|Single by Linkin Park|
|from the album Minutes To Midnight|
|Working title||21 Stitches|
|Released||March 3, 2008|
|Live debut||March 14, 2007|
|Last played||November 7, 2015|
|Producer(s)||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
|Linkin Park singles chronology|
"Given Up" is the second track off of Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on March 3, 2008.
Its working title, "21 Stitches", is believed by fans to be a reference to an incident that took place in April 2006 when Chester Bennington went to Arizona for a Bucket Of Weenies show, got drunk, lost the key to his dad's house and tried to break in through the back window. He spent a couple of days in the hospital and got stitches under his right arm.
The booklet for the limited edition version of Minutes To Midnight contained information about each track on the album. About "Given Up", it said "Many of the demos in the beginning of the album were quieter, more introverted songs. This song, originally entitled “21 Stitches,” was the first heavy song that the guys were sure would make the final cut. In it, the band found a new way to combine their new sound with the loud guitars that had been missing. To add a unique twist on the punk/industrial theme of the guitar, Brad added the sounds on the intro of this song: multiple tracks of claps – and keys jingling."
Brad Delson further elaborated on his role in the creation of the song in an interview with Kerrang!, where he stated "We had a really bad song called 'Fire in the City' - the chorus actually had the words 'fire in the city' on it! Mike was the only person who liked it. Rather than just scrap the song, we mined it for any good parts. I took the bassline and the drums and built weird sounds around it, which eventually became this song. Chester's screaming: 'What the [expletive] is wrong with me? Put me out of my [expletive] misery!' so without explaining exactly what the song is about, it's pretty clear he's not happy." 
Regarding the swearing in the song, Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda, during a Loveline Radio Broadcast in 2008, talked about how it came naturally, but were afraid that the rest of the band would reject the idea of dropping the f-bomb in the song. However, the moment they heard the swearing during the song, the band knew it had to stay in.
On how the song came about, Chester said, "Given Up. That song went through some different vocal ideas, I mean, most of the songs kinda went through like mass amounts of changes, and I think Given Up probably had like 20 different versions of it." Rob adds, "Started off with Brad clapping his hands and shaking his keys. It was called 21 Stitches, I remember." Chester continued, "Yeah, right, and it kinda started more, a little more punk with the vibe, and then we kinda like mellowed that out and gave it a little more melody in the verses and stuff. I was going for something like really heavy right off the bat, but the chorus came right away. And the bridge, you know, that was kinda, like, we got stuck at that point and Mike was like, you know, 'just kinda like say something that you would actually say,' you know, like, meaning like out of frustration or in that moment in a movie, you know, that the lyrics can relate to, like, 'what would you do?' And so I just started to going off, pretty much. And the 18 seconds scream was kinda like a joke at first but it ended up staying which is like, I always end up doing something during one of the records I wish I didn't. It's good, but, like, I wish I didn't do it cause I've had to perform it every night, you know? Crawling was my first experience with that cause the chorus is like one long note and then, you know, with this one 18 second scream which is not easy to do every night."
|1||Given Up||Linkin Park||3:11|
|2||Valentine's Day (Live From Frankfurt Germany, JAN 20 '08)||Linkin Park||3:23|
Premium CD Single
|1||Given Up||Linkin Park||3:09|
|2||Given Up (Video)||Linkin Park||3:12|
|1||Given Up||Linkin Park||3:09|
During a Linkin Park show at the Manchester Evening News Arena on January 27, 2008, Mike Shinoda revealed Mark Fiore was filming live footage from the show for a "Given Up" music video. Footage of the two following shows at London's O2 Arena on January 28 and January 29 were also used. Nick Lambrou, who had previously worked on live videos of Story Of The Year, The Used, Deftones, and Saosin, edited the video.
