Linkin Park: What I've Done Meaning
Song Released: 2007
What I've Done Lyrics
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.
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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
anonymous 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.
anonymous Nov 1st 2009 report
it shows you about 1/1000000000000000 of the mistakes mankind has made
anonymous 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.
anonymous 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.
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
anonymous 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.
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.
anonymous 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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