Give Me Your Name

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"Give Me Your Name"
Album-Out Of Ashes.jpg
Song by Dead By Sunrise from the album Out Of Ashes
Working title Give Me Your Name
Recorded 2007-2009
Released October 13, 2009
Length 4:56
Writer Chester Charles Bennington, Amir Davidson, Ryan Christopher Shuck, Anthony Valcic
Producer Howard Benson
Label Warner Bros. Records

Out Of Ashes track listing
  1. Fire
  2. Crawl Back In
  3. Too Late
  4. Inside Of Me
  5. Let Down
  6. Give Me Your Name
  7. My Suffering
  8. Condemned
  9. Into You
  10. End Of The World
  11. Walking In Circles
  12. In The Darkness
  13. Morning After (bonus track)


After Chester Bennington had split up with his ex-wife, Samantha Marie Olit, he went to a party where Ryan Shuck introduced him to Talinda Ann Bentley,[1] a teacher who had modeled for Playboy twice during her college days. They instantly hit it off and Chester soon called a friend to say that he was going to marry the woman he had just met. Though his friend thought he had lost his mind, about a week-and-half after they met, she moved in with Chester. The two were married on December 31, 2005, and Bentley gave birth to their son three months later.[2]

"Give Me Your Name" was written after the couple got engaged and Talinda asked Chester to write a song they could dance to at their wedding. "I had this acoustic guitar riff I had been playing with that was very mellow and I was like, Summon beautiful music in your mind. And it just came to me." The lyrics are about Chester's relationship with his now wife.

For being such a personal song, "Give Me Your Name" was never played live and wasn't even intended for the album. "Obviously I'm not a love song kind of guy, but I looked inside myself and those words came out. Truthfully, it was never supposed to be for the record; it was only intended for our wedding. But it came out so good that I thought, Hey, I should put this on the record. Maybe other people will use it for their weddings."[3]

"Give Me Your Name" is Chester's favorite wedding song[4] and also his favorite on Out Of Ashes.


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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Give Me Your Name Out Of Ashes 4:56 2007-2009 October 13, 2009
Give Me Your Name Demos 5:04
  • Home demo.
  • Different background vocals.
  • Released on LinkinPark:br for free download on March 20, 2018.
Give Me Your Name Out Of Ashes Instrumentals 5:03 2007-2009
  • Official instrumental version.


Dead By Sunrise

  • Chester Bennington
  • Ryan Shuck
  • Amir Derakh
  • Elias Andra
  • Brandon Belsky
  • Anthony "Fu" Valcic


"Give Me Your Name" is the only Dead By Sunrise song to not be performed live. In an LPTV video released ahead of the band's Las Vegas show in October 9, and filmed during the band's rehearsals in late September, Chester says that Dead By Sunrise rehearsed every song on the album, meaning "Give Me Your Name" was at least rehearsed.[5] The song was never added to a live setlist.


  • Howard Benson: producer
  • Tom Whalley: executive producer
  • Mike Plotnikoff: recorder
  • Chris Lord-Alge: mixer



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