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Numbers aside. In conversations with many musicians and record makers. We aren’t through mixing and mastering the songs. we usually write an average of 40 song ideas to finish an album. It is safe to say. and soul-searching. at the end of over a year of dedication. we have learned a lot about our answer: enjoy the process. we often ask. the album is not yet finished. this one took over 14. but pushed our boundaries. each of the six of us answered the question in a similar way: we wanted to create something that maintained the integrity of the band’s personality. Going around the room. No cover art has been chosen. sometimes chasing inspiration through 50 or 60 versions of a song just to end up at something that sounded like the first idea we came up with. In the months that followed. This album defines not only what we set out to create. but who we’ve become as a band. As the process comes to a close. tireless writing” to “dumb luck. We hope you enjoy the songs.” In making Minutes To Midnight. however. When we first met with our producer Rick Rubin. “What do you think makes a successful album?” The answers range from “meticulous. 3 . he asked us what we wanted this album to sound like. We got frustrated when the ideas wouldn’t come. lyrics are usually written in about a month. we believe that we’ve achieved that which we were challenged to realize. this one generated well over 100. We surprised ourselves when a song came together quickly and easily. this time we spent over six. that this will prove to be a different kind of album for us. we struggled to find that truth. experimentation. The numbers already show it: our other albums took three to six months to finish. this album is different for us on a deeper level. We celebrated when each of us stepped outside our comfort zone and performed or wrote in a way that we never had before. Rick challenged us that no boundaries should exist whatsoever in our creative pursuit.Making Minutes To Midnight As this is written.
Wake This short song was created near the end of the album writing process.Given Up To add a unique twist on the punk/industrial theme of the guitar. The dual-meaning of the word “wake” seemed an appropriate introduction to the record. Brad added the sounds on the intro of this song: multiple tracks of claps – and keys jingling. wake in a sweat again another day’s been laid to waste in my disgrace stuck in my head again feels like i'll never leave this place there's no escape i'm my own worst enemy i've given up i'm sick of living is there nothing you can say take this all away i'm suffocating tell me what the f___ is wrong with me i don't know what to take thought i was focused but i'm scared i'm not prepared i hyperventilate looking for help somehow somewhere and you don't care put me out of my misery 4 .
5 . Very little changed between the first incarnation of the music.Leave Out All The Rest i dreamed i was missing you were so scared but no one would listen cause no one else cared after my dreaming i woke with this fear what am i leaving when i'm done here so if you're asking me i want you to know when my time comes forget the wrong that i've done help me leave behind some reasons to be missed don't resent me and when you're feeling empty keep me in your memory leave out all the rest leave out all the rest don't be afraid i've taken my beating i've shared what i made i'm strong on the surface not all the way through i've never been perfect but neither have you so if you're asking me i want you to know forgetting / all the hurt inside you learned to hide so well pretending / someone else can come and save me from myself i can't be who you are The final version of this track is virtually the same as the first demo of the song. and the final version that appears on the album.
here we go for the hundredth time hand grenade pins in every line throw 'em up and let something shine going out of my f_____ mind filthy mouth / no excuse find a new place to hang this noose string me up from atop these roofs knot it tight so i won't get loose truth is / you can stop and stare bled myself out and no one cares dug the trench out / laid down there with a shovel up out of reach somewhere yeah / someone pour it in make it a dirt dance floor again say your prayers and stomp it out when they bring that chorus in i bleed it out digging deeper just to throw it away just to throw it away i bleed it out i bleed it out / go / stop the show choppy words and a sloppy flow shotgun opera / lock and load cock it back and then watch it go mama help me / i've been cursed death is rolling in every verse candy paint on his brand new hearse can't contain him / he knows he works f___ this hurts / i won't lie / doesn't matter how hard i try half the words don't mean a thing and i know i won't be satisfied so why try ignoring him make it a dirt dance floor again say your prayers and stomp it out when they bring that chorus in i open up these scars i'll make you face this i pull myself apart i'll make you face this i open up these scars i'll make you face this now 6 . This track is one of the places that it is most evident.Bleed It Out One of the band’s goals on this record was to enjoy it.
