Nobody's Listening

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  • This song is about the pain and stress one must go through when writing music.
  • Mike Shinoda was going through his record collection when he got the idea to use a Japanese flute on this called a shakuhachi. Chester Bennington decided they had to make the lyrics go along with the flute, which was played by an outside musician. >>
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    Greg - San Diego, California, for above 2
  • This is a track on Linkin Park's second studio album, Meteora. In the album's booklet, the band explained how the song fulfilled one of their creative goals for the project: "One of the band's many goals in writing Meteora was to take their sampled sounds to the next level. However, in creating more interesting samples, a new challenge arose: To make the wide variety of sample-based elements feel like they belonged together. At first, this song's Japanese flute loop created a mood that was far different from any other song on which the band was working, and made the track feel too distant from the rest of the album. Mike and Chester decided that the singing vocals would have to somehow connect the song to the rest of the recordings. The following day, Chester's performance gave this seemingly incongruent song balance, transforming it into an essential track on the album."
  • In the first verse, Shinoda references the opening lines of Jay-Z's "Brooklyn's Finest" (from his 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt) when he raps:

    Yo, peep the style and the kids checking for it
    The number one question is: how could you ignore it?


    Linkin Park and Jay-Z collaborated on the 2004 EP Collision Course, which resulted in the Grammy Award-winning mashup "Numb/Encore." ("Numb" is the third single from Meteora.)

Comments: 19

  • Zero from Nowhere, NjCould this song be about the pressures of the record company pushing them for a follow-up to Hybrid Theory? I don't know but HT was such a successful record that there had to be some pressure on them. Also, it could be an answer to the music critics and certain music fans writing them off as "just another rap-metal throwaway band" when they first came out. I don't know, that's just what I kinda saw in the lyrics.
  • Steph from Commack, Nythis song really hits hard right now. and people but a smile on just bc it feels like no ones gonna listen and or care and having all the pain and anger Linkin park forever
  • Courtney from Harrah, OkI received the Meteora album for Christmas ne year, and this song was my favorite of the album; I felt that, even though I could pretty much relate to the entire album, "Nobody's Listening" really was the one I felt closest to. I was going through a time where I was picked on and ignored and such, and when I tried to tell my parents that I thought I was depressed, they ignored me and told me to quit being a baby. Something broke in my mind right then and I decided to never speak to them about my problems again.
  • Nicole from Nowhere, TnI really love this song and always have. In plain the song is about not being heard (of course) and the struggle that no one realizes you're going through to reach the top. People say this is my big brother's theme song, no one paying attention him.
  • Elmer from Zamboanga, Philippinesi nver lykd dis song...but wat ol u people r saying makes me lyk it...tnx!!!..cn any1 tell me abt the whole lyf of chester???wikipedia doesnt xplain all
  • Chelsea from Cape TownThis song is soo true, you tell someone something bad but it's true, they hate you, it happens and then they come back trying to forgive you, and then the first question that comes to your mind is 'why dodn't you trust me?'
  • Lalita Stone from Ventura, CaI actually liked this song the first time I listened to it.
  • Shanise from Slough, EnglandI didnt really like the song the first few time i heard it coz it sounded so unlike LP, but after a while it really grew on me. the use of the flute is Ingenius! and i agree with takashi about his fav line...its so awesome
  • Athena from Scotia, NyI love this song. It felt very relevant when I told my friend that her boyfriend was cheating on her, she hated me for telling her. Then later she found out that he was cheating on her...

    I tried to give her warning but she ignored me...
  • Scott from Lexington, MaAs mentioned by a few before, I didn't know what to make of the flutes. After listening to the song a bunch of times, the song has grown on me. I admire the effort to try something new and totally diffrent. It really sets the song apart (in a good way) from the rest of the c.d.
  • Mark from Ann Arbor, Miscreeewwww this song and this bannndd. what is this world coming too listening to linkin park, and whats worse is that you like their songs
  • Thom from Johnson City, TnI don't know is this song is really about writing songs. I think is just about the fact that the things he writes, no one gets. He's lonely, just like you & me. I struggle to say this one of my favorite songs, because, I love ALL of their songs. I have honestly never found a song by Linkin Park that I simply did not like. But, this is DEFINITELY one of my favorites. This song reminds me to always listen to people...sometimes that's all they need...
  • Takashi from Tokyo, JapanI love the line "I hate my rhymes. I hate everyone else's more".
  • Lisa from Sf Valley, CaThe first time I listened to this song I was like "Wtf" because it was so different from everything else on Meteora. But it just proves how good LP is...even when they do different stuff, people like it. (Maybe not as much, but it IS liked.)
  • Kayla from Rancho Cucamonga, Cai love this song because it really seals the fact that linkin park IS a rock AND hip hop band. not JUST rock. and besides the beat is sick. :)
  • Chasidy from Hampton, GaA lot of people don't like "Nobody's Listening" because of its strong hip-hip influence that is not as evident in all of Linkin Park songs. But I enjoy it. It annoys me when everyone asks, "Where's the rock?" But I digress.

    It's a good song that deals with the stress of writing songs. It's also good for anyone who has struggled while people just constantly try to bring them down. I think Mike Shinoda probably experienced that. He *is* a half-white-half-Japanese rapper. That's a rarity, and I'm sure some people were not so accepting of him at first.

    Anyway, I love LP. They're my favorite band. I like the flute, which is very different for a Linkin Park song. I love how they experimented on Meteora, even though they did stick to what worked on Hybrid Theory. Point is: "Nobody's Listening" is a good song, in my opinion.
  • Kaylee from Marysville, Waya, this song has helped me through some hard times. I agree with Grace, its funny when you listen to it after you've told your friends something, but they just didn't listen, and it came back to bite them in the butt.
  • Rynn from Rogers, Ari love this song, the band and everything about the way they write their music. i get mad alot so i have to have somehting to calm me down. this song is the trick. it makes me feel like someone else understands. it's an awesom esong!
  • Grace from Ventura, Cai love this song. whenever i'm mad about something stupid my friends did when i told them it would happen i listen to this song and its almost funny in a way. these guys are genious
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