|Single by Metallica|
|from the album Load|
|B-side||Bleeding Me (Radio edit)|
|Released||March 11, 1997|
|Recorded||May 1, 1995 - February 1, 1996 at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California|
|Genre||Heavy metal, Hard rock, Blues rock|
|Writer(s)||Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich|
|Producer(s)||Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich|
|Metallica singles chronology|
The song was never commercially released as a single, though a promotional single was distributed to radio stations in early 1997. That year, it would reach #6 on the Mainstream Rock Charts. Both the album version and a shorter (approximately 5-6 minute) radio edit (the most notable differences from the album track being the shortening of various instrumental passages and ending the song at the conclusion of the guitar solo).
There is some speculation as to what the song's lyrics are actually about. While there are thoughts of it being about a battle with addiction, former bassist Jason Newsted believes it is about a person being put through mental torture.
"Around the time of Load, I felt I wanted to stop drinking. "Maybe I'm missing out on something. Everyone else seems so happy all the time. I want to get happy." I'd plan my life around a hangover: "The Misfits are playing in town Friday night, so Saturday is hangover day." I lost a lot of days in my life. Going to therapy for a year, I learned a lot about myself. There's a lot of things that scar you when you're growing up, you don't know why. The song Bleeding Me is about that: I was trying to bleed out all bad, get the evil out. While I was going through therapy, I discovered some ugly stuff in there. A dark spot."
In an interview shown on Kerrang! TV, Hetfield remarked on how he thought the other members of the band felt about him and his lyrics:
"How did I know whether the rest of the guys in the band felt as much about the lyrics as I did? I could be singing 'Bleeding Me' with a tear in my eye and the rest of the guys might not have cared."
The song's demo was also called "Bleeding Me" which is an instrumental and was recorded by Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in Ulrich's home musical studio 'Dungeon' on April 7, 1995.
- "Bleeding Me (Edited version)" - 5:57
- "Bleeding Me (Full version)" - 8:18