Breaking The Habit Lyrics - Linkin Park

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Memories consume
Like opening the wound
I'm picking me apart again
You all assume
I'm safe here in my room
Unless I try to start again

I don't want to be the one
The battles always choose
'Cause inside I realize
That I'm the one confused

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream.
I don't know why I instigate
And say what I don't mean.
I don't know how I got this way
I know it's not alright.
So I'm breaking the habit,
I'm breaking the habit

Clutching my cure
I tightly lock the door
I try to catch my breath again
I hurt much more
Than anytime before
I had no options left again

I don't want to be the one
The battles always choose
'Cause inside I realize
That I'm the one confused

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream.
I don't know why I instigate
And say what I don't mean.
I don't know how I got this way
I'll never be alright.
So I'm breaking the habit,
I'm breaking the habit

I'll paint it on the walls
'Cause I'm the one at fault
I'll never fight again
And this is how it ends

I don't know what's worth fighting for
Or why I have to scream
But now I have some clarity
to show you what I mean
I don't know how I got this way
I'll never be alright
So, I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit
I'm breaking the habit

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I Have To Agree With Phoenix | Reviewer: Adam Rock | 6/20/14

After reading the lyrics several times and watching the video several times, I can't see why this song is not about "reflection, adjustment and HOPE!"

This was another song we (Parallel Storm) tried to pull off and we were hoping to use it as a ministry tool to reach out. For the most part, I think we got the message across, but the sound, no way. We could never compare to LP.

great song and story | Reviewer: thiskid | 2/18/14

such a very touching story,but ima little boy so...I haven't really had any bad habits to break. I mean after reading a few reviews I finally get the song. But in any situation I love the song and LK!!!!!

Oh My God! Great Song! Amazing Video! Perfect Lyrics | Reviewer: Phoenix | 2/4/14

Finally seen the Video... And once again will echo my previous points...


You have a bad relationship breakdown? Do you sit in a room with a bottle of whiskey and blame everyone... Or do you look at the past and think "God that person was a shit - Time for me to pick myself up and move on... NOT be haunted by what was" - In doing that you are BREAKING THE HABIT

You shove a needle in your arm and wake in hospital... You decide enough.. I wanna live... YOU ARE BREAKING THE HABIT!

Want more examples?

Video and sang are excellent. Just wish the so called "Emo" or "Goth" Brigade that try and use Music as a means to justify their own weakness would lay off...

The song says it all... Find it in your heart to change your life around... Focus on where YOU can change and Break the habit... Tonight!

Get a Grip!!!! | Reviewer: Phoenix | 2/4/14

I have to echo the thoughts of some who have tried to point out this is NOT a song calling for people to self harm... Though until now I had not seen the Video.

The song is about REFLECTION, realization and recovery...

The Video Director chooses the path the video will take and, with the obvious News Coverage of Teen Suicides, decided that this was the best way to display its meaning.

While appropriate, the meaning is CLEAR! Focus and find a reason to continue... Stop blaming the world or yourself and look at the bigger picture, BREAK THE HABIT and LEARN TO LIVE!

I am a protestor fighting against a corrupt system in the UK, who has been beaten and defeated by it many times now... I have had to use this song as a Mantra to help me focus...

You want to use this song or any other Linkin song as a means to justify Cutting yourself, Then you are only hiding from the reality. Maybe you would also like to follow the song "Crawlin'" and use that a means to justify beating the seven barrels out of your loved ones (And YES someone in the UK did try that... Got him an extra 5 years at Crown Court... Judge was fan of the band and felt the defendant was "Living the realms of fantasy" - He could not say a BSing Scumbag)

Please! Get a grip!

you wimps | Reviewer: anonymous | 10/16/13

I read a bunch of these reviews I am a 15 year old male from Missouri I've been listening to Linkin' Park since I was in diapers specifically this song and I've learned that if you watch the video of an LP song you learn that there is a hidden meaning to it and this one is to cling to life Mike Shinoda in the beginning of the video is splattered on the pavement because he just leaped off of a skyscraper and at the end of the song he rises back to the top of the building and finishes the song this is him quitting his destructive way of life and living it to his fullest that is the meaning of this song don't kill yourself because that is the pussy's way out if you just cling to life and keep going you will break free of darkness' strangle hold.
I know this because I once tried to kill myself and I realized that killing myself would do more harm than good and so i put my gun down and I walked away and here I am writing this message because of this song it taught me an important lesson MAN THE FUCK UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guys ! guys! | Reviewer: jimmy | 3/29/12

gues what this is all about chester not you and me if you feel like breaking the habbit go ahead otherwise lets drink and rock and roll
jimmy chiwaya brantyre malawi

Could be the habit is plain ole alcoholism | Reviewer: Frank Quinlan | 11/15/11

First off let me tell you I am a 70 yo recovered alcoholic and that is the prime reason why I think this song replicates some of the symptoms either a practising/ recovered alcoholic has .

