A Year of Creating Dangerously, Day 203 – Saturday Life Quote – Linkin Park

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“Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do”

I cannot claim to be a Linkin Park fan but my 20-year old son, Elias, certainly can. He has the CD and T-shirt collection to prove it. But more importantly, the music of Linkin Park has meant a great deal to him. He has battled through anxiety and depression and found solace and expression through the band’s lyrics and sound.  Over the years I’ve come to appreciate Linkin Park because I love my son, and I very much understand how something like a rock band can help you through some dark times. That is why, in my household, the news of Chester Bennington’s suicide hit very hard. In a touching Facebook post, Elias included lyrics from one of Linkin Park’s songs called “One More Light”. The words are extremely poignant, even more so now in the wake of Chester’s death. I decided to share them today for the Saturday Life Quote.

This is just more proof that you never really know who’s struggling. Even though someone may seem fine, there may be something in their mind that pushes them over the edge. Hold on to those you love, and hold on to them so they can’t be pulled away from you by the cruelness of this world.” – Elias

One More Light

Should’ve stayed, were there signs, I ignored?
Can I help you, not to hurt, anymore?
We saw brilliance, when the world, was asleep
There are things that we can have, but can’t keep

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

The reminders pull the floor from your feet
In the kitchen, one more chair than you need oh
And you’re angry, and you should be, it’s not fair
Just ’cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it, isn’t there

If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Who cares if one more light goes out?
In a sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
We’re quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

Well I do

Written by Brad Delson, Chester Charles Bennington, Dave Farrell, Francis White, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Robert G. Bourdon • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group

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