Slipknot released "Wait and Bleed" in 1999 off their self-titled album. The song peaked at #34 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Slipknot drummer Chris Fehn (#3) did an interview with Songfacts and said of the song, "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."
"Wait and Bleed" is about a man who has a reoccuring dream about laying in a bathtub full of his own blood with slit wrists. One day he wakes and sees that it's no longer a dream, but reality and doesn't want to believe it so he tries to go back to sleep.
Slipknot "Wait and Bleed" 1999