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Papercut- Linkin Park

Cover of the single Papercut.

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Papercut
Song by Linkin Park
from the album Hybrid Theory
Released September 25, 2001
Format Single
Recorded New Orleans, Louisiana in 1999-2000
Genre Nu metal
Rap metal
Length 3:04
Label Warner Bros. Records
Writer Linkin Park, Mark Wakefield
Producer Don Gilmore
"Linkin Park singles chronology
Crawling In the End

"Papercut" is the first track from Linkin Park 's 2000 debut album Hybrid Theory. It was the third single to be released from the album.

SongEdit

Papercut was released in 2001 as a single. The song is a thesis of someone always looking out for him/herself, and warning others that they are also paranoid.

Even though there are no acoustic instruments in the song, lead guitarist Brad Delson is shown playing an acoustic guitar in the video, and Phoenix is shown playing an acoustic bass guitar. And although there is drumming, Rob Bourdon doesn't play drums at all in the video. Chester Bennington has stated that Papercut is his favourite song from Hybrid Theory. In live performances, the lines "why does it feel like night today" and "something in here's not right today" is changed to "why does it look like night today" and "something inside's not right today".

On Linkin Park's remix album Reanimation, there is a remix of this song, titled "Ppr:Kut", which was remixed by DJ Cheapsho|. Elements from the song were used in the song Sold My Soul To Yo Mama, which appears on the band's 4th annual fan club CD. Furthermore, Collision Course contains a mix of this song and Jay-Z's "Big Pimpin'".

TriviaEdit

  • The artwork in the room that the band is playing resembles the Xero cover. The artwork is done by Mike Shinoda before the band got started on the video.
  • If you look carefully, right after you see the statues head moving in one part, you will see a small blue man dash past Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington.

LyricsEdit

Why does it feel like night today?
Something in here's not right today
Why am I so uptight today?
Paranoia's all I got left
I don't know what stressed me first
Or how the pressure was fed / but
I know just what it feels like
To have a voice in the back of my head
It's like a face that I hold inside
A face that awakes when I close my eyes
A face watches every time I lie
A face that laughs every time I fall
[And watches everything]
So I know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is hearing me / right underneath my skin

It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

I know I've got a face in me
Points out all my mistakes to me
You've got a face on the inside too and
Your paranoia's probably worse
I don't know what set me off first but I know what I can't stand
Everybody acts like the fact of the matter is
I can't add up to what you can
But everybody has a face that they hold inside
A face that awakes when they close their eyes
A face watches every time they lie
A face that laughs every time they fall
[And watches everything]
So you know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is watching you too / right inside your skin

It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

The face inside is right beneath your skin
The face inside is right beneath your skin
The face inside is right beneath your skin

The sun goes down
I feel the light betray me
The sun goes down
I feel the light betray me

(The sun...)
It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
(I feel the light betray me...)
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin

(The sun...)
It's like I'm / paranoid lookin' over my back
It's like a / whirlwind inside of my head
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
(I feel the light betray me...)
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
(The sun...)
It's like I / can't stop what I'm hearing within
It's like the face inside is right beneath my skin


Music videoEdit

Linkin Park - Papercut-003:13

Linkin Park - Papercut-0

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