Mark The Graves

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"Mark The Graves"
Song by Linkin Park
from the album The Hunting Party
Working title:Plato
Recorded:2013 - 2014
Stems:Stagelight (Linkin Park Bundle II)[1]
Time signature:4/4
Key:E Minor / E Major
Writer:Linkin Park
Producer:Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda
Label:Warner Bros.
The Hunting Party tracklist
  1. Keys To The Kingdom
  2. All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton)
  3. Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim)
  4. The Summoning
  5. War
  6. Wastelands
  7. Until It's Gone
  8. Rebellion (feat. Daron Malakian)
  9. Mark The Graves
  10. Drawbar (feat. Tom Morello)
  11. Final Masquerade
  12. A Line In The Sand

"Mark The Graves" is the ninth track on Linkin Park's sixth studio album, The Hunting Party. The song ends with a short musical interlude that transitions directly into the next song, "Drawbar".


"Mark The Graves" was one of the earliest demos for The Hunting Party, along with "Guilty All The Same". Mike Shinoda also initially wanted the track to open the album, but was not chosen for the role.[2] Brad Delson had Mike loop the track so he could do a solo over it just for fun and it was then the album really started to grow into what it is. All of the drums on the song were also tracked to tape, rather than digitally, like the band usually does.[3] Rob Bourdon also played on a more unique drum set, with tambourines duct taped upright on the snares.[4] Commenting on the song, Mike said that "Chester & I usually do all the lyrics on the albums, but Brad helped too on #TheHuntingParty."[5]

Brad called the song a favorite in the studio,[6] mentioning it as his favorite song from The Hunting Party as well.[7]

During a stream on May 11, 2020, Mike also talked about "Mark The Graves" being one of his favorite tracks of the album, "I listened to "Mark The Graves" the other day because a bunch of Peruvian Linkin Park fans did a playoff bracket of Linkin Park songs and a couple of people were like, man, Mark The Graves wasn't on there! "Keys To The Kingdom" was, "Guilty All The Same" was, and those are two of my favorite tracks off the record for sure. But "Mark The Graves" wasn't and I went back and listened to it, and I was like, 'Ah that was one of my favorite songs on the record. That was a really fun one, that was a cool one.' But that whole record, like "A Line In The Sand", those are some of my favorite ones I think."[8]


On December 24, 2014, several members from the Linkin Park Association community teamed up to release a remix album of The Hunting Party titled Viscera. The album was later released to the LP Underground on June 18, 2015 after the band received the full rights to distribute the album. The remix of "Mark The Graves", which was used to close the album, was done by Xefuzion. The instrumental version of the remix was released February 28, 2015.


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Mark The Graves The Hunting Party 5:05 2013-2014 June 13, 2014
Mark The Graves (Instrumental) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 5:02 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official instrumental version.
Mark The Graves (Acapella) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 5:05 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official acapella version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Mark The Graves: Xefuzion Viscera 7:39 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by Xefuzion.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on December 24, 2014 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.
  • Released to LP Underground members for free download on June 18, 2015 in MP3 format.
  • The band obtained all the rights to the album.
Mark The Graves: Xefuzion (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 7:39 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by Xefuzion.
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.


Linkin Park is

  • Chester Bennington
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Brad Delson
  • Phoenix
  • Joe Hahn
  • Mike Shinoda


  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Lyrics & Vocals by Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington
  • Background Vocals by Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon, and Phoenix
  • Additional Lyrics by Brad Delson
  • Engineering by Ethan Mates and Mike Shinoda
  • Digital editing by Josh Newell
  • Assistant Engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Additional Assistant Engineers: Brendan Dekora and Jennifer Langdon
  • Studio Electro Tech: Warren Willis
  • Studio Drum Tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Album Production Coordination: Ryan DeMarti
  • Recorded at Larrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Additional Recording at EastWest Studios and Glenwood Place Studios
  • Mixed by Andy Wallace
  • Pro Tools Engineered by Paul Suarez
  • Assisted by Del Bowers
  • Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge
  • Assisted by Rich Morales


Album Version

One, two
One, two, three, four
There's a fragile game we play
With the ghosts of yesterday
If we can't let go we'll never say goodbye
No trace of what remains
No stones to mark the graves
Only memories we thought we could deny
There was so much more to lose
Than the pain I put you through
In my carelessness I left you in the dark
And the blood may wash away
But the scars will never fade
At least I know somehow I made a mark
In the dark
In the light
Nothing left
Nothing right
In the dark
In the light
Nothing left
Nothing RIGHT
The dark
The light
Nothing left
Nothing right
In the dark
In the light
Nothing left
Nothing RIGHT

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