Over Again

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"Over Again"
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Song by Mike Shinoda from the album Post Traumatic
Recorded 2017
Released January 25, 2018
Length 3:50
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 72.5
Key C Minor
Live debut May 12, 2018
Writer Mike Shinoda
Producer Mike Shinoda
Label Warner Bros. Records

Post Traumatic track listing
  1. Place To Start
  2. Over Again
  3. Watching As I Fall
  4. Nothing Makes Sense Anymore
  5. About You
  6. Brooding
  7. Promises I Can't Keep
  8. Crossing A Line
  9. Hold It Together
  10. Ghosts
  11. Make It Up As I Go
  12. Lift Off
  13. I.O.U
  14. Running From My Shadow
  15. World's On Fire
  16. Can't Hear You Now

"Over Again" is the second song on Mike Shinoda's debut solo studio album, Post Traumatic.


"Over Again" describes Mike's experience of playing the Hollywood Bowl on honor of Chester Bennington on October 27, 2017. The first verse was written on the day of the show and the second verse the day after.[1] He said, "While we were rehearsing for the tribute show for Chester at The Hollywood Bowl, we had to re-learn all our songs without him. The repetition of the songs is what inspired “Over Again.” When we lose someone, we have constant reminders of them in everyday life. I wrote and recorded verse one the day we played the Bowl show. I had an intense fear of doing that show, because I thought, at any moment, I could get overwhelmed by what had happened and wouldn’t be able to continue. There were dozens of guests and millions of people watching; I didn’t want to let everyone down."[2]

Mike stressed out the lines "Well thank you genius, you think it'll be a challenge, Only my life's work hanging in the fucking balance" saying, "This might be the most important line in the song. It’s obviously horrible to lose a friend. It’s worse to lose someone you’re very very close to, in this case a best friend / brother. But to take it a step even further, I also lost someone who my whole life’s work was tied to–someone I built a whole career with. As I was writing these lyrics, I felt like my identity was in danger of being lost."[2]

The car horn in the beginning was actually audible on the microphone when Mike was trying to record the song, which he said was "super annoying".[3]

Music Video

The music videos on the Post Traumatic EP are described as "cinéma vérité", shot in a way that doesn't obscure the fact that they're real life.[3] Mike says he wanted to shoot a video while feeling something.[1] He explained, "Grief is so personal, and I thought that a D.I.Y., autobiographical format made the most sense. So I shot & edited everything in the videos myself. I‘m planning to continue doing it this way until it doesn’t feel right anymore, or until the work becomes too much."[4]

The music video for "Over Again" was recorded simultaneously with the conception of its two verses, the first being recorded on the day of the Hollywood Bowl show and the second the day after.[1]


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Over Again Post Traumatic EP

Post Traumatic

3:50 2017 January 25, 2018
Over Again Post Traumatic EP (Clean)

Post Traumatic (Clean)

3:50 2017 January 25, 2018
  • Censored.
Over Again (Instrumental) (73 BPM) Post Traumatic EP - Acapellas & Instrumentals

Post Traumatic - Instrumentals

3:50 2017 February 15, 2018
Over Again (Acapella) Post Traumatic EP - Acapellas & Instrumentals 3:38 2017 February 15, 2018


"Over Again" got its live debut at Mike's first ever solo show, being performed in a mashup with the Linkin Park song "Papercut". The track transitions directly out of "About You". Starting with Mike's show at Amoeba Records, Mike shortened the song, cutting the first verse and second chorus of the song.


Last Updated: July 17, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Mashup "Over Again" / "Papercut" May 12, 2018 June 30, 2018
Alternative Shortened (No First Verse or Second Chorus) June 14, 2018 June 30, 2018


  • Written and produced by Mike Shinoda
  • Vocals by Mike Shinoda
  • Mixed by Manny Marroquin
  • Mastered by Michelle Mancini


External Links

  • Over Again (Official Video): YouTube