Linkin Park: Leave Out All The Rest Meaning
Song Released: 2008
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Leave Out All The Rest Lyrics
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
anonymous Aug 14th 2008, 20:21 report
Tbh I don't think death comes into this song at all,
i think it's about someone whos had a tough relationship with someone,
but is still with them,
but its kinda hangin by a thread if you know what I mean,
and he feels there the only person that cares about him,
and he's asking when the end comes (not necessarily death although probably) to be remembered for good things,
to be kept alive by their memory,
to leave out all the wrongs
she/he is to hide that hurt as they always have done,
pretending that he can do it without her,
when he can't really,
but he has to pretend for her sake
he can't be as strong as her,
he can't be who she is,
shes stronger then him,
he wants her to share the burden
he acts like the strong one,
but really its her,
neither of them are perfect,
so when the relationship ends remember him for the good things,
and don't remember his weakness.
he can't help being weak
CanoliChan Jan 20th 2008, 21:24 report
Um.... I've always been reminded of my grandmother when I listen to this. She was really shallow, and was addicted to smoking and crap like that. I think she was even in prison once.
She died recently, and my family had to write a eulogy for her. We found ourselves struggling to find out what something good she could be remembered for.
Which corresponds with the lyrics:
'When my time comes, forget the wrongs 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.'
In short, it's about a person that has done some really bad things, and wonders if they were to die, if anyone would miss them and/or remember them in a good way.
I think the song is about a guy who's treated a girl poorly, even though he loves her. He's realised that there will come a time when he'll be ready to accept her love and he's asking her to forget the bad things he's done when his time comes for returning her love:
"When my time comes Forget the wrong that I've done Help me leave behind some Reasons to be missed" (He WANTS to leave a legacy with her, but he's not ready).
They have both hurt each other and he has learned how to be tough, but its just a mask:
"I'm strong on the surface Not all the way through I've never been perfect But neither have you"
He mentions that he can't be who she is because he's too hurt to simply love her, he feels that he doesn't deserve her love yet - but he's time will come.
anonymous Jul 3rd 2012, 09:31 report
I feel that this song is about someone who had a great life growing up but by the time he/she got older they fell into the grasp of addiction. Once this happens it changes a person. I am one of these people. I was someone who always did the right thing... Always helping people. Once addiction hit my personality changed, I started stealing from my family and it hurt them badly. I have since broken free from its grasps and am now the person I used to be but the damage is done. I truely hope I am rembered for the good I've done and not the addictive a-hole I for a short time was. No matter how hard my loved ones tried, they could not save me from myself, and I knew it was hurting them! The song fit perfect with my thinking, so this is just my opinion. I have read all of yours and the best part is, it can apply to everyone's situations!!
anonymous Jun 21st 2012, 14:56 report
In my opinion when I hear this song, I think of those who have went off into war at a young age. They are searching for who they are, but they left someone important behind and they're trying to leave an impression and make the best of their life while they can....well I see it that way anyways
anonymous Mar 3rd 2012, 08:01 report
this song actually has two meaning to it 1.)just breaking up with someone and he's trying to remember all the good moments that they had together and forget all the bad ones thus "leave out the rest" 2.) the vocalist is saying that his life has been horrible and when he dies he wants people to remember him by all the good he did which will give them a reason to miss him and forget all the bad things he's done in his past 'When my time comes, forget the wrongs 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.'
ojaswinidoshi Feb 28th 2012, 15:59 report
Gues it might be about after break ups also but the literal meaning matches more with death. may it be after a break up or death he wants her to remember him. this is a really good song and as said a rare combination of extremely good lyrics and equally good music.
anonymous Jan 25th 2012, 20:02 report
death and being forgotten.
anonymous Nov 29th 2011, 06:35 report
A person did terrible terrible things in his life but he wants people to remember him in a good way
Or, it could be sang in a graduation ceremony. In graduation, you want to leave good memories to your friends, but you leave them, possibly forever
anonymous Nov 13th 2011, 14:36 report
i think this song is about suicide. "i dreamed i was missing and you were so scared but no one would listen cuz no one else cared" this is like the premeditation of suicide. The aftermath of it the way you hope people remember you isn't by the fact you have committed suicide but rather the other deeds you have done in your life. "im strong on the surface not all the way through" "so when my time comes forget the wrong that ive done help me leave behind some reasons to be missed dont resent me and keep me in your memories leave out all the rest." i dont know just how in the song he can never measure up to be good enough for the people around him.
All the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well
Someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are"
anonymous Sep 18th 2011, 21:50 report
That somg struck a cord for me when I first heard it . I want it played at me wake. I don't really know what it means to anybody else, but to me it means this.
I've been a problem child (that's what they called me) all my life. I was the youngest of 4 kids so I was spoiled. Got pretty much what I wasnted and got things the other didn't. At a very young age I got diabetes and all the health problen that go with it. Lose of some eyesight,heart attract at a young age, kidney failure, and a lot of little things thrown in between. Put a burden on my sibling
I dreamed I was missing you were so scared, no-one else listen no one else cared.
I believe my siblings do care. but since my parents died sometimes I feel like no one else does care.
After my dreaming I woke with a fear what am I leaving, when I am done here.
