Hybrid Theory Album

Artist(s): Linkin Park

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Linkin Park Hybrid Theory Cover Art

Tracklist

Papercut

length: 3:05
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
bass guitar: Ian Hornbeck
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn

Why does it feel like night today?
Something in here's not right today.
Why am I so uptight today?
Paranoia's all I got left
I don't know what stressed me first
Or how the pressure was fed
But I know just what it feels like
To have a voice in the back of my head
It's like a face that I hold inside
Like a face that awakes when I close my eyes
A face watches every time I lie
A face that laughs every time I fall
(And watches everything)
So I know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is hearing me
Right underneath my skin

[Chorus]
It's like I'm paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

I know I've got a face in me
Points out all my mistakes to me
You've got a face on the inside too and
Your paranoia's probably worse
I don't know what set me off first but I know what I can't stand
Everybody acts like the fact of the matter is
I can't add up to what you can but
Everybody has a face that they hold inside
A face that awakes when I close my eyes
A face watches every time they lie
A face that laughs every time they fall
(And watches everything)
So you know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is watching you too
Right inside your skin

[Chorus: x2]

The face inside is right beneath your skin
The face inside is right beneath your skin
The face inside is right beneath your skin

The sun goes down
I feel the light betray me

[Chorus]

It's like I'm paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like I can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like I can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

One Step Closer

length: 2:37
producer: Don Gilmore
lead vocals: Chester Bennington
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco and Don Gilmore
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
keyboard: Mike Shinoda
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
programming: Joseph “Joe” Hahn
turntable: Joseph “Joe” Hahn
sampler: Mike Shinoda
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
bass guitar: Scott Koziol
guest bass guitar: Scott Koziol
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
I cannot take this anymore
I'm saying everything I've said before
All these words they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Less I hear the less you'll say
But you'll find that out anyway
Just like before

[Chorus]
Everything you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break
I need a little room to breathe
'Cause I'm one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break

I find the answers aren't so clear
Wish I could find a way to disappear
All these thoughts they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Nothing seems to go away
Over and over again
Just like before

[Chorus: x2]

Shut up when I'm talking to you
Shut up, shut up, shut up
Shut up when I'm talking to you
Shut up, shut up, shut up
I'm about to break!

[Chorus: x2]

With You

length: 3:23
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
additional programming drum machine programming: The Dust Brothers
writer: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Dave Farrell, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
composer: The Dust Brothers
I woke up in a dream today
To the cold of the static, and put my cold feet on the floor
Forgot all about yesterday
Remembering I'm pretending to be where I'm not anymore
A little taste of hypocrisy
And I'm left in the wake of the mistake, slow to react
Even though you're so close to me
You're still so distant, and I can't bring you back

It's true
The way I feel
Was promised by your face
The sound of your voice
Painted on my memories
Even if you're not with me

I'm with you
You
Now I see
Keeping everything inside
You
Now I see
Even when I close my eyes

I hit you and you hit me back
We fall to the floor, the rest of the day stands still
Fine line between this and that
When things go wrong I pretend that the past isn't real
Now I'm trapped in this memory
And I'm left in the wake of the mistake, slow to react
Even though you're close to me
You're still so distant, and I can't bring you back

It's true
The way I feel
Was promised by your face
The sound of your voice
Painted on my memories
Even if you're not with me

I'm with you
You
Now I see
Keeping everything inside
You
Now I see
Even when I close my eyes
You
Now I see
Keeping everything inside
You
Now I see
Even when I close my eyes

No, no matter how far we've come
I can't wait to see tomorrow
No matter how far we've come
I can't wait to see tomorrow
With you

With you
You
Now I see
Keeping everything inside
With you
Now I see
Even when I close my eyes
With you
Now I see
Keeping everything inside
With you
Now I see
Even when I close my eyes

Points of Authority

length: 3:21
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
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

[Chorus]
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

[Chorus]

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

[Chorus]

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)

Crawling

length: 3:29
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
executive producer: Jeff Blue
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
[Chorus]
Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Consuming, confusing
This lack of self control I fear is never ending
Controlling

I can't seem
To find myself again
My walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence I'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take)
I've felt this way before
So insecure

[Chorus]

Discomfort, endlessly has pulled itself upon me
Distracting, reacting
Against my will I stand beside my own reflection
It's haunting how I can't seem.

