"A Light That Never Comes" as written by Steven Hiroyuki Aoki, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, David Farrell, Joseph Hahn and Mike Shinoda....
Nah, you don't know me
Lightning above and a fire below me
You cannot catch me, cannot hold me
You cannot stop, much less control me
When it rains, it pours, when the floodgates open brace your shores
That pressure don't care when it breaks your doors
Say it's all you can take, better take some more

(Oh)
'Cause I know what it's like to test fate
Had my shoulders pressed with that weight
Stood up strong in spite of that hate

(Oh)
Night gets darkest right before dawn
What don't kill you makes you more strong
And I been waiting for it so long

The nights go on
Waiting for a light that never comes
I chase the sun
Waiting for a light that never comes

Oh
Oh
Oh
Waiting for a light that never comes

When I was young, they told me, they said
Make your bed, you lie in that bed
A king can only reign 'til instead
There comes that day it's "off with his head"

(Oh)
The night gets darkest right before dawn
What don't kill you makes you more strong
You'll have my mercy then when you're gone

The nights go on
Waiting for a light that never comes
I chase the sun
Waiting for a light that never comes

Oh
Oh
Oh
Waiting for a light that never comes

And I told them, nah, you don't know me
Lightning above and a fire below me
You cannot catch me, cannot hold me
You cannot stop, much less control me
When it rains, it pours
When the floodgates open, brace your shores
That pressure don't care, it breaks your doors
Say it's all you can take, better take some more

Oh
Oh
Oh
Waiting for a light that never comes

The nights go on
Waiting for a light that never comes
I chase the sun
Waiting for a light that never comes

Oh
Oh
Oh
Waiting for a light that never comes


Lyrics submitted by Abahinyi

"A Light That Never Comes" as written by Chester Bennington Brad Delson

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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  • +5
    General CommentWaiting for a light that never comes means waiting for something to happen that never will.
    lonewolf90on October 05, 2013   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationHe sings how his will and strength have been toughened by everything that's happened ("test fate", "pressed with that weight", etc.). He cannot be controlled, he can't even be held in check - that is his strength. However, even then; he knows that eventually his time will come ("off with his head") and he may even be actively waiting for that day ("I chase the sun"). Until then, he will keep moving forward ... when his 'day is done' (i.e.: the light finally does come).
    chaozengineon November 05, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionAbout time they let Mike rap again.
    Skoobasteve24on September 20, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is talking about a victim of domestic or child abuse. The singer is trying to all he can to survive the hell he's going through, trying to make sure the abuser can't catch him and break him.

    He is doing the best he can, holding strong, while the situation is getting worse. He knows the situation is getting worse, the night getting darker and darker. All he can do is wait for the dawn, maybe his escape from the abusive situation or maybe he'll be an adult soon and can leave.

    Stood up strong in spite of that hate
    Night gets darkest right before dawn
    What don't kill you makes you more strong
    And I been waiting for it so long

    It's in the chorus that he realize that no matter how strong he is, he'll never live through the abuse he's forced to endure. There will be no dawn for him, only a trip into eternal darkness.

    The nights go on
    Waiting for a light that never comes
    I chase the sun
    Waiting for a light that never comes

    He remembers when he was smaller that a king only rules until it's "off with his head". His abusers have made their bed, now it's their turn to lie in it. He decides that that is what he'll do. If he's to die, he'll take his abusers with him. So I think it changes in the next verses. This time he's telling his abusers that THEIR night will always last and THEIR light will never come.

    The night gets darkest right before dawn
    What don't kill you makes you more strong
    You'll have my mercy then when you're gone

    He'll never find his light in this life and he'll make sure his abusers won't be alive to be able to do so either.
    Susinkoon April 16, 2014   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonThis seems similar to Waiting for the End because they both sound different from other LP songs (old and new) and have similar themes (frustration, grief).
    stealthsworon January 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm going to get a lot of flak for this, but I think this is a Satanic song.

    Try to see where this is coming from before you make assumptions.

    -- "Lightning above and a fire below me"
    Jesus told followers that he beheld Satan 'as lightning fall from heaven.'
    A lightning bolt is a Satanic symbol.
    The fire is hell.
    What else would this line mean, anyway?

    -- "When it rains, it pours"
    -- "When the floodgates open brace your shores"
    Satan is sometimes referred to as "rain man".

    -- "You cannot catch me, cannot hold me"
    -- "You cannot stop, much less control me"
    The rest of the verse is things that Satan would say to believers.

    -- "The nights go on / Waiting for a light that never comes"
    In an increasingly secular society, how should this line be interpreted?
    -- "I chase the sun / Waiting for a light that never comes"
    Sun worship. The entire song follows this doubting God theme.

    -- "A king can only reign 'til instead
    -- There comes that day it's "off with his head""
    Reference to God. Think songs like "Morte et Dabo" by Asking Alexandria

    I know Chester said he believes in God, but the media has taken a very dark turn lately, and these sorts of lines come up fairly often nowadays, though sometimes more subtly than in this song. Please take this submission seriously.
    Apocalypse716on March 24, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgrief, another one like "lies, greed misery", i believe is against government, or against the status quo of our reality...and something is about to happen.."Night gets darkest right before dawn
    What don't kill you makes you more strong
    And I been waiting for it so long"...He´s been waiting for a light that seem almost impossible to reach(enlightenment,Jesus), its time for justice for all its almost like an judgement day song... things that will happen to those who have sinned, to put it bluntly, JUst some messy thoughts. THis song reminds me "no rest for the wicked" by LYkke li
    heartofsunon July 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationit sounds as though mike is saying that the label cannot control or understand him and that he is waiting for it all to end but the light will never come
    cj the music loveron February 26, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"Off with his head" reminds me strongly of 'Alice In Wonderland' with the Queen of Hearts.
    MixMasterMatton December 26, 2013   Link

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