She Couldn't

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"She Couldn't"
Song by Linkin Park from the album Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo
Recorded 1999
Format CD
Length 5:26
Samples The High & Mighty - B-Boy Document '99 (feat. Mad Skillz, Mos Def & Mr. Eon)

Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo track listing
  1. Untitled
  2. SuperXero
  3. Points and Authority
  4. Crawling
  5. She Couldn't
  6. Carousel
  7. Part Of Me
  8. And One

Background

"She Couldn't" was discovered by fans in 2009 when copies of a Hybrid Theory demo CD were sold on eBay.[1]

Different from other early Linkin Park material, the song has over 5 minutes in length, and features an extended instrumental breakdown. It's also one of the softest songs the band has produced, particularly from this era. This is also an extremely rare case of a Linkin Park song sampling music from another artist. "She Couldn't" samples Mos Def's vocals from "B-Boy Document '99" by High & Mighty.

Although the CD advertised as a 1998 demo, "B-Boy Document '99" only came out in August 24, 1999, on High & Mighty's album Home Field Advantage.

On July 3, 2009, after the fan site LPLive released the full CD for free download, Mike Shinoda posted on his blog about the song:

"Many of you have asked about an old demo that is floating around. The song is called “She Couldn’t.” We recorded it in 1999 during the making of Hybrid Theory, but it never made an album and was never released by us. For legal reasons, that’s all I can say about the song, but I hope this clears things up!"[2]

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
She Couldn't Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo 5:26 1999
  • The CD dates from 1999.
  • Samples The High & Mighty's "B-Boy Document '99" (feat. Mad Skillz, Mos Def & Mr. Eon).
  • Recorded some time after August 24, 1999 (The High & Mighty's Home Field Advantage release date).
  • Released on LPLive for free download on July 1, 2009.

Lyrics

References

  1. Rare rare old song: She Couldn't (with clip) | LP Association Forums, June 28, 2009
  2. Response to comments: "She Couldn't," etc. « Mike Shinoda's Blog, July 03, 2009