In Between

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"In Between"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album Minutes To Midnight
Recorded 2006 - 2007
Format Digital, Cassete, CD, Vinyl, DVD
Length 03:16
Stems Neko Keyboard Sounds and Samples[1]
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 97
Key Bb Minor
Live debut January 21, 2008
Last played March 10, 2008
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

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

"In Between" is the tenth track off of Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight. The song marks the first time Mike Shinoda sang lead vocals for an entire song on an official studio album.


The April 2007 issue of a French magazine published a track by track of Minutes To Midnight on which Chester said, "Mike composed part of this song for violin and cello at the very beginning of the album writing process. I knew for sure that I would do a great job with the vocals, but we all decided that it was Mike who would sing. At the very end, however, my vocals still slip. Rick wanted us to use the Lennon and McCartney approach. They checked the song for a long time, so that it does not sound too pop, you can hear the final result on the album."[2]

The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight had track-by-track commentary on every song on the album. Regarding "In Between", it said "Rick encouraged the band to lay rough vocals on their demos as early as possible, believing that sometimes a sparse song can become great with the right vocal melody. “In Between” was a perfect example. The band connected with it immediately from the first demo. Even with just Mike’s vocal and a bass line, this song remained on the band’s “favorites” list, as many songs with a lot more production were voted off of the album. During the process, the band tried many different versions of this song, adding sampled drums, live drums, and other instruments, but finally returned to the simplest form, the form closest to the “seed.” At one point, Chester sang the song, but ended up voting for Mike’s vocal over his own." Chester Bennington reaffirmed this in an interview with Kerrang!, where he stated "I knew that Mike should really sing this song. I tried it once, I did a good job, but it just didn’t have the power of Mike’s performance because he really believed what he was singing. Whatever it is that the [expletive] is apologising for on this track, he’s [expletive] serious! It comes from the most sincere and heartfelt place."[3][4]

According to Mike, "In Between was an apology song, you know. Listen to the lyrics. Let me look at them really quickly, I want to see if there is anything specific that I can point out to you. I love reading interpretations of the lyrics. I think it's really just an apology song. You know when you just do stuff you shouldn't have done. I think the "pride and promise and lies and truth gets in the way", those parts are the core of the song. I also feel like songs like that are not just about one thing. They are open to interpretation for you guys enough, that I wouldn't want to ruin some peoples' relationships with the song by getting too specific. Other song like on One More Light, there are songs that are about VERY specific things and we've talked about those."[5]


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
In Between Minutes To Midnight 3:16 2006-2007 May 14, 2007
In Between Minutes To Midnight Instrumentals 3:23 2006-2007
  • The CD dates from May 24, 2007.
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
In Between (Live From London UK, Jan 29 '08) Given Up (Digital Single) 3:25 January 29, 2008 March 3, 2008
In Between (Live In Columbus, OH) 3:17 February 15, 2008 February 18, 2008
In Between (Live From Paris, 2008) Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World 3:17 January 22, 2008 June 12, 2012


"In Between" was performed very briefly during the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle. It debuted in 2008, where it was featured in the second encore of Set S. It was featured in all performances of this set, but was dropped when three new sets were introduced in the summer, and has not appeared in another setlist since.


  • 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



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