Linkin Park Shadow of the Day

Linkin Park have won an award for Best Rock Video at the MTV Video Music Awards 2008, for Shadow of the Day, directed by Joe Hahn.

Lead singer Chester Bennington stars in the music video as a man who discovers that the headlines on the television have come to life outside his front door. “Rioting on City Streets – Martial Law Declared” is the reality in what appears to be a United States setting.

Chester Bennington in Linkin Park music video for Shadow of the day


The Shadow of the Day music video begins with an alarm clock waking Bennington at 11.55, a reference to the title of the album, Minutes to Midnight, a warning of impending crisis. Bennington, covered in tattoos, has a bite to eat, turns the television to see the news of the street riots. He shaves and prepares for a walk in the neighborhood.

Out on the streets riot police are subduing the local population, attempting to enforce a curfew. However it appears as though things are indeed out of control. Molotov cocktails are thrown. A car is covered in fuel and exploded. Police begin to shoot.

The director’s cut of the video, available in the Joe Hahn section of the Linkin Park site, has scenes which indicate that Chester’s character had planned to bomb a building during the riot. In another version of the video, available on MTV Europe channels, Chester begins to walk away from the flames at the end. Police open fire and he drops his bag. A third version, on MTV Overdrive, has gunfire and bottle smashing cut out and replaced with other scenes.

The video is available in selected countries on the Linkin Park YouTube channel.

Lyrics

I close both locks below the window
I close both blinds and turn away
Sometimes solutions aren’t so simple
Sometimes good bye’s the only away

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in grey
And the sun will set for you

And cards and flowers on your window
Your friends all plead for you to stay
Sometimes beginnings aren’t so simple
Sometimes good bye’s the only way

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you

And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in grey
And the sun will set for you

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