"Points of Authority" as written by Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Chester Charles Bennington, Joseph Hahn and Robert G. Bourdon....
Forfeit the game
Before somebody else
Takes you out of the frame
And puts your name to shame
Cover up your face
You can't run the race
The pace is too fast
You just won't last

You love the way I look at you
While taking pleasure in the awful things you put me through
You take away if I give in
My life, my pride is broken

You like to think you're never wrong
(You live what you've learned)
You have to act like you're someone
(You live what you've learned)
You want someone to hurt like you
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)

You love the things I say I'll do
The way I'll hurt myself again just to get back at you
You take away when I give in
My life, my pride is broken

You like to think you're never wrong
(You live what you've learned)
You have to act like you're someone
(You live what you've learned)
You want someone to hurt like you
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)

Forfeit the game
Before somebody else
Takes you out of the frame
And puts your name to shame
Cover up your face
You can't run the race
The pace is too fast
You just won't last
Forfeit the game
Before somebody else
Takes you out of the frame
And puts your name to shame
Cover up your face
You can't run the race
The pace is too fast
You just won't last

You like to think you're never wrong
(You live what you've learned)
You have to act like you're someone
(You live what you've learned)
You want someone to hurt like you
(You live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)

You like to think you're never wrong
(Forfeit the game) (you live what you've learned)
You have to act like you're someone
(Forfeit the game) (you live what you've learned)
You want someone to hurt like you
(Forfeit the game) (you live what you've learned)
You want to share what you've been through
(You live what you've learned)


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"Points of Authority" as written by Chester Charles Bennington Brad Delson

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  • +7
    General CommentIt took me a while to get the lyrics. They are all about child abuse and how it marks you for life. People who've been abused in childhood get the lyrics best, I suppose - but probably only those who know and accept that they've been abused (most feel so guilty and ashamed that they don't even realise they're victims)
    This bit: "Forfeit the game before somebody else
    Takes you out of the frame and puts your name to shame
    Cover up your face you can't run the race
    The pace is too fast you just won't last" - is not about the parrent, it's about YOU, the abused teen/child, this is how abused children think and feel - incompetent and weak, unable to face life, wanting to give up.

    "You love the way I look at you
    While taking pleasure in the awful things you put me through
    You take away if I give in
    My life, my pride is broken" - this is the frustrated teen talking to the parrent, the teen knows what the parrent's abuse is doing to him/her, taking away their pride and self-respect.

    "You like to think you're never wrong
    You want to act like you're someone
    You want someone to hurt like you
    You want to share what you've been through
    You live what you learn" - this part switches back, it's about the abused again. You are YOU, he's not talking to the parent now, but to the abused. Abused children think and feel that way (that they're never wrong, acting like they're someone etc) and it's all explained by "YOU LIVE WHAT YOU LEARN". The abused are this way because of the abuse.

    "You love the things I say I'll do
    The way I'll hurt myself again just to get back at you
    You take away when I give in
    My life, my pride is broken!" - He's talking to the parents again. "You" are the parents in this part, and this bit is about how abused children later abuse themselves and engage in self-destructive behavior, due to a habbit they've developed of trying to hurt back their parents/abusers.
    Mika42on April 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI personally don't thinnk this song is about a guy-girl thing. It seems to be alot deeper then the shalllow lives of a dating affair. The writer seems to be striving for something. A goal, a prize. Something of great value that, although they are put many awful tortures of life, they still press o toward the goal. It apears they are writing to someone who tried to run along side of them and failed. And after failing they tried to bring down the writer who is still running the race.
    This can relate to everyone who has ever putdown or insulted another just because they are doing better in life then themselves. We bring the other down so we may feel better about ourselves. We enjoy seeing pain on thier faces and in thier hearts as we may have felt in the past. It's sad really, to think that still many people cannot realize this so quickly.
    Liquid_Oxideon January 15, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionThis is the best song on Hybrid Theory!
    JCushon December 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHIS SONG ROX!!!!
    luv4linkinon November 26, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLinkin Park is the best, and if you dont agree with me why are you reading this? all of there songs are the best. they have good meanings. and they have Joe Hahn. Joe is one of the best in the band. even if he does have a split personality:)
    reanimation03on August 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt took me a while to get the lyrics. They are all about child abuse and how it marks you for life. People who've been abused in childhood get the lyrics best, I suppose - but probably only those who know and accept that they've been abused (most feel so guilty and ashamed that they don't even realise they're victims)
    This bit: "Forfeit the game before somebody else
    Takes you out of the frame and puts your name to shame
    Cover up your face you can't run the race
    The pace is too fast you just won't last" - is not about the parrent, it's about YOU, the abused teen/child, this is how abused children think and feel - incompetent and weak, unable to face life, wanting to give up.

    "You love the way I look at you
    While taking pleasure in the awful things you put me through
    You take away if I give in
    My life, my pride is broken" - this is the frustrated teen talking to the parrent, the teen knows what the parrent's abuse is doing to him/her, taking away their pride and self-respect.

    "You like to think you're never wrong
    You want to act like you're someone
    You want someone to hurt like you
    You want to share what you've been through
    You live what you learn" - this part switches back, it's about the abused again. You are YOU, he's not talking to the parent now, but to the abused. Abused children think and feel that way (that they're never wrong, acting like they're someone etc) and it's all explained by "YOU LIVE WHAT YOU LEARN". The abused are this way because of the abuse.

    "You love the things I say I'll do
    The way I'll hurt myself again just to get back at you
    You take away when I give in
    My life, my pride is broken!" - He's talking to the parents again. "You" are the parents in this part, and this bit is about how abused children later abuse themselves and engage in self-destructive behavior, due to a habbit they've developed of trying to hurt back their parents/abusers.
    Mika42on April 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think it is about the government, hence the title Points Of Authority. My favorite on Hybrid Theory.
    JCushon June 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really shows that us guys aren't bad... it's the women and their deceptive ways... i feel the words of this song cause i've gone through it oh so many times
    MrAcidXon December 14, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't know why, but I love this song. Even though I'm a girl, I'm into this "guy-complaining-about-girl" style from this song. Though, I dunno, I think this applies to BOTH guys and girls.
    lenson January 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby Liquid_Oxide on 01-15-2002 @ 10:27PM

    I personally don't thinnk this song is about a guy-girl thing. It seems to be alot deeper then the shalllow lives of a dating affair. The writer seems to be striving for something. A goal, a prize. Something of great value that, although they are put many awful tortures of life, they still press o toward the goal. It apears they are writing to someone who tried to run along side of them and failed. And after failing they tried to bring down the writer who is still running the race.
    This can relate to everyone who has ever putdown or insulted another just because they are doing better in life then themselves. We bring the other down so we may feel better about ourselves. We enjoy seeing pain on thier faces and in thier hearts as we may have felt in the past. It's sad really, to think that still many people cannot realize this so quickly.

    YEA, THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO ME TOO
    LINKINPARKon January 21, 2002   Link

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