Numb - Linkin Park

www.last.fmby Benjamin O'Loughlin 


The Experience: You're alone. The world moves around you as everyone ignores you... when they're not making fun of you or complaining. And why are the people who should care the ones who don't even try to understand?


The Video: She's alone. She's a gifted artist, but nobody else understands her. The other girls give her the silent treatment. Her teacher doesn't care. Her mom does nothing but complain about her. So she's alone, and so used to it that she doesn't even hear what they say about her - just like in the video we only hear Linkin Park singing, and never hear what anyone says. In the final scene she even loses her sketchbook. She runs to the church where Linkin Park has pouring out her troubles, but when she gets there the band's gone. Is there anyone who understands? She's alone in the church... with God?

My Take: The song is very real. The people who mean the most to you, like your parents, don't always understand. Don't go numb. Maybe they don't listen. But most of them do care. They've just forgotten how to care. And you can teach them. To do that, you don't have to betray who you are. You just have to keep the door open, and find ways to show them who you are and why that's special. If you go numb - if you give up - the world will be a much bleaker place, just like the washed out colors in the music video.

Ask Yourself: You are a lot more than what other people expect from you. Do you let those expectations rule or wreck your life?


LYRICS:

I'm tired of being what you want me to be
Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface
Don't know what you're expecting of me
Put under the pressure of walking in your shoes
(Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you
(Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow)

I've become so numb, I can't feel you there
Become so tired, so much more aware
I'm becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you

Can't you see that you're smothering me,
Holding too tightly, afraid to lose control?
'Cause everything that you thought I would be
Has fallen apart right in front of you.
(Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow)
Every step that I take is another mistake to you.
(Caught in the undertow, just caught in the undertow)
And every second I waste is more than I can take.

I've become so numb, I can't feel you there,
Become so tired, so much more aware
I'm becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you.

And I know
I may end up failing too.
But I know
You were just like me with someone disappointed in you.

I've become so numb, I can't feel you there,
Become so tired, so much more aware.
I'm becoming this, all I want to do
Is be more like me and be less like you.

I've become so numb, I can't feel you there.
(I'm tired of being what you want me to be)
I've become so numb, I can't feel you there.
(I'm tired of being what you want me to be)

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