Linkin Park: The Catalyst Meaning
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Song Released: 2010
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The Catalyst Lyrics
We're a broken people living on a loaded gun
And it can't be outfought
It can't be outdone
It can't out matched
It can't be outrun
God bless us everyone
We're a broken people living on a loaded gun
And it can't...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Feb 28th 2012 report
I belive this song talk only about the worst kind of warfare which is nuclear."A thousand suns" was quote about the nuclear bomb, of Robert Oppenheimer which was featured previously in the album in the "The Radiance".About: "We're a broken people living under loaded gun" i think the mean is about all of us since we are all in a constant danger of nuclear war.The atomic bomb is the "gun" in this song and we are the people who are begging for mercy from god. we ("the people")in th song ask god if because all of what mankind has done and he is still doing ,Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns? for the sins of our....
In conclusion, I think its talk only about us and our "sins" and the nuclear danger, when i first time heard a Linkin Park song (it was In The End) i thousght they only do songs that kids would like to hear even though they do not have some meaning but as more i hear from Minutes to Midnight and especially from A Thousand Suns, I see i was worng.These guys see the world in a diffrent way and I like that despite sometimes it doesnt have the same rhythm of Hybrid Theory or Meteora which is so love.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 22nd 2012 report
"God bless us everyone" don't you think this song is about people that need GOD's blessing..?
"We're a broken people living on a loaded gun" People that are to afraid of what this world had become...
"And it can't be outfought"
"It can't be outdone"
"It can't out matched"
"It can't be outrun"
The people can't do anything they brought it on themselves... It may be about pollution and global warming...
"God bless us everyone"
Save the people from themselves for they have become murderers,rapists,thieves,pollutionists... The people made the world like this..
"For the sins of our hand"
"The sins of our tongue"
"The sins of our father"
"The sins of our young"
This band Linkin Park ask forgiveness for the whole world's sins... They ask that G0D should bless the people even if they brought this on themselves...
"Where oceans bleed into the sky"
Again I think this is about pollution in the ocean and the sky...
"Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?"
Will the people's sins be forgiven their unending adultery and killing..?
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:
This song is an obvious reference to nuclear holocost with the bombs themselves being the "loaded gun" we are living under. The phrase "When I close my eyes tonight to symphonies of blinding light" a reference to the bombs going off. The line "Like memories in cold decay Transmissions echoing away Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky" meaning the radio transmitions from this planet that would be all that was left of us afterword traveling through space for thousands of years and " God save us everyone,
Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?
For the sins of our hand
The sins of our tongue
The sins of our father
The sins of our young" seems to be a pondering if we deserve this fate or have brought it on ourselves and if it will come to be...or at least thats what I gather from it.
anonymous Oct 26th 2019 report
The nuclear bomb has been made. It cannot be unmade or forgotten. Now it is a part of the arsenal that the powers control. "We're a broken people living under loaded gun" in that there is always the threat that one of the powers will use the weapon that cannot be outfought outdone, out matched or outrun.
As Albert Einstein put it, "I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
God IS the only one who can save us.
anonymous Nov 6th 2018 report
A glimpse of an LP being placed on a turntable sports a label depicting a "BLACKSTAR". I also believe the lyric's suggest the "End of Times" but not necessarily caused by nuclear war but by the same means that this planet has endured since it's birth. Chester's friend Chris Cornell's "Black Hole Sun" and Bowies "BLACKSTAR" is your roadmap to truth!
anonymous Dec 28th 2017 report
I feel the song is being sung by a member of a small army troop which is about to lose a battle and bite the dust. They know that they are all going to lose their lives tonight but still they are going to fight and are seeking courage from almighty.
They will all be put to sleep listening to gun fire lullabies, watching themselves and all their memories being burnt and decaying.
And he believes that he is in this state because of his wrong actions, wrong words used, mistakes done by himself/ his children/ his fathers.
And lastly he pleads God to take him away since he is in a state where he is almost dead.
anonymous Oct 29th 2015 report
I interpret that It is a song about the Rapture.
