Linkin Park is an American Rock band that formed in 1996 and made up most of my childhood and basically introduced me to the world of rock and haven’t looked back since.


When I first heard their single Crawling I didn’t really know what it was about. I just knew that it sounded deep and that was what I was into at that time. After listening to it again more recently, it really dawned on me, that in my opinion, the song is about anxiety and/or depression.

hear me out…

When looking at the chorus alone, it describes quite accurately what it is like when an anxiety attack is about to happen or what depression feels like. It’s a feeling that is crawling in your skin and can’t be healed because there is no open wound, it is emotional. Fear is how I fall relates to specifically anxiety, when you are so overwhelmed and fear kicks in, only to amplify the attack. With that, comes these made up scenarios in your head where you are confused at to what is real.

The verse following the chorus of the song explains how consuming the anxiety or depression can be, just taking control of how you feel and threatens to be shown on the surface. And as the walls are closing in it makes you feel more paranoid and just puts fuel to the fire and you get the full blown result.

It is also apparent in another verse where it states that against my will I stand beside my own reflection, haunting and also can’t find myself again these two verses are significant in regards to the overall theme because you don’t even recognize yourself anymore as time goes on or even by you without you noticing. Especially with depression, you want to feel happy and alive again, but you can’t relate to the image in the mirror anymore.

In conclusion, listening to these type of songs is very therapeutic, even if you don’t suffer from any of these conditions. Maybe you are just having a really crappy day and don’t know how to let it out and need to sing it out loud.

This is why I appreciate rock music

 


Artist: Linkin Park

Song: Crawling 

Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

There’s something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Consuming, confusing
This lack of self control I fear is never ending
Controlling
I can’t seem
To find myself again
My walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence I’m convinced
That there’s just too much pressure to take)
I’ve felt this way before
So insecure

Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

Discomfort, endlessly has pulled itself upon me
Distracting, reacting
Against my will I stand beside my own reflection
It’s haunting how I can’t seem

To find myself again
My walls are closing in
(Without a sense of confidence I’m convinced
That there’s just too much pressure to take)
I’ve felt this way before
So insecure

Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real

Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing, confusing what is real

There’s something inside me that pulls beneath the surface
Consuming (confusing what is real)
This lack of self control I fear is never ending
Controlling (confusing what is real)

 

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