When They Come For Me

From Linkinpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"When They Come For Me"
Studio-A Thousand Suns Cover clean.jpg
Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns
Working title Dingleberry
Recorded 2008 - 2010
Length 04:53
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 92
Key C Minor
References Linkin Park - Points Of Authority
Lauryn Hill - Lost Ones
Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Puff Daddy & Mase)
Big Daddy Kane - Raw
Public Enemy - My Uzi Weigh A Ton
Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse
Live debut October 7, 2010
Last played January 10, 2014
Writer Linkin Park
Producer Mike Shinoda, Rick Rubin
Label Warner Bros.

A Thousand Suns track listing
  1. The Requiem
  2. The Radiance
  3. Burning In The Skies
  4. Empty Spaces
  5. When They Come For Me
  6. Robot Boy
  7. Jornada Del Muerto
  8. Waiting For The End
  9. Blackout
  10. Wretches And Kings
  11. Wisdom, Justice, And Love
  12. Iridescent
  13. Fallout
  14. The Catalyst
  15. The Messenger

Background

"When They Come For Me" is a very hip-hop oriented track, and is one of the few songs on the album that features Mike Shinoda rapping. The track starts with a syncopated drum beat accompanied by very dirty, distorted synth stabs before giving way to Shinoda's rapping, where he references Lauryn Hill's "Lost Ones", Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems", Big Daddy Kane's "Raw", Public Enemy's "My Uzi Weigh A Ton", Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse", and Linkin Park's own song from Hybrid Theory, "Points of Authority". The wordless chorus of the song has the band doing gang vocals before Chester Bennington sings the bridge, accompanied by some subtle electronics and a light, melodic guitar line. The outro of the song was actually not done by the band, but instead of created by the winner of "The Catalyst" remix contest, NoBraiN, who was allowed to contribute one of the tracks on the album, with the options being either "When They Come For Me" or "Jornada Del Muerto". He was told that the parts he made didn't necessarily have to make the album, since the band already had an artistic vision for the tracks. [1] Ultimately, his contributions for "When They Come For Me" made the cut, and are present on the album.

In 2015, after Mike Shinoda revived Fort Minor, he mentioned "When They Come For Me" as an example of a Linkin Park song that had a lot of Fort Minor elements.[2]

Remix

A remix of "When They Come For Me" by Diplo was used in DJ Hero 2. The soundtrack, and thus the song, was never officially released outside of the game.

Versions

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

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
When They Come For Me A Thousand Suns 4:53 2008-2010 September 8, 2010
  • Features NoBrain.
  • Contains references to Linkin Park's "Points Of Authority", Lauryn Hill's "Lost Ones", Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems (feat. Puff Daddy & Mase)", Big Daddy Kane's "Raw", Public Enemy's "My Uzi Weigh A Ton", and Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2: The Gift And The Curse.
When They Come For Me A Thousand Suns (Clean) 4:55 2008-2010 September 8, 2010
  • At the end of the song, you can still hear Mike saying "motherfucker".

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
When They Come For Me (Diplo Remix) DJ Hero 2: Linkin Park Mix Pack (DLC) 3:07 2008-2010 December 21, 2010
  • Remix by Diplo.
  • There was no official soundtrack release for the game.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
When They Come For Me (Live) Burning In The Skies (Digital Single) 5:21 February 04, 2011 March 21, 2011
Empty Spaces/When They Come For Me Live In Madrid 5:31 November 07, 2010 April 1, 2011
When They Come For Me (Live From Tel Aviv, 11-15-10) 2011 North American Tour EP 5:12 November 15, 2010 December 20, 2010
When They Come For Me Live In Red Square 5:20 June 23, 2011 July 21, 2011
  • With "Empty Spaces".
  • Released as a prize for the "Iridescent" "Super-Fun Trading Fun-Cards" game. After all six cards were collected, the person could enter the codes of each card at linkinpark.com to get a free download of the full show.
When They Come For Me (Live From Paris, 2010) A Thousand Suns - Live Around The World 5:06 October 25, 2010 June 19, 2012
  • With "Empty Spaces".

Live

"When They Come For Me" was first performed at the second full show of the A Thousand Suns cycle at Buenos Aires. The song is always played after "Empty Spaces", as it appeared on the album. Throughout 2010, "When They Come For Me" didn't move around too much. In Sets A-1, A-3, and the one-off Madrid show, it was played after "Faint", and in Sets B, B-1, and B-9, it opened the encore with "Empty Spaces". During the 2011 North American tour, "When They Come For Me", along with "Empty Spaces" was played in all five setlists. Set A-1 had the song after "Faint", just like in 2010. Sets B-11, C-5, and C-6 all had the song after "What I've Done", usually being performed with a long intro with Mike playing a keyboard transition from "What I've Done" into "Empty Spaces, and Set B-13 had the song opening the encore with "Empty Spaces". It was also performed at the short, 3 song setlist for Saturday Night Live, being played after "Waiting For The End". "When They Come For Me" didn't move around much from the North American tour to the 2011 European and Asian tours. Sets A and B had the song after "What I've Done", Set C had the song opening the encore, Set D had the song after "New Divide", and Set E and the one-off Moscow setlist had the song after "Faint". This tour also brought about the only two shows where "When They Come For Me" was dropped on the entire A Thousand Suns cycle. At the Music For Relief benefit show, "Empty Spaces" and "When They Come For Me" were dropped in favor of "The Messenger", and the one-off setlist from Singapore didn't have the songs, either, presumably due to Chester's broken arm.

"When They Come For Me" returned for the Living Things touring cycle during the Honda Civic Tour, and for the rest of 2012. Set B had the song after "Somewhere I Belong", but was dropped at the Woodlands show for "In My Remains". Set C had "Empty Spaces" and "When They Come For Me" after "In My Remains". Once the band stopped playing Set C after Rio de Janeiro, "When They Come For Me" was dropped, and didn't return for the rest of the cycle.

"When They Come For Me" was performed once in January of 2014, at the headlining show in Las Vegas. It was played after "Lies Greed Misery". This was the last time the song was performed live. The band did rehearse "When They Come For Me" for the Carnivores Tour in summer of 2014, though. It did not make the setlist, though.

Part of the song returned once Mike brought back Fort Minor in 2015. Starting at the show in Los Angeles, the first verse of the song was played as a part of "Believe Me".

They full version of the song returned in 2018 when Mike began the Post Traumatic Tour. Initially, he performed a shortened version of the song, sampling Chester during the choruses and ending it before ending the track before the bridge. When Dan Mayo and Matt Harris joined the tour, the full version of the song returned, with Mike performing a guitar solo during the final chorus and outro.

Variations

Last Updated: September 10, 2016

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro "No More Sorrow" Long Intro Tease January 20, 2011 January 20, 2011
Outro Short Synth Outro August 25, 2012 August 25, 2012

Mike Shinoda

Last Updated: August 26, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Shortened (Intro/Verse 1/Chorus/Verse 2/Chorus) May 12, 2018 June 20, 2018

Personnel

Lyrics

In Other Media

  • A remix of "When They Come For Me" by Diplo is featured in the 2010 videogame DJ Hero 2.

External Links

References

  1. Linkin Park Association, September 2010
  2. Billboard InterviewJune 25, 2016