Wastelands - Linkin Park


The Experience:  The show's done, they're talking for just talkin. Meaning, they got none. But how many of you got bred with integrity? Not one...in the Wastelands of today. A dreary verdict on our day and age, but they have a point don't they? Can hope survive without integrity...

Official Video: Still waiting. 

The meaning of Linkin Park's Wastelands: Linkin Park seems to be decrying the death of values in our modern society. They refer to a war with no weapons, because it's a cultural war. A John with no Yoko refers to John Lennon and his wife Yoko, in other words, a world without love. A world without true communication (They're talking for just talkin; meaning, they got none): without deep relationships, due perhaps to the impersonal communication of modern social media. Despite the economic prosperity of the 21st century, is there anything left to lose? Is there nothing more to take?
Though predominantly a complaint, the underlying message of Wastelands is bring back what makes life worth living.

Ask yourself: Do I form deep friendships, or am I satisfied with small talk? Are my values worth fighting for? 


LYRICS:


This is war with no weapons, marching with no stepping
Murder with no killing, ill in every direction
First, no sequel, do the math, no equal
A John with no Yoko
More power, less people
And yeah I'm not afraid of that, print in your paperback
Every rapper's made in fact, to act as a delayed attack
Every phrase a razor blade, and save it till they play it back
Slay em leave em laying on the paper bank, fade to black

In the wastelands of today,
When there's nothing left to lose
And there's nothing more to take
But you force yourself to choose
In the wastelands of today
When tomorrow disappears
When the future slips away
And your world turns into fear
In the wastelands of today

Roll credits, forget it, the show's done,
They're talking for just talkin,
Meaning they got none,
None of you come proper, they talk like a shotgun
But how many of you got bred with integrity, not one
So no, I'm not afraid to see you suckas hold a blade to me,
Ain't no way to shake the ground I built before you came to be,
Take it how you take it, I'm the opposite of vacancy,
And this not negotiation, I can hear you, wait and see!


In the wastelands of today,
When there's nothing left to lose,
And and there's nothing more to take,
But you force yourself to choose,
In the wastelands of today,
When tomorrow disappears
When the future slips away,
And your world turns into fear,
And your world turns into fear,
In the wastelands of today!

In the wastelands of today
When there's nothing left to lose
And and there's nothing more to take
But you force yourself to choose
In the wastelands of today
When tomorrow disappears
When the future slips away
And your world turns into fear
And your world turns into fear
In the wastelands of today

In the wastelands of today

In the wastelands of today

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