What does In The End mean?

Linkin Park: In The End Meaning

Album cover for In The End album cover

Song Released: 2001

In The End Lyrics

(It starts with one)
One thing I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try keep that in mind
I designed this rhyme to explain in due time

(All I know)
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Oct 24th 2013 !⃝

    I think the meaning of this song is kind of obvious. In the end it doesn't really matter, meaning no matter who u are, rich or poor, famous or a nobody. in the end it doesn't really matter.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 6th 2014 !⃝

    I can relate to this song and it's meaning seems very clear to me.
    I feel that this is a song about a futile effort to seek love from an abusive relationship.
    The beginning references to time are about how it was pointless and a waste of time putting effort into this failed relationship and the focus on this effort took him away from other efforts in his life, it's like time stands still.
    Then when he talks about keeping everything inside, it's about how hard he tried to please her and relate to her in the way she needed. He was trying to get love from her but she wasn't really giving him any recognition.
    In the end refers to a feeling of giving up and feeling that his efforts were pointless and a waste of time, that it was an impossible relationship. I can also see it as an ironic statement that no matter how hard he tried, his efforts were futile.
    I think it could be about a romantic relationship or a parent, but I don't see that in the end refers to suicide, though the situation was probably quite stressful and depressing.
    He really did everything he could for the relationship but a supreme effort wasn't enough to save it.
    What it meant to me will eventually... means he's not quite over it yet, this song seems part of the process of dealing with it.
    I also find that a few other songs on that album seem to refer to an abusive relationship.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 25th 2009 !⃝

    This song is about not wasting your time by the clock or anyone or anything and start living in this moment....which is the only thing that matters(portrayed by almost every religion). "I tried so hard and got so far but in the end it doesn't even matter" what he means by that is what matters most is the journey, not the destination. But this moment right now, right here is what matters because that's where everything is taking place and that's all that exsists. And it is what's creating the journey. So no matter how hard you try even when you're an Olympian and win a gold medal after those moments of you obtaining the medal it doesn't even matter....this moment is what always matters and we obtain happiness from the journey not the destination. Watch the movie Peaceful Warrior everybody please. Thank you.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2019 !⃝

    I Think That This Song is about no matter what you do or no matter how much you try it does not matter. And it is also about trusting someone that you are really close to and you trust them with something very deep and you told them and trusted them because you thought that they would not tell anyone but yet they must've told the world.

    I would Like To Add Another thing to This Recount
    an that is that i relate a lot to this and these are the parts i relate the most to
    "I tried so hard
    And got so far
    But in the end
    It doesn't even matter
    I had to fall To lose it all
    But in the end
    It doesn't even matter"
    Thank You
    From Someone

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2019 !⃝

    There are many interpretations, each depends on the listener. My opinion is that it reflects the person's realization of the futility of life. This more of a personal view, a "this is where I've been and what I've come to accept. It's similar to other interpretations of life. King Solomon wrote "it is like chasing the wind" (the Bible's Book of Proverbs). The band Kansas sings "don't hang on nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky" (Dust in the Wind).

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2018 !⃝

    This song,I know,have some interpretations.I think is a suicide note,because there aren’t lyrics who talk a “relationship/toxic relationship”.I hate EVERYONE thinks EVERY SONG have A MEANING ABOUT LOVE.(>insert the guy who say “Time to STOP”<)Okay,now I stop with this.Now I insert the meaning.The “normal” part and the “rapped(?)” part are the voice of the same person.Probably he are oppressed from something,he can’t do it.Everyone had a moment of stress, and think to fading away from the world.

    Bye,I know is so poor,but is a the probably the song mean.

    (Ah,there seems to many interpretetion about love.I gonna suicide like the guy lol *goes away with forever alone face*)

    (I’m sarcastic)

    (Don’t kill me)

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  7. JustinC11
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    Aug 16th 2018 !⃝

    Just like any song, this song can mean multiple meanings depending on the person listening to it and depending on how you view it while listening to it.

    To me, it sounds like building trust in a relationship of some sort(which takes some time) and them backstabbing you or betraying you in some way, thus, "in the end" it doesn't even matter because you got f*cked. The lyrics definitely point to this.

  8. anonymous
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    Jul 3rd 2018 !⃝

    My interpretation is this. i think it tells a story of a backsliden christian who lose his hope in Christ and loses his faith so he thinks that in the end it doesn't even matter and i think he is focusing on faith but this is wrong because in the end the only thing that matters is our in the Lord Jesus by accepting him as ersonal Lord and Savior we can have salvation.. Godbless Everyone

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  9. anonymous
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    Jun 26th 2018 !⃝

    I can relate this lyrics to singer's own life on how he grew up how his past was real horrible and so much effort he put on his music and also got the positive result out of it. But then still somewhere in his eyes, in his own thought, he wasn't satisfied. Maybe he didn't even wanted fame and just wanted to live peaceful and happily in his but the struggle and depression still chased him that in the end he just gave up his life. Also he knew that whatever he is gaining now won't be with him after his death. After all Alexander the great gained so much in life but at the end he died and nothing even mattered. It's a sad truth of life, whatever we gain it won't be matter after our death so whatever we are doing right now, do it peacefully and happily because you only live once. RIP Chester you will be remembered till the end of everyone's life

  10. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2018 !⃝

    I think its about a lost war expecially the axis loss in russia
    Its about one of germanys allies who has fallen and now talks to german fuhrer (not gonna mention the name)

  11. Angelboo
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    May 23rd 2018 !⃝

    What's so good about this song is that it can have multiple meanings. It could be about suicide, (Looks like a suicide note) a dysfunctional relationship between two lovers, or between a parent and child, or it could be the singer just saying no matter how much (or how little) you've accomplished in life none of it will matter in the end. (once you're dead.)

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 24th 2017 !⃝

    Whatever we do in life doesn't matter because in the end we all die.

  13. Hope4Best
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    Nov 1st 2017 !⃝

    RIP Chester, you will be sincerely missed by so many people, and I hope that in due time the rest of the Linkin Park members will keep moving on and creating amazing music. I understand he's not here, but just always keep him in your mind when you make music and sing these songs.

    This song is amazing, and it's helped to get me through some very tough times.

  14. anonymous
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    Oct 30th 2017 !⃝

    I think it's about 1 talking to himself, He is trying to so hard to improve himself and get the best of himself but it's not working and giving results. So he is at the edge of giving up and letting it go. Trying to convince himself that in the end it doesn't even matter.

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 2nd 2017 !⃝

    This is about Chester's frustrations that he went through in life.

  16. anonymous
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    Aug 23rd 2017 !⃝

    I don't see how it's a suicide note I think it is aboitnit doesn't matter how wealthy you are in life because when your dead it won't matter chester killed himself now I am am crying

  17. anonymous
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    Aug 8th 2017 !⃝

    I think it's all about wasting your time on video games, because you try so hard and get so far but then you die on the last level at the very end. Then, you've wasted your day, or possibly your entire life. And you look around you, and the house is a mess, your loved ones have given up on you, and you have nothing to show for all the effort you've put into your video games but they have stolen your time, and stolen your life.

  18. anonymous
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    Aug 5th 2017 !⃝

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