
    That I was there saying"

    Someone who used to be in a certain position of a company, the bottom of it making very little money. I followed a certain position or specific path and I was set to adapt to a certain position or area that I could never leave it and move on. Then nervousness and sickness and shock when the higher up's blamed it on the lower end(me), but really the customers are to blame for wanting fast food so quickly. I was so afraid of the higher ups or empty within that I couldn't view my own opinion on the cause of how something got so fu**ed up, so the upper people had no choice, but to blame me. My soul isn't for sale, I'm coming back to become myself to take on self-control. "Kept respect up, the vets stay their" that line is kind of confusing, but I believe in my own words it's about the people whom have a lot of experience in the higher ups and they've gained that respect, so they stay up top. "Let the rest be to tell they tale" is pretty much saying they will tell their stories up when they're vets(veterans) or experienced people.

    "And these promises broken
    Deep, feeble
    Each word gets lost in the echo
    So one last lie I can see through
    This time I finally let you
    Go, go, go"

    Promises broken.. maybe it's about holding onto a promise that they will pay off a home, car etc. and strive to work hard, when in reality that promise is broken. The broken promises caused violence. Each word(promise) they say keeps getting lost in the echo(when you speak something the words you speak eventually echo into the distance becoming lost). So one last lie that I can see through. Now I'm finally letting go.. perhaps it's about letting go of plans and just living in the moment. Doing as much as you can today because you might not get tomorrow.

    "Test my will, test my heart
    Let me tell you how the odds gonna stack up
    Y'all go hard, I go smart
    How's it working out for y'all in the back, huh?
    I've seen that frustration
    Big cross, they're lost but don't know
    And I've come back unshaken
    Let down, I've lived and let go
    So you can let it be known
    I don't hold back, I hold my own
    I can't be mad, I can't be calm
    I can't sing flat, it ain't my tone
    I can't fall back, I came too far
    Hold myself up and love my scars
    Let the bells ring wherever they are
    'Cause I was there saying"

    Saying if you put a test on me and test my heart. You're going to just get hurt even further.. let me tell you how the odds are gonna stack up. "Let me tell you what's gonna happen." They go hard, but he's gonna go smart. "How's it working out for y'all in the back huh?" I've seen the negative crap that I had to go through. "Big cross, they're lost and don't know.. is saying the people who talk to 'God' or 'Jesus on the cross'. I've come back without shaking anymore(being worried about the higher people). He's been let down and lived and let go, and he doesn't hold anything back anymore he holds his self-control. I can't be mad anymore and I can't be calm. I've gone so far already in life that I can't go back to the negatives again. I'm going to love all the pain that I've been through and I'm going to love the scars(not literally, just saying he's going to love all the things he's known to not do anymore). Pretty much saying this: "I go to heaven when I know what the negatives can do to hurt me or what I fear to not do ever again." "Let the bells ring wherever they're."? I'm not quite sure what that one means..

    "No, you can tell 'em all now
    I don't back up, I don't back down
    I don't fold up, and I don't bow
    I don't roll over, don't know how
    I don't care where the enemies are
    Can't be stopped, all I know go hard!
    Won't forget how I got this far
    And every time, saying"

    Now I am telling someone that I don't back up or back down.. I keep moving forward. I don't fold up and I don't bow.. is pretty much saying I don't get cut in half or bow down to anyone anymore. "I don't roll over" I think means to not get rolled up and pushed down or pushed from one place to another. "I don't care where the enemies are.. saying he doesn't care about enemies anymore he's going to not worry about them. He's not going to be stopped by anyone anymore. "All I know is go hard is saying he's going to try his best now." He won't forget the memories anymore. Fear is what builds you up because you don't want to be caught in the "fire".

    All in all.. summary: This is about, men learning to rise above the fears that catch up behind them(at least to me). You're only going to grow bigger or stronger if you let fear behind you and you move forward if fear catches up to you. It's the only way you move forward in life.
    gurton October 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationPromises broken equals approximately "you're special". No, you're not. The ego pulls the wool over your eyes with lies and once you see through them, you just have to let "you" go.
    kayakron June 23, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationPersonally, I think this song is about learning that this person had this great friend, but then learned that it was all one sided. But instead of falling, the person learned from it and is now stronger. This time, this person will NOT be close to that fake friend of theirs and is now on their own but in a much better health.

    And this new idea came to me. It reminds me of a death of a loved one, and trying to get through it. Wasn't that the music video, now thinking about it? Maybe...yeah it was. I like to take it either way, just as long as it makes since to the fact that the person dealing with this pain gets stronger in the end and is more conscious of the world around him/her.
    ExquisiteColoron July 26, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song is about an abusive relationship and fighting the pull of it, learning to identify yourself apart from that. The song talks about knowing his hell. His hell is that he is stuck in an endless cycle as his abuser promises to change but never does. Their words are deep but feeble, fragile with no substance. They get lost in the echo of another lie, another truth that will never be. His part is believing them again and again but he says I'm done with that. I'm going to be strong and fight back against everything that you tried to make me to be. He doesn't know any other way out but to fight.
    Chz_Urselfon April 25, 2015   Link

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