What does Given Up mean?

Linkin Park: Given Up Meaning

Album cover for Given Up album cover

Song Released: 2008

Given Up Lyrics

Wake in a sweet again
Another day's been laid to waste
In my disgrace
Stuck in my head again
Feels like I'll never leave this place
There's no escape

I'm my own worst enemy

I've given up...
I'm sick of feeling
Is there nothing you...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 7th 2014 !⃝

    From my own experience this song is about someone who suffer from extreme mental pain..i suffer from a mental disorder called severe social anxiety and panic attacks. it has ruined my life in every way..this song explain my thoughts perfectly..

    waking in a sweat again
    another day been laid to waste
    in my disgrace
    stuck in my head again
    feels like i'll never leave
    this place
    there's no escape

    i'm my own worst enemy

    this verse pretty much explains how i feel when i stuck in my home alone as i'm too scared to go out and interact with people in society.. but from deep down i know that i want to live a happy normal life but my anxiety avoid my own happiness..therefore i'm my own worst enemy..

    i've given up
    im sick of feeling
    is there nothing you can say
    take this all away
    i'm suffocating tell me
    what the f*** is wrong with me

    i have given up and i would rather to die than living a lonely miserable life without any social interaction with other people..
    i ask from myself whats wrong with me? why i can't be normal like other people? sometimes i feel like suffocating..i feel so empty inside my heart and want to suicide..

    i don't know what to take thought
    i was focused but i'm scared
    i'm not prepared

    i hyperventilate looking for help
    somehow somewhere and no one care

    i have been told my family about my problem but no one care so i'm living with this disorder without any medication..

    put me out of my misery
    put me out of my misery
    put me out of my
    put me out of my f****** misery

    i ask from god why didn't he create me normal? it's hard to explain..i have lost so many things in my life..i have no real friends..i never had a boyfriend as i cant make eye contact or talk with opposite gender..i have never been happy in my life..i'm waiting for the end of my life so i can put myself out of this extreme misery..

    i wrote this interpretation from my heart..this is how this song meant to me..i can relate to almost any Linkin park lyrics as i see there's some connection with my depressive feelings..i sometimes listen to their music and cry alone..


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 15th 2009 !⃝

    Well..that's a song i can totally relate since that's how i feel almost everyday.
    Do u ever get the feeling,that u don't want to care about anything,and just let your life pass by(u can feel that way if you're under a lot of pressure).And ur sick of feeling and caring how you and others think about yourself.And u wish u can just waste every single day until you die,but ur also afraid that when u'll regret it the day everything comes to an end.
    sorry mayb my words aint so clear..im a depressed 14 year old..mayb u dont get that feeling..


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jan 9th 2010 !⃝

    L listen to this song everyday and l'm pretty sure that l've worked it out. or at least what it means to me.

    at the beginning of the song the singer says
    "Another day's been laid to waste, In my disgrace" he feels that his life is wasted.
    Then he says"feels like l'll never leave this place" He wants his life to end already. This is why he's his own worst enemy. Perhaps he's thinking of committing suicide.
    After that he's says that he is sick of feeling and is asking what is wrong with him. Trying to find the problem.
    "I don't know what to take " considering wais to end his life
    "Thought I was focused but I'm scared/I'm not prepared"
    He realizes that he can't do it.
    So he yells as laud as he can: "GOD! Put me out of my misery" hoping that he prayers will be answered.

    Well that's pretty much how l understand it. Hope l helped.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 1st 2023 !⃝

    I see a trend in people saying it’s about suicide. And it may very well be. I just think it’s about a brain that just never turns off or shuts up. I am bipolar 1 and have ADHD and in the past mainly it’s been my major issue. It’s not about panic for me. Mostly just my brain being overworked. Thankfully I lean more towards the positive side but I also have dark thoughts as well. All about the same thing in front of me. And all at the same time usually. With two or three songs also mashing themselves together at once while this is happening. Just put my mind out of its misery. There’s no reason to think this way. Etc. what is wrong with me? Yes. It’s extremely suffocating.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2020 !⃝

    To me this song sounds like, the person has given up and is ready to commit suicide. Wanting God to end them and put them out of their misery.

