"In The End" as written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Robert G. Bourdon, Chester Charles Bennington and Joseph Hahn....
It starts with one thing
I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time
All I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away

It's so unreal
Didn't look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Trying to hold on, but you didn't even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go
I kept everything inside
And even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me
Will eventually be a memory of a time when

I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter

One thing, I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try,
Keep that in mind I designed this rhyme,
To remind myself of a time when
I tried so hard
In spite of the way you were mocking me
Acting like I was part of your property
Remembering all the times you fought with me
I'm surprised it got so
Things aren't the way they were before
You wouldn't even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end
I kept everything inside
And even though I tried, it all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually be a memory of a time when

I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter

I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There's only one thing you should know
I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There's only one thing you should know

I tried so hard
And got so far
But in the end
It doesn't even matter
I had to fall
To lose it all
But in the end
It doesn't even matter


Lyrics submitted by Matt, edited by RidwanRais

"In the End" as written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Robert G. Bourdon, Chester Charles Bennington, Joseph Hahn

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +9
    Song MeaningThis song taps into a universal concern: hyper-awareness of time and the inculcated need to do something 'constructive' with it. Most of us spend most of our lives in a dilemma just trying to decide what course of action to take from the debilitating infinity of possibilities supposedly within our grasp. Remember that time didn't exist for most people even 100 years ago, at least not in terms of the seconds ticking by with the 'pendulum swinging'. Time is a modern invention, and along with the atomisation of human 'society' and the dehumanising effects of technology, accounts for the anxiety of the post-war generations. If you do the maths, the population has expanded massively while opportunities have only increased slightly, despite the big lie that there are opportunities for all if you just try hard enough. This song is about the realisation of this lie, and the unquenchable anger that is directed towards the self in this individualistic age. This is the greatest achievement of the neo-liberal capitalist democracy - we are supposedly free and unbounded so when we fail we beat ourselves up instead of having social revolutions. For me, this song is the greatest emotional evocation of this dire mental situation, and is best served up with a dose of early Manic Street Preachers for the intellectual and political side of things.
    Liminal2on January 09, 2011   Link
  • +9
    General Commentcan every1 stop saying they like the song or why they like it and talk about the lyrics meaning please
    billythepubon October 22, 2011   Link
  • +8
    General CommentI thought this was a site where one writes their interpretation of the lyrics of a song, not where you simply say thst you are so cool because you listened to the band before everyone else. Or that you don't like the band......if this is the case go visit a site with a band you do like and make a posative intellectual comment.
    missheidijoon January 08, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThe nice thing about lyrics is their ability to mean something different to everyone. Most people have said they relate to this song in terms of boyfriend/girlfriend relationships. Why not? The lyrics can certainly be seen that way. He is singing to someone... that is obvious. Likewise the interpretation that he is singing about life and death, and how the things we do in life don't matter in the end is also a very valid interpretation. The song being about Chester's addiction to coke is also a possibility. The point of this website, I I expect, is to raise awareness about the different aspects of this song. Not to diss it, or to compare it with Nsyncs bubblegum "hip pop". The point is to tell people what you hear of yourself in this song... it has the ability to affect someone deeply at the very roots of their emotional stability. With respect to the interpretations of others (you can agree with me or not) I see the song like this:
    The singer is angry. Hurt and pain radiates from his voice, and it is emphasized by the heavy drumbeats and guitar strains. It doesn't matter, he says. In the end it doesn't even matter. Haven't we all felt that way? At least once in our lives haven't we felt that someone is "mocking" us, "acting like I was part of your property" and people who you fought with (your parents? Boyfriend, girlfriend? Teachers? Friends?)"I've put my trust in you..." we all trust someone, even if it's only ourselves. We always get let down, by ourselves or by others (perhaps you expected a better grade than you got... or perhaps your parents got divorced, or your significant other left you) at some point because it's a part of being human. "Time is a valuable thing, watch it fly by as the pendulum swings..." As humans, we are fleeting creatures. We have less than a century to accomplish something worthwhile. That accomplishment could be in a medicinal cure, leading a country-- or even loving someone, raising a child to be better off than you were. We only have so long to do these things, and always we see the prospect of death looming ahead. And it's when we fail that songs like this come into play... I could've done better, I tried so hard to make it work, to do things right... now I failed, I'm out of time, it doesn't even matter...
    The first half of the song is in reference to the permanent time frame which we have in life to accomplish something. The seconf half refers to the specific event itself... which will mean different things to everyone. Agree with me or not, this is my opinion.
    mezadelon February 18, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentEasy to Interpret: The guy is talking about how much time he has wasted on some girl he was probably with.

    And he mentions that he remembers all the times she fought with him and treated him as if he were her property.

    He even mentions that he put his trust in her and pushed too far into the relationship and in the end it didn't even matter because she walked off from his life.

    He then mentions that she wouldn't recognize him anymore after all the years they haven't seen each other.

    He even says: Not that you knew me back then, but it all comes back to me in the end.

    Meaning: that the girl he was with barely knew him, even if they were together. and he's starting to remember it all.


    The point of this song: Don't waste your time on someone you think you love, who doesn't even care about you, you're wasting too much time. And in the end, you will regret it.


    That's pretty much what I got from it.

    I can relate to this song 'cause I went through this years ago.
    JetStorm17277on August 25, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General Commentwhat I thought this song meant is that no matter what you do in your life or who you attempt to impress, when it comes down to it, it was all for nothing...so all that effort and time was wasted on something that never really mattered
    luna_nymphon January 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've decided that this song will be my anthem this summer while I'm rebuilding from falling short in my wrestling season. Damn right I fell apart, and I lost everything I worked for, leaving all my blood sweat and tears to waste. Linkin Park is probably one of, if not the best, at being real with their music. I love how they don't worry about being rich, they don't worry about being famous. They worry about spreading the message of just fighting through the rough times, and earning every second of success.
    Sector5Vocalson February 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the beginning, you can't find yourself and get a life. And somebody else always looked down at you. Then you try to change who you are to somebody to see. But after you've changed it, it really doesn't matter if to show him or not. Because the whole new you is so amazing and you don't care much about that person any more!!!!"I've tried so hard and got so far, in the end, it dosen't even matter!" In the end, you find your life back.

    So the song is telling us to live your life, not to live anyone else's life
    North02on October 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about a person, who fell in love with a girl. Blinded by her beauty, he didn't recognize that she isn't interested in him. Even when she treated him in a bad way or just ignored him, he tried everything to achieve the contrary. But in the end he realized, he wasted so much time for nothing and regrets that.

    So the songs meaning is that, if you see you are treated in a bad way by a girl, don't waste your time, even if you think she is only one for you or you will regret.
    YuriBoykaon December 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe song's alright...the video for it is horrendous.
    really pointless.
    manders4914on November 25, 2001   Link

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