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Song Released: 2007


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Yeah here we go for the hundredth time,
Hand grenade pins in every line
Throw 'em up and let something shine
Going out of my fucking mind
Filthy mouth, no excuse
Find a new place to hang this noose
String me up from atop these roofs
Knot...

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    anonymous
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    Jul 2nd, 2009 7:46pm report


    I have a bit of a different interpretation than most... been listening to this song a lot as I work through my issues in life, I have been dealing with addictions and major losses in my life and this song holds a great deal of meaning to me. There are multiple facets of the "personality" that go into the whole codependance/addiction, some of which are easy to see and others aren't, please bear with me as I try to explain.

    Yeah here we go for the hundredth time,
    Hand grenade pins in every line
    Throw 'em up and let something shine

    we always find ourselves back in the same spot, craving our addiction, giving in to it, we know what will happen if we give in, but we do it anyway and hope/expect that the results will be different this time.

    Going out of my fucking mind
    Filthy mouth, no excuse
    Find a new place to hang this noose
    String me up from atop these roofs
    Knot it tight so I won't get loose

    fighting to recover from the "demon" inside of us and cherish the inner child of god can be one of the most challenging things ever mentally and emotionally and often, unless you have been there you wouldn't understand how crazy you feel not knowing whether you are sane or not. Some of the issues that come up during the downward spiral that occurs as our lives self destruct can be described here and in a lot of ways we do it to ourselves. a true "addict" isn't about the drug of choice, but about finding the next "fix", I have been through many different thing that I have been addicted to... drugs, alcohol, sex, religion, work, love, relationships... the point is that you can trade one for the other easily and it always ends the same way where we create a situation that is inescapable.

    Truth is you can stop and stare
    Bled myself out and no one cares
    Dug a trench out, laid down there
    With a shovel up out of reach somewhere

    the final stage of addiction is looking for answers when you have hit bottom, the people in your life that have supported the addictive behavior will treat you like crap because you are flaking out on them. sometimes hitting bottom is a suicide attempt, but you will never get real help from the people that have been your "friends", you are stuck having to try to work it out yourself, but often the problems that you have created are unmanageable or unfixable, the resolution to the problem is out of reach and the fact is we did it to ourselves.

    Yea someone pour it in,
    Make it a dirt dance floor again
    Say your prayers and stomp it out
    When they bring that chorus in

    Wanting someone else to fix it for us, to bring us back to where things were ok… often addicts also have issues with wanting to escape from their life or what they have created and will want others to do it for them so that they don’t have to face the consequences of their own choices. The dirt dance floor is a reference to starting over again from the bottom. Prayer is a reference to the connection that is lacking with god and the need to get “fired up” about doing the work needed to get free and become better.

    I bleed it out
    Digging deeper just to throw it away
    I bleed it out
    Digging deeper just to throw it away
    I bleed it out
    Digging deeper just to throw it away
    Just to throw it away
    Just to throw it away

    Often, there are many things where an addict has stuffed many issues deep down inside and never faced them, part of breaking that addiction and learning something new is digging deep inside and unloading the garbage that we have carried around for so many years. “bleed it out” is a reference to the pain of doing so, I can honestly say that I have never done anything in my life that was difficult as this… quitting smoking was a walk in the park compared to looking at all the garbage and emotions that went with it that had to come out and just be let go of. Not easy at all.

    I bleed it out
    Go, stop the show
    Chop your words in a sloppy flow

    This is about trying to control the outcome of your life, using words to try to explain your way out of the mess you have created which usually doesn’t work very well.

    Shotgun opera, lock and load
    Cock it back and then watch it go

    A shotgun opera is an opera that doesn’t pause or stop no matter what, it is one single act from beginning to end. In conjunction with the lines previous it means that you are not able to stop, you are “triggered” by something and you are powerless to change the outcome.

    Mama help me, I've been cursed

    This leads back to the desire to have a safe environment where we can heal this wound that seems unfair that we are saddled with.

    Death is rolling in every verse

    All roads lead to death and destruction if we don’t do something different.

    Candypaint on his brand new hearse

    When we substitute one addiction for another, we still haven’t beaten it, we have just made it look different and prettier, the “demon” is still within us and going to end up in death and destruction again.

    Can't contain him, he knows he works

    The “demon” within is also our “fake self”, the mask we wear to hide behind so that we don’t have to face our problems and hope that no one sees the real person that is afraid of being seen. This “alter ego” is generally the persona that we put forth for the world to see and often takes on a life of its own… even when things are bad and we don’t want to be where we are, this “alter ego” will keep telling us that it knows what is best for us if we would just listen to it. We can’t stop him, he still finds ways to come out and even though we don’t want him to, he is suffocating our “inner child” and is strong because he knows that it has worked for him in the past, yet we don’t give up, we keep working at it or we die.

