The Burning in the Skies Songfacts says: The lyrics are awash with references of ruin and appears to be a self-chastising lament for mistakes of the past. It finds co-frontman Chester Bennington beseeching in the chorus - “I’m swimming in the smoke of bridges I’ve burnt/ So don’t apologize I’m losing what I don’t deserve.” There are thematic similarities to the band’s 2007 hit single, What I've Done.
I used the deadwood to make the fire rise
The blood of innocence burning in the skies
I filled my cup with the rising of the sea
And poured it out in an ocean of debris