Crawling

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"Crawling"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album Hybrid Theory
Working title Crawling
Recorded 1999 - 2000
Released April 30, 2001
Format CD, DVD, Cassette
Length 03:29
Stems Rock Band 3 (DLC)
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 105
Key C# Minor
Live debut January 26, 2001
Last played June 25, 2015
Writer(s) Brad Delson, Chester Bennington, Joseph Hahn, Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon
Producer(s) Don Gilmore
Label Warner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology

One Step Closer (2000) Crawling (2001) Papercut (2001)

Hybrid Theory track listing
  1. Papercut
  2. One Step Closer
  3. With You
  4. Points Of Authority
  5. Crawling
  6. Runaway
  7. By Myself
  8. In The End
  9. A Place For My Head
  10. Forgotten
  11. Cure For The Itch
  12. Pushing Me Away

"Crawling" is the fifth song on the album Hybrid Theory. It served as the album's second single, released on April 30, 2001. The band's performance of the song earned them a Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2002.

Background

"Crawling" originated from a song called "Blue"[1], which was released on November 15, 2011 on the LP Underground Eleven CD. On the booklet, Mike Shinoda wrote: "I forgot this song existed until I found it on a CD in a box in my closet this year. This song and "Slip" were done in sessions leading up to the recording of Hybrid Theory. We eventually abandoned the song, but decided that there was something special about the vocal at the end of the song. Chester and I took the melody, wrote new words to it, and wrote new chords underneath... and it became the chorus of "Crawling.""

In an interview with Madison.com on January 31, 2002, Brad Delson spoke about Chester's vocals on the song: "What happened when Chester joined the group, we moved from 'Hey, these are the kind of singing parts we want,' to 'Wow, these are singing parts that we never even thought of,' because his range and versatility are such that, like 'Crawling,' who would think to write that melody? You couldn't because there are very few people in the world that could probably sing that. So that's an example of when I say he really expanded our writing ability in the sense that he has such a range vocally. He really was kind of the final piece of the puzzle, and he brings vocal talent that, when we were looking for a second vocalist, we didn't see anything close to his talent in anybody else."[2]

However, Chester said "Crawling" has caused him "the most trouble live more than any other song. Just because it’s that one long note the whole time[...]".[3] He even went to say "There are definitely moments on every record where at the end I go "why... did I... do that?", you know? Crawling was that one for me on Hybrid Theory."

Despite that, he mentions "Crawling" as one of the songs the band can't stop playing.[4]

Chester has spoken about the meaning behind its lyrics several times over the years. On November 25, 2000, he told Much: "Crawling is a really like... a really emotional song, it's got a lot of deep lyrics. It's kind of like admitting something that you don't really like to admit, which is, you know, having a problem with yourself. You know what I mean? And sometimes you have to like learn how to deal with living inside your own skin and being the person that you are. And that's not something to be ashamed of or anything like that. It's just something that isn't always peachy. You know what I mean? You're not always gonna be exactly the person that you wanna be or the person that you thought you were. You know? You gotta live with yourself for the rest of your life."[5]

In a BBC Evening Session Interview with Steve Lamacq on June 13, 2001, he said: "In a song like 'Crawling' we are talking about self-consciousness or the lack of self-confidence. That's a big part of that song because when you get into those situations with a lot of people looking at you, you find faults in yourself and you get nervous and want to change them. Things like that are really charged topics to be talking about, and when we started to write lyrics we found ourselves energised and interested in writing these songs and going after them with a lot of intensity. Sitting in front of a computer thinking about the crap you did before you go to bed, that you thought you could have done better - that will freak you out sometimes."[6]

On a March 14, 2002 article published by Rolling Stone there's a Chester quote which reads: "It's easy to fall into that thing — 'poor, poor me', that's where songs like 'Crawling' come from: I can't take myself. But that song is about taking responsibility for your actions. I don't say 'you' at any point. It's about how I'm the reason that I feel this way. There's something inside me that pulls me down."[7]

And during a July 16, 2009 interview with NoiseCreep, Chester said:

"I have been able to tap into all the negative things that can happen to me throughout my life by numbing myself to the pain so to speak and kind of being able to vent it through my music.

