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When They Come for Me is the 5th track from A Thousand Suns. It features Mike Shinoda rapping most of the song. It has been noted to have been heavily influenced by Eastern-style music.

TriviaEdit

  • The line, "Nor the same person telling you to forfeit the game," could be a reference to Points of Authority.
  • Near the end of the song (around 4.08) features guitarist Brad Delson shouting frantically through a megaphone in another (spanish) language.
  • The line, 'Once you got a theory on how the thing works, everyone wants the next thing to be just like the first', could be a reference to fan's responses to later Linkin Park albums which have changed musical direction, when compared to their debut album, 'Hybrid Theory'.
  • Another line says 'cause even a blueprint is a gift and a curse',which could be a reference to Jay Z's album 'The Blueprint 2, The Gift And The Curse'.

LyricsEdit

I am not / a pattern to be followed

The pill that I'm on is a tough one to swallow

I'm not a criminal / not a role model

Not a born leader I'm a tough act to follow

I am not / the fortune and the fame

Nor the same person telling you to forfeit the game

I came in the ring like a dog on a chain

And I found out the underbelly's sicker than it seems

And it seems ugly / but it can get worse

'Cause even a blueprint is a gift and a curse

'Cause once you got a theory of how the thing works

Everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first

And I'm not a robot

I'm not a monkey

I will not dance even if the beat's funky

Opposite of lazy / far from a punk

Ya'll ought to stop talking start trying to catch up motherfucker

And all the people say

Try to catch up Motherfucker

Lauryn said money change a situation

Big said it increase the complication

Kane said don't step / I ain't the one

Chuck said that uzi weigh a motherfuckin' ton

And I'm just a student of the game that they taught me

Rockin' every stage in every place that it brought me

I'm awfully underrated / but came here to correct it

And so it ain't mistaken I'ma state it for the record /

I am / the opposite of wack / opposite of weak

Opposite of slack / synonym of heat

Synonym of crack / closest to a peak

Far from a punk

Ya'll ought to stop talking / start trying to catch up motherfucker

And all the people say

Try to catch up motherfucker

Oh / When they come for me

Come for me

I'll be gone

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