    Practice hurts, I won't lie
    Doesn't matter how hard I try

    It hurts like hell and is scary to dig deep and pull out all the garbage, the emotions I have felt while working through all of this and getting past my “mask” to my “inner child” have been everything I have buried for all of my life and there were times when I thought the hurt itself would kill me... I honestly don’t think I have ever been so afraid in my life.

    Half the words don't mean a thing
    And I know that I won't be satisfied
    So why, try ignoring him
    Make it a dirt dance floor again

    Words are cheap, only action makes a difference, but even when we try, we find that there is yet still more that needs to be dug out and discarded and usually this is coupled with trying to be perfect which is impossible and we end up hating ourselves for not getting it right. We can’t ignore our “demon”, our “mask” the persona that we hide our inner child behind, the one that keeps us in our addiction and we find ourselves back to square one, right back where we started from, at the bottom, he has to be dealt with. The dirt dance floor is a reference to starting over again from the bottom.

    Say your prayers and stomp it out
    When they bring that chorus in

    Prayer is a reference to the connection that is lacking with god and the need to get “fired up” about doing the work needed to get free and become better.

    I bleed it out
    Digging deeper just to throw it away
    I bleed it out
    Digging deeper just to throw it away
    I bleed it out
    Digging deeper just to throw it away
    Just to throw it away
    Just to throw it away

    Again, back to digging it out of ourselves, purging the hatred, the self loathing, the shame, everything that has been stuffed deep inside that feeds our “demon” when it tells us that we aren’t worth anything, that it is hopeless… it has to go.

    I bleed it out
    I've opened up these scars

    Many of us have serious childhood wounds or trauma that taught us to be who we are and those old wounds are very much like scars that must be looked at and dealt with.

    I'll make you face this

    We have to force ourselves to look at the things we don’t want to see, sometimes it is truly terrifying.

    I pulled myself so far
    I'll make you face this now

    We have come this far in searching for the answers, we aren’t about to give up and quit, we will make ourselves face our issues no matter what and we won’t put it off again in hopes of finding another solution that ends up just being another addiction.

    The song wraps with the chorus repeating over and over showing that it is a never ending cycle, this isn’t something to be “cured”, it is something that is a process, a journey and an understanding that we will never be perfect, that we will always need to do the work and until our “inner child” is stronger than our “demon”, our “mask”, we will have to start over again and again and again and….



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    BeatRhymer
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    Jul 17th, 2007 7:48pm report


    This song seems to have a double meaning. I think it's either about how everything from news and music and movies are flooded with violence and death. And how we can't escape the dangers of the world and nothing will make a difference:

    Truth is you can stop and stare
    Run myself out and no one cares


    You can't just sit back and watch, you must keep going.

    Dug the trench out laid down there
    With a shovel up out of reach somewhere


    Dig your grave early.

    Mama help me I've been cursed
    Death is rolling in every verse


    Everything from news and music and movies are flooded with violence and death, and we can't escape it.

    Fuck this hurts I won't lie
    Doesn't matter how hard I try


    The truth hurts, and no matter how hard he tries he can't escape the reality.

    Half the words don't mean a thing
    And I know that I won't be satisfied


    No words of comfort help, let alone have any real meaning.

    Say your prayers and stomp it out
    When they bring that chorus in


    Pray that everything will be ok to help ease the worrying.


    But some lines he seems to be talking about the war (which is what most of the album is about):

    Yeah here we go for the hundredth time
    Hand grenade pins in every line.


    Talking about how politicians continue to give their excuses for why we aren't doing anything about the war and other problems in America.

    Throw 'em up and let something shine
    Going out of my fucking mind


    Listening to all of the continuous political arguments are making him insane.

    String me up from atop these roofs
    Knot it tight so I won't get loose


    The terrorists have thrown/hung soldiers from rooftops.

    Shotgun opera lock and load
    Cock it back and then watch it go


    There are always shootings going on.

    Mama help me I've been cursed
    Death is rolling in every verse


    Death is coming closer and quicker for everyone.

    Fuck this hurts I won't lie
    Doesn't matter how hard I try


    No one realizes how bad things really are, and he's being effected by it and nothings being done.

    Half the words don't mean a thing
    And I know that I won't be satisfied


    Everything that politicians say (from their views to words of assurance) don't have any meaning, and he's not satisfied.

