By Myself

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"By Myself"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album Hybrid Theory
Working title Super Xero / Super Zero
Recorded 1999 - 2000
Stems "Parts" CD
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 103
Key Ab Minor
Live debut Unknown
Last played June 14, 2014
Writer Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Joe Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon
Producer Don Gilmore
Label Warner Bros.

Hybrid Theory track listing
  1. Papercut
  2. One Step Closer
  3. With You
  4. Points Of Authority
  5. Crawling
  6. Runaway
  7. By Myself
  8. In The End
  9. A Place For My Head
  10. Forgotten
  11. Cure For The Itch
  12. Pushing Me Away

"By Myself" is the seventh song on the album Hybrid Theory. It is known for its aggressive energy and atmospheric, electronic-laced verses.


"By Myself" originated from elements of a demo called "Sad", which was released on November 23, 2009 on the LP Underground 9.0: Demos CD. The song was originally called "Super Xero".

Before Fort Minor's show on September 8, 2015[1], Mike Shinoda did an interview with Daniel P. Carter, from BBC Radio 1's Rock Show, where he explained how recording Hybrid Theory was a learning curve for Chester Bennington, who had recently joined the band and was "still green and imitating his favourite singers".

He said Chester had never screamed in a song before Linkin Park and they had to loan him CDs to get tips on how to do it. He eventually found it "fun to let all that energy out" when screaming, Mike added.[2]

The interview was broadcasted on October 25, 2015 as part of a Hybrid Theory 15th Anniversary special.[3]

Later on the album, the strings at the end of "Cure For The Itch" are featured at the beginning of the "High Voltage (Mike Shinoda Remix)." Mike was asked about this in July 2020 on Twitch and mentioned "By Myself", saying, "So I had this rack mounted keyboard unit and I forget what it was, it was a Roland keyboard unit with these certain string sounds and I used those on a few songs at the time. I forget which ones I used it on. I used it on those two, I think I used them on "By Myself." I used them a couple of times, so that's why that sound popped up, because I liked that sound and I used it on a few things."[4]


Due to Phoenix being out of the band at this time (1999 to October 2000) to tour with The Snax, he did not record bass on any songs on the Hybrid Theory EP or Hybrid Theory. Brad Delson recorded the bass on "With You", "Points Of Authority", "Crawling", "Runaway", "By Myself", "In The End", and "Pushing Me Away".


Linkin Park released the earliest known demo of "By Myself" on the LP Underground 9: Demos CD in November 2009, titled "Sad." It is an instrumental beat of the origin of the song. A slightly longer version (by 12 seconds) was released on the LPU 9 EU promo CD.

In October 2010, fans became aware of alternate versions of three tracks on the LP Underground 9: Demos album. A European WBR promo version of the CD exists, with alternate versions of "Across The Line", and the demos of "Faint" and "By Myself". "Across The Line" had an extended intro, which was just an instrumental version of the bridge of the track, while "Faint" and "Sad" had entirely new/longer intros. These were the longer versions of the tracks before they were edited and shortened for their release on the CD by Mike Shinoda. The acetate CD was posted on LPLive on October 31, 2011 by BPERCY.

Adam Ruehmer confirmed the legitimacy of the tracks on November 1, 2011: "I have some good news for you. The songs are legit. I finally found the file Mike sent me before we went to mastering. The extended intros are there. Congrats! I'm REALLY confused at how this stuff got put on a promo CD in Europe. Strangest thing ever!!"[5]

In the Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things leak in June 2019, two different instrumental MPC demos by Mike that are similar to the LPU 9 version, but different, were included. "Sad Song01" is 3:07 and "Sad Song02" is 2:11.

In 1999, the band, at the time known as "Hybrid Theory", distributed a two-track demo CD containing early versions of "A Place For My Head" and "By Myself" during their shows. This is the first full demo of "By Myself".

