From Yesterday

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"From Yesterday"
From yesterday art 1.jpg
Single by Thirty Seconds to Mars
from the album A Beautiful Lie
Released November 7, 2006
Format Compact disc
Recorded 2005
Length 4:08
Label Immortal, Virgin
Writer(s) Thirty Seconds to Mars
Producer(s) Josh Abraham
Thirty Seconds to Mars singles chronology
"The Kill (Bury Me)"
"From Yesterday"
"A Beautiful Lie"
Music video
"From Yesterday" on YouTube
Music sample

"From Yesterday" is a song by American rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars, and the third single released from their second album A Beautiful Lie. The song impacted radio on October 17, 2006.[1] The music video for the song is believed to be the first ever American music video shot in the People's Republic of China in its entirety.[2] The music video is also the last video by the band to feature bass player Matt Wachter. The song won the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Music video[edit]

There are two video versions, a 13-minute short film and an edited 4-minute version. It was filmed using 400 Chinese soldiers (they are seen holding flags at the beginning of the video) and 20 horses. The film starts with a young boy, presumably the Emperor Puyi, being asked what he would like for his birthday. He simply states "The Sound of Tomorrow." The action then cuts to a plain white room with the band members, clad in white outfits similar to those worn in fencing, each doing their own thing in preparation for a show. A woman enters and tells them that it is time. She leads them out into the hall and disappears. They walk down to the end of the hall where they attempt to open the door. They are unable to and understand it's locked, as Jared says. The lights start to flicker and they go out, leaving the band puzzled.

It then opens to another scene where the band is walking through giant gates into the row of Chinese soldiers, now wearing black ninja-like outfits. As they are all walking down, Jared notices a woman wearing a white mask walking on the exterior of the row, unnoticed by the others.

The band are then taken to the hall where the Emperor is situated, and are given scrolls. Jared then says to his brother, Shannon Leto (the band's drummer): "This is a gift?"

The band is then shown putting on supposedly traditional Chinese armor before meeting in an alleyway for a battle against four others, dressed in identical armor. This scene is mixed with each band member being led to a different part of the kingdom, encountering various practices believed to be Chinese traditions. Matt Wachter encounters the butler whipping himself; Tomo Miličević finds a dead woman lying on her bed, and someone proceeds to put a small black ball (A ball of mercury, which is a Chinese custom) into her mouth; Shannon sees a grown man being breast-fed by his mother or wife; and Jared accidentally walks in on a group of men sacrificing three young women.

At the end of the video, the band members end up fighting each other and four warriors. They wear masks, and thus cannot see who is who. Four of the warriors are slain, and the remaining four wind up in a stalemate. They slowly remove their masks, revealing that 30 Seconds to Mars are all alive. The video then samples "A Beautiful Lie", released as the band's next single.

For a very brief period of time during the butler's whipping scene, an image of the butler appears where he is wearing a rabbit suit mask. It does not seem that this image has anything to do with the story, but may be a brief allusion to The Kill in which something similar appears midway through the video.

The video can be seen as a tribute to the film The Last Emperor since several of the scenes and characters are directly inspired by the film. The MV was shot on location at Hengdian World Studios.

Track listing[edit]

  • Standard version
  1. "From Yesterday" (radio edit) – 3:52
  2. "The Story" – 3:59 (Live @ AOL Sessions Undercover)
  • US (CD)
  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:07
  2. "The Story" – 3:59 (Live @ AOL Sessions Undercover)
  • UK (CD)
  1. "From Yesterday" (radio edit) – 3:52
  2. "Stronger" – 6:01 (Radio 1's Live Lounge 2)
  3. "From Yesterday" – 13:40 full director's cut video (enhanced CD)
  • UK (7" vinyl 1)

This limited edition vinyl is clear, and comes in a gatefold case

  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:14 (Chris Lord-Alge Mix)
  2. "The Kill (Bury Me)" – 3:47 (Radio 1 Live)
  • UK (7" vinyl 2)

This is also limited edition, but is red, and has the band members' signatures etched into the back

  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:07
  • US (7" vinyl 1)
  1. "From Yesterday" – 4:07
  2. "The Kill (Bury Me)" – 3:51

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date Version
United States November 7, 2006 (2006-11-07) Original
United Kingdom January 16, 2007 (2007-01-16)
Australia April 20, 2007 (2007-04-20)
Latvia February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
United Kingdom Re-release

Chart positions[edit]

  • "From Yesterday" reached #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it Thirty Seconds to Mars' first #1 on any Billboard chart. "From Yesterday" is considered to chart higher than "The Kill", a song considered to be the band's breakthrough single (although "The Kill" did better on the Hot 100 and was slightly behind "From Yesterday"'s Modern Rock Tracks chart position though it stayed longer on the charts) leading "The Kill" to be more popular and have more pop success.
Chart Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 33
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 53
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Czech Singles Chart 27
German Singles Chart[3] 72
Italian Singles Chart[4] 36
Netherlands Singles Chart 8
Finnish Download Chart[5] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 13
Portuguese Singles Chart[6] 17
Slovakia Singles Chart 78
UK Singles Chart[7] 35
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 76
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 11

In popular culture[edit]



  1. ^ " Alternative eWeekly". AllAccess. October 10, 2006. Retrieved July 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars: 'We've Always Been Open And Engaged With Our Listeners' | Interviews @". 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d [1]. Issue Date: ??, 2007. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.
  4. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars - From Yesterday - Music Charts". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ "Haku". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ "30 Seconds To Mars - A Beautiful Lie - Music Charts". 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  7. ^ "UK Singles Top 40 @ - Songs & Videos from 49 Top 20 & Top 40 Music Charts from 30 Countries". Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  8. ^ [2]. Issue Date: February 24, 2007. Retrieved on June 10, 2008.
  9. ^ [3]. Issue Date: April 28, 2007. Retrieved on June 11, 2008.
  10. ^ "Guitar Guitar Hero(R)'s February Downloadable Content Lineup Packs a Powerful Punch With Fresh Music From Top Bands". Activision. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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Preceded by
"Pain" by Three Days Grace
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 19, 2007 - April 7, 2007
Succeeded by
"Survivalism" by Nine Inch Nails