Linkin Park: In The End Meaning
Song Released: 2001
In The End Lyrics
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...
I can relate to this song and it's meaning seems very clear to me.
I feel that this is a song about a futile effort to seek love from an abusive relationship.
The beginning references to time are about how it was pointless and a waste of time putting effort into this failed relationship and the focus on this effort took him away from other efforts in his life, it's like time stands still.
Then when he talks about keeping everything inside, it's about how hard he tried to please her and relate to her in the way she needed. He was trying to get love from her but she wasn't really giving him any recognition.
In the end refers to a feeling of giving up and feeling that his efforts were pointless and a waste of time, that it was an impossible relationship. I can also see it as an ironic statement that no matter how hard he tried, his efforts were futile.
I think it could be about a romantic relationship or a parent, but I don't see that in the end refers to suicide, though the situation was probably quite stressful and depressing.
He really did everything he could for the relationship but a supreme effort wasn't enough to save it.
What it meant to me will eventually... means he's not quite over it yet, this song seems part of the process of dealing with it.
I also find that a few other songs on that album seem to refer to an abusive relationship.
This song is about not wasting your time by the clock or anyone or anything and start living in this moment....which is the only thing that matters(portrayed by almost every religion). "I tried so hard and got so far but in the end it doesn't even matter" what he means by that is what matters most is the journey, not the destination. But this moment right now, right here is what matters because that's where everything is taking place and that's all that exsists. And it is what's creating the journey. So no matter how hard you try even when you're an Olympian and win a gold medal after those moments of you obtaining the medal it doesn't even matter....this moment is what always matters and we obtain happiness from the journey not the destination. Watch the movie Peaceful Warrior everybody please. Thank you.
I actually think that this song has multiple meanings. Some say that it is about a failed relationship, while others suggest a last-call suicide note. Both suggestions fit well with the lyrics, with evidence on each side. In Verse (II), [he] sings "Despite 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 / . . . . You wouldn't even recognize me anymore / Not that you knew me back then/. In my eyes and ears, it seems like [he] is explaining possible issues with a relationship. But also throughout the song, his choruses, can be seen as a last resort way of ending everything-- suicide. If someone talks about "trying so hard" or "in the end it doesn't even matter" then it seems like someone is giving up hope because, literally, in the end, it won't matter because I will be dead. This song probably has 2 levels of meaning too it. If not these two ^ then what else is it?
Fantastic Song, of course.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2019 9:35pm report
I Think That This Song is about no matter what you do or no matter how much you try it does not matter. And it is also about trusting someone that you are really close to and you trust them with something very deep and you told them and trusted them because you thought that they would not tell anyone but yet they must've told the world.
I would Like To Add Another thing to This Recount
an that is that i relate a lot to this and these are the parts i relate the most to
"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"
anonymous Mar 28th, 2019 3:50am report
There are many interpretations, each depends on the listener. My opinion is that it reflects the person's realization of the futility of life. This more of a personal view, a "this is where I've been and what I've come to accept. It's similar to other interpretations of life. King Solomon wrote "it is like chasing the wind" (the Bible's Book of Proverbs). The band Kansas sings "don't hang on nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky" (Dust in the Wind).
Just like any song, this song can mean multiple meanings depending on the person listening to it and depending on how you view it while listening to it.
To me, it sounds like building trust in a relationship of some sort(which takes some time) and them backstabbing you or betraying you in some way, thus, "in the end" it doesn't even matter because you got f*cked. The lyrics definitely point to this.
anonymous Jun 26th, 2018 6:40am report
I can relate this lyrics to singer's own life on how he grew up how his past was real horrible and so much effort he put on his music and also got the positive result out of it. But then still somewhere in his eyes, in his own thought, he wasn't satisfied. Maybe he didn't even wanted fame and just wanted to live peaceful and happily in his but the struggle and depression still chased him that in the end he just gave up his life. Also he knew that whatever he is gaining now won't be with him after his death. After all Alexander the great gained so much in life but at the end he died and nothing even mattered. It's a sad truth of life, whatever we gain it won't be matter after our death so whatever we are doing right now, do it peacefully and happily because you only live once. RIP Chester you will be remembered till the end of everyone's life
anonymous Jun 14th, 2018 6:30am report
I think its about a lost war expecially the axis loss in russia
Its about one of germanys allies who has fallen and now talks to german fuhrer (not gonna mention the name)
What's so good about this song is that it can have multiple meanings. It could be about suicide, (Looks like a suicide note) a dysfunctional relationship between two lovers, or between a parent and child, or it could be the singer just saying no matter how much (or how little) you've accomplished in life none of it will matter in the end. (once you're dead.)
anonymous Dec 24th, 2017 12:09pm report
Whatever we do in life doesn't matter because in the end we all die.
RIP Chester, you will be sincerely missed by so many people, and I hope that in due time the rest of the Linkin Park members will keep moving on and creating amazing music. I understand he's not here, but just always keep him in your mind when you make music and sing these songs.
This song is amazing, and it's helped to get me through some very tough times.
anonymous Oct 30th, 2017 10:26pm report
I think it's about 1 talking to himself, He is trying to so hard to improve himself and get the best of himself but it's not working and giving results. So he is at the edge of giving up and letting it go. Trying to convince himself that in the end it doesn't even matter.
anonymous Oct 2nd, 2017 10:14am report
This is about Chester's frustrations that he went through in life.
anonymous Aug 23rd, 2017 8:41pm report
I don't see how it's a suicide note I think it is aboitnit doesn't matter how wealthy you are in life because when your dead it won't matter chester killed himself now I am am crying
anonymous Aug 8th, 2017 8:20pm report
I think it's all about wasting your time on video games, because you try so hard and get so far but then you die on the last level at the very end. Then, you've wasted your day, or possibly your entire life. And you look around you, and the house is a mess, your loved ones have given up on you, and you have nothing to show for all the effort you've put into your video games but they have stolen your time, and stolen your life.
anonymous Aug 5th, 2017 8:56pm report
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