"A Line In The Sand" as written by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda. It was produced by Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda. It is the twelfth and closing track of "The Hunting Party"....
Today, we stood on the wall
We laughed at the sun
We laughed at the guns
We laughed at it all
And when they
They told us to go
We paid them no mind
Like every other time
But little did we know

Today, I looked for a sign
With flames in my hands
A line in the sand
Between yours and mine
And it came like fire from below
Your greed led the call, my flag had to fall
But little did you know

Another day, your truth will come
You're gonna pay for what you've, pay for what you've done
You’ll get what’s yours and face your crime
You'll tell them give me back what's mine
Give me back what's mine

I had never been a coward
I had never seen blood
You had sold me an ocean
And I was lost in the flood
We were counting on a leader
We were driven by need
But couldn't take temptation
And we were blinded by greed
You were steady as a sniper
We were waiting on a wire
So we never saw it coming
When you ran from the fire
You can try intimidation
And you can try to ignore
But when the time comes calling
Yeah, you are gonna get yours

Another day, your truth will come
You're gonna pay for what you've, pay for what you've done
You’ll get what’s yours and face your crime
You'll tell them give me back what's mine
Give me back what's mine

And so today, your truth has come
You’re gonna pay for what you’ve, pay for what you've done
You’ll get what’s yours, you’re out of time
And you will give me back what’s mine
Give me back what’s mine
Give me, give me back what's mine
What's mine
Give me, give me back what's mine
What's mine, what's mine
Give me back what's mine

Today, we stood on the wall
We laughed at the sun
We laughed at the guns
We laughed at it all
And when they
They told us to go
We paid them no mind
Like every other time
But little did we know


Lyrics submitted by BDoG01, edited by AdamArtz

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    General CommentThanks, Oberyn from the LPAssociation forums.

    Today we stood on the wall
    Standing atop of a metaphorical wall, and being elevated as the best earth has to offer.
    We laughed at the sun
    A metaphor for not taking global warming seriously.
    We laughed at the guns
    How it was thought implausible that war could affect their lives.
    We laughed at all
    Mocking the very thought that any of life's many random injustices or natural events or human caused tragedies may affect them in any way.
    And when they told us to go
    The protagonists comes and warns that they go out and be more proactive in what they can do for their planet and humanity as a whole.
    We paid them no mind, like every other time
    But still, they ignore these warnings, thinking they're invincible.
    But little did we know
    They were willfully ignorant to all their plights.

    Today I look for a sign
    The protagonist is looking for some evidence that there is still reason to believe in humanity. S/he is nonplussed at the fact that so many scoff at all of the problems affecting the world today.
    With flames in my hands
    A metaphor for taking action instead of standing idly by. The flames are the motivations to affect the outcome. A burning desire to do what is right.
    A line in the sand
    The divide between the protagonist and those who had laughed at the sun, and everything else.
    Between yours and mine
    The line in the sand, between those who care and those who do not.
    And they came like fire from below
    Incredibly, there are those who know of the problems yet wish to impede progress due to their own self interest. This is a boiling point for the protagonist. Ergo, the fire down below.
    Your greed led the call The aforementioned "they", greed over progress.
    My flag had to fall The pressures that those in power endow upon those who hope to make a difference is much too overwhelming. You can not be victorious without being in the elite or without the money or influence to inflict change.
    But little did you know
    The greedy are either ignorant or willfully ignorant that their power is only temporary. Take global warming for example, it will affect them in many ways and they will not have any way to buy themselves out of the many disasters that may arise.
    AdamArtzon June 12, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song is about realising something to late, for example global warming as was said before.
    They are standing on a wall, laughing, and don't see what is coming. Later, the catasrtophe comes over them (global warming, a war...) and they have to pay for their blindness and their greed. In the end, they are standing where they stood before. The dynamic of the song matches the lyrics very well since they are louder when the catastrophe has come and more quiet in the end.
    ößüäon June 08, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI was taking a gander at some other Linkin Park sites and they concocted some diverse verses which sound really right. I adore this revival tune. dissertationtime.co.uk">UK Dissertation Time. It's fascinating due to the words "We laughed at it all".
    RichardSharpon April 07, 2016   Link

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