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What do I do to ignore them behind me?
Do I follow my instincts blindly?
Do I hide my pride from these bad dreams
And give in to sad thoughts
That are maddening?
Do I sit here and try to stand it?
Or do I try to catch them red-handed?
Do I trust some and get fooled by phoniness,
Or do I trust nobody and live in loneliness?

Because I can't hold on when I'm stretched so thin
I make the right moves but I'm lost within
I put on my daily facade but then
I just end up getting hurt again
By myself
(Myself)

I ask why
But in my mind I find
I Can't rely on myself
(Myself)
I ask why
But in my mind I find
I Can't rely on myself

I can't hold on
(To what I want when I'm stretched so thin)
It's all too much to take in
I can't hold on
(To anything watching everything spin)
With thoughts of failure sinking in

If I turn my back I'm defenseless
And to go blindly seems senseless
If I hide my pride and let it all go on
Then they'll take from me 'till everything is gone
If I let them go I'll be outdone
But if I try to catch them I'll be outrun
If I'm killed by the questions like a cancer
Then I'll be buried in the silence of the answer
By myself
(Myself)

I ask why
(Myself)
Can't rely on myself
(Myself)
I ask why
But in my mind I find
Can't rely on myself

I can't hold on
(To what I want when I'm stretched so thin)
It's all too much to take in
I can't hold on
(To anything, watching everything spin)
With thoughts of failure sinking in

How do you think
I've lost so much
I'm so afraid (I'm so afraid...)
I'm out of touch
How do you expect (How do you expect)
I will know what to do
When all I know
Is what you tell me to

Don't you KNOW
I can't tell you how to make it GO
No matter what I do, how hard I RUN
I can't seem to convince myself WHY
I'm stuck on the outside
(X2)

I can't hold on
(To what I want when I'm stretched so thin)
It's all too much to take in
I can't hold on
(To anything, watching everything spin)
With thoughts of failure sinking in
(X2)



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  • s
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    ShelbyShinodaSep 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm
    This song deserves sooo much more credit than it gets. If it gets any at all.
    It's about a battle we all go through. Feeling lost and confused. Feeling like everyone is against you...You start to feel paranoid and very fragile, but you can't show any of those emotions which gets harder as time goes by. You don't know who to trust so you keep yourself locked up behind your walls and don't let no one else in. This feeling starts to consume you though it becomes sort of unhealthy. You're never at ease and always watching your back...It's sort of a no win, no win situation.
  • k
    +3
    kk1992123Dec 17, 2008 at 6:02 pm
    Oh by the way I love the song. Don't mean to be critical. Linkin Park is awesome. It helps me deal with how my life is.
  • Darkangel1232112
    +1
    Darkangel1232112Nov 9, 2008 at 5:25 pm
    this song is what i am going through!!

    This world makes me scared

    i lost so much already

    and my biggest fear is to loose more
  • s
    -0
    ShadowMaster36027Apr 27, 2011 at 12:24 am
    ACTUALLY ticktocktick, only one word in the lyric is wrong,
    it's "No matter what I do, how hard i TRY", Try not Run, I looked it up in the LB :P
  • mutt244
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    mutt244Aug 9, 2009 at 12:25 am
    This song should be a single,like rnaway should of but no it's linkin park all there songs are singles to me.

    I love this song it's sounds so cool and the guitar in it!!Whoo!!Brad can play! I agree with lpluv it's a song i will listin to if my day was a shitter.

    Good day bye!

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