    Say your prayers and stomp it out
    When they bring that chorus in


    Pray that you will make it through another day, and try your best not to worry.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 22nd, 2008 10:54pm report


    I thought the song lyrics were about the song itself and about the ways mike felt having to rewrite the song over 1 million times.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 25th, 2016 3:48pm report


    REALLY,no ONE can accept this meaning/message to get through to where Your "ego" is hidden you from Your True Self? The meaning & Purposes are to reach those who are almost ready to See the me, they thought them to Be. That IS why the song was written. And nearly every other song that you connect with more deeper, but have NO understanding as to why. Linkin Park, along with most other Bands of this State of Being, are doing everything there ability can create for all can Know One as ONE. Money don't make their World go around,they help us reach a Higher ground.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 23rd, 2014 6:53am report


    I read an interview with Mike when minutes to midnight was released that asked this question. Apparently Mike wrote a shitload of lyrics, and Chester rejected them, so Mike wrote this as an outlet, Chester liked it, and that's how it ended up on minutes to midnight.



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    Karen.Kristensen1
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    Oct 1st, 2013 10:51pm report


    Bleed it out in simple terms to me means letting the pain and hurt go, working through them (Bleed it out). I owe a lot to Linkin Park and this song and their song Given up. I lost my mom and sister within 3 months of each other in 2008. My pain was debilitating. I didn't want to get out of bed or do anything. I would listen to these two songs and literally sing and scream the words by myself in my car and it helped me work through the pain. It didn't take care of missing them but it helped me to move on. I saw Linkin Park live last year and it was awesome. They will always be by number one band.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2012 11:16pm report


    I think it is talking about depression and all that comes with it. The part about bleeding it out could mean that somebody is cutting and letting all the worries just leave them. The part about digging him self in a ditch could mean the person suffering from depression is being buried under the worries and sorrow.
    This is just what I got from it.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 24th, 2012 6:51am report


    This would be great as a tampon slogan XD

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Apr 19th, 2012 4:33pm report


    It's about a TAMPON. BLEED IT OUT. TAKE IT DEEPER. JUST TO THROW IT AWAY LOL



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    anonymous
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    Apr 13th, 2012 4:43am report


    I must say that the first comment was the best...But in the second verse the song doesn't say practice hurts.. It says Fuck,,this hurts...I won't lie... .....



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    anonymous
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    Nov 21st, 2011 11:57pm report


    I think this song is about frustration and anger. Listen to the chorus and think about the irony there "I bleed it out digging deeper, just to throw it away".



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    anonymous
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    Oct 10th, 2011 10:48pm report


    i think its about tampons ;) girl has her period la di da di da etc 3tc

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    MusicKat911
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    May 16th, 2011 5:15pm report


    I have always found this song about suicide, and this is what I listen to when in that type of mood. "Shot-gun opera, lock and load, cock it back and watch it go. Mama help me, I've been curse, death is rolling in every verse." If you see what they're saying :D But every song has a different meaning for each person, it is always different for the original version <3



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    anonymous
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    May 8th, 2011 5:43am report


    I believe it's abotu someone who just wants to give up, someone who tried so hard only to fail,an emo to be exact. I think it coudl be about someone not giving a crap abotu anythign anymore.



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    anonymous
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    Mar 22nd, 2011 3:54pm report


    The song is about his many ways of committing suicide...hand grenade pins in every line throw em up and let something shine( blow yourself up)....shotgun opera lock and load (shoot yourself) hang me up from atop these roofs find a new place to hang this noose(hang yourself)......just my opinion.



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    linkinparkfoxraider
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    Dec 22nd, 2010 12:19am report


    not so much on this site but other sites said that bleed it out was just made for fun but i think that it is about not being able to escape the dangers of the world and also the term bleed it out doesnt mean just mean to cut ur wrists.it can also mean to just let it all go.by the way isnt the line shotgun ill pull lock and load oris it shotgun opera lock and load



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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 2010 12:50pm report


    Tampons

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    anonymous
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    Oct 20th, 2010 10:54pm report


    I think a lot of the song, doesn't mena much of anything, I think linkin park took this one song and just put words and rhymes to make it sound goo

    i think they tried really hard to find words to go with the music but ended up not being able to make much out of it they say so themselves in the song

    "doesn't matter how hard I tried"
    they tried to find words that meant something

    "half the words don't mean a thing"

    the words ended up not meaning anything

    "I know that I won't be satisfied"

    they weren't satisfied with the words they came up with that meant something but didn't go with the beat/tempo/song
    and the chorus

    "I bleed it out diggin deeper just to throw it away"

    they exhausted themselves trying to make meaningful words fit, but they couldn't and just ended up throwing them away

    " I pulled myself so far ill make you face this now"

    they worked hard on the lyrics even though they didn't mean much, and their saying people will just have to deal with this one song that doesn't mean anything

    "yea, here we go for the hundreth time"

    proof that they tried tons of times to write lyrics that fit



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