What does Crawling mean?

Linkin Park: Crawling Meaning

Album cover for Crawling album cover

Song Released: 2001

Crawling Lyrics

crawling in my skin
these wounds they will not heal
fear is how I fall
confusing what is real

there's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
this lack of self-control I fear is never ending


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 12th 2009 !⃝

    Some of the other interpretations are on the right track but as an ex-heroin Addict I understand the song completely. Not only was chester a meth addict he also battled with heroin addiction. Okay well first off "crawling in my skin" is refers to a symptom of heroin withdrawal you feel as if your crawling in your skin. "these wound they will not heal" refers to the track marks left on your arms from shooting up everyday . "Against my will a stand beside my own reflexion" refers to how hard it is to look at yourself in the mirror because you are so overwhelmed with emotions such as anger sadness and regret because you are discusted at the person who have become. "I can't seem to find myself again my walls are closing in" refers to a huge reason why most heroin addicts relapse. Your whole life revolves around getting high just to function. You wake up and spend your day figuring out how to get money to get high picking up dope and getting high and everyone you hangout with is an addict as well. Getting high becomes your life and you loss who you were before you were an addict. when you try to stay clean you don't know what to do with yourself anymore because your whole life was getting high and hanging out with addicts and because of this you lost everything sober friends, girlfriends, family, jobs, school, etc. And now you need to start all over again from scratch rebuild and structure your life and it takes time and a lot of strength. The rest of the song is pretty self explanatory based on my interpretation.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 15th 2017 !⃝

    To me the song is about the girl being sexually abused by her father. He literally makes her skin crawl. You see her mother briefly in the beginning. Mothers usually know when this abuse is going on even though many will claim they didn't. You see the father in the shadows many times during the video. He haunts her. She is so confused. She blames herself and doesn't want to face the abuse. Finally, she looks at the problem head on and sees her true reflection and has the courage to resolve this terrible abuse. Believe me, I know, I have experienced this. My father always made my skin crawl every time he touched me. My mother always knew. It is is horrible burden to bear. If a child begins acting strange (crying, withdrawn, nightmares) SOMEONE must act. SOMETHING is very wrong. Little children do not lie.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 9th 2009 !⃝

    it's about the abuse of someone and how hard it is to gain self confidence again " with a sense of confidence and i'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take" and how the person is fearful and is confused with "what is real" and the walls closing in is the emotional shell closing in on the person. but in the end the wall falls and the person no longer has to hide from anything

  4. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2023 !⃝

    It’s abuse and it’s dangerous situation. I dunno what to do if someone comes to me. Tell someone, then what.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 16th 2021 !⃝

    I'm pretty much sure that the girl had lost on the other side of wall where she couldnot live her life as she wanted.Where "crawling in my skin"refers theres smth holding her back and when she tried to escape,it would only be a dellusion.

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2021 !⃝

    Its about bed bugs.Crawling in my skin..confusing what is real..not sure if that was a bed bug or just imagined it..against my will I stand against my own reflection...it's haunting..all those bed bug bites

  7. anonymous
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    Sep 12th 2019 !⃝

    Victims of mental and emotional abuse at the hands of a psychopathic partner. All throughout the song key words describe the strong psychopathic bond that is formed through 3 stages of mental and psychological abuse. Victims descend deeper into isolation as the victimizer strips the victim of self esteem. Creating confusion through endless lies and deception victim blaming and shaming bringing self doubt and insecurity. The victim is rendered unable to cope with stress and increases in small doses as the victim accepts worsening treatment. Most do not escape the ones that do suffer severe emotional trauma needing intense therapy and some after years believe suicide is the only way out.

  8. anonymous
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    Oct 17th 2017 !⃝

    I believe he wanting to be saved by Christ and asking for forgiveness repenting and needs god help to get him threw the evil that surrounds him he wants to be delivered I feel the same way

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  9. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2017 !⃝

    I believe it was his way of expressing the pain and hell he was going through in his mind,body and soul. Due to addiction and childhood abuse.

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 21st 2017 !⃝

    In my opinion... it's about panick attack @ anxiety disorder..

    " Fear is how I fall "
    Fear is the most common way to distract the anxiety simptom..

    Perhaps songs giving us how to resolved the problems...

    " This lack of self-control I fear is never ending "
    Self control.. how to relax and calm during the attack.. it's about mind control..

    " I'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take "
    When to much pressure the harmful stress will bring to anxiety..

    " I've felt this way before
    So insecure "
    Not "insecure" but it is "in secure"..
    Anxiety disorder have always prepare with self remind.. when panic attack setback happen..have to believe ownself that it was not a first time happen and it always safe.. no fear..

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2017 !⃝

    Meth addiction... enough said

  12. anonymous
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    Apr 4th 2017 !⃝

    For me personally I think this is definitely one of the best songs ever produced. Wheter it's about drug abuse or sexual abuse it's ABUSE, there was a cause and there's a fallout which is the effect.
    When i first heard this song it spoke right into my soul and to date whenever I hear it the effects of the song remains the same.
    Just like in the video at the end of the suffering I too can smile again.

  13. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2014 !⃝

    Emotional pain. Any kind and form applies.

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2012 !⃝

    Chester wrote this song about how he was abused when he was a child. He was only about seven or so when his "friend" started abusing him. It could also have something to do with drugs because he was addicted at one point.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2011 !⃝

    It is a tribute to 9/11

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  16. anonymous
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    Sep 20th 2011 !⃝

    I think this song is about being possessed "there's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface" and being seriously hurt. Maybe not physically but emotionally. Why doesn't it let you change "anonymous"? That's stupid...still...love u linkin park

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  17. anonymous
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    Mar 30th 2011 !⃝

    This song is all about abuse, i like to think it is physical abuse, but you truely can relate it to any sort. crawling in your skin meaning feeling disgusted with yourself. these wounds they will not heal meaning the emotional and mental state the abuse puts you in. fear is how i fall meaning you are afraid of change. confusing what is real meaning this abuse you are confusing with a sad delusion of love and/or belonging.

  18. anonymous
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    Mar 3rd 2011 !⃝

    Crawling is to be interpreted simply...

    He (Chester, Narrator, ETC.) is going through a horrible time in his life.
    He can't tell the difference between a reality and a fantasy, and he changed his personality/behavior/life completely.

    Something inside him wants out, and he has no control over it.

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