Lies Greed Misery

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"Lies Greed Misery"
Studio-Living Things Cover.jpg
Song by Linkin Park from the album Living Things
Working title Piledriver
Recorded 2011 - 2012
Length 02:27
Stems Stagelight: Linkin Park Edition[1]
Akai MPC500 Samples[2]
Open Labs SoundSlate Pro
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 80
Key A Minor
Live debut May 17, 2012
Last played January 10, 2014
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

Living Things track listing
  1. Lost In The Echo
  2. In My Remains
  3. Burn It Down
  4. Lies Greed Misery
  5. I'll Be Gone
  6. Castle Of Glass
  7. Victimized
  8. Roads Untraveled
  9. Skin To Bone
  10. Until It Breaks
  11. Tinfoil
  12. Powerless

"Lies Greed Misery" is the fourth song on Linkin Park's album Living Things. "Lies Greed Misery" was released as a promotional single for the album, being "leaked" by fans after completing a scavenger hunt that the band set up. The song was officially released on May 24, 2012. The track, along with "Castle Of Glass", was used in promotion for Danger Close Game's Medal of Honor: Warfighter, being included in the multiplayer reveal trailer for the game.


Chester talked about the creation of "Lies Greed Misery" in an interview with, stating "This song was one of the rare kinds that just came out of nowhere. Mike told me to scream anything, just let out my anger and I did just that. Before we realized it, we had a song on our hands. In the beginning it seemed too pop, like a tune you could dance to. We had to take out the party vibe and add a darker ‘I’m enjoying your destruction’ element to it. I think this song represents the kind of emotions that arise from standing up to a bully, or when a tyrant is taken down and the people are celebrating around his grave. Like I said, it’s a really dark song, but it also has a weird ‘pizza party’ kind of feel to it. Maybe the combination of crazy style and symphony has something to do with that. You’re at a party outdoors, drinking margaritas, hanging with tanned people, maybe swimming… then you play this song. I mean, it is a party song after all. But that’s not all, you start screaming out loud. I hope you choke on your lies, swallow up your greed, suffer all alone in your misery. And well... it’s a terrible thing to say to someone. This song is incredibly complicated, mentally unstable maybe, but brilliant at the same time."[3]

Mike Shinoda, during his listening party with the fanbase for Living Things, mentioned that Chester had recorded his vocals for "Lies Greed Misery" while sick.[4] Chester also was shown on LPTV episodes for the album recording vocals while sick for both "Victimized" and "Until It Breaks."

Retrospectively, Shinoda considered this song, along with "Victimized", to be pre-cursors to The Hunting Party in a way.[5]

In a June 2019 leak of Mikes's MPC sample library and Maschine projects for several albums (posted under the fan-titled "Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things"), a few samples were discovered in a demo recording called "Piledriver", which was the working title of the track.

Scavenger Hunt

In early May 2012, Linkin Park launched a global scavenger hunt for Living Things. LPAssociation quickly took the reigns of the hunt and helped guide fans, give updates, and ended up being the ones premiering the grand prize - this song - with Zane Lowe in London on May 24th.[6] The scavenger hunt involved fans from Europe, the United States, Japan, Brazil, Australia, and more.

Zane Lowe said, "The end of what will no doubt be a very exciting Scavenger Hunt for fans worldwide will come to its conclusion on Thursday, 7:30 PM hopefully, when all the pieces of the puzzle have been put together and one lucky fan who picks up the final piece AND THE RECORD, will be joining me in studio LIVE here on Radio 1, with Mike Shinoda on the phone, and we will get the Worldwide Exclusive first Play of the brand new record 7:30 on Thursday. Hardcore fans already know about this but for those who don't know the Scavenger Hunt has begun. Pieces of the record scattered all over the world, and by the clues you found on Chicago, Lincoln Park Zoo, fans were led to a bakery in Rio de Janeiro called Forte de Copacapabana, when they arrived they were given a card with that had the words "We are Born, and we Die. May 19th" and the card had a really fine hidden image on the background, they discovered that that image was from one of Mike Shinoda's art pieces from his Glorious Excess Dies art show. Led to realize that his art show Glorious Excess: Born and Glorious Excess: Dies to a place of the Japanese Art National Museum downtown Los Angeles, which is where the next clue is hidden. Has this been done before?"

Mike explained, "I basically came up with the pot of gold at the end. The team and I brainstormed where it ended - they ran with the meat of it in the middle. That requires a lot of legwork from people on the ground in each of these countries. Basically, we're going to do something for every fan who was involved in this thing - anyone who found a clue, anyone who translated anything - we're going to give them merchandise or tickets. The funniest part about it is we started it off in a low-key way" - Twitter feeds, mostly - "and let it build organically."[7]


"Lies Greed Misery" received one remix, done by Dirtyphonics, that was released on the band's second remix album, Recharged.


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Lies Greed Misery Lies Greed Misery (Promo)

Living Things

2:27 2012 May 24, 2012
Lies Greed Misery (2010 Demo) LP Underground Sixteen 1:13 2010 November 21, 2016
  • Original seed with scat vocals.
Piledriver Hybrid Party Of A Thousand Things 0:08 2010
  • Original seed.
  • Released on LPLive for free download on August 5, 2019.
Lies Greed Misery (Instrumental) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 2:26 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official instrumental version.
Lies Greed Misery (Acapella) Living Things (Acapellas and Instrumentals) 2:14 2012 September 11, 2012
  • Official acapella version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Lies Greed Misery (Dirtyphonics Remix) Recharged 4:50 2013 October 17, 2013
  • Remix by Dirtyphonics.
  • Released by UKF Drum & Bass days before Recharged came out.
  • Recharged release date was October 24, 2013.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Lies Greed Misery (Live Rock Im Park 2012) Living Things (AU Tour Edition)

Castle Of Glass (Digital EP)

2:30 June 03, 2012 February 11, 2013
Lies Greed Misery Live At Admiralspalast Berlin, Germany June 05, 2012 March 29, 2013
Lies Greed Misery Live In Monterrey September 12, 2012 June 13, 2014
  • DVD only.
  • The Hunting Party bonus DVD.
  • Live show filmed at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico on September 12, 2012.


While "Lies Greed Misery" technically was debuted at the Rio+ Social performance, it was officially performed first at the first show of the European tour, after "Numb". In the headlining set, it was played after "New Divide". The performed a shortened form of the song, for the only time ever, at the second Japan show in 2012, and it was one of the few songs played at the Jimmy Kimmel Live performance. For Honda Civic Tour, and all consecutive tours, "Lies Greed Misery" was played after "Points Of Authority" in Set A, and after "When They Come For Me", and later "Points Of Authority", in Set B. It was never performed in Set C. The only change for "Lies Greed Misery" for 2013 came in festival Set B, where the song was played before "Points Of Authority", rather than after it.

"Lies Greed Misery" didn't live long after the Living Things cycle ended. It was played at the second show of 2014, and wasn't played after that.


Last Updated: December 25, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Shortened (No Second Verse) June 23, 2012 June 23, 2012




In Other Media

  • "Lies Greed Misery" is featured in the 2012 videogame Medal Of Honor: Warfighter.

External Links

  • Lies Greed Misery (Official Lyric Video): LPTV
  • Lies Greed Misery (Rio+Social 2012) - The Live Room