Slipknot: Wait And Bleed Meaning
Song Released: 1999
Wait And Bleed Lyrics
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves...
I wander out where you can't see...
Inside my shell, i wait and bleed...
I've felt the hate rise up in me...
Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves...
anonymous May 25th 2007, 17:42 report
From what I've read off of other websites, Wait and Bleed is basically about a man bleeding to death from slit wrists. If you pay attention, the song sounds somewhat hypnotic. The person who is bleeding to death is experiencing a hypnotic affect from being isolated. There is a certain type of person who likes to be isolated, because it is relaxing for them. This song portrays that bit of relaxation in a very grim way. Also, there is a lot of fear portrayed in the song, because the person bleeding to death knows that he is leaving everything in his life behind, thus Corey's scream of "goodbye!". The song also leaves a statement about suicide, how instead of bleeding to death you could have spent that time recovering from whatever was getting you down. Now about the lyrics, I think when Corey sings "inside my shell I wait and bleed", the person's shell refers to isolation, because the person bleeding to death is by himself. It could also mean that the person either can't help himself from bleeding to death or doesn't want to, and just watches himself from his "shell", or his mind, bleeding to death. In the first verse after the opening chorus, there is a lot of panic and self loathing. This maybe portrays the feelings of one who is slowly dying. There is panic because the person dying doesn't want to die. Thus, there is a lot of build up as the person starts to die. This can be quite true with most cases of suicide. What usually happens is right before the person dies from committing suicide, he or she thinks "oh god, what have I done", because when they are finally faced with the situation in which they really are going to die, they are suddenly hit with the fact that they are saying goodbye to EVERYTHING. The first verse uses imagery to describe the shock and panic the person feels when he is suddenly faced with the situation in which he is going to die. In the first verse, Corey screams "I wipe it off on tile","My eyes are red and gold", and "How the hell did I get here". The next verse after the second chorus is about how the person dying is being brain washed as he slowly bleeds to death. Corey screams about being a "victim" and a "Manchurian candidate". The third verse is the rush of panic as the person realizes suddenly that he is about to die and says goodbye to everything in his life. Thus, the verse opens up with a new guitar line and Corey's scream of "goodbye!". "You haven't learned a thing, I haven't changed a thing, the flesh was in my bones, the pain was always free" basically means the person dying is acknowledging and feeling an extremely powerful feeling of guilt about the fact that he just watched himself bleed to death, and that any hope he had of stopping the bleeding was gone. Finally, the last chorus is sung with a deep growl in the back of Corey's voice to indicate that the person's life is about to end.
anonymous Mar 16th 2006, 19:21 report
Ok moron, did you ever think that maybe in fact his shell, is his fucking body!!!
I think there are possible suicidal element to this song, but I think it's more about a "plague" that has got control of him. He has an evil side, like a dual personality, that is causing him to harm people, including himself. It lives deep within him, in his subconscious.
The lyric about him being manchurian candidate alludes to this more, as the original story of manchurian candidate was about a man being brainwashed by communists to become a political assassin, like the character in the song is being slowly "brainwashed" by his plague.
I don't have time to analize it further, but I feel this is the jist of it.
anonymous Jan 27th, 23:01 report
Well, if you listen to the lyrics it sounds like how when Corey met his father again things went wrong.
Ihatemyfuckingname Jan 7th, 01:25 report
They write it. The meaning is what it does to you. Helping you get through life. Or even getting through the day. I was going to attempt suicide. I was listening to them. And one sentence changed my mind. Just one sentence can save a life. If anyone is considering commuting suicide. Before you do it talk to someone. Or listen to slipknot. It could save you.
anonymous Apr 16th 2012, 00:21 report
Just guessing from my interpretation, I believe that when Corey screams "AND IT WAIST FOR YOU!" at the end he is signifying that death is always there and it is somehow 'waiting' for you to die. Also when he says "Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves" I feel like he is saying that someone is clearing the leaves off of a tombstone. I say that because he had tried to kill himself and he is saying that the tombstone is his tombstone after he had died. Though luckily he did not die :D
anonymous Dec 19th 2011, 04:37 report
I agree with Interpretation #3. I am 100% convinced that Corey is singing about a person who is dying from rabies. The descriptions and symptoms given by Corey, and the progressive lack of mental lucidity and increasing insanity, coupled by the the growling, barking delivery of the chorus (which gets worse as the song goes on) leave zero doubt in my mind.
anonymous Nov 10th 2011, 03:50 report
inside my shell i wait and bleed
(sounds like he says inside michelle)
anonymous Sep 3rd 2011, 02:56 report
This is a about Corey, lying in a bathtub slitting his wrists and waiting to bleed to death, hence the name wait and bleed. Later through the song he realises the insanity of the situation by then its too late as the riff changes and the songs starts getting frantic and aggressive corey screems goodbye. At the very end of the song corey screams AND IT WAITS FOR YOU
Luckily corey was saved in time and escaped the situation with only scars.
anonymous Aug 12th 2011, 03:42 report
The lyrics greatly describe an event that happened in my past, as well as the feelings I have today about those events.
