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Imagine Dragons: Bleeding Out Meaning

Song Released: 2012

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Bleeding Out Lyrics

I'm bleeding out
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
For you

When the...


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    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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    Apr 9th, 2017 4:06pm report

    I hate myself so of course I will interpret this song as something negative because of the lyrics. just putting this out there, less than 30 minutes ago I was cutting myself to this song.

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    Mar 31st, 2017 3:24pm report

    when you self harm you feel like the part of you that self harms is you, but a part separated from your body. so i think it is about the fight of recovery the part "so if its the last thing that i do is bring you down" if its the last thing that you will do is bring down the part of you that self harms. hopelessness is sinking in hopelessness that you cant recover and you tell me to hold on is the hopeful part of you saying don't kill yourself or self harm. that is my interpretation everyone has different interpretations depending on the situation they are in.


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    Jul 22nd, 2016 7:48am report

    This song is completely heart breaking for me. It talks about how the person realises how much of a monster he has become, and he welcomes death. But he wants to die a hero, as if to compete with all his sins in life.


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    Jun 16th, 2016 6:19am report

    There are a lot of mentions of Jesus, but I think this song is about self harm. "So I bare my skin" is like pulling up your sleeve to get ready and "count my sins" makes me think that they're literally tallying up what they've done wrong with cuts. It seems like the person thinks they're making everyone feel worse and being a burden "if the last thing that I do Is bring you down" so they're trying to get rid of themselves and free everyone from the burden they're putting on them "I'm bleeding out for you".
    "When the sky turns grey" It's not actually the sky changing, it's just the person's vision blurring as they start to slide out of consciousness.
    "When the sky turns grey" It's not actually the sky changing, it's just the person's vision blurring as they start to slide out of consciousness.
    It's kind of like they're slowly dying "when the hour is nigh and hopelessness is sinking in" They're very close to death and they feel like everything us useless.
    "the wolves all cry to fill the night with horror" They can hear someone, maybe a family member, and it's prolonging the pain, by maybe making them have small regrets.
    "You tell me to hold on" maybe someone knows about them self-harming and tells them not to.
    "but innocence is gone" they aren't ignorant and young anymore: despair is slowly eating them away.
    "what was rightis wrong" they don't know what's right anymore.

    Anyway, that's just what I think ^-^


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    Apr 13th, 2016 4:30pm report

    Quite a few of the Imagine Dragon songs have references to Christianity - Another example being 'Demons' when the lyrics are 'This is my kingdom come,' so yes, I would go with the theme that this song (at least the chorus) is in the perspective of Christ when he was crucified on the cross.

    Not only does this song point towards Christianity. When the lyrics say that, 'But innocence is gone, and what was right is wrong,' the song could possibly be referring to how the modern world twists out values. Now, instead of family, it's freedom. Instead of love, it's lust. Instead of self-preservation, it's selfishness.

    I believe that the song could also be hinting at depression with the lyrics, 'When the hour is nigh, and hopelessness is sinking in....' Depression is not just a feeling of deep sadness, but hopelessness and worthlessness.

    What we take as such an upbeat, fun and catchy song actually holds very serious and dark themes when you come to think of it. That's what I love about the Imagine Dragon songs!


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    Jan 22nd, 2016 1:55am report

    It could be about Jesus but I think that he does so many things wrong that the person he cares about is worried and he realized what he had done so he tried to make it up for them and do whatever to make them and protect them.


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    Jan 19th, 2016 1:11am report

    Lesson to the words. I think it has something to do with world war 3 and or the coming of Christ.


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    Jan 5th, 2016 1:11pm report

    I believe that this song is about depressing, cutting, and suicide. Most of there songs are pretty dark if you truly listen to the words. So it wouldn't be a total surprise for that to be what it's about.


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    Dec 21st, 2015 12:54pm report

    Have you ever heard any other song from this dudes? They're not specially healthy. If you put attention to other songs lyrics, you'll find out it is as literal as they picture it. They're talking about mental issues, suicide and self-harm in almost every of their songs. It's not about Jesus!


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    Dec 17th, 2015 12:17pm report

    I see a lot of "crucifixtion" and "self-harm" interpretations, and those make some sense. But I interpret this as being willing to die for someone you love. The lyric "I'm bleeding out for you" may imply sacrifice of some sort. And "If the last thing that I do is to bring you down, I'll bleed out for you" may mean that if the speaker drags down his lover, he'd rather be dead than keep dragging him/her down.


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    Jul 16th, 2015 7:43pm report

    Okay for those who said self harm, i don't think the lyrics are that literal. I think "bare my skin" is a poetic way of saying he's putting himself out there, like making himself vulnerable. As for "i count my sins" means he's done a lot of thing he's ashamed of (possibly giving into temptation) and coupled with "bleeding out for you" points to the things that he is ashame of has effected who ever "you" is and he's beating himself up for it. Over all I think this song is about him making mistakes that hurt someone he cared about, so now he's having to make himself vulnerable by not only admitting it but also trying to make up for it (which would be supported by the lyrics "So if the last thing that I do Is bring you down I'll bleed out for you" and the lyrics "When your eyes are red And emptiness is all you know With the darkness fed I will be your scarecrow".)


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    Jun 25th, 2015 6:55am report

    I heard all the comments about Jesus, but personally, I believe that this is about someone who is trying to save everyone around him/her and they are dying on the inside trying to keep his/her loved ones safe from whats out in the world, and maybe cutting to try and cope with all the pain he/she is feeling.


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    Feb 9th, 2015 2:31pm report

    People say that the song is about the death of Jesus, but, personally, I disagree. I believe the song is about suicide. However, it depends on the person and their life experiences. A religious person might think of Jesus whereas a person with suicidal tendencies might think of suicide. Really it is open to interpretation as all that really matters is what it means to you.


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    Jan 2nd, 2015 1:25pm report

    Um, it almost (almost!) sounds like an apocalyptic senario, but that's just how I interpret it... That's probably wrong, but yea, that's what I think.

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