I have a son, he went to live with nis father when he was young. His father just had a baby and he wanted to grow up with a brother, he was an only child, so I had a fear of leaving him. How would my ex raise him? He turned out very well. He said I had taught him right and wrong and the golden rule. Treat other like you would want them to treat you. So I had a fear of leaving him. How would my ex would raising him. I live able a mile from him so he's close enough for me to be there.
When my time comes forget the wrong that I've done Help me leave behind some reason to be missed.
I was not a saint growing up. I did a lot of rebelling. So I hope people would forgive me. Let me feel I had a reason to be missed.
Don't resent me, when your feeling empty. Keep me in your memory leave out all the rest.
My siblings resent me for being spoiled, I know cuz we've talked about it. I still want to be kept in some momoris, Just not the bad one. Leave out all the rest.
Don't be afraid, I've taken my beating, I've shared what I've made. I'm strong on the surface, not all the was through. I've never been perfect, but neither have you.
My beating is having to deal being with my life with all my health problems, being spoiled and having my sibling resent me. I'm strong on the surface for my parents and to not keep being a burden on my family. But in reality I'm scared to death. And my siblings are any thing but perfect.
Forget all the hurt, that you've learned so well. Pretending someone else will come and save me from myself. I can't be who you are.
I know it hurt them to see me get things that they didn't get, They were hoping some day I would try and help myself. To stop feeling sorry for myself. I'm trying.
I swear this song fits me to a tee. Everyone hears this song differently than everybody else. This is what I hear.
anonymous Aug 20th 2011, 22:29 report
MRO1989 if youre right i will always remember chester. he is the one who keeps me going in tough times with his bands songs
anonymous Aug 19th 2011, 08:17 report
I believe this song is about exactly what it sounds! As humans we all do awful, terrible things to ourselves and the people we love. We just can't help it. But we all have a hope deep inside that someday, if we die, we will be remembered for the good things we did. And if they truly love us, they will help others remember those times to.
anonymous Jul 18th 2011, 04:48 report
As mentioned in many comments above y do u people think it implies to a girl-boy relationship...can't it be abt two best friends in their mid teens & then may it be boy-boy or girl-girl ( dont take it either way !!!!!!!!)
it reminds me abt myself bcoz I too hav a frnd who is like this & he is my best friend & at least better than others...& this song matches wid him.
Matchmaker21 May 28th 2011, 18:09 report
I think it is deeply depressed and so begins to feel that if anyone around discovered that he had died they would not miss him. He realises that if he did die he would leave no legacy behind as he is probably young. There is one person in his life he cares about him and he asks them to craft a legacy.
"When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done. Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed."
I think he is contemplating suicide and at the time of singing is writing a letter to that one loved one. I don't think this is about romantic love but could be the person's mum. He says he is not strong "I can't be who you are."
He is also asking that person to forget that he chose suicide as his way out. He wants them to forget that he didn't feel strong enough but to just remember the happy memories.
anonymous May 26th 2011, 23:07 report
heard it on twilight and went this whole song talks about how a man or a woman girl or boy talks to a person who won't take the time to listen to what they've got to say. there are people who actually do take the time to sit down and listen. i'm glad there are people like that today and from years back. god bless.
anonymous May 14th 2011, 19:39 report
The first time i heard this song was when I was going through a very hard time in my life, and suicide was on my mind.
I heard this song and I didn't want to die. It made me think about all the wrong things in my life, and made me realize my life was the way it was because I made choices that put me in a bad place.
In short this song saved my life. Linkin Park has been my favorite band since I was 13. They have always had something to say that has helped me through my hard times. It's nice knowing that I am not alone in feeling the way I did and still do sometimes.
anonymous Apr 25th 2011, 21:44 report
The song is about being uprooted or just moving up in the world where we have to leave all the things we want in order for us to reach our goals even if we have to sacrifice all the things we want in order for them to be happy .
anonymous Apr 4th 2011, 08:07 report
I am indian.So i dont know much english.But i think that this song make a person serious to think wrong that he/she did who wants help of everyone with whom he/she has done wrong in his/her last time.He/she feels so alone that he can't bear it.
Starting music is really serious.
I like it because Linkin park made this in space.
anonymous Mar 6th 2011, 19:31 report
This song has the following meaning in my opinion, seeing as I'm kinda in this same state of mind myself, I went through with a bad breakup, and well i feel that I did so much wrong that nobody would miss me if I were to die, because of depression, I think that's what this song is about, the person sings of dreaming that he was missing, and only one person was scared, who that could be is up to you, it matches a lot of people in many ways, it's just perception
anonymous Feb 6th 2011, 15:34 report
This song is about someone who choses to leave someone who "loves" in favour of finding himself. All these excuses is because he feels humiliation to admit that he or she didnt truly love the other person and he is trying to tell it in a way that will not have to say "i dont love you". Well in any case the real tragic person is not the singer but the listener. The one that has been left behind. Thats the true hero. The one who leaves is the mentally sick who needs to find himself. If he comes back ever its because he changed. But he is never forgiven even if he asks so politely. The bad things are exorcised only with love. Not with running away from problems.
Nick Classified Jan 16th 2011, 21:40 report
The meanin can be for a guy or girl im just gunna write he cuz im a he.
I think this song is about a person who tries to be a good person, but their problems get the best of them and they havent always done the right choices. And so when he dies he wants his family and friends to remember the good things he did and just forget about the bad things he's done.
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