    They are done with life, and the world. They don't care anymore. It's a scream for help by Chester. I relate to this song very well. Not wanting to live.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 11th 2013 !⃝

    I've noticed the little trend between the suicide and drugs theme here, in my opinion, it could be either. Chester said that Linkin Park's songs are written so it reflects them, but also connects to the fans. I believe he also said something alongthe lines of " i see bits of myself in the fans" something like that, but for me the song is about giving up on your life when it's so hard that you cant stand it anymore, and you just want to get away so badly. Hope i helped a little :)

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 30th 2012 !⃝

    This song is about somebody who feels insufferable pain (no matter if mental or physical) and tried to get out of his misery, but can't find an escape and nobody can help him or cares about him and his problems.

    But he had given up und can not take it anymore so he wants to commit suicide to run away from his problems. He attempt suice but he's too scared. He's his own worst enemy because he hasn't got the guts to do the final step so he begs to god, who's the last option do get out of his misery and end his pain, to to take his life.

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 12th 2012 !⃝

    I know this song is about drug addiction, but to me this song is about givng up on life. Everyone has different interpretations on songs.

  9. linkinparkfoxraider
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    Dec 22nd 2010 !⃝

    i agree with lifehasnolimit

  10. anonymous
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    Dec 22nd 2010 !⃝

    i know that it is giving up on a drug addiction because the song breaking the habit is also about chester breaking the habid of his drug. same as given up

  11. xLifeHasNoLimitx
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    Jun 19th 2010 !⃝

    This song is about Chester's battle of quitting drugs. He says: "I've given up, I'm sick of feeling." This is saying that the drugs made him feel better, took the pain away. When he quit, he started feeling pain again, and it was really hard for him to not go back to them, so this song is about him battling that.

  12. anonymous
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    Oct 10th 2009 !⃝

    It's basically has a different meaning for every person..how one person interprets it may be different for another depending what is going on in their own life. A song doesn't have just ONE meaning and not geared towards ONE thing....what may be a drug addiction to one person may be suicide for another...may be a hard break up/divorce for another. JMO though.

  13. Jesshouse079
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    Mar 2nd 2009 !⃝

    It's funny to see all the dumb stuff you people say. Anybody that has been addicted to drugs....knows this song is about withdrawal...and how the song is about trying to give up drugs.....hes disgusted at himself for being an addict....and is going through withdrawal...

  14. Branster
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    Feb 5th 2009 !⃝

    This song is another addition that perfectly matches the band's personality. The song expresses the hardships of life and the attitude of one who has had too much pain in life. "Given Up" talks about a person who has had too much to put up with and who has lost hope of finding a better way. This song resembles the theme in Chester Bennington's younger life.

  15. pencilsharpener
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    Jan 24th 2009 !⃝

    I've given up tell me what is wrong with me sounds like he's saying screw the world he's just given up on a lot of stuff he wanted

  16. anonymous
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    Jan 19th 2009 !⃝

    everyone is stupid, this song is about probaly someone whos given up on everything.
    he thinks that his exsistance is wasted everyday, because he is a discrace to something.

    he then talks about how its feels like years in minutes, and that he hates himself.

    the chours i dont understand fully.

    "PUT ME OUTTA MY MISORRRRRRRRRRRYYYYYYYYYY" this means someone stop my pain aand kill me quick and fast, i dont need more pain.

  17. anonymous
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    Oct 29th 2008 !⃝

    It has been said BY CHESTER that the song is about the pain and torment of trying to break a drug addiction.

  18. postman
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    Oct 3rd 2008 !⃝

    I think the song is about how someone has given up on life and they want to commit suicide.
    "Another days been laid to waste in my disgrace"
    A day of their life has been wasted...
    "feels like I'll never leave this place...I'm my own worst enemy"
    it's their depression and how they want to kill himself/herself, thus being their worst enemy.
    "I'm sick of living is there nothing you can say" to make them feel better "I don't know what to take" could be anti depression pills or suicide pills "Thought I was focused but I'm scared I'm not prepared" to die...then he says put me out of my misery

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