"Crawl" as written by and Benjamin Burnley....
A shadow of a man
I am nothing less
I am holding on
Still holding on
And every now and then
Life begins again
I am holding on
Still holding on

I'm not like you
Your faceless lies
Your weak, dead heart
Your black dead eyes
I'll make it through
But not this time
Your hope is gone
And so is mine

Live! Fight!
Crawl back inside!
Sick! Blind!
Love left behind
And I won't live your weak wicked lie
You pull me in
I'm one step behind

Show me where it hurts
And I will make it worse
Are you holding on?
Keep holding on
Dilated eyes
Shine for one last time

Are you holding on?
Keep holding on

You're not like me
Your faceless lies
Your weak, dead heart
Your black dead eyes
I'll break you in
And let this die
Your hope is gone
And so is mine

Live! Fight!
Crawl back inside!
Sick! Blind!
Love left behind
And I won't live your weak wicked lie
You pulled me in
I'm one step behind

I'm becoming a monster
Just like you
After it all
You'll try to break me too
Falling forever
Chasing dreams
I brought you to life
So I can hear you scream

Live! Fight!
Crawl back inside!
Sick! Blind!
Love left behind
And I won't live your weak wicked lie
You pulled me in
I'm one step behind

I'm one step behind
I'm one step behind


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"Crawl" as written by Benjamin Burnley

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  • +7
    My InterpretationFirst off, I just want to say how amazing this song is! Breaking Benjamin are fantastic!

    While this song could easily be about a relationship I think it's much deeper than that. If you just look closer to the lyrics it's much more. A relationship would be way too simple. My intake on this song is that it's about the good and evil of a person. This man is looking in a mirror, telling himself that he is good, that he's not this monster and he'll fight to prove it and defeat this evi part of himl inside. But as time goes on it's almost as if the evil is consuming his body and taking over him, but as the lyrics read every first verse he's holding onto that small part of good that's inside him.

    TrAgicXDiScoon October 02, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationContrary to most people's belief, I think this song actually does have to do with a relationship. The song seems to outline their disputes, never becoming detailed but referencing their cold actions towards each other. But this song is different than any normal dispute.

    The relationship is so tattered and ruined that the man has to crawl away from it without dignity or happiness.

    "live, fight
    Crawl back inside
    Sick, Blind
    Love left behind"

    The chorus says it all, There is inspiration to carry on in this relationship, or in general afterwords, but now there is nothing. He feels sick and blind because he didn't see how broken they were and the agonizing feeling she left behind. The song is a beautiful synopsis of the direct feelings after this breakup, such as the dignity loss for all that he may have done for the girl, the pain and anger he felt of her betrayal, and the exert from their lifestyle with the "dilated eyes." Thanks for reading.
    DarkWingson April 30, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDoes anyone else hear "A shadow of a man" instead of "I said I wasn't mad" for the first line?
    TylerAHMon September 27, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAnyone think if you take this literally, it could be a murder suicide?

    "I'll make it through, but not this time
    Your hope is gone, and so is mine

    You pull me in, I'm one step behind"

    and the whole holding on part, the other person isn't quite dead yet... ?
    bman2382on October 03, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationyeah I have considered myself a huge fan of B.B. from the moment I heard Sugarcoat....and they have held the number 1 spot to me ever since. Ben's a f'n bada$$ to say the least! That said..
    This song is about love between two people, (sometimes things are exactly what they seem)and whomever the person singing this song is, lets say the 'main character', the one who keeps getting burned. That person truely loves the other despite this, and maybe ultimately feels in control of what direction it will take -provided that he gives it his FULL attention....it seems to be a roller coaster like most young love is, and it's realized that they have wasted so much effort on trying to make it work and with no end in site, they lose hope and let each other sort of fade away. I think this 'main character' realizes that to go any further, to prove his ultimate point to her, he must let her go.......that she has left him no choice but to let time, and the world, show her the caliber of man she was dealing with. The irony, of course, being with the fact that by then it would be too late and so it's referred to as a sort of death....
    Ultimately only Ben knows what he meant, with the passion he emits into his music, everyone could have a special meaningful portion of it figured out in their own way I would think. To me, he is a god among men, to have lived a passionate life (that isn't over yet and hopefully not for a long time!)and handled what the world threw his way AND write about it AND get a successful band together AND Sing it with the absolutely explosive intensity that he puts into it.....shhhhheeeit
    =GW= ShaneWarily
    Polyamerouson August 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationLove could definitely be a piece here, but not necessarily. I get a very dark, very beautiful mentor/student vibe when I listen to this song, especially when we come to "I brought you to light/just to hear you scream". Others have said before me that is some kind of sense of revenge on the singer's part-- and I agree. But don't forget "I brought you to light". To me, this means the singer has nurtured this person to some extent, tried to change them/save them/stop them/whatever, but for all the wrong reasons. Because he wanted to take away what this person had too. Because the singer wants to take away who the other is just like they did to him.

