The Little Things Give You Away
|"The Little Things Give You Away"|
|Song by Linkin Park from the album Minutes To Midnight|
|Working title||Drum Song|
|Recorded||2006 - 2007|
|Format||Digital, Cassete, CD, Vinyl, DVD|
|Live debut||May 24, 2007|
|Last played||August 23, 2008|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin|
"The Little Things Give You Away" is the twelfth and final track off on Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight.
The limited edition booklet for Minutes To Midnight revealed that Rob Bourdon actually came up with the initial idea for the song. "Many songs on previous LP albums began from demos by Mike and Brad. In the making of Minutes To Midnight, the band experimented with their writing process in an attempt to break comfortable patterns. This album saw all members of the band generating demos, or “seeds.” The seed for “Little Things” was from Rob Bourdon, based around the drum pattern heard in the bridge. The working title was “Drum Song.” Later, the vocals were finished after the band visited New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina."
Chester Bennington described the song as epic, but delicate in an interview with MTV, where he stated "It’s an epic song, but it’s also kind of delicate in a lot of ways. There’s a great guitar riff that comes in acoustically, and the words really say a lot. And I think that they’ll touch people in a way Linkin Park haven’t touched people before. And there’s a breakdown that’s my favorite moment on the record. It’s beautiful and timeless-sounding, with this great synth sound … and Brad [Delson] breaks into this beautiful solo and it just builds and builds and builds until it breaks down into this a cappella section. It’s a huge explosion of sound, over six minutes long, and it’s truly, completely amazing. And I can’t wait for people to hear it." In an interview with Kerrang!, Brad Delson said "This is our favourite song on the record. It’s the biggest statement that we’ve ever made. Nothing could go after it as everything would get eclipsed by it. The thing that really makes it is the guitar solo." Mike Shinoda backed up that final idea when he said "Brad has always avoided solos because he doesn’t like to show off. But when he played that solo, though, it was one of the most emotional moments we’ve recorded. It says what the lyrics are saying without any words."
Bennington, in a later interview with MTV, talked about the inspiration for the lyrics, stating "We were writing these harmonies before we went down to New Orleans on the first anniversary of the [Katrina] disaster. And when we were down there, we were talking to these people who lived in the Ninth Ward. One of the lines, about ’water gray, coming through the windows,’ was taken from what one older gentleman told me. The feeling I got down there was not a good one. For my whole life, I was spoon-fed what a great country this is, and I just didn’t get that feeling from that trip. I didn’t understand how we could spend $120 billion a year on killing people in other countries, but we only allocated $1 billion to rebuilding lives here. It really bothered me. … I felt sick about it. So I wrote the lyrics. Mike and I had a discussion, and he said, ’Why don’t you go write about Katrina?’ So I did … and I put it to the melody we had been working on, and it just fit perfectly."
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|The Little Things Give You Away||Minutes To Midnight||6:21||2006-2007||May 14, 2007|
|Drum Song ("Little Things Give You Away" Demo 2006)||LP Underground 9.0: Demos||4:50||2006||November 23, 2009||
|The Little Things Give You Away||LP Underground 7.0||7:21||August 07, 2007||December 5, 2007||
|The Little Things Give You Away||Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes||7:19||June 29, 2008||November 21, 2008||
|The Little Things Give You Away (Live From Shanghai, 2007)||Minutes To Midnight - Live Around The World||7:43||November 18, 2007||June 12, 2012|
"The Little Things Give You Away" was a staple in the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle setlists. It debuted as the first song of the encore on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour. When the band began rotating setlists on Projekt Revolution 2007, the song was performed with a new keyboard intro at the end of the main set in Set A and Set B, and as the encore opener in Set C. The song saw less exposure in 2008, where it was only featured mid-set in Set S on the Minutes To Midnight European Tour. In the summer setlists, the song was only featured mid-set in Set X.
The song has not been performed in its entirety since the Minutes To Midnight touring cycle, but was partially performed acoustically at the 2nd LPU Summit in Homebush, New South Wales on the A Thousand Suns touring cycle in 2010.
Last Updated: December 25, 2015
|Type||Description||First Played||Last Played|
|Intro||Keyboard Intro w/ Vocals||July 25, 2007||November 24, 2007|
|Intro||Keyboard Intro||July 27, 2007||August 23, 2008|
|Alternative||Acoustic (Mike and Chester)||December 15, 2010||December 15, 2010|
|Alternative||Shortened (Until Bridge)||December 15, 2010||December 15, 2010|
- Chester Bennington
- Mike Shinoda
- Brad Delson
- Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
- Joseph Hahn
- Rob Bourdon
- Arrangements: David Campbell, Mike Shinoda, and Brad Delson
- Conducting: David Campbell
- Violin: Charlie Bisharat, Mario DeLeon, Armen Garabedian, Julian Hallmark, Gerry Hilera, Songa Lee-Kitto, Natalie Leggett, Josefina Vergara, and Sara Parkins
- Viola: Matt Funes and Andrew Picken
- Cello: Larry Corbett and Suzie Katayama
- Bass: Oscar Hidalgo
- 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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