Let Down

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"Let Down"
Single by Dead By Sunrise
from the album Out Of Ashes
Working title Let Down
Recorded 2007-2009
Released November 17, 2009
Format Digital, CD
Length 3:58
Live debut September 10, 2005
Last played February 28, 2010
November 05, 2017 (Julien-K)
Writer(s) Chester Charles Bennington, Amir Davidson, Ryan Christopher Shuck, Anthony Valcic
Producer(s) Howard Benson
Label Warner Bros. Records
Dead By Sunrise singles chronology

Crawl Back In (2009) Let Down (2009)

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)


"Let Down" was the first Dead By Sunrise song written by Chester Bennington (not counting "Morning After"), before any of the other members got involved in the project.

The song was unknown to fans until its debut on September 10, 2005. As described by Amir Derakh the day before, "This Saturday Sept. 10th starting at 8PM ET/PT MTV will be airing "ReAct Now: Music & Relief". Ryan & I will be performing a song acoustically with Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. This stripped down electro acoustic version, arranged especially for this event, will be the first preview of Chester’s new solo material that Julien-K has been working on. Please tune in and donate to this important cause to aid in relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina."[1]

Chester said it was easy to figure out that the song wouldn't become a Linkin Park song. "I didn't want to go in and change the words, I didn't want to change any of the vibe, and I knew that would happen a lot taking it to Linkin Park."[2] It was originally an acoustic song and was turned into a rock song in the recording process.[3]

The song was inspired by his messy, painful divorce, and came out easily. "Let Down was about the experience of getting divorced. I know who I am, that I'm a romantic person, and that I like being in love. I don't want to repeat the same things that happened to me in my previous relationship in the next one," he said.[4][5]

As for the evolution of the song: "After we finished all of the promotional work and touring for Meteora, we weren’t sure what was going to happen next. I then got the idea to do a solo album where I played everything outside of the drums. Then I got Amir (Derakh) and Ryan (Shuck) to come in and play some stuff, too. One day we’re in the studio and they took the guitar tracks I had for the song “Let Down” and started messing around with it. The next thing you know they are playing me what they did with it, and I’m completely floored! They had found this chord progression that took the song to a different place than I had imagined, but it was what I was looking for. I thought it was crazy, but I knew at that point that this project became a collaborative thing between the three of us. I like to think of Dead by Sunrise as a collective more than my own thing."[6]


CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Let Down Chester Bennington, Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Anthony "Fu" Valcic 3:58
2 Fire (Live) Bennington, Derakh, Shuck, Valcic 4:07
3 Let Down (Live) Bennington, Derakh, Shuck, Valcic 4:51

Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Let Down Bennington, Derakh, Shuck, Valcic 3:58
2 Inside Of Me Bennington, Derakh, Shuck, Valcic 2:18
3 Let Down (Live) Bennington, Derakh, Shuck, Valcic 4:51

Digital Live Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Let Down (Live) Bennington, Derakh, Shuck, Valcic 4:05

Music Video

Music Video

The music video for "Let Down" was partially shot in Santa Clarita, California in Nikki Sixx' recording and photographic studio,[7] Funny Farm.[8] Shooting also took place somewhere in The Valley in Los Angeles. The video was shot back to back with "Crawl Back In" on Tuesday, July 14th and Wednesday, July 15th.[9][10]

The band worked with the production company Bau-da Design Lab. It was commissioned by Devin Sarno, directed by P.R. Brown and producer by Christina Wagner. Jaron Presant was the director of photography.[11]

About the video, Chester said, "The plot is this: the album artwork is an artistic kind of theme where myself and the guys from Dead By Sunrise are being swarmed by this black void trying to destroy us and so we’re kind of getting sucked up by this black presence. The video is a representation of that and an extension of the artwork. I will be getting engulfed by the black void, the same sheet we used for the artwork we’re using in the video. I’m wrapped up in it and it’s trying to kill me, but you can’t tell its trying to kill me. Inside the black void is an image of a woman who must be causing me this grief that’s going on in the song and the fabric turns from the shape of her body into the shape of my face. I’ve yet to see any edits yet so I’m anxiously awaiting those to see how it turned out."[12]

Monga Version

"Let Down" is featured in the soundtrack of the Taiwanese movie "Monga" ("Wanhua"). To promote the film, a new version of the "Let Down" music video was created featuring excerpts from it. Both versions of the music video were included in the Out Of Ashes bonus DVD released in Taiwan.[13]


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Let Down Out Of Ashes

Let Down

3:58 2007-2009 October 13, 2009
Let Down (Radio Edit) Let Down (Promo) 3:32 2007-2009 2009
  • Shorter ending.
Let Down Demos 3:54
  • Home demo.
  • Released on LinkinPark:br for free download on March 20, 2018.
Let Down (Instrumental) Monga 2:23 2009 February 12, 2010
  • Piece of the score containing elements of "Let Down" by Dead By Sunrise.
Let Down Out Of Ashes Instrumentals 4:00 2007-2009
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Let Down (Live) Let Down (Live) 4:05 July 04, 2009 October 25, 2009
  • Acoustic version.
Let Down (Live) Let Down 4:51 October 07, 2009 November 17, 2009
Let Down KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2009 4:45 December 12, 2009 December 18, 2009
  • Benefit live record by KROQ. All proceeds from the album went to both Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center charities.[14]
  • Available on iTunes through mid-February 2010.


"Let Down" got its debut in 2005, while the band was still known as Snow White Tan, being performed acoustically at the ReAct Now: Music & Relief event. The song got its studio form debut at the first show when the band toured in support of Out Of Ashes, being played after "Fire", and was played with an extended outro with the band jamming. The song maintained that placement throughout 2009. Once the band embarked on their 2010 Asian tour, "Let Down" was moved up in the set to after "Too Late", a position it maintained throughout 2010. The song was also performed acoustically at the 'Stars of the Season' Gala, being sandwiched between "Palm Springs Reset" by Julien-K and "The Messenger" by Linkin Park.

Julien-K performed an acoustic version of the song at an exclusive VIP acoustic show, which was held for backers of their album funding campaign. They performed it acoustically again at the end of 2017, again with guest vocalist Amber Snead.

Chester's first band Grey Daze was meant to perform a reunion show in September 2017, which never happened due to Chester's passing. Grey Daze and Julien-K came together to perform a tribute show for Chester, where they performed an acoustic version of the song.


Last Updated: August 25, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Outro Jam Outro October 01, 2009 February 28, 2010
Alternative Acoustic Version November 12, 2011 November 12, 2011


Last Updated: August 25, 2018

Type Description First Played Last Played
Alternative Acoustic Version March 29, 2015 November 5, 2017

Live Guests

Last Updated: August 25, 2018

  • Amber Snead



Dead By Sunrise

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


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



In Other Media

  • Elements of "Let Down" were used in the score of the 2010 film Monga. Although the soundtrack album has "Let Down Instrumental" listed, the track is not an instrumental version of the song, it's simply the piece of the score that contains elements of "Let Down".

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