Today’s song is “Crawling” by Linkin Park.
“Crawling” is the fifth song on 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.
“Crawling” originated from a demo called “Sky” and a song called “Blue.”
The band said the keyboard intro at the beginning of the song was heavily influenced by Depeche Mode’s instrumental hooks.
Aside from being such a great track, the song has a lot of deep lyrics. It was written by Chester Bennington and helped him deal with his feelings of no control with the vices in his life.
Back in an interview in 2009, he said, ” ‘Crawling’ 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.”
It was a meaningful song to so many and it shows the power music can have to heal.