Slipknot: Wait And Bleed Meaning
Song Released: 1999
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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 5:42pm 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 3:21pm 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.
Prettybeachy4 Feb 16th, 2018 2:11am report
I absolutely love this song, it doesn't matter what state of mind I am in... Happy, mad, depressed, anxious. ...It always sets my head straight. This was the first time I have read the lyrics; but from listening over and over through many years ; I did have an excellent translation on my own. I think he was in a very bad place in his head and suffering through extremely bad self-hatred yet by the end of the song he has accepted it.
anonymous Aug 27th, 2014 8:48pm report
This song is obviously about homosexuality
anonymous Jun 4th, 2014 6:52pm report
corey stated the song answers the question of what he would do if he awoke in a room with a dead body.
anonymous Jan 27th, 2013 1:01pm report
Well, if you listen to the lyrics it sounds like how when Corey met his father again things went wrong.
Ihatemyfuckingname Jan 7th, 2013 1:25am 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 4:21am 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 12:37am 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 11:50am report
inside my shell i wait and bleed
(sounds like he says inside michelle)
anonymous Sep 3rd, 2011 9:56am 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 8:42am 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 7:24pm 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 7:00am 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 5:35am report
As well as anakin being a manchurian candidate for palpatine against the Jedi.
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