The song starts with a string sample and electric piano intro, followed by the verse. The song is a sort of confession (possibly to a friend or loved one) and an attempt at redemption. The lyrics speak of someone who's made some poor choices in the past and wronged others and he fears condemnation. It also mentions the differences between two individuals that shouldn't matter. The main person wants to be remembered as a good person in other peoples' memory when he dies or leaves in another way.
The song combines various synths and samples with raw guitars and drums and powerful vocals. It is a more pop rock influenced ballad that retains several elements from Linkin Park's previous work (bearing certain similarities to songs like "Easier to Run" and "Pushing Me Away").
In an interview with MTV, Mike had said that the video, directed by bandmate Joe Hahn, would take place in a futuristic, sci-fi influenced setting, and will depict what the daily life of the band's members would be like if they lived in outer space. The band lives in a rundown, artificial habitat that's making its way across the galaxy. At first, they are seen passing the time performing mundane tasks, but then gravity is lost onboard the vessel, sending the members floating about. The video features no performance footage, though Chester Bennington is seen singing during most of his solo scenes. The video has respectively been influenced by the British movie Sunshine, borrowing similar imagery and a similar concept. Joe said:
The video leaked before the official release date, also on May 30.
The video also featured in the top ten songs of the week on VH1.
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||98|
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||24|
|Finland Singles Chart||19|
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart||38|
|Polish National Top 50||38|
|Portugal Singles Chart||33|
|UK Singles Chart||90|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||33|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks||32|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||86|