    Someone else suggested whoever he is singing to is dying; I think I agree, here. The "black dead eyes" could simply be a reference to evil, but "your weak, dead heart"? Wouldn't it be a cold, dead heart if it wasn't talking about death itself? I assume the singer is either torturing, killing, or sitting beside the death bed of whoever this evil person is (the first two would fit with the slowly darkening singer theme, as torturing and killing aren't the most moral things to be doing to one's once mentor/student/father/mother/lover/whatever, especially when this verse is taken into account: Show me where it hurts/And I'll make it worse/Are you holding on?, keep holding on/Dilated eyes shine for one last time/Are you holding on? Keep holding on), and he's cursing they're living breath away, letting them know he will fight the stain they left on his heart with every fiber of his being.

    He is holding on - still holding on - to all he wants to be, even as the other pulls him in.
    SheWhoShineson March 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningLet me give it a try..

    I said I wasn't mad
    I'm nothing less
    I am holding on, Still holding on
    And every now and then life begins again
    I am holding on, Still holding on

    Someone in his past is hurting him and he doesn't get mad.
    He keeps holding on to her, and keep trying sometimes he sees hope for them.

    I'm not like you
    Your faceless lies
    Your weak dead heart
    Your black dead eyes

    I'll make it through, but not this time
    Your hope is gone, and so is mine
    Live, Fight
    Crawl back inside
    Sick, Blind
    Love left behind

    This person hurts him again he sees her as dead hearted mean person. She keeps hurting him
    this time it was the last, and he leaves the love and hope behind.

    I'm becoming a monster, Just like you
    After it all you'll try to break me too
    Falling forever, Chasing dreams
    I brought you to life so i can hear you scream

    He is trying to get revenge for what she did to him
    and is becoming just as cold and mean as she.

    FransHendrikon September 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is looking at themselves in a mirror and trying to convince themselves that they are not the person they see in the mirror. For example, he may have been abused or had a hard childhood, and this person convinced themselves that they would never be like there father or mother, but looking in the mirror they are realizing that is what they have become.
    It seems to be a constant fight with this person and they could be trying to talk themselves out of suicide.
    zlfenderon October 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis man wants to get away from someone he is in love with. He fell in love, only to realize too late that the one he loves is cruel to him. He feels stuck in the relationship. While he loves the person, he also resents them for being so terrible, and is trying to play the same games as them in an effort to tear them down. He eventually realizes that he is becoming the same person he is trying to escape. By the end of the song, they are both fighting for figurative control. The person the song is coming from is losing, but still has to escape.
    musicmonster4on March 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is a struggle of drug addiction. when it says i am holding on still holding on. i think it means he is just struggling to get through. black dead lies is something you do when you are an addict. and one of the more telling lines in dialted eyes shine for one last time. anyone who has done a hard drug knows you love your love when your on the drug but once its done you hate your life.

    You're not like me
    Your faceless lies
    Your weak dead heart
    Your black dead eyes

    i think this is describing his comedown and realizing everything he has fucked up while on the drug.

    Show me where it hurts
    And I'll make it worse
    Are you holding on?, keep holding on
    Dilated eyes shine for one last time
    Are you holding on? Keep holding on

    and these lines showing the inner battle with himself with the drug.

    I'm becoming a monster, Just like you
    After it all you'll try to break me too
    Falling forever, Chasing dreams
    I brought you to life so i can hear you scream

    and this could be the battle of trying to quit the drug but not being as easy as it seems.
    this coming from experience and i know the lead singer has had same battles
    tool22on October 07, 2010   Link

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