What The Words Meant
|"What The Words Meant"|
|Song by Mike Shinoda from the album Post Traumatic (Special Edition)|
|Released||December 7, 2018|
|Producer||Mike Shinoda, Aaron C. Harmon, Jordan Reyes|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
"What The Words Meant" is the second bonus track off of Mike Shinoda's debut studio album, Post Traumatic. It was released as part of a double single with "Prove You Wrong". The song was co-produced by Mike Shinoda, Aaron Harmon and Jordan Reyes from Basecamp. The duo also contributed to "About You".
LPLive reviewed both tracks from the 10" vinyl on December 5th, 2018.
In response to LPLive incorrect guessing the meaning of the tracks, Mike Shinoda posted on Twitter on December 6, 2018, "Hey guys, thanks for the preview! FYI, “what the words meant is actually about a conversation with another artist (not LP) whose songs I’ve loved for a while. I didn’t know what their lyrics were about. She told me their album was about the loss of her sister. So WTWM is about understanding that kind of grief as a person and artist. It’s about having a new (and unfortunate) understanding, due to tragedy."
In June 2020 when asked about the meaning of the song, Mike said, "Sometimes it's hard to remember. We've made a lot of songs. That song is about... I don't know if I've said who this artist is so I won't. There was an album I liked a lot, I loved almost every song on it and then I talked to the singer. Ah I did say, It was Phantogram. So, Three, the album Three. We talked, and it was after Chester had passed. And I found out she had lost her sister. She had died by suicide and she said something about that record, how it dealt with and expressed that. I was like, 'Oh shit. no way, I love that record.' So I went back and I listened back and I was like, 'Holy crap! I had no idea this record was about that.' I didn't tell her that because we had already talked. But anyway, that was crazy. There's so many records that we listen to that we haven't been through the things they were going through when they were recording the album. We're just listening to it as good music or we're listening to it because we connect to it in a different way. So yeah, that was fucking crazy. Wow."
On November 20th, 2018, Warner Records announced that Post Traumatic would be re-released as a 2 LP color vinyl, featuring two new songs - "Prove You Wrong" and "What The Words Meant" for $44.98. The two tracks would come on a 10" bonus vinyl.
|1||Prove You Wrong||Mike Shinoda||3:35|
|2||What The Words Meant||Shinoda||3:33|
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
|What The Words Meant||Post Traumatic (Special Edition) Vinyl
Post Traumatic (Deluxe Version) Digital
|3:33||2017-2018||December 7, 2018|
- Produced, Mixed, Vocals, Written by Mike Shinoda
- Co-Produced by Aaron C. Harmon and Jordan Reyes
- Mastered by Brian "Big Bass" Gardner
The first time I heard it
- https://lplive.net/forums/topic/13645-review-mike-shinodas-new-pt-vinyl-tracks/ Review: Mike Shinoda's New PT Vinyl Tracks
- Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "Hey guys, thanks for the preview! FYI, “what the words meant is actually about a conversation with another artist (not LP) whose songs I’ve loved for a while. I didn’t know what their lyrics were about. She told me their album was about the loss of her sister. (1/2)… https://t.co/qvNmIqkp13" ., December 06, 2018
- Mike Shinoda on Twitter: "(2/2) So WTWM is about understanding that kind of grief as a person and artist. It’s about having a new (and unfortunate) understanding, due to tragedy.… https://t.co/iDLtGSwyxt" ., December 06, 2018
- LPLive: Mike Q&A Summary 6/11/2020, June 11, 2020
- https://lplive.net/forums/topic/13625-post-traumatic-color-vinyl-2-new-songs/ LPLive: Post Traumatic Color Vinyl + 2 New Songs
- https://www.facebook.com/lplive/posts/good-news-the-posttraumatic-special-edition-vinyl-tracks-prove-you-wrong-and-wha/612884445791345/ LPLive: Facebook
- https://twitter.com/lplive/status/1098941468893421568 LPLive: Twitter
- https://twitter.com/mikeshinoda/status/1098243843516841986?lang=en Mike Shinoda: Twitter