Imagine Dragons: Bleeding Out Meaning
Song Released: 2012
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Bleeding Out Lyrics
So if the last thing that I do
Is bring you down
I'll bleed out for you
So I bare my skin
And I count my sins
And I close my eyes and I take it in
I'm bleeding out
I'm bleeding out for you
anonymous Dec 21st, 2013 12:09pm report
I feel like it is about the impacts others have on people.
He was hurt by someone, yet he will bleed out for that person because he loves them even if they don't love him. It seems as though he is trying to make them sorry though. I'm bleeding out/so if the last thing that I do/ is bring you down/I bleed out for you.
It also reminds me of self-harm. So I bare my skin/and I count my sins/ and I close my eyes/ and I take it in.
anonymous Mar 17th, 2013 3:28pm report
Whenever I hear this song, I can't help but think about the Bible and Jesus. Everything points to it. From Jesus 'bleeding out' on the cross to it being the last thing that he does. I see it as Jesus is counting our sins and baring his skin to take the punishment for ourselves. Regardless of the actual meaning of the song, it is very beautifully written and very well sung.
anonymous Feb 10th, 2:57pm report
My interpretation is gonna be a little different from others. I assume that the night visions songs are not about curtained situations but rather feelings or thoughts. I guess that this is like a dream or wish (comparable to suicide thoughts) that exists somewhere in a deeply depressed and desperate person (probably Dan). When everything is too much and you just want it to stop then there are these thoughts that you just want to bleed out. You still blaming yourself (count your sins), but somewhere hope that people will care (if... bring you down, I'll bleed out for you)
These thoughts might actually be comforting and imagining this gives you a feeling of relief and peace which fits the still kind of peaceful but still depressed mood and the line "and I take it in"
(The "and what was right is wrong" probably signalises doubts, and anyway there's much more to interpret which I won't do since I just wanted to give this perspective on the topic of the song in general)
anonymous Sep 20th, 9:45am report
Well I feel it's like about the end of the world cuz
"When the sky turns gray..and everything thing is screaming"
Like isn't that the end of the world?
Just my side of view
anonymous Apr 27th, 2018 4:09pm report
I personally think this is about Jesus Christ dying for our sins so we wouldn't be banished to eternal damnation. You may think otherwise. It never clearly states what it is exactly about, which is what I love about Imagine dragons. We have the freedom to make our own interpretations. Whether it's about Suicide, Self harm, Jesus Christ, Depression, Love, or whatever, it never exactly states what it's about, so have your freedom of opinion my friend.
anonymous Jan 7th, 2018 1:12am report
I guess it's what you make of it that gives the song it's meaning. To me personally, this song does reflect a message of depression. However, I feel there is also an underlying message of self-sacrifice. The phrase "I'll bleed out for you" gives me the image of someone who has given up everything for someone. They love this person, though this person may not love them back. Regardless, the person who is singing is saying "though you don't love me the way I love you, though you think of me as only a burden (if the last thing that I do is bring you down, I'll bleed out for you) I would die for you, wether you appreciate it or not. That's how much I love you."
anonymous Nov 23rd, 2017 11:25am report
I interpret this song to be completely and fully about Jesus Christ atoning for the sins of the world. In the Bible it states that he sweat great drops of blood because if anyone knew the science behind how he suffered by his body being crushed by the burden and weight of his pain to the point of death but not ever dying until on the cross where he would willingly choose to die. His veins and arteries literally burst to the point where he literally bled out from every pore. It also states about him closing his eyes and taking in the pain regarding the 3 times he requested the pain of his suffering to be removed but knowing that it was not His Fathers will he said Thy will be done as he refers by saying in the song and you tell me to hold on. and one other big reference is that I will be your scarecrow. How is that not Christ on the Cross saying to the World that he will willingly die for us so that we will not all go to hell. He also states in the song about his hour being nigh
anonymous Nov 21st, 2017 11:27am report
I think this song is about being sorry for hurting someone so bad. Either that or he’s bleeding out for sdepression like he gave up from trying to escape and just gives up. There is also a reference to self harm. ‘So I bare my skin and I count my sins and I close my eyes and I take it in.’
anonymous Oct 12th, 2017 10:03pm report
This song is about refusing to remain silent, despite the cost. From a victim's perspective, being willing to speak out against the one who wronged you, even knowing that it will drag out everything done to you and that you've done. It is a song of justice, or perhaps revenge, at all costs. If it had been sung by a woman, it would be seen more clearly. Victims of assault are often treated very poorly, so they don't say anything.
Alternately, from another perspective "I'm not innocent, but I'm willing to be dragged down as well to bring your greater crime to light"
anonymous Sep 4th, 2017 9:06am report
I view this song much different than others. I view this song as a man struggling against an enemy. He is bleeding out from the wounds he gained in a fight against him, but he is determined to bring him down, if its the last thing he does. This can, of course, be symbolic to an enemy or rival in some other way than a physical fight. But I just think it makes much more sense that this person is willing to do whatever it takes, even bleeding out and dying (when it says he counts his sins and takes it in) to bring the enemy down. Just my thoughts.
anonymous Jul 8th, 2017 7:47pm report
I'm thinking they're apologizing for attempting suicide, and they're girlfriend discovers this,and is telling him to hold on, but he knows he isn't gonna make it,so he's apologizing for his actions, for what it's worth of course.
anonymous Jun 16th, 2017 6:18pm report
I've a very different interpretation about this song.
I think the chorus says that a person is suffering for not disappoint people who are important to him/her ("I'm bleeding out for you" and "You tell me to hold on")
The rest of the song appeals to, despite the problems that it brought, come back to Earth ("When the day has come that I've lost my way around and the seasons stop and hide beneath the ground") and never give up ("Just to find my heart is beating").
I may say that this point of view helped me a lot with overcoming my problems.
anonymous Jun 6th, 2017 6:38pm report
I think this song is about Jesus on the cross. (if the last thing that I do is bring you down), Jesus defeated the devil on the cross. (I'm bleeding out for you), Jesus sacrificed himself for humanity. (you tell me to hold on), the apostles wanting Jesus not to hand himself over, and (what was right is wrong), Jesus was crucified because of his doing good.
anonymous Apr 19th, 2017 4:38pm report
Many people feel this song is about Jesus or suicide, but I interpret it differently. Perhaps this is because I was watching a 9/11 tribute video with this as the song, but I think of it as I think of the song "America", it has references to 9/11. "I'm bleeding out for you," makes me think of all the first responders, the heroes of 9/11, that sacrificed their life to save others.
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