Wait and Bleed

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"Wait and Bleed"
Single by Slipknot
from the album Slipknot
Released July 28, 1999[1]
Recorded 1998 (1998) at Indigo Ranch, Malibu, California
Genre Nu metal[2][3][4]
Length 2:30
Label Roadrunner
Slipknot singles chronology
"Wait and Bleed"
"Spit It Out"

"Wait and Bleed" is a song by American metal band Slipknot, featured on their 1999 debut self-titled album. The song was re-mixed with more prominent clean-sung vocals, and 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.


"Wait and Bleed" is about a man who keeps getting repetitive black and white dreams about laying in a bathtub full of his own blood with his wrists cut. One day, the man wakes up and sees that his dreams have become a reality, but he doesn't want to believe it and he attempts to fall back asleep again.[5]

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

"Wait and Bleed" gained Slipknot their first Grammy Award 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 the film Scream 3. Slipknot member Chris Fehn spoke about the song "Wait and Bleed" saying "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".[5]

Music videos[edit]

There are two music videos for "Wait and Bleed"; the first, directed by Thomas Mignone,[10] features footage of 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 band 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 over and be stung by insects dropping from a jar. As the band looks over the man, Chris Fehn's doll covers him in fuel before seeing all nine band members looking at him, Shawn Crahan then sets the man alight, killing him.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak chart position
Mainstream Rock Tracks chart 34[11]

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. ^ Slipknot - Wait and Bleed Import Single - Live Video eBay. Retrieved 2009
  2. ^ "26 Nu Metal Workout Songs". Bodybuilding.com. May 28, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ Chesler, Josh. "10 Nu-Metal Songs That Actually Don't Suck". Phoenix New Times.  (May 18th, 2015)
  4. ^ Alex Distefano. "The Top 10 Essential Nu Metal Albyms". LA Weekly. 
  5. ^ a b "Wait and Bleed by Slipknot". Songfacts. 
  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 | Awards - Allmusic

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