Hemorrhage (In My Hands)

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"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)"
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Single by Fuel
from the album Something Like Human
ReleasedSeptember 14, 2000
Songwriter(s)Carl Bell
Fuel singles chronology
"Jesus or a Gun"
"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)"
Music video
"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" on YouTube

"Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" is a song by the rock band Fuel, released as the first single from their second album Something Like Human. The song has surpassed "Shimmer" to be Fuel's biggest hit to date. The single was number one for 12 weeks on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart and is the band's most successful song to date. An acoustic version is a bonus track on the special edition. It also hit number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, also their highest charting single on the chart.

The song was also Billboard magazine's number five Rock Song of the Decade, according to their Best of the 2000s Rock Songs chart.[1]

[The first verse] deals with the male point of view of a relationship that you've gotten burned on, and the person has come back to you. But by then, there's been damage beyond repair. The second verse kind of shows the vulnerability of the girl...It's always an interesting situation and a pretty wrenching one as well."[2]

In 2013, "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" became the number six alternative rock song of the past 25 years, according to Billboard's Alternative chart 25th Anniversary: Top 100 Songs.[3]

To date, "Hemorrhage" is Fuel's highest charting single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 30.[4] It also peaked number 17 on the Adult Top 40 chart and number 22 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

The string section featured on the electric version was arranged by David Campbell.


Carl Bell explained on an episode of VH1 Storytellers in 2001 stating: "This is as deep as it goes, for me. When I was younger, my grandmother got cancer. By the time they found it, it was much too late. Instead of sitting in some hospital, she wanted to go home and be home. And my mother and my aunts and their husbands went to sit with her at home. A few months passed, and the cancer had spread, it had eaten up most of her body and all of her hope, and it was a bad time. One particular day was a really bad day for her. My mother was sitting with her that evening, and she turned to my mom, and said, 'How do you die?' It crushed my mom, and it's still crushing me."

American Idol[edit]

Chris Daughtry performed this song on American Idol as a contestant in early 2006, which was during the period after longtime singer and guitarist Brett Scallions had left the group, prompting Fuel bassist Jeff Abercrombie and guitarist and songwriter Carl Bell to publicly ask Daughtry to be their new lead singer on the television show Extra.[5] On the show, Abercrombie stated: "Chris, if you are watching, we've talked about this before, and if you want to entertain it again we'll take it and go..."[5] Daughtry, although flattered, eventually declined the offer, opting to form his own band, Daughtry, instead.[6]

Video games[edit]

The song appears on the game Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore.

Music video[edit]

In the music video "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)", the red car is a 1971 Buick Riviera.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Carl Bell except where noted.

  1. "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)"
  2. "Easy"
  3. "Stripped Away"
  4. "Going to California" (Led Zeppelin cover, written by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant)


  1. ^ "Billboard Best of the 2000s Rock Songs chart". Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Pesselnick, Jill (September 16, 2000). "THE MODERN AGE Carl Bell interview". Billboard. 112 (38): 83. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/5687158/alternative-chart-25th-anniversary-top-100-songs?list_page=9
  4. ^ "Billboard Chart History". Retrieved June 28, 2010.
  5. ^ a b Hartsoe, Steve (May 12, 2006). "Chris Daughtry Gets Job Offer From Fuel". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Archived from the original on January 18, 2008. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Hemorrhage at AllMusic. Retrieved August 12, 2011.

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