xylophone. acoustic guitar. Dozens of options were created on piano.Shadow Of The Day i close both locks below the window i close both blinds and turn away sometimes solutions aren't so simple sometimes goodbye's the only way and the sun will set for you the sun will set for you and the shadow of the day will embrace the world in grey and the sun will set for you in cards and flowers on your window your friends all plead for you to stay sometimes beginnings aren't so simple sometimes goodbye's the only way and the shadow after day will embrace the world in grey and the sun will set for you The keyboard loop in “Shadow Of The Day” went through many different changes during the song’s creation. 7 . and even electric banjo before finally writing the reversed/edited keyboard version that appears here. marimba.
the lyrics for this song were intended to work on many levels. and death metaphors. art. including freedom. 8 .What I’ve Done in this farewell there's no blood there's no alibi cause i've drawn regret from the truth of a thousand lies so let mercy come and wash away what i've done i'll face myself to cross out what i've become erase myself and let go of what i've done put to rest what you thought of me while i've cleaned this slate with the hands of uncertainty for what i've done i start again and whatever pain may come today this ends i'm forgiving what i've done One of the last songs finished for the album.
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Hands Held High Early in the writing process. Because the instrumental idea known as “Song Q” sounded primed for melodic singing. The song's pipe organ and marching snare proved the perfect musical bed for two of the most inspired verses Mike had ever delivered turn my mic up louder i got to say something lightweights step it aside when we come in feel it in your chest / the syllables get pumping people on the street they panic and start running words on loose leaf sheet complete coming i jump in my mind and summon the rhyme i'm dumping healing the blind i promise to let the sun in sick of the dark ways we march to the drum and jump when they tell us that they wanna see jumping f___ that / i wanna see some fists pumping risk something / take back what's yours say something that you know they might attack you for cause i'm sick of being treated like i have before like it's stupid standing for what i'm standing for like this war's really just a different brand of war like it doesn't cater to rich and abandon poor like they understand you in the back of the jet / when you can't put gas in your tank / and these f_ _ _ _ _ _ are laughing their way to the bank / cashing the check asking you to have compassion / have respect for a leader so nervous in an obvious way stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay and the rest of the world watching at the end of the day in their living room laughing like what did he say in my living room watching / i am not laughing / cause when it gets tense i know what might happen the world is cold / the bold men make action have to react or get blown into fractions ten years old / it's something to see / another kid my age drug under a jeep taken and bound / and found later under a tree i wonder if he had thought the next one could be me do you see / the soldiers / they're out today they brush the dust from bulletproof vests away it's ironic / at times like this you pray but a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday there's bombs on the busses / bikes / roads inside your market / your shops / your clothes / my dad he's got a lot of fear i know but enough pride inside not to let that show my brother had a book he would hold with pride a little red cover with a broken spine on the back / he hand wrote a quote inside: "when the rich wage war it’s the poor who die" and meanwhile / the leader just talks away stuttering and mumbling for nightly news to replay the rest of the world watching at the end of the day both scared and angry like what did he say with hands held high into a sky so blue as the ocean opens up to swallow you 6 10 . Rick suggested the opposite be done. Rick suggested the band experiment by contrasting together unexpected elements.
