"Guilty All The Same" as written by Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and Rakim. It is the lead single of "The Hunting Party". It was streamed on March 6th, 2014 through Shazam and later released on...
Tell us all again
What you think we should be
What the answers are
What it is we can't see
Tell us all again
How to do what you say
How to fall in line
How there's no other way
But oh, we all know

You're guilty all the same
Too sick to be ashamed
You want to point your finger
But there's no one else to blame

You're guilty all the same
Too sick to be ashamed
You want to point your finger
But there's no one else to blame

You're guilty all the same

Show us all again
That our hands are unclean
That we're unprepared
That you have what we need
Show us all again
'Cause we cannot be saved
Cause the end is near
Now there's no other way
And oh, you will know

You're guilty all the same
Too sick to be ashamed
You want to point your finger
But there's no one else to blame

You're guilty all the same
Too sick to be ashamed
You want to point your finger
But there's no one else to blame

There's no one else to blame
Guilty all the same

Guilty all the same
You're guilty all the same

Yeah, you already know what it is
Can y'all explain, what kind of land is this
When a man has plans of being rich
If he falls off his plans, he's wealthy?
Dirty money scheme, a clean split
Nonsense the same,
Even corporate hands are filthy
Talk team, they take the paper route
All they think about is bank accounts, assets and realty
Anybody's expense, no shame with a clear conscience
No regrets and guilt free, you claim that ain't the way that he built me
Smoke screen, before the flames
Know as soon as they're done what the deal be
Say it's time for things to change
We arrange that dope product we built cheap
Anything if it's more to gain
Dream, manipulated like artists, it's real deep
Until no more remains, but I'm still me
Like authentic hip-hop and rock, to pop and radio
You record companies kill me
Try to force me to strain it, no way
They got the gall to say "yo, how real can real be?"
You feel me? you will see, the greed will be to blame
Greedy for the fame, TV or a name
Media, the game, to me your all the same
You're guilty

You're guilty all the same
Too sick to be ashamed
You want to point your finger
But there's no one else to blame

You're guilty all the same
Too sick to be ashamed
You want to point your finger
But there's no one else to blame

Guilty all the same
Guilty all the same
Guilty all the same


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  • +5
    My OpinionI think the song is about mainstream media society and how the music industry is killing the talent of today's artists and their music with what they want them to do.Today's music artists are just greedy for the fame and not actually doing it for the music. This song basically is about the music industry being corrupt and music artists today selling crap music just for money and people actually buy that shit.
    THEHYBRIDPARTYon June 24, 2014   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree with THEHYBRIDPARTY, but I also think that there is more to it. That analysis completely left out this section of the song:

    Show us all again
    That our hands are unclean
    That we're unprepared
    That you have what we need
    Show us all again
    'Cause we cannot be saved
    Cause the end is near
    Now there's no other way
    And oh, you will know

    Sounds like the classic religious leader that's actually just in it for the money and fame to me.

    Also, there are at least a couple of mistakes in the transcription of the rap. For one, "Smoke screams" should definitely be "Smoke screens". It's difficult for me to understand that guy, but some of that doesn't make sense at all.
    MistyDayon August 02, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about governments hold on society 'Tell us all again/ What you think we should be/ What the answers are' and the power they have over all aspects of our lives. However I think it relates to everyones need to take responsibility and not blame others 'You want to point your finger/ But there's no one else to blame.' As it takes greater courage to accept responsibility then to blame someone else and if you do keep blaming others eventually there will be no one left to blame.
    Willt1on October 05, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI’ll start out by saying this whole analysis is just my own interpretation of the song and doesn’t have to be true for everyone, so enjoy!

    The first section of the song, before the first chorus, talks about the way the younger and newer generation is always pressured by the older generation to live up to certain expectations. Whether it’s a child being told how to act by his parents, an employee being told what to do by his employer, a citizen being told what to do by his country. It’s all the same. The song starts out by these oppressed people sarcastically saying “tell us all again what you think we should be, what the answers are, what it is we should be”. Pretending like they need their oppressors help to get along in life. They are being surrounded by the pressures to “fall in line, How there is no other way”. Their being told lies by their fascist superiors saying there is only one way to act and think and to only do and say what they are told to do. Then the section ends with the oppressed people saying “but oh, we all know” showing that they can see beyond what they are being told and are now calling them out on it. Then when the main chorus comes in and talks about how no matter what reason reason is for people oppressing others, they are “guilty all the same”. They don’t care what they are doing and just try to blame the harm they are causing on anyone but themselves. The main chorus has a very accusing tone meant to call out the oppressors and controllers which really bring out the meaning in the song.

