This song is about a man looking for redemption from his past mistakes. He knows he has hurt people and made some poor choices, and now he wants to be forgiven.
The original title was "Fear." The band spent a lot of time working on the lyrics, and the song went through many variations before it was recorded.
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Vocalist Chester Bennington in Kerrang! Magazine: "We knew this was going to be a single from the very beginning, so we worked really hard on making sure it had great lyrics. I'm singing 'Pretending someone else can save me from myself' during it because it's supposed to feel like an apology letter, as though I'm moving on but I want people to remember the good things and not the bad things. A lot of the song is about humility."
This song featured prominently in episode 187 of the forensic drama CSI, which shared the same episode title as the song. Executive producer Carol Mendelsohn explained why they decided to use Linkin Park's music: "They have an anthemic sound that's full of strength and simultaneous vulnerability. They were perfect for the show and the conflict within it." The conflict she refers to is Gil Grissom's (William Petersen) unresolved love with Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), who recently left the crime lab.
CSI's music supervisor Jason Alexander added: "We found the melody and lyrics of the song to work so well with our story, that we underscored Grissom's emotional journey with it. We've been long admirers of Linkin Park and it was wonderful for us to collaborate on something special like this."
This is the fifth and final single from Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight. Despite overall sales being lower than its predecessors, the album still managed to debut at #1 in America and went on to earn a quadruple-Platinum certification with 4 million copies sold in the States.
This also appeared on the Twilight soundtrack in 2008. It was used during the end credits in the movie.
Linkin Park DJ Joe Hahn directed the futuristic music video, which reimagines a day in the life of the band in a space setting. Hahn explained: "We're explorers in space, just like when we go on tour. We're leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into 'Leave Out All the Rest,' in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better."