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Linkin Park: Numb Meaning

Song Released: 2003

Covered By: Dead By April (2017)

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Tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
(Caught in the undertow just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I...


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    Nov 3rd, 2008 11:58am report

    Looking at the lyrics of the song it doesn't say who it is about, so it doesn't have to be a teenager and his/her parents. However it does seem to be more teenaged based. The Lyrics suggests that he/she is tired of being "expected" to be like everyone else whether by parents, school peers or even work colleges. This person has been pushed and pushed to live up to the expectations of the others around them, this leads them to become numb to the people around them. The lyrics "be more like me and less like you" and "put under the pressure of walking in your shoes" tells us that they wish to do as they want with their life, not have it ruled over by the expectations of the other people.
    also the lyrics "can't you see that your smothering me, holding to tightly, afraid to lose control" show how this person wants to be able to express themselves and not be held back to be formed into something they are not.
    "every step that I take is another mistake to you" tells us how although they try they are just shot down.

    That my interpretation anyway. Sorry that its long. I suppose above all other it is teenagers who can relate best to this song because of school and parents. great song and powerful lyrics


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    Oct 27th, 2005 10:25pm report

    A girl, lost in the reality of her situations, beaten down by everyone around her and without a friend in the world. She feels oppressed, but she doesn't know what to do. She doesn't have the strength to break free without help.

    This song is about becoming numb to the world. It's about seeing your life go bye without you, as if your watching a movie in fast forward. You're not a part of reality. You're an outcast. A lost soul, searching for some shred of hope in the darkness of society.

    In this music video, this is shown in the girls drawing of angels. She wants to be saved from her despair, but no matter how hard she tries, no one is there to pull her out of her mundain existance.

    It's all about feeling trapt in ones own life by the people and pressures around us.


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    Nov 19th, 2004 11:11am report

    this song talks about a teen in school who always feels like nothing is good enough for his/her parents...like the begin *tired of bein what you want me to be.....put under the pressure of walking in your shoes*...something we all feel sometimes...It's about becoming NUMB to the feeling of being put down or discouraged because of parents expecting so much out of their kid. Then again, this could go with anyone not just kids and their parents, ya know?


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    May 10th, 2019 5:47pm report

    i can relate to this song as my life:<
    .It fits me very well.each and every thing shown in the video is my life.
    now coming to the song,it all tells us the girl is fed up with her life, she has no friend,her teachers scold her,her mother continiously shouts at her and no one stands by her but just treat her like or worse than a servant.she use to draw angles as shown in the video to rescue her and pours her anger on them because they wont come to her rescue.
    sorry for such a long discription.


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    Mar 13th, 2019 3:39pm report

    It’s about himself hes become so depressed he’s feeling suicidle and numb he’s tired off being who people want him to be by putting on a face instead of being his real self and sick of being criticised by people when he’s his real self I suffer with depression and I could relate to it so much I couldn’t bear to watch the video on MTV MTV2 or listen to it on the radio.


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    Jan 11th, 2019 1:30pm report

    about someone who lives in a family where everyone understands each other, except for that one person. It's even shown wherever they go. And they are the only one different. {Honestly a pre "My demons form starset" } but i understand the feeling.


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    Oct 16th, 2018 10:32am report

    This is about someone who has narcissistic parents who are vicariously trying to live their dreams through their son. But whatever the son does is never good enough. He is fed up and tired of trying to please his parents. He just wants to be himself and follow his own dreams.


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    Jun 8th, 2018 6:20am report

    So I've seen a few others on here with a similar interpretation, I think obviously the artist wanted it to be a subjective song that anyone could relate to, because at all stages of life we have someone setting expectations for us and beathing down our neck, and putting pressure on us to do and be things that don't feel like "me", but to me personally I see it as the thinker in your mind, the voice that keeps you from being happy, and tells you you're not good enough, and compared you to everyone else. This voice uses the past to make you feel pain and keeps you submissive to its destructive ways, even though you know you are the one who should be in cpntrol, you just keep letting this other you, is one way to put it, control you and put you down and limit you from being all that you can truly be.


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    Nov 6th, 2017 11:08pm report

    Well my Interpretation isnt like the most of the others.
    I Think the person who has the expactions of him is himself. I had depressions and I was numb too for a long time and the biggest enemy always was myself because I was never satisfied with myself and ever had the biggest expectations for me, so I can realy understand what this lyrics are about in the way I think its ment.


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    Oct 25th, 2017 10:53pm report

    I interpret it as slipping into depression day by day, watching your life go by. I see it like this because it really feels like numbness to have this sort of major depression in your life.


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    Oct 2nd, 2017 10:20am report

    I feel that this song is about how one feels that they are not living up to someone else's expectations, especially parents. There are parents that would try to relive their childhoods through their children.


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    Sep 18th, 2017 9:34am report

    Well... I think that this song is about a teenage girl (as shown in the video). So like parents always want their children to live their life as per parents want. So I think that the girl doesn't wants any restrictions by her parents or teachers and wants to do everything by herself.


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    Aug 1st, 2017 8:18pm report

    I'm 51 years old, I got divorced about 12-13 years ago. All I ever did was work my ass off for my family, because that was what i thought would make my wife, and my kids happy! How wrong can you be, that's no way to live, but in my mind, I thought thats what my wife wanted, and I didnt care about anything else. This song really resonated with me, cos it was around at about the same time. Since I got older and have a fantastic relationship with my grown up daughter, who loves Rock, and R'n B, and all types of music, same as me, ffs, didnt want to ramble!!! Anyway, Love the loud Guitars, makes me feel like I can just shout Fuck you to the world!! RIP Chester, gone too soon!


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    Jul 20th, 2017 7:58pm report

    Look guys. Your final answer has arrived.
    This song is CLEARLY about god... he directs everybodys path..the choices you make down this path is on you.. hes become so numb. He cant feel god there.. hes tired of being what he wants him to be.. hes lost under.. feeling the pressure of walking in his shoes.. god in the flesh was persecuted for the things he did.. when all he did was love and forgive and wants you to do the same.. which is hard for mankind it seems.. they are singing in a CHURCH setting down by the alter getting everything off their chest.. His faith in humanity is just gone! The woman had separate stories. It wasn't just her mom looking down on her.. she was painting the church. At the end she starts destroying the painting. Frustration style. She runs into the church. She knows its the only place she knows she can run.. what she does in there.. no one knows.. Your welcome


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    Jul 20th, 2017 7:39pm report

    Sounds like a person dealing with a narcissistic parent.


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    Dec 21st, 2016 12:27am report

    The song , too me, is about drug addiction! Its metaphorical and i link the two as i am a drug addict in recovery and related MOST lyrics to my situation. In saying all that i do suffer from anxiety and depression, those two illnesses being relatable in the lyrics. I can say that i became the drugs i used, eventually couldnt feel their effects atall, leading me to want to become myself again!


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    Nov 21st, 2016 11:19am report

    I think song "numb" about the person who loves someone and didn't loved back by him/her he tried to change him/herself for improving him/her but everytimes he fails then he/she quit improving coz he felt so miserable and lonely.... In the end /sheHe tells his love one that "he/she knows and realized that one day u were like me... And someone disappointed u... Like u r doing me.. That's it..


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    Aug 29th, 2016 8:58am report

    about someone being forced to be like everyone else but doesn't want to be 'tired of being what you want me to be'.

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