She Couldn't

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"She Couldn't"
Song by Linkin Park from the album Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo
Working title Emo
Recorded 1999
Format CD
Length 5:26
Stems Akai MPC 1000
Samples The High & Mighty - B-Boy Document '99 (feat. Mad Skillz, Mos Def & Mr. Eon)

Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo track listing
  1. Untitled
  2. SuperXero
  3. Points and Authority
  4. Crawling
  5. She Couldn't
  6. Carousel
  7. Part Of Me
  8. And One

"She Couldn't" is a song from the Hybrid Theory recording sessions that surfaced online in July 2009.


"She Couldn't" was discovered by fans in 2009 when copies of a Hybrid Theory demo CD were sold on eBay.[1]

"She Couldn't" is very differently stylistically from other Linkin Park material at the time. It is over five minutes in length and features an extended instrumental breakdown. "She Couldn't" also one of the softest songs the band has produced, particularly from the Hybrid Theory era. This is also an extremely rare case of a Linkin Park song sampling music from another artist. "She Couldn't" samples Mos Def's vocals from "B-Boy Document '99" by High & Mighty.

Although the demo CD was advertised as being a 1998 demo, "B-Boy Document '99" was released on August 24, 1999, on High & Mighty's album Home Field Advantage, meaning the song had to have been written around that date. The track was also present on The Urban Network's 1999 compilation Rapology Sixteen which featured illustrations by Mike Shinoda.[2] It's possible this CD is where he first heard the song.

On July 3, 2009, after LPLive released the full CD for free download, Mike posted on his blog about the song, "Many of you have asked about an old demo that is floating around. The song is called “She Couldn’t.” We recorded it in 1999 during the making of Hybrid Theory, but it never made an album and was never released by us. For legal reasons, that’s all I can say about the song, but I hope this clears things up!"[3]

The version of the song on the demo CD features static throughout the song as the initial pressing of the CD was faulty.


In June 2019, a demo for "She Couldn't" was included in the Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things leak, titled "Emo." It is an instrumental of the final version of the song with a few changes, most notably a small guitar part on the breakdown over four minutes in.


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
She Couldn't Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo 5:26 1999
  • Samples The High & Mighty's "B-Boy Document '99" (feat. Mad Skillz, Mos Def & Mr. Eon).
  • Recorded some time after August 24, 1999 (The High & Mighty's Home Field Advantage release date).
  • Released on LPLive for free download on July 1, 2009.
Emo Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things 5:14 1999
  • Original instrumental demo.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.