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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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    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.
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    reddude45Jul 13, 2009 at 1:10 am
    I love this song so much it really helps me. I lost so much you don't even no hahaha I can relate to this an the thing that makes me laugh I'm supossed to be the strong one I help every with there problems but I'm stitting down staren in the mirror tryin to figure out how to fix me? Should I give up an show what I feel what I think or should I keep the walls up? Idk anymore f*k it but overall helpfull amazing song "deserves more credit than it gets" have a nice day.
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    LpluvApr 15, 2009 at 8:06 am
    This is a song to listen to if you've had a crap day at work or whatever. I mean it's pretty much getting rid of ya anger without smashing stuff or bashing people up. When I have pretty sh*t day I always go to my room lock the door chuck on this lp song lay on the bed and listen to it, it uselly helps but if I'm real pissed I listen to all my lp albums [pretty much I've got all of em' so I'm obvioulsy real pizzed!] Linkin park can really de stress you if your having a crappy day [which we all do] so next time your at the shops make sure you buy a lp cd don't matter which one really and when your angry or pizzed or had sht*y day chuck on the album and listen to it lying down you'll be surprised!

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