Give Me Your Name
|"Give Me Your Name"|
|Song by Dead By Sunrise from the album Out Of Ashes|
|Working title||Give Me Your Name|
|Released||October 13, 2009|
|Writer||Chester Charles Bennington, Amir Davidson, Ryan Christopher Shuck, Anthony Valcic|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
After Chester Bennington had split up with his ex-wife, Samantha Marie Olit, he went to a party where Ryan Shuck introduced him to Talinda Ann Bentley, a teacher who had modeled for Playboy twice during her college days. They instantly hit it off and Chester soon called a friend to say that he was going to marry the woman he had just met. Though his friend thought he had lost his mind, about a week-and-half after they met, she moved in with Chester. The two were married on December 31, 2005, and Bentley gave birth to their son three months later.
"Give Me Your Name" was written after the couple got engaged and Talinda asked Chester to write a song they could dance to at their wedding. "I had this acoustic guitar riff I had been playing with that was very mellow and I was like, Summon beautiful music in your mind. And it just came to me." The lyrics are about Chester's relationship with his now wife.
For being such a personal song, "Give Me Your Name" was never played live and wasn't even intended for the album. "Obviously I'm not a love song kind of guy, but I looked inside myself and those words came out. Truthfully, it was never supposed to be for the record; it was only intended for our wedding. But it came out so good that I thought, Hey, I should put this on the record. Maybe other people will use it for their weddings."
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Give Me Your Name||Out Of Ashes||4:56||2007-2009||October 13, 2009|
|Give Me Your Name||Demos||5:04||
Dead By Sunrise
- Chester Bennington
- Ryan Shuck
- Amir Derakh
- Elias Andra
- Brandon Belsky
- Anthony "Fu" Valcic
- Howard Benson: producer
- Tom Whalley: executive producer
- Mike Plotnikoff: recorder
- Chris Lord-Alge: mixer
Give me your smile, give me your name girl,
Give me your smile, give me your name girl
- Interview with Chester Bennington: Dead By Sunrise Thrive In The Moonlight | The Aquarian Weekly - Page 2, October 13, 2009
- Inked Magazine :: Article :: Out Of Ashes, November 03, 2009
- Linkin Park's Chester Bennington talks Dead By Sunrise | MusicRadar, November 20, 2009
- Chester Bennington’s Ultimate Playlist | ShortList Magazine, June 08, 2014