Next strangely enough I misunderstood these words from the song.....'The battles always choose' came to me as 'the one who battles all issues" because that IS SO ME .And there are many other lines which tell me (or I want them to) that this is a guy who is about to STOP drinking TONIGHT ,well maybe he gonna ,right ,yeah !
Anyway thats how it looks to me . I'm gonna try this on my group next week .

HEY, YOU GOT IT WRONG! | Reviewer: ArunavAm | 7/13/11

Come on friends... what suicide are you talking about? Can't you see how Chester shouts throughout the song? It's about the suicide of the idea "I will suicide". When you are feeling too bad about something and killing yourself, why don't you try to bring the anger within yourself? ..why the hell am I gonna kill myself? Cuz I couldn't fight with this world for so long?...
That's all you got..??
You scream , break in pain.. you think of suiciding,
but don't. It's your life.. smile... better run away, make your own path. How badly hav u seen life? You say, you are Fat or ugly or something.. What about the mother who has lost her only son? What about the teenaged girl who got raped before she could even fall in love with someone?...What's the definition of LOVE to her? How does a man feel who is blind..who can't see? How does a deaf guy feel..? You are blessed that you have ears to listen to this song and even thinking of killing yourself..where that guy is fighting with his incapability to be PERFECT in this world. Yeah, go ahead, die u morons.. your souls will rest in peace. You didn't even get the meaning of this beautiful song.

You don't know what worths fighting for with yourself, or why do you hav to scream.. "I wanna die!"

Break the Habit tonight... Live life... Smile :-)

Breaking the Habit | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/31/10

This song isn`t really about suicide persay, in a interview Mike said that it was about Chester overcoming his drug addiction. That`s the 'cure' for his pain. By Breaking the Habit it means that he's going to try and stop his addicition. In fact, Mike said it took a while to be able to publish this song because Chester often broked down in tears at the memory of his bad habit.

I'm breaking the habit | Reviewer: Nika | 5/2/10

how terrible or better to say painful it is to face urself... when seeing urself nothing left of you... u'r lost in urself and can't believe what u've become... tired of thinking all day and night... feeling u'r useless... feeling linely... when u close the door of ur room and become so alone u face the dark world u've made for urself and u know that all ur pain comes out of ur thoughts but u don't know how to get rid of this pressure... these thoughts surrounding ur head and will never approach a conclusion and this huge pain that no one understands what u say...
how many times u've thought og suicide?! how many times u've killed urself in ur mind and felt free?! how many times u've dreamed every thing's got alright?! how many times u've tried not to be what u are?! how many times u've wished to scream all this damn thoughts?! how many times u've wished to puke ur life?! how many times u've waited for a miracle?!
I'm still too young to undergo these damn killing thoughts... this damn pain's just smothering me and I have no way to escape... I'm tired of fighting 'cause I really don't know how I got this way... just know I opened my eyes and saw I'm standing at the middle of nothing and this pain filled my chest... the damn pain don't even leave me alone for a sec... I wish I was strong enough to break the habit!

ouch | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/22/10

I am pretty sure it ends in suicide. What else could the "cure" he's holding tightly to his chest be than a gun/knife? This was,a hard. Song for me to listen to. I felt extremely suicidal after this and was glad afterwards that others were around or I might not be writing this now.
That said, this is my 2nd favorite LP song.

suicide | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/11/10

"choosing the battles"
living life, making every day decisions.

"i dont know what's worth fighting for"
life has no meaning.

"I don't know how i got this way I know it's not alright"
thinking about what he's going to do.

"I'll paint it on the wall cause i'm the one at fault"
He'll shoot himself in the head with the blood on the walls no one to blame but himself.

"i'm braking the habit tonight"
he'll comit suicide tonight.

What I think | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/14/09

Like many other reviewers, apparently, I have some connections to this song. Almost anyone with any problem can relate to this- it is pretty much about wanting to change a habit, whether it be sadness, drugs, etc.

All too true | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/4/09

The point of this song seems to be an overwhelming solitude, depression, hopelessness. The video helps to explain this, from showing clips of three different stories, which help to explain this. In the song, they're literally trying to break that habit of emptiness an anger.

I'm not some kid that decided to look up the lyrics and write some review, based on what I thought. I've felt that way before, like you're hopeless and empty. No other song I've heard before helps personify that feeling.

Explains me perfectly | Reviewer: Mary | 10/19/09

I'm a tennage girl, and one of my talents is picking songs out on the piano. I picked this one out only two times after listening to it. It explains me so well. I'm playing it right now. It makes me cry when I think of my life, along with "Welcome to my Life", Simple Plan. What I'm feeling now can be explained in four words: I want to change.

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