Lyric Monday: “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park

I decided to pull the first word of the day  from Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. Today’s word is Mea Culpa, defined as “A formal acknowledgement of personal fault or error.”

Given the meaning of the word is more a formal apology than a lyrical one, I feel that “What I’ve Done” by Linkin Park is a strong song to represent the word and its meaning.


Written for Link Park’s third album Minutes to Midnight, the lyrics reflect on some great regret that the narrator confesses to committing, ultimately leading him/her to ask mercy to “wash away… what I’ve done.” He/She wishes to be erased from the annals of history, an all-too-common mindset in today’s society of censorship and offensiveness. Of course, we never learn of the specific details of the narrator’s crimes, but we know they must have had some significant repercussions for the narrator to wish himself erased from time.

What I’ve Done by Linkin Park (lyrics)

In this farewell
There’s no blood, there’s no alibi
‘Cause I’ve drawn regret
From the truth of a thousand lies
So let mercy come and wash away
What I’ve done
I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become
Erase myself
And let go of what I’ve done
Put to rest what you thought of me
While I clean this slate
With the hands of uncertainty
So let mercy come and wash away
What I’ve done
I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become
Erase myself
And let go of what I’ve done
For what I’ve done
I start again
And whatever pain may come
Today this ends
I’m forgiving what I’ve done
I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become
Erase myself
And let go of what I’ve done
What I’ve done
(Na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na)
Forgiving what I’ve done
(Na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na, na na na)
(Na na na na)

Author: Garrett Carroll

Human test subject who enjoys the finer aesthetics of rock n' roll art and the classical dissonance of music.

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