Crawling

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Crawling
Crawling Single.jpg
Album Hybrid Theory
Released March 1, 2001
Format Compact Disc
DVD
Recorded New Orleans, Louisiana, 2000
Length 3:28
Genre Nu Metal
Alternative Metal
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Tempo 105 BPM
Key C# minor
Producer(s) Don Gilmore
Live 2001 - 2012, 2014 - 2015
Previous Single One Step Closer
Next Single Papercut

"Crawling" is a song released by American rock band Linkin Park. It is the fifth track from their debut album, Hybrid Theory. It was released on March 1, 2001 as their second single and won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002. In January 2011, "Crawling" was released in a Linkin Park DLC pack for Rock Band 3.

This song has been covered by Angelzoom for their self-titled album, Angelzoom, on November 24, 2006.

Releases[edit]

Song Information[edit]

"Crawling" is one of the few songs on Hybrid Theory that does not prominently feature Mike Shinoda's rap sung lyrics. The intro to "Crawling" has been remixed in live versions over the years. Since 2008's Projekt Revolution, Mike Shinoda has rapped the first verse of "Hands Held High" over the intro to Reanimation version of "Crawling", titled "KRWLING". In 2009, Shinoda rapped two verses of "Hands Held High" over the intro of "Crawling", which first verse started with an acapella or a bass line before the Reanimation intro started, in which Shinoda raps the second verse. Singer Chester Bennington has remarked that "Crawling" is the most difficult Linkin Park song to sing live, stating "Crawling has caused me the most trouble live more than any other song." Bennington has also commented on the meaning of "Crawling" by stating it was inspired by his own battles with substance abuse. "'Crawling' is about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol..." A live version of "Crawling" was included as a B-side to "Breaking the Habit."

Music Video[edit]

Main article, Crawling (video)

The video was directed by Brothers Strause. It portrays a young woman's inner conflict dealing with an abusive relationship. The woman (portrayed by Katelyn Rosaasen) closes off to the rest of the world, represented with the special effects of crystals forming around her. By the end, the crystals recede, symbolizing her success in fighting the relationship. The band is said to be performing in a Fortress of Solitude. Chester's labret piercing is meant to match with the woman's septum ring because of the real meaning behind the song.

This video was supposed to have a "darker" ending to it when the first synopsis was written, being a take on Species where a psycho fan kills the band, but the Warner Brothers rejected the idea, and the final ending was written in its place. "Crawling" was Phoenix's first video with the band. Phoenix returned to Linkin Park just before they began work on this video. The video was nominated for Best Rock video on MTV's Video Music Awards. It lost to Limp Bizkit's "Rollin".

Bonus Content[edit]

The bonus feature on the CD is the same footage that is a hidden easter egg on Frat Party at the Pankake Festival. However, the footage here is uncensored, while the footage on "Frat Party" is censored.

A "Strictly Limited Numbered Edition" DVD single was also released which includes a live version of "Crawling" that was performed at the Dragon Festival, though the audio is dubbed with the studio version of the song. The video has a multiple camera angle feature which allows viewers to see different camera angles of the performance with the use of the DVD remote control. The DVD also has four thirty-second live snippets of "One Step Closer", "By Myself", "With You", and "A Place for My Head". The live "Crawling" video is available exclusively on Warner Bros. Records YouTube channel, which was uploaded on February 9th, 2010.

Reception[edit]

The song is one of their most well known songs these days, thanks to the popularity of it as an internet meme. The first line of the song's chorus is often quoted in response to someone whining about a petty problem (such as their parents not understanding them). This also sparked backlash against the band, believing their lyrics were all like this. However, this is mainly ignorance - the band have long since outgrown this style of lyric.

History[edit]

The idea of the chorus was first the bridge of "Blue", and because Chester and Mike liked it, they made an own song out of it. Mike said about it: "We eventually abandoned the song, but decided that there was something special about the vocal at the end of the song. Chester and I took the melody, wrote new words to it, and wrote new chords underneath... and it became the chorus of "Crawling."" Later it became "Crawling (Demo)" and "Crawling (Demo - Edit)".

Live Info[edit]

"Crawling" has been played in plentiful shows throughout Linkin Park's career. More recently, it has been played with an intro that samples it's remix, "KRWLING" featuring Staind frontman Aaron Lewis from Reanimation. Sometimes, Mike will rap a verse from "Hands Held High" over the Reanimation intro. Also, Chris Cornell made guest appearances during the song at Projekt Revolution shows in 2008.

Chester Bennington had stated that Crawling is the most difficult song to sing live, saying that it has caused him the most trouble live more than any other song. Bennington also commented on the meaning of the song by saying that it was inspired by his own battles with substance abuse. It is about feeling like he had no self control over himself in terms of drugs and alcohol. He also stated the the song or lyrics are about "taking responsibilities after yourself" he doesn't mention 'you' at any point of the song.

During a live show in Birmingham, UK, on November 9th, 2010, lpchris played Mike's guitar parts after being randomly pulled out of the audience.

Track Listing[edit]

All song written and composed by Linkin Park.

CD Single
# Title Length
1 Crawling (Album Version) 3:21
2 Papercut (Live from the BBC) 3:08
3 Backstage Video Footage (Video) 9:56
DVD Single
# Crawling Length
1 Live Video 3:31
2 Album Version 3:21
3 4x30 Second Live Video Snippets 2:00

Lyrics[edit]

Crawling in my skin
These wounds / they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Consuming / confusing
This lack of self-control, I fear, is never-ending
Controlling / I can't seem

To find myself again / my walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence / I'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take)
I've felt this way before / so insecure

Crawling in my skin
These wounds / they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

Discomfort, endlessly, has pulled itself upon me
Distracting / reacting
Against my will, I stand beside my own reflection
It's haunting / how I can't seem

To find myself again / my walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence / I'm convinced that there's just too much pressure to take)
I've felt this way before / so insecure

Crawling in my skin
These wounds / they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

Crawling in my skin
These wounds / they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing / confusing what is real

(There's something inside me that pulls beneath the surface)
(Consuming) / confusing what is real
(This lack of self-control, I fear, is never-ending)
(Controlling) / confusing what is real

Hybrid Theory
Songs Papercut, One Step Closer, With You, Points of Authority, Crawling, Runaway, By Myself, In the End, A Place for My Head, Forgotten, Cure for the Itch, Pushing Me Away
B-sides My December, High Voltage
People Involved Linkin Park, The Dust Brothers, Mark Wakefield, Don Gilmore, Andy Wallace, Jeff Blue