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Linkin Park: Leave Out All The Rest Meaning

Song Released: 2008


Leave Out All The Rest Lyrics

I dreamed I was missing
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

[Chorus]
When my...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 21st 2012 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

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2012 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.'
    "

  3. ojaswinidoshi
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    Feb 28th 2012 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.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2012 report

    death and being forgotten.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2011 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

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 13th 2011 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.
    "Forgetting
    All the hurt inside
    You've learned to hide so well

    Pretending
    Someone else can come and save me from myself
    I can't be who you are"

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 18th 2011 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.

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2011 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

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2011 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.

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 18th 2011 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.

  11. Matchmaker21
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    May 28th 2011 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.

  12. anonymous
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    May 26th 2011 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.

  13. anonymous
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    May 14th 2011 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.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 25th 2011 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 .

  15. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2011 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.




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