The Bleeding (song)

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"The Bleeding"
Single by Five Finger Death Punch
from the album The Way of the Fist
Released July 10, 2007
July 31, 2007
May 13, 2008
Format CD, Digital download, Vinyl
Genre Heavy metal, alternative metal
Length 4:28
Label Firm Music
Five Finger Death Punch singles chronology
"The Bleeding"
"Never Enough"
Screamless cover
UK 7-inch Vinyl cover
Music video
"The Bleeding" on YouTube

"The Bleeding" is a song by American heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch. It is the lead single from the band's first album The Way of the Fist (2007), released through Firm Music.

Meaning and background[edit]

The song was written by Ivan Moody about a female. In Arizona, when Five Finger Death Punch had a show, the female who Ivan Moody wrote "The Bleeding" about was at the show and it was the first time Ivan Moody saw her in about a year. Ivan Moody spoke about it saying

Ivan Moody spoke in an interview about the meaning of the song "The Bleeding" saying

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song, directed by Bradley Scott, was shot in Los Angeles on July 7–8, 2007.[2] The video features actress Danielle Harris, and writer/director Sxv'leithan Essex, who also appeared in Five Finger Death Punch's video for the song "Never Enough", and directed the video for their song "The Way of the Fist". The video was released on July 27, 2007.[3]

The video contains cuts of the band performing the song and a troubled couple portrayed by actress Danielle Harris and vocalist Ivan Moody. The video begins with vocalist Moody driving down an alley passing other members of the band and writer/director Sxv'leithan Essex and arriving at his house carrying in a box. As he enters the house he pulls pictures of him and Harris out of the box. It then flashes back to the couple sitting at a table with other members of the band drinking beer. Something happens and the couple begins to fight. After the fight it cuts to shots of Harris crying in the mirror and the couple having sex. It then shows Moody reading a letter and Harris taking a large amount of pills. At the end of the video Harris' feet are shown dangling, implying she had hung herself. The video ends with Moody taking an urn out of the box and spreading her ashes on the bed.

Ivan Moody commented on the video concept: "The video was a concept of mine. We were sitting around a table wondering how to project the visual for that song. One of our favorite songs of ours. I wanted it to be painful. Danielle Harris is the actress ... she was in The Last Boy Scout and the Halloween movies .. I sat down with her and racked her brain about it. It seemed logical to follow the lyrics and make it about what I went through relationship wise. The suicide part is just reality. There are situations out there that are hard to push through. I wanted that video to reconstruct how I felt when I was writing that song."[4]


There are four versions of the song:

  • Album Version - This version of the song is included in every edition of The Way of the Fist album.
  • "Screamless" Version - This version of the song is available as a single on the iTunes library and contains none of the screaming from the album version. The song is shorter than the original because the scream near the beginning of the song was completely removed. Vocalist Moody recorded some new vocals for this version of the song, because some lyrics were screamed.
  • Acoustic Version - This version, known as "The Bleeding (Acoustic)" or "The Bleeding (Unplugged)" is a version of the song performed entirely on acoustic instruments. New vocals were recorded with no screaming, as well as new guitar, drum, and bass tracks. This version came with the band's debut EP, Pre-Emptive Strike and also with the re-release of The Way of the Fist.
  • Instrumental Version - This was released on bonus disk of the The Way of the Fist: Iron Fist Edition.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "The Bleeding"   4:28
Digital Download single
No. Title Length
1. "The Bleeding"   4:29
2. "From Out of Nowhere" (Faith No More cover) 3:23
3. "The Devil´s Own" (Live) 4:54
UK Digital Download single
No. Title Length
1. "The Bleeding"   4:29
2. "The Bleeding" (Acoustic) 3:37
3. "The Bleeding" (Screamless) 3:55
4. "The Bleeding" (Video) 4:02
5. "Interview With Zoltan Bathory" (Video) 14:06
Screamless Single
No. Title Length
1. "The Bleeding" (Screamless) 3:55
UK 7-inch
No. Title Length
1. "The Bleeding"   4:28
2. "From Out Of Nowhere" (Faith No More cover) 3:23


Five Finger Death Punch
Additional personnel
  • Uros Raskovski – Guitar solo


  1. ^ a b "Five Finger Death Punch Feature Interview". 
  2. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch: Video Interview Available". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Five Finger Death Punch: 'The Bleeding' Video Posted Online". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Chat: Chat with Ivan Moody - SportsNation - ESPN". Retrieved 2015-06-26.