” Although Brad ultimately decided not to add ebow to that song. blowing so now you're gone and i was wrong i never knew what it was like to be alone on a valentine's day no / no more sorrow i've paid for your mistakes your / time is borrowed your time has come to be replaced i see pain / i see need i see liars and thieves abuse power with greed i had hope / i believed but i'm beginning to think that i've been deceived you will pay for what you've done thieves and hypocrites no / no more sorrow i've paid for your mistakes your / time is borrowed your time has come to be replaced your time has come to be erased Although it was finished at the Laurel Studio. although the band experimented with re-recording most of their early demos. his experimentation produced the introductory sound around which “No More Sorrow” was built. the earliest recordings were often chosen to make the album. 12 . Rick suggested that Brad try adding ebow to “The Little Things Give You Away. Valentine’s Day my insides all turned to ash / so slow and blew away as i collapsed / so cold a black wind took them away / from sight and held the darkness over day / that night and the clouds above move closer looking so dissatisfied but the heartless wind kept blowing. In fact. “Valentine’s Day” retains most of the original music and vocals that were recorded during the writing phase. blowing i used to be my own protection / but not now cause my path had lost direction / somehow a black wind took you away / from sight and held the darkness over day / that night and the clouds above move closer looking so dissatisfied and the ground below grew colder as they put you down inside but the heartless wind kept blowing.No More Sorrow are you lost / in your lies do you tell yourself i don't realize your campaign's a disguise replaced freedom with fear / you trade money for lives i'm aware of what you've done While the band was recording at the Laurel studio.
Even with just Mike’s vocal and a bass line.In Between let me apologize to begin with let me apologize for what i'm about to say but trying to be genuine was harder than it seemed and somehow i got caught up in between let me apologize to begin with let me apologize for what i'm about to say but trying to be someone else was harder than it seemed and somehow i got caught up in between between my pride and my promise between my lies and how the truth gets in the way the things i want to say to you get lost before they come the only thing that's worse than one is none let me apologize to begin with let me apologize for what i'm about to say but trying to regain your trust was harder than it seemed and somehow i got caught up in between and i cannot explain to you in anything i say or do or plan fear is not afraid of you but guilt's a language you can understand i cannot explain to you in anything i say or do but hope the actions speak the words they can for my pride and my promise for my lies and how the truth gets in the way the things i want to say to you get lost before they come the only thing that's worse than one is none Rick encouraged the band to lay rough vocals on their demos as early as possible. believing that sometimes a sparse song can become great with the right vocal melody. as many songs with a lot more production were voted off of the album. 13 . this song remained on the band's “favorites” list. “In Between” was a perfect example.
with words that came relatively effortlessly. The vocals that appeared in those early stages remained virtually unchanged throughout the growth of the song.In Pieces This song began as a keyboard and beat loop. telling me to go but hands beg me to stay your lips say that you love your eyes say that you hate there's truth in your lies doubt in your faith what you build you lay to waste there's truth in your lies doubt in your faith all i've got's what you didn't take so i / i wont be the one be the one to leave this in pieces and you / you will be alone alone with all your secrets your regrets don't lie you promise me the sky then toss me like a stone you wrap me in your arms and chill me to the bone there's truth in your lies and doubt in your faith what you build you lay to waste there's truth in your lies and doubt in your faith all i've got's what you didn't take so i / i wont be the one be the one to leave this in pieces and you / you will be alone alone with all your secrets your regrets don't lie 14 . along with the staccato guitar in the second verse. In that early form. Chester put down a rough vocal.
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based around the drum pattern heard in the bridge. The vocals were finished after the band visited New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.The Little Things Give You Away water grey through the windows up the stairs chilling rain like an ocean everywhere don't want to reach for me do you i mean nothing to you the little things give you away and now there will be no mistaking the levees are breaking all you've ever wanted was someone to truly look up to you and six feet / underwater i do hope decays generations disappear washed away as a nation simply stares all you've ever wanted was someone to truly look up to you and six feet / underwater i do all you've ever wanted was someone to truly look up to you and six feet / underground now i do This song began from a demo by Rob Bourdon. 16 .
