Not Alone

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"Not Alone"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Download To Donate For Haiti
Recorded 2006-2010
Released January 19, 2010
Format Digital
Length 04:12
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Linkin Park singles chronology

New Divide (2009) Not Alone (2010) The Catalyst (2010)

Download To Donate For Haiti track listing
  1. Linkin Park - Not Alone
  2. Slash - Mother Maria (feat. Beth Hart)
  3. Kenna - Never Let Me Down
  4. Peter Gabriel - Heroes (Make Tomorrow Today)
  5. Weezer - Butterfly (feat. Allison Allport)
  6. Alanis Morissette - Still (Acoustic, Vancouver Sessions)
  7. Lupe Fiasco and Kenna - Resurrection
  8. Hoobastank - We Are One
  9. The All-American Rejects - The Wind Blows (Skrillex Remix)
  10. Enrique Iglesias - It Must Be Love
  11. Dave Matthews Band - Typical Situation (Live)
  12. The Crystal Method - Slipstream (Slimmed Down Mix) (feat. Jason Lytle)
  13. Metric - Gold Guns Girls (Mike Shinoda Remix)
  14. Jack Johnson - Times Like These (Live from Red Rocks)
  15. Dinosaur Jr. - Gargoyle (Live)
  16. Mickey Hart - Look Away
  17. Guster - Jonah

"Not Alone" is the first track on the compilation album Download To Donate For Haiti.

Background

"Not Alone" is one of the thirty "close to final form" songs from the Minutes To Midnight album sessions. However, it wasn't completed in its present, released form until they worked on it in January 2010. "Not Alone" was taken from its demo form and finished, complete with rewritten lyrics, in less than one day. Some of these shots of Mike and Chester finishing the song are shown in the music video.

In an interview with MTV on January 19, 2010, Mike said, "We had a demo [for 'Not Alone'] — the music was laid out, we had done the song a little while ago ... we just never used it because we never thought it was done. [After the tragedy in Haiti], we listened to the demo again, essentially scrapped all the words, rewrote the words ... when you've got that idea and emotional charge in you and you put that in the lyrics, for me it does make better lyrics. There's an authenticity and a passion that you can hear in Chester's voice on this track; we literally wrote [the new lyrics] via e-mail, before he had flown out from Arizona to L.A. [to record them]."[1]

On Loveline on January 28, 2010, Brad said, "This was a track that we originally worked on with Rick Rubin during the Minutes To Midnight sessions, and one of our favorites, and it unfortunately didn't make it on the album, but fortunately we had it on a semi-finished form and Mike and Chester really were burning midnight oil. They rewrote the lyrics to kind of express their emotions about what happened to Haiti and remixed the song, got it ready for this compilation in about 24 hours and I think it's actually better... I'm actually sure it's better than the early version. We're really really proud of it."

The song was released on January 19, 2010 as the first track on the Download To Donate For Haiti album.

Linkin Park recorded and finalized seventeen songs for Minutes To Midnight, with twelve making the album. Four of the others that ended up being released over time are "No Roads Left", "Across The Line", "Blackbirds", and "What We Don't Know". There is speculation that the last track could be "Chance Of Rain" since Mike mentioned in the track commentary that it was cut at the last second. "Pretend To Be" and "Not Alone" are other considerations for what this final song might be. In a May 18, 2020 stream, Mike was asked about the identity of this fifth song that didn't make the album. He said, "We always have lots of songs that get scrapped from an album, so I don't know. The fifth? Got me, I don't know. I wish I could tell you. Probably something that is unreleased."[2]

Tracklist

Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Not Alone Linkin Park 4:12

Music Video

The official music video for "Not Alone" premiered on February 13, 2010 through Linkin Park's official MySpace page. Mike Shinoda wrote on his blog the same day, "For those who haven’t seen, here’s the premiere of the NEW VIDEO for NOT ALONE, our song from the Download To Donate album. Thanks to the UN Foundation for the footage from Haiti, and our amazing team who shot and edited the video. Our thoughts and prayers are still with the people of Haiti."[3]

Footage of Haiti is interlaced in this video with Mike and Chester's recording sessions from when they were finishing the song.

Versions

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

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Not Alone Download To Donate For Haiti

Not Alone

4:12 2006-2010 January 19, 2010
  • The song was created during the Minutes To Midnight sessions but had its lyrics rewritten and was re-mixed in about 24 hours for the compilation.

Personnel

  • Neal Avron, Mixing Engineer
  • CHESTER BENNINGTON, Lead Vocals
  • JOSEPH HAHN, Writer
  • LINKIN PARK, MainArtist
  • Ethan Mates, Engineer
  • Andrew Scheps, Engineer
  • Dana Nielsen, Engineer
  • George Gumbs, Assistant Mixing Engineer
  • Nicolas Fournier, Assistant Mixing Engineer
  • dave collins, Mastering Engineer
  • Phillip Broussard, Assistant Engineer
  • Chester Charles Bennington, Writer
  • David Michael Farrell, Writer
  • Michael Kenji Shinoda, Writer
  • Dave "Phoenix" Farrell, Backing Vocals
  • Bradford Philip Delson, Writer
  • Robert Gregory Bourdon, Writer
  • Bradford "Brad" Delson, Backing Vocals
  • Michael "Mike" Shinoda, Producer, Lead Vocals
  • Joseph "Chairman Hahn" Hahn, Backing Vocals
  • Frederick "Rick" Rubin, Producer
  • 2011 Warner Records Inc.
  • 2010 Warner Records Inc.

Lyrics

Gallery

External Links

References

  • Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda: Haiti Benefit Project Happened 'Quickly' - MTV, January 19, 2010
  • [LPLive: Mike Q&A Summary 5/18/20], May 18, 2020
  • Linkin Park: video for “Not Alone” « Mike Shinoda's Blog, February 13, 2010
  • Linkin Park - Not Alone (2010) | IMVDb