Wisdom, Justice, And Love

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"Wisdom, Justice, And Love"
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Song by Linkin Park from the album A Thousand Suns
Recorded 2008 - 2010
Length 01:38
Time signature 5/4
Tempo 83.5
Key A Minor
Samples Martin Luther King Jr. - Beyond Vietnam -- A Time To Break Silence
Live debut October 7, 2010
Last played September 25, 2011
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


"Wisdom, Justice, And Love" features parts of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Beyond Vietnam" speech, his first anti-war speech in which he drew comparisons between the Vietnam War and African-American civil rights, delivered on April 4, 1967, above piano chords. King's voice slowly becomes more and more robotic, as if to symbolize society is becoming less and less empathetic. The speeches resonate differently today as they did then, but they were used in the songs because they still have relevance today.[1] The ending of "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" transitioned directly into "Iridescent".


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wisdom, Justice, And Love A Thousand Suns 1:38 2008-2010 September 8, 2010
  • Samples a speech from Martin Luther King, Jr..
Wisdom, Justice, And Love A Thousand Suns Instrumentals 1:38 2008-2010
  • The CD dates from September 15, 2010.
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wisdom, Justice, And Love Live In Red Square 1:41 June 23, 2011 July 21, 2011
  • 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.


"Wisdom, Justice, And Love" got its live debut at the Buenos Aires show on the A Thousand Suns South American Tour. The song was always played after "Waiting For The End" in 2010, except for the final three shows of the Australian tour in Melbourne, Homebush, and Bruce, where the song wasn't played at all. The song moved around a bit more during the 2011 North American Tour. It was played after "Waiting For The End" in sets A-1 and B-11, opened the encore in Sets C-5 and C-6, and wasn't played at all in Set B-13. Also, starting with the Atlanta show, "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" was omitted from DSPs due to copyright issues with the MLK Jr. family. "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" didn't move much on the European and Asian tours, opening the encore in Set A, following "Waiting For The End" in sets B, D, E, and the one-off Singapore setlist, and following "In The End" in the one-off Moscow setlist. After the A Thousand Suns tour ended, the song was dropped and hasn't been played in full since.

While the full song hasn't been played since the end of the A Thousand Suns tour, parts of the song returned during the The Hunting Party cycle in the new live version of "Castle Of Glass", with the very beginning part of the speech being played during the bridge starting with the second show in Brazil in 2014.

While Mike was touring in support of his solo album Post Traumatic, "Wisdom, Justice, And Love" was added to the set in Moscow. It was played as a piano instrumental at this show, with the full song with the speech debuting in Toronto. It was then used fairly frequently as an encore opener, paired with "Iridescent". At certain shows, Mike would rap the first verse of "Hands Held High" over the piano part of the song and, in San Francisco, Mike rapped the second verse of "Hands Held High" before playing the piano version of "In The End", the first time it was ever played separate from "Iridescent".

Mike Shinoda

Last Updated: July 10, 2019

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Piano Instrumental September 1, 2018 September 4, 2019
Alternate w/ 'Hands Held High' Verse 1 October 13, 2018 November 5, 2018
Alternative w/ 'Hands Held High' Verse 2 November 6, 2018 November 6, 2018



External Links


  1. NMESeptember 6, 2010