"Numb" is a song by Linkin Park which is about children who is sick of living up to the high expectations their parents set for them.
The lyric "Every step that I take is another mistake to you" is about how they feel like they can't do anything to make their parents proud.
"Can't you see that you're smothering me holding too tightly afraid to lose control cause everything that you thought I would be has fallen apart right in front of you" refers to a kid needing a release from his parents' disappointment that he isn't a perfect child.
"All I want to do is be more like me and be less like you" says that the kid wants to be his own person and not have his parents mold him anymore.
"But i know I may end up failing too but I know you were just like me with someone disappointed in you" expresses the thoughts that parents need to realize what it was like to be a kid.(thanks, Kim - Rio Rancho, NM)
This was the third single off Meteora. This was announced at the Toronto Summer Sanitarium show.This song was conceived just one week before the band entered NRG studios to begin recording. Built around the intro hook, the song came together quickly and almost effortlessly. (thanks, William - Indiana, IN, for above 2)
The girl in the video is feeling so much pressure from her parents to be perfect. She wants to be an artist, but no one believes in her. At the beginning, she is doing some really amazing sketches. Halfway through the video, she is arguing with her mother. She feels like she's in her own world because she is humiliated at school (she gets yelled at by a teacher, falls down a flight of stairs, and when she joins people for lunch, they all walk away from her) and everyone is running around her really quickly. Right before she starts painting at the end, she's sitting on the floor and if you look carefully, you can see she's cut "Numb" into her arm, because she feels numb to everything. (thanks, Abbey - Essex, England)
MTV had exclusive rights to the video. This kept it off the Fuse network, which was new at the time and prided themselves on playing videos like MTV used to. Linkin Park collaborated with Jay-Z to record a new version of this called "Numb/Encore" ("Encore" is from Jay-Z's 2003 The Black Album). It won a Grammy in 2006 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration; Linkin Park and Jay-Z performed it at the awards.
Mike Shinoda on shoutweb.com: "I think it was a nice way to end the album because it kind of sums up the record. It's very recognizable as our sound. It sounds like a Linkin Park song but it does have some mood that Meteora has if that makes any sense. Maybe I can say that better. When you hear it, you can easily recognize it as a Linkin Park song but it obviously belongs on Meteora. It obviously belongs in this new group of songs just because of the way the tone of the song is and the lyrics are. It's kind of about those times when you've got no feeling left or you just don't care. It's almost like exhaustion or something which funny enough is how we felt after touring last year."