The music video premiered exclusively on the LP Network Widget on Monday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|Given Up|| Minutes To Midnight
Kerrang! The Album '08
Big Shiny Tunes 13
|3:09||2006-2007||May 14, 2007|
|Given Up|| Minutes To Midnight (Clean)
Given Up (Radio CD)
|3:09||2006-2007||May 14, 2007||
|Given Up||Warner Brothers Instrumentals - March 2008||3:12||2006-2007||
|Given Up (Third Encore Session)|| Minutes To Midnight (MVI Disc)
Minutes To Midnight (Tour Edition)
|3:08||March, 2007||August 17, 2007||
|Given Up (Live At AOL Sessions)||Minutes To Midnight (BestBuy Edition)||3:10||March 14, 2007||May 14, 2007||
|Given Up||LP Underground 7.0||3:09||August 10, 2007||December 5, 2007||
|Given Up (Live)||Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP)||3:28||February 21, 2008||March 4, 2008|
|Given Up (Live)||Champs Sports USB Wristband||August 22, 2007||July 16, 2008||
|Given Up||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes||3:15||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|Given Up||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (Clean)||3:15||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|Given Up||Live In Red Square||3:40||June 23, 2011||July 21, 2011||
|Given Up (Live From Taipei, 2009)||Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World||3:18||August 13, 2009||June 12, 2012|
|Given Up||Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany||June 05, 2012||March 29, 2013||
"Given Up" has been a prominent component of Linkin Park's setlists since it's debut. For much of its live history, the song has been performed early on in the set, likely because of how vocally demanding it can be for Chester. Throughout the song's live history, Chester has only managed to do the full scream during the bridge on three occassions live: the pre-tour rehearsals in March of 2007, in Selma, Texas, and in Columbus, Ohio. He also attempted to do the full scream on the second night in Melbourne, Victoria but fell short. Both this song and "No More Sorrow" were performed under their working titles during band rehearsals in March 2007, "Given Up" being performed as "21 Stitches". For the first few tours of the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle, the song was placed late in the early-set, typically around the fifth of seventh position in the set. When the band introduced rotating setlists on Projekt Revolution 2007, the song opened with "Wake" in Set A, was performed early in the set after "Somewhere I Belong", and mid-set before "Don't Stay" in Set C. The band introduced another three new sets on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour in 2008, where the song, with a new extended outro, was featured early on in Set R, as the opener in Set S, and mid-set before "Valentine's Day" in Set T. Near the end of the Minutes To Midnight North American Tour, "Given Up" was dropped at a few shows due to Chester falling sick. When the band introduced yet another batch of setlists on the second Minutes To Midnight European Tour of 2008, "Wake", which usually always preceded "Given Up", was replaced with a new version of the song: "Wake 2.0". In Set X, the song preceded "From The Inside" mid-set, and was performed early-set in Set Y and Set Z. In 2009, "Wake" was dropped from the set, and instead, a combination of "Session" and "Given Up" opened every show, barring the show in Shanghai, China, where "Given Up" and "Hands Held High" were dropped due to the country's strict censorship rules.
On the A Thousand Suns touring cycle, "Given Up" began to gain a stable position in the early-set. The song was featured as the fifth song in almost every setlist for 2010, with an extra note being performed after the extended outro that segued into the song that followed. The song was dropped at one show on the A Thousand Suns European Tour in 2010: the band's performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, Spain. "Given Up" retained its early-set position for the entirety of the touring cycle.
"Given Up" did not see much movement on the Living Things touring cycle either. On the European Tour in 2012, the song was featured second after "A Place For My Head" in the festival set, and sixth in the headlining set, after "Runaway". On the three sets used throughout the touring cycle, "Given Up" was featured fourth in Set A after "Papercut", second after "A Place For My Head" in Set B, and third after "Faint" in Set C. In 2013, to extend the length of Festival Set B, "Papercut" was moved up to the second position in that set, "Given Up" being pushed up one position.
On The Hunting Party touring cycle, "Given Up" saw even less movement. The song was performed third in the set at every show of 2014, and on the three shows of The Hunting Party North American Tour in 2015. The song saw minimal movement on the band's summer tour, it being performed second after "Papercut" in the shortened set and headlining set, and third after "Rebellion" in the full festival set. The song had to be censored on The Hunting Party Chinese Tour due to the country's strict censorship laws. On The Hunting Party European Tour, the song was moved down to be before "Rebellion" rather than after it.
Last Updated: December 7, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Extra clapping during the intro||July 19, 2009||January 18, 2015|
|Outro||Ext. Outro||January 16, 2008||November 7, 2015|
|Outro||Ext. Outro w/ Extra Note||October 7, 2010||November 24, 2014|
Last Updated: December 26, 2015
- Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
- Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)
- Chester Bennington
- Mike Shinoda
- Brad Delson
- Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
- Joseph Hahn
- Rob Bourdon
- Produced by Rick Rubin and Mike Shinoda
- Engineers: Dana Neilsen, Andrew Schelps, and Ethan Mates
- Engineer Assisting: Phillip Broussard, Jr.
- Mixing: Neal Avron
- Mixing Assisting: Nicolas Fournier and George Gumbs
- Mastering: Dave Collins
Wake in a sweat again
In Other Media
- "Given Up" was used as the opening theme of the TV show Pan y Circo (from Uruguay). Various other Linkin Park songs were used during the episodes throughout its existence.
- "Given Up" is featured in the trailer for the 2009 film Crank: High Voltage, in which Chester Bennington did a cameo.
- "Given Up" is featured in the 2012 film Grave Encounters 2.
- "Given Up" is featured in the 2013 film Red 2.
Canadian metalcore band Sleep When You're Dead released a cover of "Given Up" for free download through their YouTube channel on November 19, 2013.
Detroit metalcore band Victim released a cover of "Given Up" for free download on their BandCamp page on March 13, 2015.
- Given Up (Music Video): LPTV | WBR | WMG | MTV | VK
- Given Up (Clarkston 2007) - Simply New | Simply New Vimeo | Marc Scarpa| NowWhat
- Given Up (Milton Keynes 2008) - LPTV | WBR
- Club Tattoo 10 year anniversary Party 2006 B.O.W. with Sean Dowdell and Chester Bennington - YouTube, July 23, 2010
- Kerrang!, April 2007
- Loveline Radio Broadcast, April 2008
- Linkin Park - Chester and Rob Vodpod 1 - YouTube, December 16, 2008
- Linkin Park: 'Given Up' Video To Premiere Today - Blabbermouth.net, March 03, 2008
- Sleep When You're Dead - Given Up[Linkin Park Cover - YouTube], November 19, 2013
- Given Up (Linkin Park Cover) | Victim, March 13, 2015