    The next section of the song reveals all the corruption and greed coming from religion. The verse starts out in the same sarcastic tone that the first section did to help exemplify what is trying to be said. The tone mocks the way many religious organizations try to intimidate people and their followers to gain control over them. This points out the flaws in saying such as “our hands our unclean” and “you have what we need”. Many religious organizations use these types of messages to scare people into giving them more money and power to feed their greed. The song also points out the constant trivial fighting over religions. Everyone thinks they are the one true religion and history shows they are willing to sacrifice and destroy anything to try and prove they are right. Then the song goes on to say in a threatening tone “you will know”. Telling these corrupt religious organizations that they will soon pay for what they have done. Then the chorus comes back to saying that all these leaders, no matter where they are from or what the believe, they are all guilty of the same crimes.

    Then in the next section Rakim starts to rap. This adds a great deal to the song as a whole. The first two thirds of the song are fast and heavy rock music. To have this followed up by a rap section in the middle and have it flow with the rest of the song greatly adds to the purpose and vibes the song gives the listener.

    Rakim uses the first part of his rap to talk about the corruption in the economy and big corporations. The system has been set up for the people in charge to keep wealthy on top. The system is built to lock out everyone else. these corporate leaders try to lie and say how their success is everyone else's and wealth is fairly accessible to everyone. The truth is “all they think about is bank accounts, assets and realty”. The people on top are willing to sacrifice anything to stay there and to earn more money “at anybody’s expense”. They are even willing to sacrifice the meanings and purposes their companies were built on to make an extra buck. “As soon as as the dough or the deal peak” they stop earning money. Then “they say it’s time for things to change”. The sacrifice their products “re-built cheap Anything if it’s more to gain”.

    In the second half of his rap, Rakim speaks about the corruption in the music industry, and specifically how the rap industry has fallen. They make contracts with good artists just to take all the profits and fame for themselves “until no more remains”. Authentic hip-hop and rock used to mean something and made a difference in the world. Then these companies took over and sucked all the meaning and passion from the artists. Trying to make everyone follow their rules and “try to force [them] to stay and obey”. The ‘popular’ music of today has been drained off all meaning and passion so it's basically white noise and “it's time for things to change”. Money, fame, a name, media and the game. These are all things that corrupt people. No matter which reason it is, they are “guilty all the same.

    The song ends with a heavy rock outro leaving the listener energized and with a message to think about. Greedy people are Guilty All The Same.
    andrewkneon May 22, 2015   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song deal with the fact that everybody's constantly looking for excuses and pretextes,but also all these people that blame other people for anything they find bad. This song tries to remind people that they can still change thing and put all on other people's shoulder won't make things better.


    Sorry for my english,I'm belgian. :-)
    OliBlackStaron April 10, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think
    "You’re guilty all the same
    Too weak to be ashamed
    You want to point your finger
    But there’s no one else to blame"
    "weak" is "sick" too!
    blackbird9Eon April 14, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionhmmm this is a tricky one.. i never was good in this "knowing the meanings of songs"... so it's allright
    aim1045202on May 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about the Obama Administration. Listen to it and you'll understand.
    Jeweyon June 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think It's about how society is trying to make everyone the same & that society is the 'guilty' one for this & how in our current society people are acting the same & aren't trying to be different, while everyone tries to be just like just everyone else.
    Wastelandson June 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI agree with THEHYBRIDPARTY but I would like to add something to what he said. I think that specifically they are addressing Pop music and, how Pop music is all the rage right now. They are not necessarily going after it but, they are addressing that the mainstream media is making a lot of money from Pop music and therefore, they want the artists to focus on this light, fluffy, music instead of headbanging, ear throbbing music. So going back to his/her point, Linkin Park is calling all artists that fall into this trap by the mainstream media guilty along with, the mainstream media themselves.
    ZEEKIMBRIGLIOon March 09, 2015   Link

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