Until It's Gone - Linkin Park



The Experience: 'Cause you don't know what you've got until it's gone. Linkin Park continues exploring the dark side of life's hopes with a hard-hitting song about loss...





Music video: Joe Hahn has said that the black ooze in the Until It's Gone music video stands for the other music out there - the rock gone soft. It gets inside you, and then kills your from the inside, just like black crystals sprouting from people in the smoky background of Until It's Gone. But although there is a lot of death and desolation in the black and white visuals, there is hope: the highway interchange that shows up twice means decisions, the freedom to make choices and change the outcome. 
The lyric video shows a couple looking for each other. You know they broke up. You know they miss one another. You know they find each other. But you don't know if they get back together, if they find happiness... or if they ever smile. The video adds an element of search to lyrics that focus mostly on loss.

The Meaning of Until It's Gone: It's a lot more user friendly than Guilty All The Same's aggressive ranting, and hits much closer to home. Because we've all lost things. We've all felt empty. We've all wished for something better. Something that lasts longer and feels deeper. The feeling gets even stronger when we lose the things we used to distract ourselves from the emptiness. Until It's Gone talks about glow and light, but never tells us if they're just bitter memories or solid hopes.

Ask yourself: The question is, where do we look? What or who can fill the hole? Linkin Park doesn't know. But then again, do we?


LYRICS:

A fire needs a space to burn
A breath to build a glow
I've heard it said a thousand times
But now I know

That you don't know what you've got
Oh you don't know what you've got
No you don't know what you've got
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone

I thought I kept you safe and sound
I thought I made you strong
But something made me realize
That I was wrong

'Cause finding what you got sometimes
Is finding it alone
And I can finally see your light
When I let go

'Cause you don't know what you've got
Until it's gone (6x)

'Til it's gone
'Til it's gone

'Cause you don't know what you've got
Oh you don't know what you've got
No you don't know what you've got
It's your battle to be fought
No you don't know what you've got
'Til it's gone
'Til it's gone
'Til it's gone

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