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From Linkinpedia
Song by Linkin Park
from the album Meteora
Live debut:February 23, 2003
Last performed:August 24, 2008
Writer:Linkin Park
Producer:Don Gilmore, Linkin Park
Label:Warner Bros.
Meteora tracklist
  1. Foreword
  2. Don't Stay
  3. Somewhere I Belong
  4. Lying From You
  5. Hit The Floor
  6. Easier To Run
  7. Faint
  8. Figure.09
  9. Breaking The Habit
  10. From The Inside
  11. Nobody's Listening
  12. Session
  13. Numb

"Foreword" is the opening track on Linkin Park's sophomore album Meteora. It is a short track that doesn't feature anything except the sound of smashing a piece of metal. It transitions directly into "Don't Stay."


"Foreword" was recorded at Mike Shinoda's house, after the rest of Meteora was finished and served as an intro for the album.

In March 2003, Mike did a track-by-track of Meteora for ShoutWeb. About "Foreword", he said, ""Foreword" is just an intro. If you know what Foley work is, it's my first attempt at Foley work. Basically, it's noises I made in the studio breaking things. We have this CD player and CD burner attached to my computer, which basically just ate shit during the writing process. It gave Chester and I such a hard time! Burning CDs which should have taken a minute were taking 20 minutes, 30 minutes, to an hour. I just got so frustrated with the thing, I put it to the side knowing that I was going to beat it with a baseball bat and that's what I did. I smashed it with a baseball bat on metal table."


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Foreword Meteora 0:13 2002 March 25, 2003


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Don't Stay LP Underground 3.0 3:11 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

November 17, 2003
  • With the last second of "Foreword" only.
  • Live From Summer Sanitarium.
Don't Stay LP Underground 3.0 Enhanced Content 3:12 August 11, 2003 November 17, 2003
  • With "Foreword."
  • Enhanced live video.
  • Exclusive live footage from Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Don't Stay Live In Texas August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

November 18, 2003
  • With the last second of "Foreword" only.
  • DVD only.
  • Recorded live August 2nd 2003 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX and August 3rd 2003 at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX on the Summer Sanitarium Tour.
Don't Stay (Live In Shanghai, 2007) Meteora - Live Around The World 3:16 November 18, 2007 June 5, 2012
  • With "Foreword.”
Don't Stay (Live In Texas) Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:19 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

April 7, 2023
  • With "Foreword" (Short).
  • Edited differently from the 2003 release.
  • Live In Texas.
Don't Stay (Live In Nottingham 2003) Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:15 March 03, 2003 April 7, 2023
  • With "Foreword".
  • Mixed and edited differently from the radio broadcast.
Don't Stay Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:11 July 12, 2003 April 7, 2023
Don't Stay Meteora (20th Anniversary Edition) 3:07 October 29, 2003 April 7, 2023


"Foreword" has only been used as an intro to "Don't Stay" and obviously has been sampled each time it has been used. Almost every performance of "Don't Stay" in the Meteora and Minutes To Midnight eras featured the song as an intro for "Don't Stay", the exceptions being Summer Sanitarium 2003 when the "Devil Worship Intro" went into "Don’t Stay" (with the very last second of "Foreword" being used) and the second half of 2004, where the "Gacela Intro" was added to as the intro for "Don't Stay", replacing "Foreword."


Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington: vocals
  • Rob Bourdon: drums, backing vocals
  • Brad Delson: guitars, bass, backing vocals
  • Joseph Hahn: records, sampling, backing vocals
  • Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, beats, sampling
  • Phoenix: bass

While the song is credited to Linkin Park, it is Mike Shinoda who created "Foreword."


  • Don Gilmore: producer
  • Andy Wallace: mixer

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