"When I close my eyes tonight, to symphonies of blinding light"
This line could represent the day when God will take his people from the Earth. Although we don't know what the rapture would actually look like. We can only imagine if there would be a symphony of blinding light that would signify that the Rapture is happening.
"Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns"
It is a direct reference to hell, which sinning will eventually lead you to.
"Lift me up, let me go."
The lift me up part is a phrase commonly used in religion, where as let me go is used to resort to the exact opposite. So basically those who did not give their life to God would be let go. I can also see it being about nuclear war, but I prefer to have my own interpretation of the song instead of following the general acceptance of what the song means.
anonymous Mar 30th 2015 report
When it says "when I close my eyes tonight, two symphonys of blinding light, it's probably referring to the nuclear bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in WWII
anonymous May 31st 2012 report
Far from the world of you and I
Where oceans bleed into the sky
Simply HE wnna tell this is not between us it is beyond our Narrow mind like Limitless distance,where oceans meets the Sky ...MIRAGE
Pardon for my English...Njoy the song
anonymous Apr 5th 2012 report
It is about nuclear war and the threat of what we are doing to ourselves in the world.
But it's also I way of saying that it's speeding up. The term "catalyst" is the name given to an object that speeds up a reaction in science. The catalyst in this song is us. We are speeding up the threat of nuclear war and other physical disasters by being blind to serge everything we are doing to this planet.
anonymous Oct 8th 2011 report
They are obviously resigning the Illuminati... They're saying that the end is very near, in fact, it is.
"god bless us everyone were broken people living under loaded gun and it cant be outfought, it cant be outdone, it cant be outmatched it cant be outrun no!"
-this means that judgement day is about to happen, and we cant stop it, we cant run away to it, we cant counter it...
"god save us every one will we burned inside the fires of a thousand suns? for the sins of our hand, the sins of our tongue, the sins of our father the sins of our young no!"
-this means, if we don't ask forgiveness to the lord, we will sent to "HELL"(Thousand Suns)
anonymous May 28th 2011 report
Well....think about it.
"God bless us everyone,
We're a broken people living under loaded gun."
To go back to the obvious, its talking about war. Libya. I know, I know, it was before that, but take it into consideration. Civil war in general. Broken straight down the middle, the pendulum of power swing back and forth, back and forth. Under loaded gun. Under the overlaying threat that neither side will win, and everything- everyone -goes boom. Doesn't this need God's blessing?
"And it can't be outfought,
It can't be outrun,
It can't be outmatched,
It can't be outdone."
Can you outrun, outfight, outmatch, or outdo reality? I sure can't. Can you beat an idea? Beat an outcome that you've already brought upon yourself? Knock yourself out.
"Like memories in cold decay,
Transmissions echoing away,
Far from the world of you and I,
Where oceans bleed into the sky."
When all the textbooks are gone, all the teachers are drafted, where do you learn to outsmart am enemy? The past. Legends, wise sayings, parables, the like. Stuff your parents told you. Memories and transmissions long in stasis. Decaying in the bonds of eternity.
Travel into the unknown, beyond the normal, or even the strange. Where oceans bleed.
"God save us everyone,
Will we burn inside the fires of a thousand suns?
For the sins of our hands,
The sins of our tongue,
The sins of our father,
The sins of our young."
But nobody listened. God's blessing is long-gone. You need fate to intervene. You need a catalyst to turn it all around. You need a savior. Before everything burns. A thousand suns can't be extinguished by any force known to reality. The fire is the end. Bam. El fine. Gone. But who's to blame? You? Your ancestors? Your descendants? In reality, everyone. Making little compromises and cheating and back-stabbing. Take it further, you might just create a war. Not personally, obviously, but all as one. United in evil can only cause more evil. This song, despite being awesome, is a sign. A wake-up call. I ask you to listen.
And think about how lucky you are not to be on the verge of a holocaust.
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