To find myself again
My walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence I'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take)
I've felt this way before
So insecure

[Chorus]

Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing, confusing what is real

There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Consuming, confusing
(Confusing what is real)
This lack of self control I fear is never ending
Controlling
(Confusing what is real)

Runaway

length: 3:04
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Mark Wakefield, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Chester Bennington, Joseph “Joe” Hahn, Brad Delson
Graffiti decorations
Under the sky of dust
A constant wave of tension
On top of broken trust
The lessons that you taught me
I learned were never true

Now I find myself in question
They point the finger at me again
Guilty by association
You point the finger at me again

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

Paper bags and angry voices
Under a sky of dust
Another wave of tension
Has more than filled me up
All my talk of taking action
These words were never true

Now I find myself in question
They point the finger at me again
Guilty by association
You point the finger at me again

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

I'm gonna run away, and never say goodbye
Gonna run away
Gonna run away
I'm gonna run away and never wonder why
Gonna run away
Gonna run away
I'm gonna run away and open up my mind
Gonna run away
Gonna run away
Gonna run away
Gonna run away

I wanna run away
Never say goodbye
I wanna know the truth
Instead of wondering why
I wanna know the answers
No more lies
I wanna shut the door
And open up my mind

I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind
I wanna run away and open up my mind

By Myself

length: 3:10
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Rob Bourdon, Mike Shinoda, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
What do I do to ignore them behind me?
Do I follow my instincts blindly?
Do I hide my pride from these bad dreams
And give in to sad thoughts that are maddening?
Do I sit here and try to stand it?
Or do I try to catch them red-handed?
Do I trust some and get fooled by phoniness,
Or do I trust nobody and live in loneliness?
Because I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin
I make the right moves but I'm lost within
I put on my daily facade but then
I just end up getting hurt again
By myself (myself)

I ask why, but in my mind
I find I can't rely on myself (myself)
I ask why, but in my mind
I find I can't rely on myself

[Chorus]
I can't hold on.
To what I want when I'm stretched so thin.
It's all too much to take in.
I can't hold on.
To end things watching everything spin.
With thoughts of failure sinking in.

If I turn my back I'm defenseless
And to go blindly seems senseless
If I hide my pride and let it all go on
Then they'll take from me 'till everything is gone
If I let them go I'll be outdone
But if I try to catch them I'll be outrun
If I'm killed by the questions like a cancer
Then I'll be buried in the silence of the answer
By myself (myself)

I ask why, but in my mind
I find I can't rely on myself (myself)
I ask why, but in my mind
I find I can't rely on myself

[Chorus]

How do you think
I've lost so much
I'm so afraid
I'm out of touch
How do you expect
I will know what to do
When all I know
Is what you tell me to

Don't you
I can't tell you how to make it
No matter what I do
How hard I
I can't seem to convince myself
I'm stuck on the outside
Don't you
I can't tell you how to make it
No matter what I do
How hard I
I can't seem to convince myself
I'm stuck on the outside

[Chorus]
I can't hold on
(To what I want when I'm stretched so thin)
It's all too much to take in
I can't hold on
(To anything watching everything spin)
Without some failure sinking

In the End

length: 3:37
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” 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
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
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

A Place for My Head

length: 3:05
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
bass guitar: Ian Hornbeck
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Mark Wakefield, Dave Farrell, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
I watch how the moon sits in the sky in the dark night
Shining with the light from the sun
And sun doesn't give light to the moon assuming
The moon's gonna owe it one

It makes me think of how you act for me
You do favors then rapidly
You just turn around and start askin' me about
Things that you want back from me

I'm sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

I wanna be in another place
I hate when you say you don't understand
(You'll see it's not meant to be)
I wanna be in the energy, not with the enemy
A place for my head

