The Little Things Give You Away

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"The Little Things Give You Away"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album Minutes To Midnight
Working title Drum Song
Recorded 2006 - 2007
Format Digital, Cassete, CD, Vinyl, DVD
Length 06:21
Time signature 3/4
Tempo 70
Key A Minor
Live debut May 24, 2007
Last played August 23, 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

"The Little Things Give You Away" is the twelfth and final track off on Linkin Park's third studio album, Minutes To Midnight.

Background

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."[1] 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."[2]

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."[3]

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
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
  • Demo version.
  • Mike on vocals.
  • Different lyrics.
  • No guitar solo.
  • Includes scat lyrics.
The Little Things Give You Away Minutes To Midnight Instrumentals 6:28 2006-2007
  • Official instrumental version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
The Little Things Give You Away LP Underground 7.0 7:21 August 07, 2007 December 5, 2007
  • Recorded live at the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA on August 7, 2007.
The Little Things Give You Away Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 7:19 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 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

Live

"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.

Variations

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

Personnel

  • Chester Bennington
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Brad Delson
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell
  • Joseph Hahn
  • Rob Bourdon

Orchestra

  • 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

Production

  • 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

Lyrics

External Links

References

  1. MTV, March 2007
  2. Kerrang!, April 2007
  3. MTV, May 2007