This song is sometimes thought to be an "emo" song about loneliness, but is also thought of to be about going an extra mile for someone you love, and missing them when they're not loving...
I'm bleeding out
Said if the last thing that I do
Is to bring you down
I'll bleed out for you
So I peel my skin
And I count my sins
And I close my eyes
And I take it in
And I'm bleeding out
I'm bleeding out for you (for you)

When the day has come
But I've lost my way around
And the seasons stop and hide beneath the ground
When the sky turns gray
And everything is screaming
I will reach inside
Just to find my heart is beating

You tell me to hold on
Oh you tell me to hold on
But innocence is gone
And what was right is wrong

'Cause I'm bleeding out
Said if the last thing that I do
Is to bring you down
I'll bleed out for you
So I peel my skin
And I count my sins
And I close my eyes
And I take it in
And I'm bleeding out
I'm bleeding out for you (for you)

When the hour is nigh
And hopelessness is sinking in
And the wolves all cry
To feel they're not worth hollering
When your eyes are red
And emptiness is all you know
With the darkness fed
I will be your scarecrow

You tell me to hold on
Oh you tell me to hold on
But innocence is gone
And what was right is wrong

'Cause I'm bleeding out
Said if the last thing that I do
Is to bring you down
I'll bleed out for you
So I peel my skin
And I count my sins
And I close my eyes
And I take it in
And I'm bleeding out
I'm bleeding out for you (for you)

I'm bleeding out for you (for you)
I'm bleeding out for you (for you)
I'm bleeding out for you (for you)
I'm bleeding out for you

'Cause I'm bleeding out
Said if the last thing that I do
Is to bring you down
I'll bleed out for you
So I peel my skin
And I count my sins
And I close my eyes
And I take it in
And I'm bleeding out
I'm bleeding out for you (for you)


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"Bleeding Out" as written by Alexander Junior Grant, Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Benjamin Arthur Mckee, Joshua Francis Mosser

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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  • +10
    General CommentI get the impression that the singer is trying to "repair" the burned bridges between himself and someone he cares deeply about. He is willing to sacrifice everything to make things right again. "So I bare my skin and I count my sins" give me the image of someone removing their shirt to receive lashes, and each lash represents one crime against the other person. He is showing repentance for his sins. "So I close my eyes and I take it in" represents trying to forgive himself so that they can move on. Of course, I connect with that interpretation so that could be why I chose that approach.
    Justinjahon March 12, 2013   Link
  • +8
    My InterpretationI love this song!
    Most people feel that it's coming from depression and a will to harm others by your personal pain. I however feel that this is something much more encouraging and uplifting!
    He's singing of self sacrifice for someone or others he cares about. He knows that if he's going to bring someone down even to the last breath, he'd rather die. He is putting his life out there, willing to live, to the last drop of blood, for the life of the other.
    When he says "Innocence is gone and what was right is wrong", he realises that his wrongdoings and misunderstandings of what is right in life have been shown for the falsehood in which they live. How can he live with his nature if his nature is so twisted? Another thought is that he sees himself as the "one who knows" and the "right thing" (looking the other way, or "just living" regardless of the internal destruction to others) is now the "wrong thing".

    I have so much more I could pick out of this song, but I'd need a lot more space... ;)
    brycetaon February 23, 2013   Link
  • +7
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is him singing to someone he loves who is going through pain.
    I don't think he literally means bleed when he says "bleeding out".

    He loves this person so much, he is saying, I will take your pain. I will give everything (bare my skin), and I'll own up to everything I've done (count my sins) and I'll feel your pain for you, so you don't have to feel it anymore.

    I don't think this song is about self-harm, mostly because of the line "I will be your scarecrow". He's saying there that he will chase away all of the darkness that's coming into that person's life.

    Just how I hear it!
    rebeccaston May 07, 2013   Link
  • +3
    Lyric CorrectionThe line is "So I bear my skin," not "So I peel my skin"
    greendayawon September 20, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI'm obsessed with this song after hearing it the first time yesterday. Maybe I'm weird, but I find the lyrics both to be beautiful and tragic. The lyrics "But innocence is gone and what was right is wrong," seems like you do something you realize is bad but it's too late too turn back. I just feel like this song is a transformation from innocence to 'corruptness,' whether it's cheating, your first drug or something small.

    Either way you interpret it, it's an amazing song.
    ellomate13on October 24, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAmazing music and great band!
    frenchfrogon February 20, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the song is talking about self-harm and suicide. I think he wants to commit suicide because he feels like he is ruining someones life. He thinks he is the reason everything is going wrong in their life. "If the last thing that I do is bring you down I'll bleed out for you" sounds like its saying "if I ruin anything else for you, I will just get rid of myself because I ruin everything" Its a very good song...but it does seem like a very depressing one.

    Thats just what I think! =}
    ImNobodyon May 18, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song is basically about someone going through self harm who has a person close to them that is trying to help them but they fail constantly (they self harm). Or just about someone who is going through self harm because of certain pain someone has given to them.

    This is how I see it:
    I'm bleeding out
    Said if the last thing that I do
    Is to 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
    And I'm bleeding out
    I'm bleeding out for you (for you) --> may also be a ritual for someone who self harms. "So I take the blade, remember everything I've ever done wrong, close my eyes and take the blade into my skin (cut), and I bleed" and then "I bleed because you caused me so much pain" (maybe)

    When the day has come
    But I've lost my way around
    And the seasons stop and hide beneath the ground
    When the sky turns gray
    And everything is screaming
    I will reach inside
    Just to find my heart is beating ---> Everything is going downhill in his life and he feels numb (reach inside just to find my heart it beating). Self harm is also an escape for numbness, just to feel something.

    You tell me to hold on
    Oh you tell me to hold on
    But innocence is gone
    And what was right is wrong ---> He holds on to someones words, but he can't stop.

    'Cause I'm bleeding out
    Said if the last thing that I do
    Is to bring you down
    I'll bleed out for you
    So I peel my skin
    And I count my sins
    And I close my eyes
    And I take it in
    And I'm bleeding out
    I'm bleeding out for you (for you)

    When the hour is nigh
    And hopelessness is sinking in
    And the wolves all cry
    To feel they're not worth hollering
    When your eyes are red
    And emptiness is all you know
    With the darkness fed
    I will be your scarecrow --> It happens mostly at night. And this is a nice explanation for anyone who wants to understand what goes through a depressed person's mind. "When your eyes are red" - Crying "And emptiness is all you know" - You're empty, numb, unable to feel or be happy "With the darkness fed" - Depression makes you do "sick stuff"


    Just my personal opinion, as someone who used to self harm and went through depression i find this song relatable, anyways, beautiful song.
    ivanagojevicon January 04, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about Depression, Cutting, and Suicide. Its not encouraging any of them, just telling a sad story about giving up. Its a Suicide note.
    FrTHMMRS21on May 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIn this song I believe he is talking about pretty much giving everything her has, including his body, to the one he loves in order to keep them alive and well. Protecting and driving away any and all darkness from the person he loves most and taking there pain for them. That person, despite being depressed is loved by this person enough for him to want to protect them from anything and everything.
    NeonWolveson June 22, 2013   Link

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