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Linkin Park: What I've Done Meaning

Song Released: 2007

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What I've Done Lyrics

In this farewell,
There’s no blood,
There’s no alibi.
‘Cause I’ve drawn regret,
From the truth,
Of a thousand lies.

So let mercy come,
And wash away…

What I’ve Done.
I’ll face myself,
To cross out what I’ve become.

  1. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2011 report

    To me, the meaning of the song is someone who cannot forgive themselves and finally in here forgives themselves. In the music video, it also illustrates societies faults like pollution and war.

  2. linkinparkfoxraider
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    Dec 22nd 2010 report

    i agree with crittic and also has any1 noticed that som songs blend in with the next in the album.lp may hav done this in previos albums but quite a few of thei songs in minutse to midnight hav a simmilar meanng

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  3. anonymous
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    Jun 23rd 2010 report

    It about forgetting what you have done in the past, to the environment or to others, you want everyone to forgive you and you want everyone to fix what they have done

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 21st 2010 report

    to me, this song means faluts in the world and society in the past and even present. if people could only take back what they've done.

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2009 report

    it shows you about 1/1000000000000000 of the mistakes mankind has made

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2009 report

    My personal opinion of this song is that it's about a boy who was in love with a girl. He made some mistakes and she started to reject him. He is pleading for her to forgive him and come back. He's forgiven himself for his past wrongs and wants her to forgive him as well. I may be totally off the mark here, but that's how I first interpretated it, so I'm putting it out there.

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  7. anonymous
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    Jul 5th 2009 report

    This song seems to be starting again, going back and doing over what we've messed up.

    The video for this shows some of humanities greatest atrocities. That we should start over, begin a new and move on to never repeat these things.

    At the end of the first transformers movie this song is played. Perhaps indicating that that auto bots are starting over with another people. That they may have comited many wrongs in their past, but now will help others to stay right.

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 29th 2009 report

    I think the song is about doing things wrong,messing up,hurting people you love eventually everything builds up and you need mercy to wash away what you've done
    In this farewell
    There’s no blood
    There’s no alibi
    ‘Cause I’ve drawn regret
    From the truth
    Of a thousand lies

    -you think your not good enough to be with these ppeople you say good bye regretting the lies and the mistakes

    I'll face myself
    To cross out what i’ve become
    Erase myself
    And let go of what i’ve done
    Put to rest
    What you thought of me
    While I clean this slate
    With the hands of uncertainty
    you need to let goof everything,put it behind you,and ask people to forgive you while you try to improve,uncertian if you can

    For what I’ve done
    I start again
    And whatever pain may come
    Today this ends
    I’m forgiving what I’ve done!

    then you start again and forgive yourself, your finished with the same lies,same mistakes

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  9. anonymous
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    May 1st 2009 report

    The lead singer has his own interpretation, and the drummer has his. All of ours was completely different, but yes, you're supposed to see it the way you would like to see it as...assholes.

  10. danniboi
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    Mar 28th 2009 report

    just because it has apparant religious references (that are in common use) doesnt mean it has religious overtones. i personally believe this song is simply asking for mercy for what we as a species have done to the planet, in that we've completely ruined it, with global warming, toxic waste flooding the seas etc. this is highlighted by the video, showing some of the worse moments in the history of humanity

  11. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2009 report

    Lots of religious symbolism in this song.

    Here are some words and phrases base in Christianity:

    wash away (baptism)
    clean the slate (salvation)
    start again (born again)

    FORGIVING WHAT I'VE DONE (forgiveness)

    You cannot tell me that this song is not based in Christianity.

  12. Skeet21
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    Jan 27th 2009 report

    I think this song is talking about how someone wronged their friend and their friend keeps forgiving them but this time its the last straw and the person is asking the friend to believe him that he has changed and "faced myself, to cross out what i've become". He has changed and has found mercy. I know this isn't a Christian song, but I think he may be referencing to letting go of the past and finding mercy with Jesus.I think that everyone has their own interpretation, but the basic meaning is finding mercy and forgiveness.

  13. anonymous
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    Dec 30th 2008 report

    It's about a person who ruins his life and it gets so bad he wants to kill himself (hence "in this farewell there's no blood) so he wants god to give him another chance to start over again
    what is with you bitches thinking this is about the environment
    u are FAGS!

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  14. ret
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    Dec 13th 2008 report

    I think it could mean what God has created, being us, and how it has turned out to cause more damage than peace so it is saying what God has done

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd 2008 report

    I believe they wrote this song based on what was just happening... The atomic bomb! This song was meant to signify the human population as a whole... we created this horrible weapon and have to face the repercussions!

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