Crawl
Kings of Leon Lyrics


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You fault my pride
Don't ever need to apologize
As your lips unfold
Shakin' purple from the cold

You better learn to crawl
You better learn to crawl
Before I walk away
Before I walk away

You broke my mouth
The bloody bits are spitting out
Is your grave unscathed
The worm is counting down the days

He wants to see you crawl
He wants to see you crawl
Before I walk away
Before I walk away

The reds and the whites and abused
The crucified USA
As their hypocrisy unfolds
Oh hell is truly on its way

As the rat, and the fly
They're searching for an alibi
As we await the wrath
They never went to Sunday Mass

They want to see us crawl
They want to see us crawl
Before they walk away
Before they walk away

The reds and the whites and abused
The crucified USA




As their hypocrisy unfolds
Oh hell is truly on its way

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Kings of Leon's "Crawl" are quite cryptic and can have multiple interpretations. The song seems to be about a broken relationship where one person has hurt the other but doesn't want to take responsibility for their actions. The singer seems to be feeling a sense of pride and superiority and doesn't want to apologize, but he also realizes that the other person will have to crawl back to him before he decides whether or not to forgive them. The line "shakin' purple from the cold" can be interpreted as the person being physically affected by the emotional conflict, with purple being a color associated with bruising or being cold.


The chorus of the song, with the repeated line "before I walk away," suggests that the singer is still willing to salvage the relationship, but only if the other person is willing to humble themselves and show that they are willing to make amends. The other verses of the song touch on themes of hypocrisy, with lines like "as their hypocrisy unfolds, oh hell is truly on its way," suggesting that the singer is disillusioned with the world around him and sees the flaws in society.


Overall, "Crawl" is a powerful song that speaks to the complexities of human relationships and the struggle to admit when we are wrong and make amends. The lyrics suggest a sense of frustration, anger, and betrayal, but also offer a glimmer of hope that the relationship can be salvaged if both parties are willing to put in the effort.


Line by Line Meaning

You fault my pride
You criticize me for being proud


Don't ever need to apologize
You don't have to say sorry


As your lips unfold
As you speak


Shakin' purple from the cold
Showing signs of being cold, maybe even scared


You better learn to crawl
You better humble yourself


Before I walk away
Before I leave you


You broke my mouth
You hurt me badly


The bloody bits are spitting out
I am bleeding and in pain


Is your grave unscathed
Are you still safe from harm


The worm is counting down the days
Death is approaching


He wants to see you crawl
He wants you to beg for mercy


The reds and the whites and abused
People of different races and social classes, mistreated


The crucified USA
America, under attack and facing suffering


As their hypocrisy unfolds
As their lies and double standards are exposed


Oh hell is truly on its way
A terrible event is about to happen


As the rat, and the fly
As even the smallest creatures from different backgrounds


They're searching for an alibi
Are trying to find excuses for their wrongdoings


As we await the wrath
As we wait for punishment or retribution


They never went to Sunday Mass
They never practiced what they preached


They want to see us crawl
They want to see us suffer and beg for forgiveness


Before they walk away
Before they abandon us


The reds and the whites and abused
People of different races and social classes, mistreated


The crucified USA
America, under attack and facing suffering


As their hypocrisy unfolds
As their lies and double standards are exposed


Oh hell is truly on its way
A terrible event is about to happen




Lyrics ยฉ BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill

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Comments from YouTube:

@joniarmel7308

My favorite of all their songs . They perform this live amazingly.

@sharona1981

There's an Irish wrestler called Sammy D, uses this as his entrance theme. It so works.

@jamieon2299

Only looked up the song because of Sammy the snake! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

@sharona1981

@@jamieon2299 Same here!

@spotcenternanana-nanana2413

Same! The Draw! ๐Ÿ’ช

@gilbertorodriguezmunguia3773

Also, this song sounds similar to the one Bret Hart used in his last run in WCW.

@TAWPTierJustin

Finally a comment about Sammy D on this song! "Your daddy's home!" Lol ๐Ÿ˜Š

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@user-ob6yu6oq7g

Such an underrated album man. Banger after banger

@jimmyh412

This is such an easy song to get into. The live performance of this tune is outstanding. Listen to it if you get a chance. Kings of Leon are superb.

@darrencurtin2386

Neck breaking deep groove on this one. Jesus. I've been listening to KoL since their first album. What a band

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