‘Crawling,’ for example, by Linkin Park, is probably the most literal song lyrically I’d ever written for Linkin Park and that’s about feeling like I had no control over myself in terms of drugs and alcohol. That feeling, being able to write about it, sing about it, that song, those words sold millions of records, I won a Grammy, I made a lot of money. I don’t think I could’ve been inspired to create something like that by watching someone else go through that. So in a lot of ways that’s been very constructive for me.

I’m not one of those guys who thinks being anonymous is all that great. I don’t have a problem with people knowing that I had a drinking problem. That’s who I am and I’m kind of lucky in a lot of ways cause I get to do something about it. I get to grow as a person through it. It’s kind of a cool thing. It’s not cool to be an alcoholic, meaning it’s not cool to go drink and be a dumbass. It’s cool to be a part of recovery. This is just who I am, this is what I write about, what I do, and most of my work has been a reflection of what I’ve been going through in one way or another."[8]

According to Mike Shinoda, the music on "Crawling" was heavily influenced by Depeche Mode.[9]

There were a few mistakes on the lyrics printed on the Hybrid Theory booklet. For "Crawling", the lyrics reads "Consuming all I feel" instead of "These wounds, they will not heal".

Tracklist

CD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Crawling Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike 3:21
2 Papercut (Live From The BBC) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:08
3 Backstage Video Footage 9:56

DVD Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Crawling (Live at the Dragon Festival, 2001) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:31
2 Crawling (Audio) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:29
3 By Myself (Live - Snippet) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 0:30
4 With You (Live - Snippet) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 0:30
5 One Step Closer (Live - Snippet) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 0:30
6 A Place For My Head (Live - Snippet) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 0:30

Cassette Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Crawling Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:21
2 Papercut (Live From The BBC) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:08

Japanese Promo

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Intro / Crawling Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike 0:23 / 3:29
2 Intro / One Step Closer Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 0:20 / 2:35

Brazilian Promo

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Crawling Bennington Chester Charles, Bourdon Robert G, Delson Brad, Hahn Joseph, Shinoda Mike 3:29
2 In The End Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:36
3 Crawling (Video) Bennington, Bourdon, Delson, Hahn, Shinoda 3:21

Music Video

Live Video

To help promote the forthcoming music video and single, a live video of "Crawling" was released in the United Kingdom in April 2001. It was recorded live at the Dragon Festival at the National Orange Events Center in San Bernadino, California on February 23, 2001. The audio was dubbed over with the album version and crowd noise was mixed in.

The band has said they were very annoyed by the cameras on stage at the festival. The steady camera operator was on stage the entire time.

The video was also included on the Frat Party At The Pankake Festival DVD with multiangles, allowing the fans to choose which angle they want to watch (wide, stage, pit).

Music Video

After the final show of Linkin Park's first headlining tour of America, in Providence, Rhode Island, the band took a five hour flight back to Los Angeles to shoot their second music video.

The music video for "Crawling" was filmed on February 26, 2001 at the Ren-Mar Studios in Hollywood. Production started at seven o'clock in the morning and shut down around eight in the evening. It was produced by Matt Caltabiano and directed by The Brothers Strause (Greg and Colin Strause) with Joe Hahn working closely with the directors, contributing to the idea and concept of the video. The band was directed against a green screen, enabling the directors to superimpose Linkin Park inside their own animated world.[10]

Two ideas were presented to Linkin Park by The Brothers Strause. One of them being a take on the film Species where a psycho fan killed the band, but the record label wanted something happier. The band went with the other one, which Colin Strause called "much more artsy and dark", but they wanted to mix in a storyline that helped tie them to their fanbase, so they worked with a child abuse theme.[11] According to Mike, the video is "about the way a song can help you get through problems."[12]