Linkin Park Is: P H O E N IX M I KE S H I N O DA C H E STE R B E N N I N GTO N J O E HAH N R O B B O U R D O N B RAD D E LS O N A&R: Tom Whalley A&R Coordination: Liza Joseph and Trish Evangelista Marketing Director: Peter Standish Creative Direction by Frank Maddocks. Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn Art Direction: Frank Maddocks and Nikos Constant Design: Frank Maddocks Artwork by Ekundayo (page 6). Hahn Music/Nondisclosure Agreement Music/Rob Bourdon Music/Kenji Kobayashi Music/Pancakey Cakes Music/all administered by Zomba Songs Inc. Mike Shinoda and Ethan Mates (rehearsal photos page 2) Photo Manipulation by Frank Maddocks Worldwide Representation: Rob McDermott for Mad Mac Entertainment Management Team: Ryan DeMarti and Trish Evangelista Booking Agent: Michael Arfin for Artist Group International Legal: Danny Hayes for Davis. Sussman & Oppenheim Worldwide Licensing and Merchandising: BandMerch Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda Engineer: Andrew Scheps. and Dana Nielsen Assistant Engineer: Phillip Broussard. & Hayes Business Managers: Jonathan Schwartz and Michael Oppenheim for Gudvi. Sara Parkins Violas: Matt Funes. Phil Hale (page 8) and Usugrow (page 12) Produced and Curated by Nikos Constant for Span of Sunset. Armen Garabedian. 16) Additional Photography by Edward Colver. Songa Lee-Kitto. Lewit. Jr. and Brad Delson All Strings Conducted by David Campbell Violins: Charles Bisharat. 7. Mr. All Rights Reserved. Shapiro. Mario DeLeon. Ethan Mates. Natalie Leggett.” “The Little Things Give You Away.” “Hands Held High” and “Leave Out All The Rest” Arranged by David Campbell. Artwork by Joshua Petker (page 9) Collage by Frank Maddocks Photos by James Minchin III (booklet cover. Hahn. Ellen Wakayama. Gerry Hilera./Chesterchaz Publishing/Big Bad Mr. Rob Bourdon and Phoenix All songs written by Linkin Park ©2007 Zomba Songs Inc. Studio Production Coordinator: Stephanie Luby Album Production Coordinator: Lindsay Chase Recorded at The Mansion at Laurel Canyon Additional Recording at NRG Recording Studios Mixed by Neal Avron Assisted by George Gumbs and Nicolas Fournier Protools Engineer: Erich Talaba Mixed at Paramount Studios Mastered by Dave Collins at Collins Audio Lyrics and Vocals by Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington Background vocals by Brad Delson. 13-14. Suzie Katayama Bass: Oscar Hidalgo 6 17 . Andrew Picken Celli: Larry Corbett. BMI Lyrics Reprinted by Permission. Julian Hallmark. 15. Strings on “Shadow Of The Day. 17-18) Additional Photography by James Minchin III (page 10) Photo Manipulation by Frank Maddocks Studio Photograph by Joe Hahn (page 3) Photography by Frank Maddocks (pages 4-5. pages 11. Mike Shinoda. Inc. Josefina Vergara.
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Matt Heckman. street team and Linkin Park Underground members. Kevin McCarthy. all of our fans. Last. Pete Beattle and all at NPB. and Winston (I love you).suru-la. I would like to thank my family and friends for their continued love and support. you de baste! My children Jaime. I’m grateful to have all of you in my life. Aaron Gershman. Annette Scott and all NRG studios. Mackie. CA 90036 www. Danny Hayes. Third Encore. Korg. Chris. Donn Delson. too many to name. Joe and Anne (and of course Gabe and Makena). Karen. Lisa DeLuca. Amy Staupe and everyone at BandMerch. Diarmuid Quinn. Pioneer. Mark. Nessi. Peter Standish. Dion Singer. Digidesign Pro Tools and Hardware. stamped envelope to: LP Underground P. Jeremy Welt. the LP Underground and the Linkin Park Street Team.com Mike Thanks: Anna. Mark Wise. DMB. They are the most loving and supportive family a man could ask for. Rosaalie Shah.B. Mikey. Myra Simpson. Dan Rose. D’Addario strings.com linkinpark. Kathryn Pechenik. 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