The lyrics for this song talk about insurgents in certain parts of the world where they have a lot to rebel against. In comparison, America has it easy. Vocalist Mike Shinoda told Rolling Stone that what used to make the teenage Linkin Park members angry is not what makes them angry now.
"We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record – we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record." he said. "And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day."
The song features signature guitar shredding by System of a Down guitarist Daron Malikian.
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve samples an obscure orchestral arrangement of the 1965 Rolling Stones song "The Last Time." The Verve had to sign away most of the royalties before they could release the song.