Linkin Park – In The End

Learn English with In The End by Linkin Park. Fill in the blanks in the lyrics as you listen to the song.

Lyrics

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Now try to sing along with the piano cover of Linkin Park’s In The End. Remember to press the Record button below so you can listen to your recording when you’ve finished.

(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

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Song Meaning

Meaning 1

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.

Meaning 2

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.

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