Maybe some day I'll be just like you
And step on people like you do
And run away all the people I thought I knew
I remember back then who you were

You used to be calm, used to be strong
Used to be generous, you should have known
That you'd wear out your welcome and now you see
How quiet it is all alone

I'm so sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

I'm so sick of the tension, sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

I wanna be in another place
I hate when you say you don't understand
(You'll see it's not meant to be)
I wanna be in the energy, not with the enemy
A place for my head

You try to take the best of me, go away
You try to take the best of me, go away
You try to take the best of me, go away
You try to take the best of me, go away

You try to take the best of me, go away
You try to take the best of me, go away
You try to take the best of me, go away
You try to take the best of me, go away

I wanna be in another place
I hate when you say you don't understand
(You'll see it's not meant to be)
I wanna be in the energy, not with the enemy
A place for my head
Shut up!

I am so sick of the tension
(Stay)
Sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
(A)
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

I'm so sick of the tension
(Way)
Sick of the hunger
Sick of you acting like I owe you this
(Stay away from me)
Find another place to feed your greed
While I find a place to rest

Forgotten

length: 3:15
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
bass guitar: Ian Hornbeck
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Mark Wakefield, Mike Shinoda, Dave Farrell, Rob Bourdon, Chester Bennington, Brad Delson, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
From the top to the bottom
Bottom to top I stop
At the core I've forgotten
In the middle of my thoughts
Taken far from my safety
The picture is there
The memory won't escape me
But why should I care (2x)

There's a place so dark you can't see the end
(Skies cock back) and shock that which can't defend
The rain then sends dripping acidic questions
Forcefully, the power of suggestion
Then with the eyes tightly shut looking thought the rust and rotten dust
A spot of light floods the floor
And pours over the rusted world of pretend
The eyes ease open and its dark again

Chorus

Bridge:
In the memory you'll find me
Eyes burning up
The darkness holding me tightly
Until the sun rises up

Moving all around
Screaming of the ups and downs
Pollution manifested in perpetual sound
The wheels go round and the sunset creeps past the
Street lamps, chain-link, and concrete
A little piece of paper with a picture drawn
Floats on down the street till the wind is gone
The memory now is like the picture was then
When the paper's crumpled up it can't be perfect again

Chorus
Bridge

Now you got me caught in the act
You bring the thought back
I'm telling you that
I see it right through you (7x)

Bridge (2x)

Cure for the Itch

length: 2:38
producer: Don Gilmore
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
composer: Rob Bourdon, Joseph “Joe” Hahn, Chester Bennington, Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda
Folks, we have a very special guest for you tonight.

I would like to introduce

Mr. Hahn!

Let's hear it for the great

Mr. Hahn!

And now for a lesson in rhythm management, let's begin!

Alright now!
Wasn't that fun?
Let's try something else!

Pushing Me Away

length: 3:12
producer: Don Gilmore
vocal: Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
mixer: Andy Wallace
engineer: Steve Sisco
recording engineer: Don Gilmore
guitar: Brad Delson
additional engineer: John Ewing, Jr.
drums (drum set): Rob Bourdon
assistant engineer: Matt Griffin
writer: Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon, Joseph “Joe” Hahn
I've lied to you
The same way that I always do
This is the last smile
That I'll fake for the sake of being with you

(Everything falls apart, even the people who never frown eventually break down)
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie
(Everything has to end, you'll soon find we're out of time left to watch it all unwind)
The sacrifice is never knowing

[Chorus]
Why I never walked away
Why I played myself this way
Now I see your testing me pushes me away
Why I never walked away
Why I played myself this way
Now I see your testing me pushes me away

I've tried like you
To do everything you wanted too
This is the last time
I'll take the blame for the sake of being with you

(Everything falls apart, even the people who never frown eventually break down)
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie
(Everything has to end, you'll soon find we're out of time left to watch it all unwind)
The sacrifice is never knowing

[Chorus]

We're all out of time, this is how we find how it all unwinds
The sacrifice of hiding in a lie
We're all out of time, this is how we find how it all unwinds
The sacrifice is never knowing

[Chorus]

Pushes me away
Pushes me away