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."
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