The claustrophobic, burbling "Crawling" places Bennington at center stage, allowing him to fully portray the gritted-teeth tension outlined in its discomfort-filled verses. Bennington told Rolling Stone that "Crawling" and similarly themed tracks were his way of taking stock of his life's rough patches. "It's easy to fall into that thing – 'poor, poor me,'" Bennington said in 2002. "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."