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Until It's Gone

From Linkinpedia
"Until It's Gone"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album The Hunting Party
Working title:Thanksgiving
Released:May 30, 2014
Format:CD, Digital
Stems:Stagelight (Linkin Park Bundle II)[1]
Time signature:6/4 (Intro/Outro); 4/4; 2/4 (Post-Chorus 1)
Key:E Minor
Live debut:May 24, 2014
Last performed:December 13, 2014
Writer:Linkin Park
Producer:Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda
Label:Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Linkin Park single chronology
Guilty All The Same
Until It's Gone
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

"Until It's Gone" is the seventh track and second single from Linkin Park's sixth studio album The Hunting Party. The song was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 on May 5, 2014.[2]


"Until It's Gone" was based around the idea of building to a drop, an idea that Mike Shinoda got from working with Steve Aoki on "A Light That Never Comes".[3] Shinoda also revealed the meaning of the song on Twitter, stating "Although it can be about regret (the usual meaning of "don't know what you've got until it's gone"), UIG has an alternate meaning. As a parent, your child won't grow into their potential until they leave the nest. You don't know what you've got until it's (your're) gone"[4] The song is rather unusual in the context of Linkin Park since parts of the song are in 6/4, 4/4, and there is even a 2/4 bar after the first chorus. A few other sections of the song have odd numbers of measures in them. Rob Bourdon, however, describes "Until It's Gone" as having a more straightforward drum part, similar to things he'd played on previous records.[5] The ending interlude is also one of the last remaining trap elements on the album, as the band felt those elements felt "silly" in the context of the album.[6]

The label tried to get the band to release a song like "Until It's Gone" or "Final Masquerade" as the lead single for The Hunting Party, while the band had settled on it being "Guilty All The Same".[7] Obviously, the band won that battle, as "Guilty All The Same" was released as the lead single. "Until It's Gone" was also initially destined for another release. On the first three Transformers movies done by Michael Bay, Linkin Park was prominently featured on the soundtrack, providing "What I've Done", "New Divide", and "Iridescent" to the films. Originally, "Until It's Gone" was mixed for inclusion on the soundtrack of Transformers: Age of Extinction as revealed by Andy Wallace, who was hired to mix both "Guilty All The Same" and "Until It's Gone", known as "Thanksgiving" at the time.[8] The song was not included in the movie or soundtrack, though it was used in promotion for the video game tie-in to the film, Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark.


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 "Until It's Gone" was done by Simple Automaton. The instrumental version of the remix was released February 28, 2015.


CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Until It's Gone Linkin Park 3:41
2 Guilty All The Same (featuring Rakim) Linkin Park 5:55

Music Video

Lyric Video

A lyric video for "Until It's Gone" was produced by the Charlotte Bobcats studio[9] and directed by Austin Saya.[10] This was Linkin Park's first lyric video to have a storyline of its own with footage filmed exclusively for the video.

Music Video

The official "Until It's Gone" music video was directed by Joe Hahn and was premiered on the band's official Facebook page on June 11, 2014. To create the video, the band worked with the production company Swartz/Boyd Productions, with Brandon Cox serving as director of photography. Although it mainly shows the band performing the song, actors Iris Karina, Hugo Bianqui, Alana Noland, and Christina Giagos make short appearances throughout the video.[11]

Video Credits[12]

Artist Name: Linkin Park
Song Name: Until It's Gone
Director: Joe Hahn
Director of Photography: Brandon Cox
Production Company: Swartz/Boyd Productions
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

  • Iris Karina
  • Hugo Bianqui
  • Alana Noland - Appearance
  • Christina Giagos - Appearance

Production: Swartz/Boyd Productions

Fan Footage Video

On June 10, 2014, Linkin Park headlined the Alfa Romeo City Sound Festival in Milan, Italy. Before the show, the band asked fans to use their camera or phone to record Linkin Park performing "Until It's Gone" in its entirety in landscape (sideways) so the band could put together a special live video of the song. The videos should be uploaded to FanFootage by 23:00 CET on Friday June 13th. Everyone who uploaded a video were entered into a draw to win a signed CD of The Hunting Party and a Linkin Park t-shirt.[13]

The best bits of the videos were used on a live music video from the Milan show which was unveiled by the band on July 16, 2014. An interactive version was also available on FanFootage over the 24 hours following its release, allowing the fans to choose their own camera angles.[14]


