Song Analysis: What I’ve Done by Linkin Park (2007)


“In this farewell
Theres no blood
Theres no Alibi
Cause Ive Drawn Regret
From the truth
Of a Thousand Lies”

This song can be interpreted for many different situations, so I will try to keep it general. Although the singer refers to himself in this song, it is meant to apply to everyone. The farewell that he refers to is a past life with past mistakes that he is trying to move on from. The lack of blood and an alibi means that there is no crime that he committed necessarily, but the regret that he feels is the realization of the damage he has caused with his “thousand lies.”


“So let Mercy Come
And Wash Away
what i`ve Done
I’ve faced myself
To Cross out what Ive Become
Erase Myself
And let Go of What Ive done”

Some would argue that the first part of this chorus has some religious undertones. He could be crying to God to have mercy on him and wash away his sins. He has done some soul searching and is determined to rid himself of what he had become, and to let go of his past mistakes and failures.

“Put to rest
What you Thought of Me
While I clean this Slate
With the Hands of Uncertainty”

Now it seems that he is calling out all of those who know him personally. He is telling them to get rid of any past impressions and judgments because he is wiping the slate clean. What the future holds is uncertain but he knows he needs a fresh start again.


“For What Ive Done
I start again
And whatever pain may come
Today this ends
Im Forgiving What Ive Done”

The singer is starting over again. No matter what trials and challenges he must face in this new life, he wants the old one to end and he is forgiving himself from the past.


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