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Linkin Park: Lost in the Echo Meaning


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Song Released: 2012

Lost in the Echo Lyrics

(yeah) (yo)
You were that foundation
Never gonna be another one, no.
I followed, so taken
so conditioned I could never let go
Then sorrow, then sickness
then the shock when you flip it on me
So hollow, so vicious
so afraid I...


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    Jan 15th, 2015 1:04pm report

    To me, this song is about becoming trapped in our past. We all go through things that are painful to experience, sometimes, it is so painful, we never let it go.
    In the video, everything is overgrown, as if it were left uncared for. To me, this represents the mind of one who dwells on the past- They have given up caring about their well being, and living in the now... they only focus on the pain. Lost in the echo of whatever event changed their life so dramatically. In the video, a man (Gino the Ghost) brings these people photographs. I interpreted these photos as the other people involved in the event... people forgotten about, since all they remember is the pain. Upon seeing these photos, they are forced to remember, and reflect upon the person. In my experience, if someone loves you, they would want you to move on, and keep living... not to give in to the pain, and become lost in your memories.

    When they scream at each other, it is the original person confronting the realisation that they want better for you... and so, the person shatters, finally freed from the prison of their own mind. The person from the original photo stays behind, as a reminder of who they were, and the person they were, which, to me, is far more important than remembering the pain or despair of losing someone. When the person leaves a photo of themself behind after shattering, it is like a new memory being born. One of resolution, and peace with our past. (Ghosts)
    Gino the Ghost I think represents a healer... someone trying to help us to finally wake up from our misery, and choose to keep living, instead of dwelling in our memories, and the pain therein. I think it is fitting that Gino is in real life an artist, as they are the healers who help us to do this in real life. I also think that he collects the photos at the end for his own memory, so that when he is done, he can look back and remember those who he helped, and feel accomplished in his work that he was able to help heal so many.


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    Jul 2nd, 2012 7:36am report

    It's a break up song: Allow me to break it down for you:

    "You were that foundation
    Never gonna be another one, no.
    I followed, so taken
    so conditioned I could never let go"

    He was completely head over heals for his lover/girlfriend.

    "Then sorrow, then sickness
    then the shock when you flip it on me
    So hollow, so vicious
    so afraid I couldn't let myself see
    That I could never be held "

    She broke up with him.

    "Back up, no, I'll hold myself.
    Check the rep, yep you know my rail"

    Sadness turns to anger, bitterness, and independence, like most break up victims.

    "And these promises broken
    deep, feeble
    Each word gets lost in the echo
    So one last lie I can see through
    This time I finally let you go!!!
    Go, go, go."

    The promise of the love they once had is gone, we can presume the 'one last lie' may have been "we can still be friends", something that almost NEVER works out after a break up.


    The sad, painful finale of recovering from a break up, something we'll all go through at some point.

    In short, it's a break up song.


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    Jun 14th, 6:52pm report

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    Dec 31st, 2015 12:48pm report

    This song, as with most of Linkin Park's music, is pretty much designed from an artist standpoint to mean to the listener whatever the listener's own experience dictates. If you dwell on hard breakups, this song will be a relationship song. If you dwell on the loss of a family member, this song will be a song of loss. Etc.

    This is the true magic that Linkin Park brings to their music. Meaning for all.


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    Dec 4th, 2015 12:18pm report

    Good art produces different reactions in different people. Linkin Park has always spoken to the pain people feel deep inside, and that is why they have endured.

    When I hear this song, I hear a song about getting over the past. Perhaps it is a failed relationship, but it could be much different than that.

    My experience hearing the song involved my past, but my childhood, and the traumas I endured there. As I have since learned, my little boy mind did all it could to survive, and that resulted in all kinds of distorted thinking and suppressed emotions [so conditioned I could never let go]. The neglect I suffered, followed by bullying, created this identity in my of someone wounded and inferior, someone who deserved what had happened to him [then sorrow, then sickness]. This identity promised to keep me safe, but it was a lie [So hollow, so viscous, So afraid, I couldn't let myself see]. But now, decades later as I try to get healthy, I am struggling to separate myself from that false, distorted self [these promises broken]. The picture I am holding in my own hand is the picture of that scared and broken survivor, but he has been dead for many years. I see him now, and I am screaming at him, thrashing, struggling to separate. Almost like a birth [I can't fall back, I came too far Hold myself up and love my scars]. And when I come out the other side of this, I will finally have let him go. And good riddance.


