Linkin Park: Breaking the Habit Meaning
Song Released: 2004
Breaking the Habit Lyrics
Like opening the wound
I'm picking me apart again
You all assume
I'm safe here in my room
Unless I try to start again
I don't want to be the one
The battles always choose
'Cause inside I realize
That I'm the...
anonymous Mar 23rd 2008 report
I was watching some episodes of LPTV and in one of them there was an explaination about this song. As far as I know, Mike denied the fact that the song was written about Chester but Chester knew it was. They perfomed it live a little while ago (you'll find it on YouTube), which surprised me a bit because I had previously known that the song was difficult for Chester to perform. So I am going to stick with the theory that the song was written about Chester's drug addiction (someone said that he wasn't addicted to coke. You are wrong. He was addicted to coke and meth). That is just my opinion, other people might think of it differently. I think that the song could have an individual meaning to everyone, so everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
anonymous Jan 22nd 2008 report
I think breaking the habit is some what like an individual having drug addiction. He wanted to change this behavior, but he is experiencing what you called "withdrawal symptoms" where in it is very difficult to adjust because his body is already dependent with the drugs. That person is experiencing pains in the bones and muscles, and it is associated with muscle spasm and kicking movements. and I think the title " breaking the habit" is derived from the phrase "kicking the habit"(kicking movements).
anonymous Jan 4th 2008 report
Actually, the song was really about breaking a habit.In the general fact, not only about Chester's case.
But the meaning of the song and the feeling it's talking about is the same that Chester felt when he was addicted to drugs and sexually abused.
That's why he always cried when he tried to sing the song during almost all 2003.Search for "breaking the habit toronto 2004" on youtube,you'll see that chester hardly sings it,because of the emotion.
anonymous Dec 28th 2007 report
Actually, the song was about one of Mike Shindoda's friends because he started writing the song before he ever met Chester Bennington, but most people think it's about Chester cause he used to do meth and coke.
I think this song is about drugs.
"I hurt much more
Than anytime before
I had no options left again"
Means that he tried to stop, but then he started suffering without drugs and could only start again to feel beter;
"I'll paint it on the walls
'Cause I'm the one at fault
I'll never fight again
And this is how it ends"
Means that he know it is his fault, so he will end and stop with drugs
P.s sorry sor my english :P
anonymous Nov 4th 2007 report
If you watch the special edition DVD of the making of Meteora, you will see in an interview with the band members that the song was written before hybrid theory and before chester was even in the band. when it was put to chester to sing, he felt a connection with it which brought back bad memories etc. Hence they did not roll with it at the time and it was left until Meteora for them to use once chaz had dealt with his feeling of the song.
there....end of confusion
anonymous Oct 23rd 2007 report
Look, regardless of whether or not it's about Chester it obviously had an impact and a deeper meaning for him. like someone else said no one will know unless you ask the guys from linkin park. and even if it was written before Chester was there the meaning could have changed once/if it fit so well with his troubled past.
anonymous Sep 25th 2007 report
This song isn't about Chester's addiction to cocaine or about him getting sexually molested as a child. It was written back when Mark Wakefield was the lead singer, back when that bands name was "Xero". This song was originally intended to be put onto "Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory". The song just connected with chester's past so well, it would make him cry when he would sing it. I think many have agreed that this song is better suited for "Meteora" anyways.
anonymous May 25th 2007 report
Guys, you may know whether or not it's about Chester, but if I learned anything in my English class, it doesn't matter what the author thinks. If you feel a way about the song, it shouldn't change what you feel about the song if they think differently.
Now, in my opinion, I think it has to do with violence or anger. mostly cause of the lines:
"I don't want to be the one
the battles always choose."
When I hear this I keep thinking about anger or domestic violence cause it fits well into it more than the others. He doesn't want to be part of any fights or fits and he's using personification to make the battle itself to make it seem like he's constantly being searched by people for fights, probably leading to the whole "trapped in his room, nowhere to go" feeling.
anonymous May 12th 2007 report
Drum and bass influenced song by the nu metal band Linkin Park, from their 2003 album Meteora. It was released as a single in 2004. It became the fifth consecutive single from Meteora to reach #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, a feat unmatched by any other artist in the history of that chart.
"Breaking The Habit" is one of the few Linkin Park songs which features neither Mike Shinoda's rapping nor Brad Delson's heavy guitar riffs.
A common misconception about this song is that it was written about lead singer Chester Bennington, when in fact, band member Mike Shinoda had been working on the song since 1997, when Mark Wakefield was still the band's lead vocalist. The reason for this misconception is largely due to Bennington's history of sexual abuse and drug use. However, the song is mostly ambiguous and not based on any specific "habit", but it mentions instigating and "saying what I don't mean" possibly referring to an aggressive demeanor.
A common mistake about this song is that it was written about lead singer Chester Bennington, when actually, Mike Shinoda had been working on the song since 1997 when Mark Wakefield was still the band's lead vocalist. The reason for this huge mistake is largely due to Bennington's history of sexual abuse and drug use. However, the song can mostly apply to any difficult decision, and is not based on any one specific "habit".
anonymous Apr 29th 2007 report
I think this song describes depression and self harming. Picking me apart again means that manic depressives tend to over analyze themselves and look for the bad parts they don't like. I don't know what worth fighting for means that I don't see why I should live and carry on. Or why I have to scream means that I don't know why I'm mentally ill. Its a deep song I love it xxxx
anonymous Mar 19th 2007 report
I think saying this song is about cocaine or suicide or self-harm is trying to squeeze far too broad a song into far too specific a situation. Also, I personally don't think the song ends in suicide, simply because of the triumphant sound of the song's end, but that's just me.
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