Hands Held High by Linkin Park

Trevor Moreno

Linkin Park - Hands Held High (Clean Version) Lyrics

Key Terms

War- the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

Rich- possessing material wealth

Leader- a person who rules or guides or inspires others

These are three key terms that relate to the topic of protests in the song mainly because the song deals with issues such as the Bush administration, the Iraq war, and the differences between the rich and the poor in the U.S.


"For a leader so nervous in an obvious way,

Stutterin' and mumblin' for nightly news to replay"

"Like this war's really just a different brand of war,

Like it doesn't cater to rich and abandon poor"

"It's ironic, at times like this you pray,

But a bomb blew the mosque up yesterday"

Linkin Park

Linkin Park is an alternative metal band that formed in 1996. With lead singer Chester Bennington and rapper Mike Shinoda they had a unique rap-rock style that made them stand out in the early 2000's. They released their debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000 and later went on to release five more studio albums. Their third studio album, Minutes to Midnight, which has the song Hands Held High in it, was released in 2007. In this album, the band broke away from their electronics a little and had a different sound.

The Song

The issues in this song are all related to the presidency of George Bush. One of the issues addressed in the song is the differences between the rich and the poor, especially in times of war. The song also refers to war many times, specifically the Iraq war, and it criticizes George Bush and his presidency.

The song was released in 2007.

The message of the song is mainly to stand up for what you believe in and take action when others don't. I agree with the message because there are many times where people need to stand up, especially when their leader doesn't, but sometimes they are too afraid.

I don't think that the song had made a significant impact on the issues, but I think it wasn't really intended to. I think the song was made to help people open their eyes and really see the issues during the times of war.