Model and actress Katelyn Rosaasen stars the music video as a girl stuck in a abusive relationship. Although she had done videos for The Offspring ("Want You Bad"), Saliva ("Your Disease"), and 'NSYNC ("Gone"),[13] she says Linkin Park was her favorite: "My favorite music video I’ve ever done was probably the Crawling video. Linkin Park was amazing to work with, the nicest guys, and filming was so much fun."[14]

"Crawling" was Phoenix' first video with the band.

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Crawling Hybrid Theory

Crawling

Whateverturnsuon Vol. 6

Kerrang! 2: The Album

Supercharged

Nu Metal

8-Bit Rebellion!

3:29 2000 October 24, 2000
Crawling Demos 3:50 1999
  • The CD dates from January 7, 2000.
  • "Ah I hate you so much right now!" is yelled at the beginning.
  • Scratching is much more audible.
  • The volume of Mike's whisper vocals was changed.
  • Short break before verse 2 starts.
  • "So insecure" with only keys and beat before chorus 2.
  • "Raindrops" bridge is slightly different.
  • Different vocal take with different lyrics.
Crawling Hybrid Theory 8-Track Demo

Linkin Park - Demos From 02-2000

3:51 2000
  • The first CD it appears dates from February 2000.
  • "Raindrops" bridge.
  • Different vocal take with different lyrics.
Crawling Hybrid Theory 6-Track Demo 3:30 2000
  • The CD dates from April 25, 2000.
  • Mike's whispers are absent.
  • Mike's raps are absent throughout the whole song.
  • Song ends on "controlling".
Crawling Studio Finals 5/7/00 3:28 2000
  • The CD dates from July 5, 2000.
  • Different beat before verse 1.
  • Different guitar before the second chorus.
  • Chorus vocals aren't doubled like they are on the album version.
  • Some of the background sound effects are different/missing.
Crawling Hybrid Theory - Instrumentals 3:31 2000
  • Official instrumental version.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Krwlng Reanimation 5:40 2001 July 30, 2002
  • Remix by Mike Shinoda.
  • Features vocals by Aaron Lewis.
  • Aaron's vocal were recorded during the Family Values Tour, between October 11, 2001 and November 17, 2001.
Krwlng "Reanimation" Internal Demo 5:49 2001
  • The CD dates from late January or February 2002.
  • Violin intro and outro is absent.
  • Strings are quiter.
  • No live strings by Phoenix over the top of Mike's programmed strings.
  • Rough synth transition.
  • Louder bass beats in the second verse.
  • Different effects on Chester's vocals.
Crawling (Intro) (8 Bit Rebellion Version) 8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones 0:30 2010 April 17, 2010
  • 8-bit version.
  • Intro only.
Crawling (Chorus) (8 Bit Rebellion Version) 8-Bit Rebellion! Ringtones 0:31 2010 April 17, 2010
  • 8-bit version.
  • Chorus only.
Crawling (8-Bit) 8-Bit Rebellion! 1:49 2010 April 26, 2010
  • Full 8-bit version.

Live

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Crawling Frat Party At The Pankake Festival

Crawling (DVD)

February 03, 2001 November 20, 2001
  • Video.
  • From the Dragon Festival in Los Angeles.
  • Studio version overdubbed, but with the crowd noise mixed in.
  • 3 separate angles (wide, stage, pit) available.
Crawling Live In Texas 3:33 August 02, 2003

August 03, 2003

November 18, 2003
  • Contains elements of "Krwlng".
  • Recorded live August 2nd 2003 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX and August 3rd 2003 at Texas Stadium in Irving, TX on the Summer Sanitarium Tour.
Crawling (Live) Breaking The Habit