The chorus is about how I feel whenever I think back to that time. I feel this hatred rising up in me, that clears my mind of any and all other thoughts (clear the stone of leaves). I often stare out into space (I wander out where you can't see), and I just emotionally bleed in the shell of my body.
The first verse is about the shock and confusion I experienced when that event happened. It was all very vivid and frightening (...the light is brighter this time, everything is 3D blasphemy). I was shaking with rage and fury, and I was confused about how I got in that situation (I can't control my shakes, how the hell did I get here). I also couldn't tell if it was a bad dream or reality (Is it a dream or a memory).
The second verse describes me trying to shake it off as a bad dream (Get out of my head 'cuz I don't need this, why didn't I see this?). I felt like I was being controlled by my anger and I became a different person (I'm a victim, a Manchurian candidate). I also hurt somebody then, and I regret it (I have sinned by just making my mind up and taking your breath away).
The third verse flashes back to the present day. While I may seem to have changed on the outside, I'm not so different on the inside (You haven't learned a thing, I haven't changed a thing...). Deep in my heart, there is still a sleeping monster that has been awakened and re-tranquilized from time to time. I also still have pain from the event that happened (The flesh was in my bones, the pain was always free)
The closing is how the pain and hatred is just waiting to be unleashed at the right time, though I don't want it to (And it waits for you).
That is my interpretation of the song.
anonymous Jul 29th 2011, 22:24 report
It is not about killing youre self but beeng killed from the inside. A mental attack hurts more than a physical, and take longer time to heal.
Thats what wait and bleed is all about
anonymous Jul 27th 2011, 05:00 report
If yoy never knew these songs express the mask side of slipknot (without mask not screaming or hateful, and with mask screamy and hateful) ergo when he said I felt the hate rise up in me he means he is changing inside and then when he screams thats his alter ego saying that he loves it and at the end when it says and it waits for you that means the mask side is letting him change and not making him. The second to last verse is the normal Corey trying to tell the bad one that he hasn't changed and that he will never learn that,,, there's more but you guys have to find that out
anonymous May 30th 2011, 04:35 report
As well as anakin being a manchurian candidate for palpatine against the Jedi.
anonymous May 30th 2011, 04:29 report
Everything about this song points at Darth Vader. He sits in a shell waiting for Luke to come and kill him. He lives in a 3d blasphemy. His eyes are gold and red just like all sith. Throughout the story anakin wells up with hate after burying his mother. He's now half machine so he asks "is it a dream or a memory" as a child he says he's going to be the first one to see all the stars hence the lyric "I wander out where you can't see" also pointing out that Jedi are clouded by the dark side and they can't see them
anonymous May 13th 2011, 22:36 report
The "Manchurian Candidate" gives the meaning of this song away.
Apparently he has been "brainwashed" to kill some one and is regreting it, it also seems he has hurt himself.
anonymous Feb 14th 2011, 20:05 report
Ok, where the fuck did anyone hear bathtub in this song? I'll sum it up, he killed someone and he's tweaking. 'Nuff said
anonymous Sep 28th 2010, 19:43 report
this song has alot of meanings in it, it comes from the self named album "slipknot" this album had alot to do with drug abuses and suicide and coreys past.but it also touchs on being very upset about someone you love, when it said "my eyes are gold and red" thats him thinking "well im perfect, my eyes alone are a gift from a god". it also does touch on possesion, "every thing is turning blasphamy" is him thinking, well i was good and holy, but i was let down, so i dont belive any more. along with him thinking "inside my shell i wait and bleed" is him saying, "you stabbed me in the back, it never healed over, and now im just letting it bleed out. but it mostly has to do with mentel and physical health, his mind is slipping away "goodby" while his body is falling apart "i cant control my shakes" he aslo wonders how this came to be "how the hell did i get here" this song is deep if you look deep into it.
