(It starts with one)
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
Watched the time go right out the window
Trying to hold on, but 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 how 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 (far)

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
You 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, sokorny

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  • +27
    Song Meaning

    This 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
  • +21
    General Comment

    Easy 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
  • +19
    General Comment

    can every1 stop saying they like the song or why they like it and talk about the lyrics meaning please

    billythepubon October 22, 2011   Link
  • +14
    General Comment

    The 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
  • +13
    General Comment

    I 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
  • +8
    General Comment

    what 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
  • +7
    General Comment

    "I Tried so hard and got so far but in the end it doesn't even matter" -me after I get my test grades back

    RejectedBalleron December 14, 2015   Link
  • +6
    General Comment

    Hi, I'm David, aka Liminal2. I wrote the top voted comment back in 2011 when I was having a really tough time. Like you, I am heartbroken losing Chester just two months after Chris Cornell. Keep your heads down and your eyes on the road my friends, these are difficult times. If you feel you can't take it any more, before you do anything drastic please message me on here and I will reply. We must help each other through these dark times. Peace, love and unity :)

    Liminal2on July 23, 2017   Link
  • +5
    General Comment

    I'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 07, 2012   Link
  • +5
    My Interpretation

    This song is about a guy who was in a relationship with a girl who wasn't really interested in him. by the time she's gone he realizes that all his hard work trying to rebuild what they had was all for nothing, that he has nothing to show for it, and that in the end none of it mattered. At least that's my interpretation.

    Of course this could be applied to anything that a person has worked so hard to accomplish but in the end when he fails doesn't matter.

    wbninjakiwi42on September 01, 2014   Link

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