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Linkin Park: Burn It Down Meaning

Song Released: 2012


Burn It Down Lyrics

The cycle repeated
As explosions broke in the sky
All that I needed
Was the one thing I couldn't find
And you were there at the turn
Waiting to let me know

We're building it up
To break it back down
We're building it up
To burn it...

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    anonymous
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    May 9th, 2012 5:32pm report


    Its about society and war. How we try so hard to educate, learn, and prosper and then commit war and burn it all down..



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    anonymous
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    May 11th, 2012 5:05pm report


    One possible interpretation of this song, is of a relationship between two lovers.

    The narrator is a dutiful and loving "soldier" of his/her "king", and has a less dominant role in the relationship. However, the pair consistently run into confrontations, only to make up again. It appears that the King seems to be apologetic for, and causing these fall outs, as evidenced by the fact that they are the one who waits to speak at the turn (and make up), where as the Soldier becomes more and more distressed by the arrangement, and eventually intends to let go at the turn (and break up). This is supported by the verses below:

    "You told me yes
    You held me high
    And I believed when you told that lie
    I played soldier, you played king
    And struck me down, when I kissed that ring
    You lost that right, to hold that crown
    I built you up, but you let me down
    So when you fall, I'll take my turn
    And fan the flames
    As your blazes burn"

    These seem to speak of a faithlessness and deceit on the King's part, and a loss of trust and respect on the Soldier's part, as well as cementing the King's higher standing in the relationship.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 16th, 11:10pm report


    People never can agree. That's fact. These people are against two other groups.
    Half of the world: Opportunists who build up society
    Other Half: Violent protestors who believe the only way to agree is the start riots and burn everything to the ground

    This is talking about life, and how whenever we manage to do something positive, we always end up tearing it down.

    This is most highly supported by the chorus:

    Were building it up
    To break it back down
    Were building it up
    To burn it down
    We cant wait
    To burn it to the ground

    Someone takes a bullet, and the other guy spits it out. People never get along, and everything always ends in conflict.



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    Kay521
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    Mar 8th, 2015 3:21pm report


    I think that everyone is describing the surface of the song. Sure, it looks like a bad relationship, but if you read between the lines, there can be bigger connections. I think it is about how we idolize someone and build them up, hold them high, then drop them like a used tissue soon after, making up rumors about them. One example could be Justin Beiber. He had millions of people fangirling over him, then suddenly he does one thing wrong and suddenly nobody likes him.
    "You told me yes
    You held me high
    [people make them famous, hold them high]

    And I believed when you told that lie
    I played soldier, you played king

    [they perform for the audience, or king. They begin to believe that they are higher than the rest of thy human populous]

    And struck me down, when I kissed that ring
    You lost that right, to hold that crown

    [the fame gets to their head, they get caught doing one thing wrong]

    I built you up, but you let me down
    So when you fall, I'll take my turn
    And fan the flames
    As your blazes burn"

    [the fans who built up the star now take part in trashing them, burning them down.]

    At least, that's what I think it means.



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    Subhash
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    Oct 24th, 2014 10:44pm report


    I think this sng is about chester and mike shinoda...how mike shinoda started linkin park and how chester took all the fame.mike's rap address about chester..how chester played as king and mike as soldier..

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Mar 15th, 2014 3:27pm report


    Some of you have the right idea. It's about two people in a relationship. Basically, the boy (or girl what ever) has had some dating troubles. He then found a girl again and fell in love with her. Hence, "The cycle repeated" Other hints to the meaning are especially found in the rap part. Never has a rap been so clear not only when talking about hearing wise but also the meaning. It's about the girl cheating, because she said yes, held him high, but lied about everything and he believed her, blinded by love. He found out in the end.



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    gatesrocks101
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    May 24th, 2013 5:41pm report


    I think that for one this song could be about revenge. Taking revenge on someone who marked you lower than them.
    "You told me yes
    You held me high
    And I believed when you told that lie
    I played soldier, you played king
    And struck me down, when I kissed that ring
    You lost that right, to hold that crown
    I built you up, but you let me down
    So when you fall, I'll take my turn
    And fan the flames
    As your blazes burn"
    It just sounds like someone wanting to take revenge on me. It could be about society and war.
    "The cycle repeated
    As explosions broke in the sky
    All that I needed
    Was the one thing I couldn't find
    And you were there at the turn
    Waiting to let me know"
    There you go.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 11th, 2013 4:58pm report


    I think the song means that there is no such thing as trust. I mean one day you will trust one person, then the next thing you they betray you.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 26th, 2013 2:45pm report


    I believe that this song is about human life. In the part where it says " the cycle repeated as explosions broke in the sky" it is talking about war and how it happens over and over again through history. Also, when in the chorus " where building it up to break it back down where building it up to burn it down we can't wait to burn it to the ground" it means how we build up society, we make our own economies, to destroy them later on by war.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 8th, 2013 1:59pm report


    It means love never lasts, it all comes crashing down eventually..



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    D3MON_K33P3R
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    Jan 6th, 2013 1:31am report


    i think this song talks about how we work hard to build something or some place in to a power and strong country or organization but in the end it all comes crashing down to the grown and it repeats over and over



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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 2012 12:20pm report


    It can fit the story of satan being cast out of heavan. Funny that it also fits human interpersonal relationships, be it child-parent. Boyfriend-girlfriend. Husband-wife. Soldier-commander.maybe our nature is to destroy things we try to protect. Or hurt the ones we love...



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    anonymous
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    Sep 27th, 2012 9:47pm report


    They are warning us all what is coming.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2012 7:41am report


    I think it means building a relationship not just as lovers but with family members as well but you keep building that REALATIONSHIP but at the end of the Day it pointless to build up the REALATIONSHIP because it alway burns down and crash down so that's what I think when Chester sings where building it up to burn it down we can't wait to burn it the ground



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    anonymous
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    Jul 13th, 2012 7:49pm report


    After seeing an interview with Chester's meaning towards the single - Burn It Down, I think the song means, for example, "you work on a relationship, you get to a certain point it falls apart and you go and you start a new relationship and you work on that and the goal is to get to a point where you just build it up and it kinda stays there. Hopefully when it comes to relationships." that part was from an interview. So I think this song means that it's typical for humans to build things ( relationships, hope, dreams etc.) up and tear them down to nothing and well the "goal" is to try and keep it up and leave it there and not burn it down.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 26th, 2012 6:01pm report


    I think this song is about Lucifer when he was thrown down from heaven & when he hopes to have his turn as God which will never happen. God will always be king



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    anonymous
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    Jun 18th, 2012 6:20pm report


    My interpretation for the lyrics is a general philosophical meaning as it's touching all life corners like love, politcs,celebrities life.
    But the matter of interpreting a song's lyrics is personal perscreptive,so,what I've got to say is that we can't have a straight truthful meanings of 'em as the philosophers said.



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