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Linkin Park - Leave Out All the Rest

I dreamed I was missing, you were so scared
But no one would listen, 'cause no one else cared
After my dreaming, I woke with this fear
What am I leaving when I'm done here
?

So if you're asking me, I want you to know

When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed

Don't resent me, and when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory, leave out all the rest


Leave out all the rest, don't be afraid
I've taken my beating, I've shared what I made
I'm strong on this surface, not all the way through
I've never been perfect, but neither have you


So if you're asking me, I want you to know

When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
Don't resent me, and when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory, leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Forgetting all the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well
Pretending someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are

When my time comes, forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some reasons to be missed
Don't resent me, and when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory, leave out all the rest
Leave out all the rest

Forgetting all the hurt inside you've learned to hide so well
Pretending someone else can come and save me from myself
I can't be who you are

I can't be who you are

This song is about a man looking for redemption from his past mistakes. He knows he has hurt people and made some poor choices, and now he wants to be forgiven. The original title was "Fear." The band spent a lot of time working on the lyrics, and the song went through many variations before it was recorded. Vocalist Chester Bennington in Kerrang! Magazine: "We knew this was going to be a single from the very beginning, so we worked really hard on making sure it had great lyrics. I'm singing 'Pretending someone else can save me from myself' during it because it's supposed to feel like an apology letter, as though I'm moving on but I want people to remember the good things and not the bad things. A lot of the song is about humility." This song featured prominently in episode 187 of the forensic drama CSI, which shared the same episode title as the song. Executive producer Carol Mendelsohn explained why they decided to use Linkin Park's music: "They have an anthemic sound that's full of strength and simultaneous vulnerability. They were perfect for the show and the conflict within it." The conflict she refers to is Gil Grissom's (William Petersen) unresolved love with Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), who recently left the crime lab. CSI's music supervisor Jason Alexander added: "We found the melody and lyrics of the song to work so well with our story, that we underscored Grissom's emotional journey with it. We've been long admirers of Linkin Park and it was wonderful for us to collaborate on something special like this."

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