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Somewhere I Belong
Song by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
Released March 17, 2003
Format CD
Recorded 2003
Genre Rapcore
Nu metal
Length 3:34
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Don Gilmore
"Linkin Park singles chronology
"Somewhere I Belong"

"Somewhere I Belong" is a song by the band Linkin Park. It is the third regular track from their 2003 album Meteora. It was released as the first single.


The band wrote over 40 different versions of the chorus, each time rewriting to get the sound right. However, in the actual making of the song in the album, Chester was sick and the band used recordings from previous tries.

The opening sample is a clip of Chester Bennington playing guitar, which was reversed by Mike Shinoda before being cut up so that the chord progression remained intact. It was made a long time before the rest of the album. In that time the song called "Shifter'. There is a clip in Frat Party at the Pankake Festival (which was released in 2001) that shows Mike Shinoda playing the sample. (What is a reversed version of the intro). Despite the fact that this song is only 3 minutes and 34 seconds, it is the longest song on Meteora.

During the Projekt Revolution 2004 shows, Linkin Park played a different intro to this song, with Brad Delson playing a guitar riff while Rob Bourdon played a new drum intro. This has become standard in their 2007 Minutes to Midnight Tour.


Its clip, directed by Joseph Hahn, shows the band playing the song in a Salvador Dalí-style scenario. It was awarded as Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. The doors in what is supposedly Bennington's room has the Japanese characters for fire and water, which possibly represent the waterfall and burning fire behind Shinoda while rapping.


Track listingEdit

  1. "Somewhere I Belong" [Single Version] - 3:35
  2. "Step Up" [Live Projekt Revolution Tour 2002] - 4:15
  3. "My December" [Live Projekt Revolution Tour 2002] - 4:27


When this began
I had nothing to say
And I'd get lost in the nothingness inside of me
I was confused
And I let it all out to find / that I'm
Not the only person with these things in mind
Inside of me
But all the vacancy the words revealed
Is the only real thing that I've got left to feel
Nothing to lose
Just stuck / Hollow and alone
And the fault is my own
And the fault is my own

I want to heal
I want to feel
What I thought was never real
I want to let go of the pain I've held so long
[Erase all the pain 'til it's gone]
I want to heal
I want to feel
Like I'm close to something real
I want to find something I've wanted all along
Somewhere i belong

And I've got nothing to say
I can't believe I didn't fall right down on my face
I was confused looking everywhere / only to find that it's
Not the way i had imagined it all in my mind
So what am I what do I have but negativity
'Cause i can't justify the
Way everyone is looking at me
Nothing to lose
Nothing to gain / Hollow and alone
And the fault is my own
The fault is my own

I will never know
Myself until I do this on my own
And I will never feel
Anything else until my wounds are healed
I will never be
Anything 'til I break away from me
And I will break away
I'll find myself today

I want to heal
I want to feel like
I'm somewhere I belong

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