L: Linkin Park Lyrics

It is well documented that music stimulates a person’s memory.  Why?  Because sound is a sensory input that activates specific parts of the brain. 

When I hear certain songs, vivid memories come flooding back.  Does the same thing happen to you?

A few weeks ago, as I turned on my car engine to begin the drive to be with my mom in her last days, Waiting for the End by Linkin Park was playing on the radio.  I have a feeling that, for better or worse, this song will always bring back the memory of that drive.

Here’s the video that shows the lyrics.  The words to the chorus are below.

Waiting for the end to come
Wishing I had strength to stand
This is not what I had planned
It’s out of my control….
Flying at the speed of light
Thoughts we’re spinning in my head
So many things were left unsaid
It’s hard to let you go…
(Oh!) I know what it takes to move on,
I know how it feels to lie,
All I wanna do
Is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven’t got
Sitting in an empty room
Trying to forget the past
This was never meant to last,
I wish it wasn’t so…

Does any song or piece of music have an important meaning to you?  Does music stimulate your memory? 

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18 responses to this post.

  1. How poignant. Right now mine is “I won’t let go” Rascal Flats.


  2. I’ve never heard this song. Thank you for sharing it, Tracy. Yes, familiar music stirs in my mind past memories in a much stronger sense than any other trigger. Certain songs, when I hear them, can bring tears to my eyes, sometimes without my understanding of the connection. Surely there had to be pain in my life when that song became embedded in my memory. In the same way some songs bring up pleasant memories that wash over me like liquid love. Blessings to you…


  3. Posted by Andie on April 14, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I was raised in a home filled with music. My parent’s music-I see myself standing in front of the mirror singing Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. Childhood music-sitting in front of the stereo (yes, stereo) listening to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious over and over so I could learn the entire word. Sitting on the living room floor and coloring with Suzie Larson singing Quella Devil from 101 Dalmatians. Suzie pretended her crayon was a cigarette-how scandalous! My brother’s music-so loud that I remember walking home from my friend’s house and hearing it 5 houses away. Getting older…sitting in my cousin’s room singing Billy Joel-Glass Houses. I laughed so hard because we only knew so many lyrics and at the same point of the song we both did the “lalala” thing. Meatloaf, Bat out of Hell-.”You Took the Words Right out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)”. I learned that entire song and on my college Spring Break I shocked all of my friends by breaking into song in some beach bar in Daytona Beach, never missing a beat. Impressive, I know. If you are ever in a beach bar and hear someone singing that song, look around- it may be me.

    You are so right that music stimulates a person’s memory. Music was so prevalent in my life that I can pretty much document each year by a song(s). Even writing this it is tough to limit my words, because, “I got the music in me” and memories are flowing back as each song runs through my brain.

    Music is also a healer. I now know how important music is in my life. It always always picks me up. It’s better than any over the counter medicine. So, play that funky music, white boy. Music is always in my head. Maybe I need to see a doctor. Nah, I’ll just turn up the volume! Rock on!


  4. Hi Tracy .. the words here are amazing .. and the music I must have heard .. but hadn’t related the words before .. I too wait .. but have to say not being musical can’t really link music to this time .. just heard Leonard Cohen .. perhaps those sort of songs! Cheers Hilary


    • There are instramental versions of this song done on piano only. Sometimes music and lyrics match up just perfectly and other times…not so much. Leonard Cohen is a great songwriter for sure.


  5. Love this. Some songs just really zing– right to the core.
    I love many Blue October songs for that reason. (=

    Here is the link you asked about. Not sure why the vid didn’t work! meh!

    Thanks for your comments!


    • Cool, thanks for the link! I’ll plug it soon. A friend of mine is filming a documentary right now in LA – lots of work – film making is so exciting, but also a true labor of love.


  6. Posted by Amy on April 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Wow, I went from laughing while reading you last post to tearing up reading this one. Some songs I can actually name the year. Perfumes and scents bring back similar memories. If I smell Paris, I am immediately transported back to Penn State Altoona. Bath and Body Works, Plumeria, turns my thoughts back to summertime in Dallas, Texas…and Flower by Kenzo, places me right back on the cruise ship on my honey moon. Songs, smells… it is amazing how they instantaneously trigger a memory. Great post!


    • Thanks for popping along with me, Am! And oh, I’m so glad that those scents that trigger your memories are good ones. The smells that trigger memories for me are strangly, related to pizza and stale beer. 😦 Love seeing you here.


  7. Thanks for posting, Tracy. I’d never heard this song before now.


  8. Love Linkin Park, and this is especially a poignant one.

    I’m still catching up on all my A-Z posts, and just blogged today on this very subject, music and the way we connect with it.

    Any number of songs remind me of my mom, but now it’s in a good way (most of the time.) You will always miss her, but in time, you’ll realize how blessed you were to have her for as long as you did.


  9. I’m sorry for your loss, Tracy 😦 I don’t like it when songs remind me of sad times. Unfortunately I have some of those. But one song that has quite a bit of significance for me (in a good way) is this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-Z1YwaOiw – I so want it to be true for me, and have often hoped and prayed it for others that have passed through my life also.


  10. Great song!


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