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One Step Closer - Linkin Park

One Step Closer

Road To Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes
Nu Metal rock Linkin Park alternative rock alternative


"One Step Closer" is the debut single by the nu metal band Linkin Park released in 2000 and the second track of their debut album, Hybrid Theory. It is also the song that catapulted the band to stardom, especially towards the rock audience, as well as one of the band's well-known songs. The song reached #79 on the Hot 100 on February 20, 2001. According to the One Step Closer Songfacts, the vocals were recorded in Mike Shinoda's flat one night while an angry neighbor hammered on the wall. He couldn't hear the actual music, just Chester Bennington screaming into the microphone. Until 2007, Linkin Park has closed every concert to date with "One Step Closer", excluding Live 8, their live performance at Summer Sonic. During the 2001 MTV VMA performance of the song, the band had The X-Ecutioners do an extended break before the bridge. This part was somewhat similar to the atmosphere on the remix, with synth parts and faint vocal parts being scratched. From 2003 to 2007, performances of the song include a verse originally sung by Jonathan Davis in the Reanimation remix of the song before the "Shut up when I'm talking to you!" bridge. At the end of the verse, Bennington then repeats the line "Blood is pouring" while the song builds up to the bridge. On occasion, Shinoda sings "Blood is pouring" under Bennington's screaming during this part, as is done by Jonathan Davis on the remix. This is half-done on the performance at 2004's Rock am Ring (in that Shinoda only sings the part during the second half of the bridge) and fully done during a performance during 2003's Projekt Revolution tour, which was recorded and included on the "Faint" single and is available as a bonus track for Reanimation when purchased on iTunes. On the single cover, it is called '"One Step Closer" (Reanimated Live)'. During the 2006 live performances in Japan, the Reanimation bridge was played with the main riff of the song. During the band's 2007 tour, "One Step Closer" became the opening song of Linkin Park's performances, and the Reanimation verse was removed. It also featured a new, extended intro featuring Mike Shinoda on rhythm guitar. In 2008 it became a new extended outro, and sometimes it was performed as the last song.


Linkin Park is an American band from Agoura Hills, California. Formed in 1996, the band rose to international fame with their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2005 and multi-platinum in several other countries. Linkin Park has released seven studio albums (2000's Hybrid Theory, 2003's Meteora, 2007's Minutes to Midnight, 2010's A Thousand Suns, 2012's Living Things, 2014's The Hunting Party, and 2017's One More Light). Show more ...

One Step Closer - Linkin Park

I cannot take this anymore
I'm saying everything I've said before
All these words they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Less I hear the less you'll say
You'll find that out anyway

Just like before...

Everything you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break

I find the answers aren't so clear
Wish I could find a way to disappear
All these thoughts they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Nothing seems to go away
Over and over again

Just like before...

Every thing you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break!
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge,
And I'm about to break!
Every thing you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break!
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge,
And I'm about to break!

Shut up when I'm talking to you!
Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
Shut up when I'm talking to you!
Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
I'm about to break

Every thing you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break!
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge,
And I'm about to break!



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