I’m digging my way
I’m digging my way to something
I’m digging my way to something better

I’m pushing to stay
I’m pushing to stay with something
I’m pushing to stay with something better

I’m sowing the seeds
I’m sowing the seeds I’ve taken
I’m sowing the seeds I take for granted

This thorn in my side
This thorn in my side is from the tree
This thorn in my side is from the tree I’ve planted

It tears me and I bleed
And I bleed

Caught under wheels’ roll
I take the leech, I’m bleeding me
Can’t stop to save my soul
I take the leash that’s leading me
I’m bleeding me
I can’t take it
Caught under wheels’ roll
The bleeding of me
Of me
The bleeding of me

I am the beast that feeds the feast
I am the blood, I am release

Come make me pure
Bleed me a cure
I’m caught, I’m caught, I’m caught under

Caught under wheels’ roll
I take that leech, I’m bleeding me
Can’t stop to save my soul
I take the leash that’s leading me
I’m bleeding me
I can’t take it
I can’t take it
I can’t take it
The bleeding of me

I’m digging my way
I’m digging my way to something
I’m digging my way to something better

I’m pushing to stay
I’m pushing to stay with something
I’m pushing to stay with something better
With something better


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  • +5
    General CommentThe thorns which I have reap'd are of the treeI planted; they have torn me, and I bleed.I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed.” ~Lord Byron~

    Another example of an intelligent and learned man takin a piece of profound classical literature and using it as a jumpin off point to convey thoughts or feelings from within himself. Ggreat tune,great band,outstanding album...
    dustdevilon September 24, 2013   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningTo me, this song has always been about him realizing that his life has fallen into a dark place, and he wants to climb out, but to do that, he needs to exorcise his demons, but he's finding a lot of darkness he didn't know that was there. Hence "Bleeding Me". Bleeding himself of all the bad and dark.
    Skeith2005on June 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Commentfuck this songs awesome,love it.bleeding me can be interpreted many ways judging by the comments.i've been listining to it shitloads lately and relating it to my drug problem and how i need to get better,still haven't managed to take that leash thats leading me yet,i think in the first verse when james says he's diggin his way to something better,he's talking bout how he's making things hard 4 his self but he knows eventually it'll get better.sewing the seeds he takes for granted could be trying to build on relationships with friends,maybe what family he has left yet,maybe he wishes he spent more time with cliff,R.I.P brother,the thorn in his side from the tree he planted is obviously whatevers hurting him at the moment is from something he's caused,eg all the shit im goin through now is cause i let myself get addicted to drugs,
    Caught under wheels roll,James is in a rut and the worlds not gonna stop 4 him.I take the leech im bleeding me,he's gonna take control and get whatever impurities he has out of his system,i need to this 2 bad theres a waiting list to go rehab maybe i wouldnt be goin to court tomoro if i was already there.Cant stop to save my soul,james is finding it hard to quit drinking/drugs.I take the leash thats leading me,he's gonna take control.I just wanna ad i love the s&m version of this,especially when james plays the first riff and the string section plays like 3 notes but its so moving,listened to it last nite and felt so sad but happy that theres such beauty in the world and im missing out on it.
    travtravon March 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song makes me think about a personal change, a huge change in ourselves that hurts us really bad..thats just my opinion!
    crazymindon November 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't really think (as everybody does) that it's about mental torture litteraly understood. I think it's about life, the way James is living. He's doing his best, his way (with all the problems thats make) to find the answer, the meaning. "Bleeding me" means for me that's his way is fight, and sometims hurts, necessary to arrrive to holyness. He's lost and try to find peace.
    caracalon November 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentout-motherf**king-standing song. one of the most powerful pieces of music i have ever heard in my life. i am a true metallica fan in the sense that i loved them even after their transition. nobody writes lyrics like james hetfield and in this one you can hear his pain come through his vocals. it's a song about mental anguish. about beating yourself down, taking the leech thats bleeding you and the leash that's leading you. it's about trying to fight your inner demons and how tough a struggle that is for some of us. i know exactly how james feels, my inner demons get the best of me at times and i can't stop to save my soul. even in the past few days i have had my world virtually fall apart and i have listened to this song over and over again to reassure myself that i'm not alone. that somebody else feels the pain that i do, the self hatred. i'm caught, i'm caught, i'm caught under.....
    wolfpack13on September 25, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song to me sounds like it could be a theme song for The Atoner (Those of you familiar with TVTropes.org will know what I'm talking about.)

    Im my imagination, the singer is a person who has traveled a long path down a dark road, and something happened to change that, and now he is "digging my way" out of that hole. But the road back is never as easy as the road down, and some times deeds can only be repaid through suffering... through "the bleeding."

    The first time I heard it, I misheard "caught on the wheel alone," instead of "caught under wheels roll." and that made me think of the idea of the Karmic wheel, that what we have done will come back to us, and maybe that has lead to my interpretation, however given the tone of the song it seems to still make sense to me.
    Doom Shepherdon November 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlooooove this song.
    FunWithRazorson January 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is like i disappear in that it shows us how we sabatoge ourselves from progressing towards divinity. we only hurt ourlseves by our own feelings of self pity
    no leaf cloveron April 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentno leaf clover's got the idea. Best song on ther cd along with Outlaw Torn they just sound amazing
    King Nothingon May 03, 2002   Link

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