anonymous Jul 28th 2010, 15:48 report
you know how before you cry you feel the air rize up in your soul. clearly holding back tears,
clearing the stone of leaves sounds as if he's on someones grave or hes waiting for his own death.
seems to me that someone died and he was angry with them
he thinks that if you die i must die too
clearly he had started crying tho how hard he had tryed not for so long. its basicly sounds like a human in denial
anonymous Jul 26th 2010, 12:45 report
I think that this song is about someone being possessed by some type of demon. "I've felt the hate rise up in me, kneel down and clear the stone of leaves, I wander out where you can't see, inside my shell I wait and bleed" I've felt the hate rise up in my is referring to him feeling hate towards the demon that is possessing him. Kneeling down and clearing the "stone" of leaves is referring to starting a demonic ritual. I wander out where you can't see is saying that he wanders out of sight, probably in a graveyard. Inside my shell I wait and bleed refers to him not being able to control what he's doing, the demon is forcing him to do this, and he can't control anything, so all he does is let the demon take over his body, and inside he just waits and bleeds, allowing the demon to control him because he can't stop it. This is only the chorus figure out the verses yourselves!!
anonymous Jun 17th 2010, 02:05 report
Some times people get so full of emotion that they themselves can't tell you what they fell and your emotions come out when you write something like a song or a poem so perhaps Corry was overwhelmed with how he felt when he wrote the song pissed hurt depressed confused ready to die and it all came out in this beautiful song.
P.S who ever came up with the satanic idea I congratulate you on coming up with the greatest bullshit I ever heard. first of all do your homework before you publish your assumptions I am a Practicing witch and I hate to tell you but over 60% of your techniques towards ritual are fake. It's not how you perform them did your ideas come from hollywood or from your jelous blasphomus god.
my goddess begat your god
robertonion Jun 11th 2010, 13:14 report
Ultimately this song can only be defined by the song writer, however to me it is about schizophrenia or the schizophrenic experience. "I felt the hate rise up in me, kneel down and clear the stone off leaves." In schizophrenia emotions can be become highly intensified at points but are not always indicative by behavior, so a sudden feeling and detachment not of "I feel angry" rather "The hate rose up in me" Psychological emotional incoherency followed by some mundane action "Kneel down and clear the stone of leaves" this could also be a sort of awakening metaphorically, getting a clearer perspective. "I wander out where you can't see" Indicates detachment or experience that is not relate-able and different from others. "inside my shell I wait and bleed" Is a metaphor again for the separation and isolation of mental illness. "goodbye" indicating the break from reality. "Everything is 3d blasphemy" a metaphor for hallucination and the usually intense spiritual relevance objects and the meanings they are imbued with as psychosis sets in is common among schizophrenics. "I can't control my shakes how the hell did I get here; something about this so very wrong" This to me would be admission into a hospital after the psychotic break. The shakes caused by the medication which is a consequence of almost all anti-psychotics, the here is the confusion of being admitted into a hospital, which most of the time a person suffering from schizophrenia does not believe they are ill. The "here" could also be a state of mind metaphorically and shaking is also symptomatic of the coarse of the illness on neural processes. "Something about this so very wrong" An indefinable sense of something being not right, yet an inability to see what it is. "I have to laugh out loud I wish I didn't like this is this a dream or a memory" These are emotions experienced by someone in a manic state of psychosis, laughing without any stimuli or inappropriate stimuli e.g. just after they declared something about this so very wrong and the dark metaphors about waiting and bleeding. " Is this a dream or a memory" Memory is not the same in schizophrenics and sometimes in heightened psychosis appear dream like. "get outa my head cause I don't need this why didn't I see this" A feeling that a foreign entity is controlling or influencing thoughts and emotions, especially when taken in conjunction with the next line. "we'll I'm a victim Manchurian candidate" A clear reference to the movie which is about mind control. "I have sinned by just making my mind up and taking your breath away". To support my interpretation, other songs like Duality, and people = shit all are laced with ideas of control by others, self disassociation and alienation while these things are experienced by some people are amplified in schizophrenia and psychosis. I'm not certain why but the Heavy Metal genre in general likes psychosis as subject matter, Metallica practically wrote an entire album and had many songs on other albums very clearly related to mental illness. Whatever more precise meaning there my be is beyond me, but I would say that this is the general theme or subject matter of the song.
anonymous Jan 21st 2010, 16:52 report
The song is a short story about a psychotic breakdown.
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