It's my favorite because it touched me on a personal level that no other song on the record did, releasing at a time when its lyrics were most relevant to my life. About a week before the song first leaked, my girlfriend (whom I was incredibly close to) abandoned me and everyone else who loved her overnight, picking up and leaving without saying a word to me. And even after sending her message after message, hoping at the very least for a reason why, what little she had to say to me provided no closure whatsoever. As the week went on, I found out some small pieces of information here and there from discussing the situation with a mutual friend of hers, but still, we constantly circled around the same unanswered question: Why? What she was doing completely contradicted everything she had ever said and done, and the constant state of having no closure was eating away at both of us. It wouldn't be until that weekend that the truth would begin spilling out all at once, forcing us to confront an awful reality we couldn't deny: She lied to us. She lied to everyone. She had been acting with perfidy in every sense of the word for God knows how long, and now the truth was finally coming out. The girl who I had stuck by through her absolute worst, the girl I had given everything to, the girl that had promised me forever, the girl who had presented herself as one with a beautiful, trustworthy heart, had finally been revealed to be cold and uncaring, manipulative and disingenuous - a masquerader whose show went on for far too long. My feelings were just a game with no consequences to her, and as I sit here knowing I'm not going to be OK for a long time, I can't help but wonder how someone like her could possibly live with herself. And so how fitting it was, then, that Final Masquerade leaked when my world began falling apart completely - revealing the mask she'd been wearing the entire time, and chipping it just enough to reveal more truth than her lies will ever be able to cover over again. _______________________________________________ Mini-vent aside, have there been any Linkin Park songs that have released at particularly fitting times for any of you guys, songs that may not have meant as much to you had they not affected you on such a personal level at the time?