"Please Bleed" as written by and Ben Harper....
Make me feel like a beggar
Make me feel like a thief
Make me feel like a battle, that cannot end in peace
Make me feel like running, as if I've lost my nerve
Make me feel like crying, tears I don't deserve

Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've done
Who have I become
To myself I am numb, I am numb, I am numb

Is this really living
Sometimes it's hard to tell
Or is this a kind of gentler hell
Turn out the lights
And let me stare into your soul
I was born and bled for you old

Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've done
Who have I become
To myself I am numb, I am numb, I am numb

Never said thank you
Never said please
Never gave reason to believe
So as it stands I remain on my knees
Good lovers make great enemies

Please bleed
So I know that you are real
So I know that you can feel
The damage that you've done
Who have I become
To myself I am numb, I am numb, I am numb


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"Please Bleed" as written by Ben C Harper

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    General CommentIts about a person trying their hardest to get someone to reciprocate their love. The first verse just trying his hardest to win her heart, begging and fighting for her heart. Always fighting for her love but never gets it "like a battle, that cannot end in peace." He wants to run sometimes but never does. His love is so one sided that he wants her to bleed to know she is human with emotions. "so i know that you can feel" She has mistreated him so badly that he has become numb, cannot feel anymore. He says "turn out the lights, let me stare into your soul" the only time he can see the person for who they are, so he thinks, because he says later, "good lovers make great enemies." He got a false hope from making "love" to her. She never gave him a reason to believe in their love any other time.
    meesahunton January 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentseems a bit obvious that this song is about self harm. it's about cutting yourself to take away the numbness. also, "good lovers make great enemies" reminds me of too many ex-lovers who become enemies so easily.
    ladyboygrrlon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's about self-harm. I think he means he wants her to show that she is effected by emotions and by things that go on around her. Just because he says "Please bleed", doesn't mean he means it literally. Think OUTSIDE the box people.
    SINnocenton June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually he says a "kinder, gentler hell", not a "kind of gentle hell"
    felenon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell I could explain what every verse means to me but to make it short when i hear this song i think it is about opening yourself up and trusting in someone, and for no reason being burned in the end. Its about a coldhearted lover who hurt you for no reason after you believed in them and, when it says "please bleed" its saying you should be hurt the way youve hurt me.
    Blythe4207on July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a relationship that went bad, and Ben is blaming it on the other person. He is asking her to bleed so that he knows that she is a real person who has emotions, because at the moment he thinks she is some "evil" person(the hell reference)--he can't believe any person with feeling could actually do that to him, especially when she apparently acted like she cared for him (Good lovers make great enemies).
    decendaon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think when he says "please bleed" he is tryin to say that he wants to know if what is happening is real and he is really human because of what he has caused - so much pain and distress.
    i think the refrence to blood is in relation to being human.
    pixelgirl_on October 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah, i dont think its about self-harm...he wants the other person, prolly an ex girlfriend or something like that, to show some sign of remore or maybe evn to just show...any form of feeling. i dont know i suck at explaing things in words. i know how he feels though.
    allherfearson April 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentokay, first of all, whatever the song means to you- run with it. That's what music is about. None of us wrote the song so we can't REALLY know what its about. I always thought of the song as meaning that he wants another person to show they are a real person with emotions etc., but after reading the post about self harm I can see where they are coming from as well. Due to the good lovers line and references to staring into someone's soul, I still believe he meant it to be about what I said earlier, but if you find meaning in it as a song about self-harm, then that's great. Music is deeply personal...go with what you relate to.
    kelly_t_22on May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Blythe4207 and pixelgirl. Man has been crushed by woman. Man feels confused and angry and feels as if she needs to feel what he's ging through. he wants her to bleed like he has done before. PLus it'll give him a chance to see if she is real. If she can bleed, she's human.
    ...lauryn...on May 10, 2003   Link

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