In the house of Mirrors

Discussing Linkin Park’s song “Super Xero (By Myself)”

What do I do to ignore what’s behind me?
Do I follow my fate and escape blindly?
Do I hide my pride away from these bad dreams
And give into sad thoughts that are maddening?
Do I let it go and try to stand it?
Or do I try to catch them redhanded?
Do I trust some and get fooled by phoniness?
Or do I trust nobody and live life in lonliness?

The sunlight burns the skin of sleeping men
I make the right turns but I’m lost within
I put on my daily façade but then
I just end up gettin’ hurt again

By myself (Myself)
I ask why (but in my mind I find)
I can’t rely on myself (Myself)
I ask why (but in my mind I find)
I can’t rely on myself

I can’t hold on
To what I want when I’m stretched so thin
It’s all too much to take in
I can’t hold on
To anything watchin’ everything spin
With thoughts of failure sinking in

If I turn my back I’m defenseless
And to give in to fate seems senseless
If I hide my pride and let it all go on
Then they’ll take from me ’til everything is gone
If I let them go I’ll be outdone
But if I try to catch them I’ll be outrun
If I’m killed by the questions like a cancer
Then I’ll be buried in the silence of the answer…

How do you think
That I’ve lost so much
I’m always afraid
That I’m out of touch
How do you expect
That I will know what to do
When all I know
Is what you tell me to

Don’t you (know)
I can’t tell you how to make it (go)
No matter what I do, how hard I (try)
I can’t seem to convince myself (why)
I’m stuck on the outside
[x2]

I can’t hold on
To what I want when I’m stretched so thin
It’s all too much to take in
I can’t hold on
To anything watchin’ everything spin
With thoughts of failure from with…(in)

Questions for reflection

1) What is this song about? WHy do you think it is called ” Super xero”?

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2) What are the frustrations/heart cry in your own context/s? How does that relate with this song?

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3) What do you think is the problem? What do you think is the solution?

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I can’t hold on
To what I want when I’m stretched so thin
It’s all too much to take in
I can’t hold on

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4) Why is it difficult to hold on? What do we need to tell ourselves in situations like this?

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5) I can’t rely on myself! How do you deal with it?

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6) If I’m killed by the questions like a cancer
Then I’ll be buried in the silence of the answer…Comment!

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7) What have you learned from the song? Are super Xeros part of the problem or part of the solution?

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