Compilation

3:25 August 22, 2003 June 14, 2004
  • Contains elements of "Krwlng".
  • Recorded at the Reading Festival, 2003.
  • Labeled "Crawling (Live From Reading Fest)" on Compilation.
Crawling LP Underground 7.0 3:47 August 21, 2007 December 5, 2007
  • Recorded live at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ on August 29, 2007.
Crawling Road To Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes 4:57 June 29, 2008 November 21, 2008
  • Contains elements of "Krwlng".
  • Filmed at the National Bowl, Milton Keynes June 29, 2008.
Crawling (Live From Projekt Revolution) Songs From The Underground 4:49 July 18, 2008 November 28, 2008
  • Censored.
  • With "Hands Held High".
  • Contains elements of "Krwlng".
  • Features vocals by Chris Cornell.
  • Downloadable track through lpunderground.com.
Crawling Live In Red Square 3:29 June 23, 2011 July 21, 2011
  • Released as a prize for the "Iridescent" "Super-Fun Trading Fun-Cards" game. After all six cards were collected, the person could enter the codes of each card at linkinpark.com to get a free download of the full show.
Crawling (Live From Athens, 2009) Hybrid Theory - Live Around The World 4:41 July 21, 2009 May 31, 2012
  • With "Hands Held High".
  • Contains elements of "Krwlng".
Crawling (Live At Download Festival 2014) Hybrid Theory - Live At Download Festival 2014 3:29 June 14, 2014 August 12, 2014

Live

"Crawling" has been performed very often throughout Linkin Park's career since it debuted in 2001, at a radio performance on the 107.7 The End "Endsession". Later on the same day, the band performed the first show of their Street Soldier Tour, where "Crawling" received its public debut, with a new ambient intro (entitled the "SHORT Interlude" on physical setlists). "Crawling" was mainly a mid-set song throughout the first half of 2001. On the Deftones' Back To School Tour, "Crawling" was rotated around with "Pushing Me Away" in the setlists. Mid-way through 2001, on the Ozzfest show in Mountain View, California, the ambient intro to "Crawling" was dropped. Starting on the Hybrid Theory European Tour in the second half of 2001, "Crawling" was moved up in the set, and was featured as the closing song of the main set. On the second night of the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, "Crawling" was performed acoustically with an extended guitar intro, along with guest vocalist Aaron Lewis from Staind (who would feature on the Reanimation remix of the song, "Krwlng"). In 2002, "Crawling" continued to be the closer of the main sets. At the show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the song had to be stopped and restarted due to fans being very rowdy.

The song returned to setlists on the Meteora touring cycle, and was often performed near the end of the set. It featured a brand new extended intro, featuring a short string snippet from its Reanimation counterpart, "Krwlng". Throughout the entire year, "Crawling" remained in the second-to-last position of the main set (in sets without an encore break, it was typically performed before "In The End"). It was not until the summer of 2004, on the Meteora International Tour, that "Crawling" finally moved around in the set. The song featured as the opening song of the encore (making it the first time the song had appeared in an encore) and featured a longer version of its "Krwlng" intro. The song was also performed at both shows in 2005. At the Music For Relief: Rebuilding South Asia show, "Crawling" was performed as the last song before Jay-Z came onstage to perform songs from Collision Course and featured the shortened version of its "Krwlng" intro. At the Live 8: Philadelphia show, "Crawling" opened the show for first time (and the only time), featuring an extremely short version of the "Krwlng" intro. In 2006, "Crawling" returned as the opener of the encore. Chester, for the first time, sang the chorus of the song over the "Krwlng" intro.