The second full demo dates from January 2000 and is titled "SuperXero" or "Super Zero." It was featured on four different demos - the Hybrid Theory 9-Track Demo CD from January 2000, theHybrid Theory 8-Track Demo CD and Hybrid Theory 7-Track Demo CD, which are both from February 2000, and the Hybrid Theory 2-Track Demo CD. This version of the demo has Mike whispering, "so, what do you think?" at the beginning of the song. There is a drum beat going on in the background of the bridge, and the lyrics are unique ("If I hide my pride I'll lie sleepless / And won't be able to cope with my weakness").

The third full demo of "By Myself" was featured on the Raw Power sampler CD by Warner Bros. Records and is attributed to Hybrid Theory (band). It is lyrically identical to the other demo, but it has a different vocal take. Mike comes in offbeat at the beginning rather than right on beat and his vocals are more intense and higher pitched. This sampler was released sometime before May 30, 2000. The song is credited to Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson and Chester Bennington.

A clip of another early version of the song was being played in Mike's headphones when he was recording his final vocals for "By Myself". It was caught by his microphone and can be heard in the multitracks when amplified a considerable amount. The actual demo in question was never in circulation.[6]

The version of "By Myself" found on the Hybrid Theory (Unmastered Studio Finals 5/7/00) CD features a different mix of the song among other changes - the scratching/vocal samples are present in the intro by Joe (he scratches Chester's "myself" scream), the drums come in before the bridge, and guitar is present at the end of the bridge.


Linkin Park released a remix of "By Myself" on Reanimation in July 2002 titled "By_Myslf." The remix was done by producer Josh Abraham and Mike Shinoda, and it features guitars by Stephen Carpenter from Deftones.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
By Myself Hybrid Theory 3:09 2000 October 24, 2000
Sad ("By Myself" Demo 1999) LP Underground 9.0: Demos


Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

1:08 1999 November 23, 2009
  • Original seed.
Sad ("By Myself" Demo 1999) LP Underground 9.0: Demos (EU Promo) 1:20 1999 2009
  • Extended intro.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on October 31, 2011.
Sad Song01 Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things 3:07
  • Pre-chorus of the LPU version during the first verse.
  • Ends in the chorus.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.
Sad Song02 Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things 2:11
  • Beginning is similar to the LPU version.
  • Ends in the third verse of Song01.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.
By Myself Hybrid Theory 2-Track Demo 3:13 1999 1999
  • On the first words of the song, "What do I do," Mike comes in right on the beat.
  • During the bridge Mike says "I'm so afraid."
SuperXero Demos

Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo

Linkin Park - Demos From 02-2000

Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition)

3:16 1999
  • Mike whispers "So, what do you think?" at the beginning.
  • During the bridge there is a drum beat going in the background.
  • The lyrics are significantly different than the other demo versions, particularly the "If I hide my pride I'll lie sleepless/And won't be able to cope with my weakness" part in the second verse.
  • Listed as "Super Zero" in the January 7, 2000 Demos CD.
  • Released on LPFuse for free download on Christmas 2004.
By Myself 3:15 2000 2000
  • Released for free download on Hybrid Theory's official website.
  • The WebArchive snapshot which shows this demo dates from April 8, 2000.
  • Almost the same as the 2-track version, except Mike comes in off the beat on the first line of the song, and during the bridge he says "Always afraid" instead of "I'm so afraid."
By Myself Raw Power 3:09 2000 2000
  • Lyrically identical to the 2-track version.
  • Mike comes in off-beat at the beginning rather than right on the beat.
  • Mike's vocal parts are more intense and higher-pitched.
  • The Raw Power sampler was released before May 30, 2000 (Brougham's Le Cock Sportif release date).
  • Released on LPLive for free download on March 10, 2017 in FLAC format.
By Myself Studio Finals 5/7/00 3:15 2000
  • The CD dates from May 7, 2000.
  • Different mix.
  • Scratching/vocal samples ("myself" scream) in the intro.
  • Drums come in before the bridge.
  • Guitar at the end of the bridge.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on April 9, 2011.
By Myself Hybrid Theory - Instrumentals 3:11 2000
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
By_Myslf Reanimation 3:42 2001 July 30, 2002
  • Remix by Josh Abraham and Mike Shinoda.
  • Features guitars by Stephen Carpenter.
  • The ending of this version continues in the beginning of "Kyur4 Th Ich".
By_Myslf Songs From Reanimation 3:44 2001 2002
  • Longer ending (very low).
  • This version replaced the album version in the initial iTunes release of Reanimation. This was fixed in subsequent releases.
Buy Myself Remix Pts.Of.Athrty