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    May 26th, 2015 5:21am report

    This song is about how being in old buildings makes you crack apart.

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    Feb 3rd, 2015 2:51pm report

    In my opinion, Lost in the Echo is a song about having this friend that you trusted, but as time goes on, his/her promises start to get faded, and the relationship starts to crumble. The 2nd verse is kind of like a confirmed war and rage starts to kick in as the song goes on...


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    Dec 10th, 2014 12:05pm report

    I think this song is about a student who was too attached to his mentor but used everything he learned to get over his death and won't forget how his mentor taught him everything.


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    Apr 16th, 2014 4:41am report

    I love how songs can hit so many people different ways. Coming from the video this is how I saw it.

    Be it a breakup, a death, etc I see this as a song about moving on from grief. In the video they are on the echo of the "Old world", the crumbling remains of a grand building. You can see it once was a really great place, but no longer. They meet up with people from their past, presumably who have died/left.

    They face them one last time, and scream one last time for what was lost and then they move on. They leave the crumbling remains of the world they used to live in and move on, leaving the one they lost behind in that world.


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    Jan 10th, 2014 1:37pm report

    This song is about Mike not being able to sing a C flat

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    Oct 8th, 2013 10:45pm report

    i think this song is about sadness, despiar , and loss. in the video each person has a photograph of a person that they would like to see again remember or forget, it depends on how the song is interpreted its about
    redemption also and it also uses some very
    good imagery lost in the echo, outherwise saying the person is forever in there memory


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    Aug 18th, 2013 8:28am report

    I think song is from the dead side,all the people collecting photos are dead.
    the person gives them photos of their loved once to see them for last time, and let them go.....


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    Jun 11th, 2013 6:28pm report

    In my interpretation I beleive that this song is about how the devil feeds you all this wonderful things and tells you that everything will be great as the lyrics "You were that foundation never gonna be another one no I followed so taken so condiotioned I could never let go"comes from and once he ties you in a perfect tight not is when he brings you down because he knows he finally got you.Cause he promised all these great things and everyone went along until the realized they were all lies.That's where the lyrics "And these promises broken deep below each word gets lost in the echo"so finally they can see through all the lies so the can finally let him go


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    Jan 8th, 2013 1:01am report

    I think this song, if related to the (non-interactive) video, is about letting go of your ghosts, the loved ones you've lost and the empty comfort they give; and you will meet them... after you've died too.


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    Dec 19th, 2012 12:34am report

    I agree with the first person's observations. It's about a difficult and painful break-up that someone has to get through. A bad relationship that they still want to go through with, but after realising that it's bad, having to let go.

    "Check the rep. Yep, you know mine well."

    It's like telling a hurtful person that they've hurt you, being up-front and honest - assuming that 'rep' here is short for 'reputation'?

    "With these promises broken deep below..."

    Like someone appeared to follow their promise but got cold feet or broke the promise either over and over again or once in a very hopeful situation which woud have hurt the other deeply.


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    Nov 9th, 2012 11:28pm report

    i think that it is about a loved person who is gone. that you are stuck in the past and you wont move on so you get a picture of that person and become sad when you see it. but you have to learn to move on so you can finally leave.


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    Oct 15th, 2012 10:21am report

    This is my view: It's basically about promises that cannot be kept. The images represent someone who they once were, but that is over now and they're someone entirely different than what is seen in the picture. One side is happy in pictures, but in reality they really aren't that way. Than at the end the other person crumbles to dust with a sad or angry look on their face placing those images in the suitcase. Bottom line I think it's about a break up, one will feel sorrow, the other being happy. The sorrow person should follow the way to happiness they want and move on to the next place or area.. the place where they belong? I take it this is actually part of Linkin Park's "Somewhere I belong".

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