"Crawling" continued to be performed on the Minutes To Midnight tour, where it began to close the main set - the first time the song had been performed before the encore in a full show since Inglewood, California in March 2004. Additionally, it was the first time the studio version of "Crawling" was performed for the first time since 2002. On the Minutes To Midnight European Tour, "Crawling" was pushed down a slot in the setlist, leaving "What I've Done" - and, halfway through the tour, "Bleed It Out" - as the closer of the main set. On Projekt Revolution 2007, "Crawling" assumed a mid-set position again in all three sets, and remained there for the rest of 2007. In 2008, the "Krwlng" intro of the song returned, and Chester began to sing the chorus of "Crawling" over it from time to time. On some occasions, Mike played an extra string part over the extended intro. At the show in Milton Keynes, England, Mike played keyboards over the extended "Krwlng" intro, as well. Beginning on Projekt Revolution 2008, Mike began to rap the first verse of "Hands Held High" over the "Krwlng" instrumental. Throughout the year, "Crawling" maintained its mid-set position in the setlists. In 2009, "Crawling" featured the "Hands Held High" first verse over "Krwlng" intro again. Halfway through the tour, Mike began to rap the first verse of "Hands Held High" a cappella style, and rapped the second verse over the "Krwlng" instrumental instead.

After being dropped from the first full show of the cycle, the studio version of "Crawling" returned on the A Thousand Suns touring cycle in 2010, being performed near the end of the main set. On the A Thousand Suns European Tour, "Crawling" continued to feature near the end of the main set in both Set A-1 and Set B-1. Set A-1 carried over on the A Thousand Suns Australian Tour, but Set B was brand new, and featured "Crawling" in the encore, the song's first time in the encore since 2006. In 2011, "Crawling" retained its position in Set A-1 and Set B-11 (and B-13). In the new set, Set C-5, it was performed near the end of the main set, just like in Set A-1. In the new sets on the A Thousand Suns European Tour, "Crawling" was performed near the end of the main set in Set A, mid-set in Set B and Set D, and second-to-last in the encore in Set C. This continued on the following A Thousand Suns Asian Tour. "Crawling" was dropped on the last show of the cycle, in Singapore, Singapore.

"Crawling" started faltering on the Living Things touring cycle. The song appeared in both the headline and festival sets, but for the first time it was dropped for two shows in a row: Bucharest, Romania and NovaRock. The song fully disappeared on the Honda Civic Tour, but was featured in the original drafts of all three setlists, but was dropped in all three before it was performed. On the first night of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Chester sang the first verse of the song a cappella style with the crowd due to the crowd chanting for it. It did not appear throughout the rest of the touring cycle.

The song returned on The Hunting Party touring cycle. It was performed in a unique way, with the song being shortened to only the first chorus at a fast tempo, amidst the "encore medley". The song was performed in full at the Download Festival when Hybrid Theory was performed in full. Despite Mike claiming in an interview that when it came to adding new songs to the set, "'Crawling' would be one of the first songs to be dropped," the song returned on the Carnivores Tour in Set A, as a longer (yet still shortened) version of the song, which featured everything but the second chorus. The song remained in the encore of Set A in the beginning of 2015. The song was dropped on the shortened and regular versions of the festival setlists in the summer, but was performed in full again when the full version of the setlist was performed in Mexico.

On February 16, 2017, Linkin Park performed a piano version of "Crawling" for a Facebook live stream. The version of the song cut out the first chorus and the outro.