4:26 2002 July 19, 2002
  • Remix by Marilyn Manson and Tim Sköld.
  • Features guitars by John 5 and keyboards by Marilyn Manson and Madonna Wayne Gacy.
By_Myslf Reanimation - Instrumentals 3:42 2001
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
By Myself Crawling (DVD) 0:30 December 11, 2000 2001
By Myself LP Underground 3.0 4:06 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

November 17, 2003
  • Live From Summer Sanitarium.
By Myself Live In Texas 5:38 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

November 18, 2003
  • DVD only.
  • Recorded live August 2nd 2003 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX and August 3rd 2003 at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX on the Summer Sanitarium Tour.
By Myself (Live At Download Festival 2014) Hybrid Theory - Live At Download Festival 2014 3:23 June 14, 2014 August 12, 2014
By Myself Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:05 January 30, 2001 October 9, 2020
By Myself Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:04 June 03, 2001 October 9, 2020
By Myself Hybrid Theory (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:15 February 23, 2002

February 24, 2002

October 9, 2020
By Myself (Live In Texas) Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 4:07 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

April 7, 2023
  • Edited differently from the 2003 release.
  • Live In Texas.
By Myself Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 5:28 July 12, 2003 April 7, 2023
By Myself Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 4:44 October 29, 2003 April 7, 2023


"By Myself" was a large part of the setlists in the Hybrid Theory touring cycle. The exact debut of the song is unknown, but it happened sometime on the Kottonmouth Kings' Ridin' High Tour, between the shows in St. Louis, Missouri and Springfield, Missouri. The song was performed mid-set throughout the second half of 2000. 2001 rolled around and the song remained in the mid-set for the better half of the year. At the show at Rock am Ring, Brad began to play a short guitar tease intro before the song. At the very next show in London, England, "By Myself" was finally moved down in the set, becoming the second-to-last song in the set. The song returned to its original mid-set position on the Ozzfest, only briefly being performed at the end of the set on the tour, at the second stop in East Troy, Wisconsin (also the last show were Brad played the guitar tease intro). "By Myself" returned to the encore spot in London, England, where it gained an interlude entitled the "Blow Your Mind Interlude" before it. The song remained in this position for the rest of the Hybrid Theory European Tour. The song returned to its mid-set slot after this tour, and remained there for the rest of 2001. In 2002, it returned to the encore, being performed with its pre-song interlude. At the show in Mexico City, Mexico, since there was no encore, it was performed third-to-last in the set.

"By Myself" survived for the first half of the Meteora touring cycle, where it returned to the setlists on the second tour of the era, Projekt Revolution 2003. The song was performed mid-set and featured a brand new extended intro, entitled the "2003 Intro". The song was finally dropped after the Meteora Australian and Asian Tour.

Over the next decade or so, the song has only been performed once (and possibly twice). It was rumored to return in 2009, when the band allegedly rehearsed the song before their International Tour. Evidently, the song did not make it to future sets. The only confirmed performance of the song since 2003 was when the band performed Hybrid Theory in its entirety in 2014, at the Download Festival.


Last Updated: September 27, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Brad Guitar Tease Intro June 3, 2001 June 9, 2001
Intro Blow Your Mind Interlude September 16, 2001 February 24, 2002
Intro 2003 Intro April 9, 2003 October 29, 2003


Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington: vocals
  • Rob Bourdon: drums, backing vocals
  • Brad Delson: guitars, bass, backing vocals
  • Joseph Hahn: records, sampling, backing vocals
  • Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, beats, sampling


  • Don Gilmore: producer
  • Jeff Blue: executive producer
  • Andy Wallace: mixer



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