Castle of Glass

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Castle of Glass
Castle of Glass.jpg
Album Living Things
Released Febraury 1, 2013
Length 3:23
Genre Alternative Rock
Key C# minor
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rick Rubin
Mike Shinoda
Live 2012 - present
Official Remix "Castle of Glass" (M. Shinoda Remix)
Previous Single Lost in the Echo
Next Single A Light That Never Comes (with Steve Aoki)

Castle of Glass is Linkin Park's sixth track from their fifth studio album, Living Things. It is released on February 1, 2013 as their forth single in physical format, and on March 22, 2013 as a digital single on iTunes. It appears as a theme song from the first-person-shooter video game Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and variations of this song appears on the soundtrack compilation in September 2012. Its working title was Cloverleaf.


Living Things
Castle of Glass
Castle of Glass EP
Reliving Things (Xefuzion Remix)
Recharged (M. Shinoda Remix)


"Castle of Glass" felt like the biggest game-changer. Over an almost alternative country melody, Mike Shinoda sings “Take me down to the river bend... wash the poison off my me how to be whole again.” It’s one of the most straight forward tunes that the band has done with a traditional song structure. Chester Bennington and Shinoda sing together as their voices, and desperation, rise, “I’m only a crack in this castle of glass.” [1]

Much of the record was expected and then "Castle Of Glass" ended our session. Looking over my scribbled text, I can make out “Americana” and “Bayou.” Think of it as what you love about LP and throw in a pinch of folk. With Chester’s horror movie past, we might hear this one in a spooky scene soon. As it played I could imagine youths terrified and running to the pace of the song as “…take me down to the river bend” filtered through their doom; it gave off an eerie feel. [2]

The melancholic "Castle of Glass" offers a steam-engine chug and a mountain of sound while Shinoda sings about being but a small crack in the titular edifice, illustrating belonging and futility in the same stroke. [3]

Music Video[edit]

Main article; Castle of Glass (video)

On October 10 2012, on the official YouTube channel LinkinParkTV, the music video of "Castle Of Glass" featured Medal of Honor: Warfighter is released. This version contains a slow paced intro and the beginning of the song is different from the one on the album. Some tracks were removed to accommodate the tone of the video.

Live Info[edit]

"Castle of Glass" had its live debut at the VGAs 2012, where it was nominated for the Best Song in a Video Game Award. The band performed the song, but lost the award to "Cities" by Beck.

The band performed the song again on February 15, 2014 for the Music for Relief's Concert for the Philippines, making a collaboration with two members of the rock and roll band Heart (consisting of sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson) at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. It was premiered on AXS TV.


An M. Shinoda remix is featured on Linkin Park's second remix album, Recharged. It was also featured on the soundtrack to the November 2013 video game, Need for Speed Rivals.

Amsterdam music producer Xefuzion remixed the song for a fan-made/tribute album to Reliving Things, confirmed by the Linkin Park Association in 2013.

Track Listing[edit]

CD Single
# Title Length
1 Castle of Glass 3:25
2 Lost in the Echo (KillSonik Remix) 5:09
DE iTunes EP
# Title Length
1 Castle of Glass 3:25
2 Lost in the Echo (KillSonik Remix) 5:09
3 Burn It Down (Live Rock Im Park 2012) 4:00
4 Lies Greed Misery (Live Rock Im Park 2012) 2:30


[Mike Shinoda]:
Take me down to the river bend
Take me down to the fighting end
Wash the poison from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again

[Shinoda & Chester Bennington]:
Fly me up on a silver wing
Past the black where the sirens sing
Warm me up in a nova’s glow
And drop me down to the dream below

'Cause I’m only a crack
In this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
[Shinoda: For you to see]

Bring me home in a blinding dream
Through the secrets that I have seen
Wash the sorrow from off my skin
And show me how to be whole again

'Cause I’m only a crack
In this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

For you to see

'Cause I’m only a crack
In this castle of glass
Hardly anything else I need to be

[Shinoda & Bennington]:
'Cause I’m only a crack
In this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

For you to see


  1. In the studio with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda for new album 'Living Things'
  2. Linkin Park: LIVING THINGS (sneak peak)
  3. Linkin Park Open Up About Hybrid Vibe of June Album
Living Things
Songs Lost in the Echo, In My Remains, Burn It Down, Lies Greed Misery, I'll Be Gone, Castle of Glass, Victimized, Roads Untraveled, Skin to Bone, Until It Breaks, Tinfoil, Powerless
Japanese Bonus Track What I've Done (Live)
People Involved Linkin Park, Rick Rubin, Owen Pallett