Variations

Last Updated: February 16, 2017

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Ambient Intro (SHORT Interlude) January 26, 2001 June 25, 2001
Intro "In The End" Guitar Intro August 9, 2001 August 9, 2001
Intro Guitar Intro December 9, 2001 December 9, 2001
Intro Short "Krwlng" Intro February 23, 2003 July 2, 2005
Intro Long "Krwlng" Intro June 3, 2003 August 15, 2009
Intro "Krwlng" Intro w/ Vocals August 10, 2006 March 10, 2008
Intro "Krwlng" Intro w/ Vocals & Strings February 21, 2008 February 21, 2008
Intro "Krwlng" Intro w/ Strings February 25, 2008 February 25, 2008
Intro "Krwlng" Intro w/ Keyboards June 29, 2008 July 13, 2008
Intro "Krwlng" Intro w/ "Hands Held High" Verse 1 July 16, 2008 July 25, 2009
Intro "Krwlng" Intro w/ "Hands Held High" Verse 2 July 23, 2008 August 22, 2009
Intro Drum Sample Intro (performed due to "New Divide" being dropped, meaning there was no transition between songs) August 8, 2014 August 8, 2014
Alternative Acoustic December 9, 2001 December 9, 2001
Alternative Shortened (Through First Chorus Only) May 24, 2014 June 12, 2014
Alternative w/ Faster Tempo May 24, 2014 January 18, 2015
Alternative Shortened (No Second Verse) August 6, 2014 January 18, 2015
Alternative Stripped Down (Piano/Vocals Only) February 16, 2017 February 16, 2017
Alternative Shortened (No First Chorus or Outro) February 16, 2017 February 16, 2017

Live Guests

Last Updated: December 23, 2015

  • Aaron Lewis (Staind)
  • Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
  • Chris Cornell (Soundgarden/Audioslave)
  • Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit)

Promotion

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Status
2001 MTV Video Music Awards Best Direction in a Video Nominated
2001 MTV Video Music Awards Best Rock Video Nominated
2001 Kerrang! Awards Best Single Nominated
2002 Grammy Awards Best Hard Rock Performance Won

Personnel

Linkin Park

  • Chester Bennington: vocals
  • Rob Bourdon: drums, backing vocals
  • Brad Delson: guitars, bass, backing vocals
  • Joseph Hahn: records, sampling, backing vocals
  • Mike Shinoda: emcee, vocals, beats, sampling

Production

  • Don Gilmore: producer
  • Jeff Blue: executive producer
  • Andy Wallace: mixer

Lyrics

Gallery

In Other Media

  • "Crawling" (in both studio and 8-bit versions) is featured in Linkin Park's 2010 videogame 8-Bit Rebellion!.
  • "Crawling" was released in 2011 as part of a DLC for the 2010 videogame Rock Band 3.

Cover Versions

A live bluegrass cover of "Crawling" by Bryson Jones And The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo All-Star Band was released on Linkin Park's Frat Party At The Pankake Festival DVD in 2001. The two bands met each other through Nathan "Karma" Cox on the set of the "In The End" music video.[15] This is the only known instance of a cover being officially released by Linkin Park.

A piano instrumental version of "Krwlng" was released by Myleene Klass on the 2003 album Moving On.

"Crawling" was covered by Angelzoom, solo project of German electronic musician Claudia Uhle, on her 2004 self-titled album.[16]

External Links

References

  1. Linkin Park: The Proven Theory >> Studio Reports
  2. Linkin Park | Rhythm, January 31, 2002
  3. Transcript: LPU Chat with Chester, August 02, 2011
  4. Linkin Park volta ao Brasil em outubro com turnê de disco feito para agradar aos fãs - O Globo, August 03, 2012
  5. Linkin Park Interview #2 ~ 2000-11-25 on Much (USA) - YouTube, August 22, 2008
  6. PP Underground
  7. Interview: Linkin Park | Rolling Stone, March 14, 2002
  8. Chester Bennington Opens Up About His Past Addictions, July 16, 2009
  9. MSN Music Interviews Mike Shinoda – Linkin Park: ‘Living’ Proof - Mike Shinoda Clan, June 27 2012
  10. Linkin_Park99.jpg
  11. Linkin Park - The making of Crawling - YouTube, March 18, 2007
  12. Linkin Park Central [home]
  13. | Katelyn Rosaasen Zone |
  14. katelyn rosaasen | The "In-depth" Thoughts of Martin, March 21, 2014
  15. VMA Lens Recap: The Story Behind Linkin Park's 'In The End' - MTV, August 20, 2002
  16. Angelzoom Angelzoom (Album)- Spirit of Metal Webzine (en)