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


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Until It's Gone The Hunting Party 3:53 2013-2014 June 13, 2014
Until It's Gone Until It's Gone 3:38 2013-2014 May 6, 2014
  • Lacks the transition to "Rebellion" (electronic outro with a baby laugh).
Until It's Gone (Instrumental) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:41 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official instrumental version.
Until It's Gone (Acapella) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:53 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official acapella version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Until It's Gone: Simple Automaton Viscera 4:38 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by Simple Automaton.
  • 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.
Until It's Gone: Simple Automaton (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 4:38 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by Simple Automaton.
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
"Until It's Gone" Live In Milan (Fan Footage) 4:05 June 10, 2014 July 16, 2014
  • Live music video filmed by Linkin Park and fans and mixed together by Fan Footage.
Until It's Gone (Live At Rock Am Ring) Final Masquerade 3:49 June 07, 2014 September 20, 2014


"Until It's Gone" got its live debut at KFMA Day 2014 with a new mashup intro, featuring elements of "New Divide", "No More Sorrow", and "The Catalyst". It also featured an extended transition outro that led directly into "A Light That Never Comes". "Until It's Gone" opened the encore through the entire European summer tour except for Download 2014, where it was played after "Numb". This was also the first time it was played without its transition outro, since "A Light That Never Comes" was dropped for that show. This was also the last time the song was played with its extended intro. The short run of promotional shows featured "Until It's Gone" four times, once at Red Bull Sound Space, twice at iHeart Radio Theater, one of which had the transition outro into "A Light That Never Comes, and once at the mtvU Fandom Awards. Starting with the Carnivores Tour, "Until It's Gone" was shortened, dropping the first chorus and the first half of the second verse, creating a "hybrid verse" of sorts with the first verse and the second half of verse two. It was always played in the encore at shows that featured an encore, but no longer opened it. Mike also started rapping verses of "With You", in Set A, and "Points Of Authority", in Set B, over an extended intro. In 2015, the song was dropped, and hasn't been played since. According to Chester, it was dropped for political reasons that were beyond the band's control.[15]


Last Updated: December 26, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Ext. The Catalyst + No More Sorrow Mashup Intro May 24, 2014 June 14, 2014
Intro w/ "With You" Verse 1 August 6, 2014 December 13, 2014
Intro w/ "Points Of Authority" Rap August 13, 2014 November 23, 2014
Intro Instrumental (No Verse) November 4, 2014 November 4, 2014
Outro Outro Transition May 24, 2014 June 18, 2014
Alternative Shortened (Intro/Hybrid Verse/Second Chorus/Transition Outro) August 6, 2014 December 13, 2014

Live Guests

Last Updated: December 26, 2015

  • Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)


Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Status
2014 MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video Nominated


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 Shionda 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

A fire needs a space to burn
A breath to build a glow
I've heard it said a thousand times
But now I know
That you don't know what you've got
Oh, you don't know what you've got
No, you don't know what you've got
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
I thought I kept you safe and sound
I thought I made you strong
But something made me realize
That I was wrong
'Cause finding what you got sometimes
Means finding it alone
And I can finally see your light
When I let go
'Cause you don't know what you've got
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
Until it's gone
'Cause you don't know what you've got
Oh, you don't know what you've got
No, you don't know what you've got
It's your battle to be fought
No, you don't know what you've got
Until it's gone
'Til it's gone
'Til it's gone
[Baby noise]

Demo Lyrics[16]

A fire needs a space to burn
A breath to build a flame
And you have been my candle light
So well contained

'Cause you won't know what you've got
You won't know what you've got
Until it's gone

By burning you at every end
I tried to keep control
Now buried in the very flame
I could not let go


In Other Media

  • "Until It's Gone" is featured in Linkin Park's 2014 videogame LP Recharge - Wastelands.
  • "Until It's Gone" is featured in the 2014 videogame Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark as well as in its trailer.

External Links

  • Until It's Gone (Official Lyric Video): LPTV | Austin Saya's Vimeo | LP FB
  • Until It's Gone (Music Video): LP FB | LPTV
  • Until It's Gone (KMFA Day 2014) - KMFAtv
  • Until It's Gone (Alfa Romeo City Sound 2014) - LPTV
  • Until It's Gone (KROQ Red Bull Sound Space 2014) - KROQ
  • Until It's Gone (Guitar Center sessions 2014) - Guitar Center