Given Up

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"Given Up"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Minutes To Midnight
Working title 21 Stitches
Recorded 2006-2007
Released March 3, 2008
Format CD, Vinyl
Length 03:09
Stems Rock Revolution
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 100
Key E Minor
Live debut March 14, 2007
Last played November 7, 2015
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

Shadow Of The Day (2008) Given Up (2008) Leave Out All The Rest (2008)

Minutes To Midnight track listing
  1. Wake
  2. Given Up
  3. Leave Out All The Rest
  4. Bleed It Out
  5. Shadow Of The Day
  6. What I've Done
  7. Hands Held High
  8. No More Sorrow
  9. Valentine's Day
  10. In Between
  11. In Pieces
  12. The Little Things Give You Away

"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.

Background

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." [1]

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.[2]

Tracklist

CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Given Up Linkin Park 3:09
2 Given Up (Video) Linkin Park 3:12

Vinyl Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Given Up Linkin Park 3:09

Music Video

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.[3]

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Given Up Minutes To Midnight

Given Up

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
  • Listed on the radio CDs as "Given Up (Radio Edit)."
Given Up Warner Brothers Instrumentals - March 2008 3:12 2006-2007
  • The CD dates from March 2008.
  • Official instrumental version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Given Up (Third Encore Session) Minutes To Midnight (MVI Disc)

Bleed It Out

Minutes To Midnight (Tour Edition)

3:08 March, 2007 August 17, 2007
  • Censored.
  • Downloadable video on the Minutes To Midnight MVI disc.
  • Audio released on the "Bleed It Out" single as "Given Up (Third Encore Session)" on August 17, 2007. Also included on the tour edition of Minutes To Midnight.
Given Up (Live At AOL Sessions) Minutes To Midnight (BestBuy Edition) 3:10 March 14, 2007 May 14, 2007
  • Downloadable MP3.
Given Up LP Underground 7.0 3:09 August 10, 2007 December 5, 2007
  • Censored.
  • Recorded live at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, FL on August 10, 2007.
Given Up (Live) Live From SoHo (iTunes Exclusive EP) 3:28 February 21, 2008 March 4, 2008
Given Up (08/22/07 Projekt Revolution Detroit) Champs Sports USB Wristband August 22, 2007 July 16, 2008
  • During the Projekt Revolution Tour 2008, random concertgoers were given a lanyard which could be exchanged at a local Champs Sports for a USB wristband containing "four unreleased Linkin Park MP3s" as well as five songs from other PR08 artists. Fans could also get the wristband by spending $50 or more at Champs. Read more here.
Given Up Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 3:15 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Given Up Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes (Clean) 3:15 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Censored.
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
  • Despite the "Parental Advisory: Explicit Content" warning on the vinyl, all copies are censored.
Given Up Live In Red Square 3:40 June 23, 2011 July 21, 2011
  • Released as a prize for the "Iridescent" "Super-Fun Trading Fun-Cards" game. After all six cards were collected, the person could enter the codes of each card at linkinpark.com to get a free download of the full show.
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

Live

"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.

Variations

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

Live Guests

Last Updated: December 26, 2015

  • Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
  • Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)

Promotion

Personnel

  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Brad Delson
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Rob Bourdon

Production

  • 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

Lyrics

Gallery

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.

Cover Versions

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.[4]

Detroit metalcore band Victim released a cover of "Given Up" for free download on their BandCamp page on March 13, 2015.[5]

External Links

References

  1. Kerrang!, April 2007
  2. Loveline Radio Broadcast, April 2008
  3. Linkin Park: 'Given Up' Video To Premiere Today - Blabbermouth.net, March 03, 2008
  4. Sleep When You're Dead - Given Up[Linkin Park Cover - YouTube], November 19, 2013
  5. Given Up (Linkin Park Cover) | Victim, March 13, 2015