Wait and Bleed

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"Wait and Bleed"
Single by Slipknot
from the album Slipknot
Released July 28, 1999
Recorded 1998 at Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California
Genre Nu metal[1][2][3]
Length 2:27
Label Roadrunner
Slipknot singles chronology
"Wait and Bleed"
"Spit It Out"
"Wait and Bleed"
"Spit It Out"

"Wait and Bleed" is a song from American metal band Slipknot's self-titled album of 1999. Remixed with more prominent clean-sung vocals, it was released as the lead single from the album in July 1999, and peaked at number 34 on the American Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in February 2000.

Meaning and background[edit]

"Wait and Bleed" is about a man who has repetitive black and white dreams about laying in a bathtub full of his own blood with his wrists cut. One day, he wakes to see his dreams have become reality, but doesn't want to believe it and attempts to fall back asleep again.[4]

"I wrote the music for 'Wait and Bleed' on my own…" recalled Joey Jordison. "I showed it to the guys at rehearsal, and then Corey wrote some lyrics really fast in our practice space… He took us to a new level immediately." "The song's about that switch in your head that can go at any moment," noted Corey Taylor. "You go from being a civilized human being to someone who can commit terrible acts. I've always been fascinated by the fact we represent ourselves as civilized when, at any moment, we can become animals."[5]

Release, awards, reception and use in popular culture[edit]

"Wait and Bleed" earned Slipknot a first Grammy nomination in 2001 for Best Metal Performance, though it lost to Deftones' "Elite".[6] The song won the Best Single award at the 2000 Kerrang! Awards. The song enjoyed a degree of commercial success, reaching number 34 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[7] and number 27 in the UK Singles Chart.[8] It was also ranked number 36 on VH1's "40 Greatest Metal Songs" list.[9] This track, along with "Left Behind", "Pulse of the Maggots", and "Snuff", were released as downloadable songs in the Rock Band series. "Wait and Bleed" was also featured on the soundtrack for Scream 3.

"It was just a basic song. We didn't know it was going to be that popular. The funny thing is the record label, especially new guys at the record label, were coming around when we started getting big, and they're like, 'Oh, the next record, you can write, like, three Wait And Bleeds.' And we're just like, 'You are an idiot.' Therefore, we don't do that. But obviously the band, believe it or not, we have so much control over what we do that we don't write anything for money, we don't write anything for popularity, we have to like it first. And it's just a song that we liked, and it just so happened that it got on the radio and got the attention that we didn't expect." – Chris Fehn[4]

Music videos[edit]

There are two videos for "Wait and Bleed". The first, directed by Thomas Mignone,[10] features a live performance of the song, filmed during the band's appearance at Ozzfest on September 1, 1999 with the studio track overdubbed. The second, known as the "Claymation version", depicts all nine members as small, animated, doll-like creatures inside a laboratory inhabited by a man who is attempting to catch them. Eventually, the band cause the man to fall and be stung by insects dropping from a jar. As the band looks over the man, Chris Fehn's doll covers him in fuel and Shawn Crahan sets him alight, killing him.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak chart position
Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[11][12] 34

Track listing[edit]

All songs credited to Slipknot.

CD single
  1. "Wait and Bleed" (Terry Date Mix) – 2:34
  2. "Spit It Out" (Overcaffeinated Hyper Version) – 2:28
  3. "(sic)" (Molt-Injected Mix) – 3:28
  • Includes "Wait and Bleed" live music video
Promo CD single
  1. "Wait and Bleed" (Radio Mix) – 2:30
  2. "Wait and Bleed" (LP Mix) – 2:27
  3. "Call-Out Hook" (LP Mix) – 0:12
Promo cassette single
  1. "Wait and Bleed"
  2. "Me Inside" (Non-Album Track)



  1. ^ "26 Nu Metal Workout Songs". Bodybuilding.com. May 28, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Chesler, Josh. "10 Nu-Metal Songs That Actually Don't Suck". Phoenix New Times.  (May 18th, 2015)
  3. ^ Alex Distefano. "The Top 10 Essential Nu Metal Albums". LA Weekly. 
  4. ^ a b "Wait and Bleed by Slipknot". Songfacts. 
  5. ^ Bryant, Tom (14 July 2012). "Hell unleashed". Kerrang #1423. p. 22-23. 
  6. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Metal Performance". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  7. ^ "Artist Chart History - Slipknot". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  8. ^ "Chart Stats - Slipknot". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2008-02-07. 
  9. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs". VH1. May 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-10. 
  10. ^ "Wait and Bleed" (Liner). Slipknot. Roadrunner Records. 1999. 
  11. ^ "Slipknot - Chart history (Mainstream Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ Slipknot | Awards - Allmusic

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