Artist: Staind

It’s Been Awhile ~ Staind

staindStaind formed on November 24, 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After meeting through friends and covering KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, among others, in smalltime clubs for a year and a half, Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences Pantera and Sepultura. Until recently, the album was difficult to obtain, as only four thousand copies were originally sold. Since then, the band’s official website has released the album to meet the demand from fans.

During this time, Staind played a show with Limp Bizkit. When Fred Durst saw the controversial cover of the group’s debut album, he tried to have the band kicked off the bill, but when he saw the band’s live show, he changed his tone and befriended them, later singing backup on Aaron Lewis’s live, original version of the future Staind song “Outside.” Durst was one of the executive producers for Dysfunction and Break the Cycle. He also directed a few videos for the band later on.

It’s Been Awhile

The song is about singer Aaron Lewis’s life and about how it’s been a while since he’s done a lot of things. He makes references to his previous drug addiction problem and failed relationships with several women. He mentions his father however he believes he only has himself to be blamed for his problems.

It’s Been Awhile - Aaron Lewis

And it’s been awhile
Since I could hold my head up high
And it’s been awhile since I first saw you
And it’s been awhile since I could stand on my own two feet again
And it’s been awhile since I could call you

And everything I can’t remember
As fucked up as it all may seem
The consequences that I’ve rendered
I’ve stretched myself beyond my means

It’s been awhile
Since I can say that I wasn’t addicted
And it’s been awhile since I can say I love myself as well and
And it’s been awhile since I’ve gone and fucked things up just like I always do
And it’s been awhile but all that shit seems to disappear when I’m with you

And everything I can’t remember
As fucked up as it all may seem
The consequences that I’ve rendered
I’ve gone and fucked things up again

Why must I feel this way?
Just make this go away
Just one more peaceful day

And it’s been awhile
Since I could look at myself straight
And it’s been awhile since I said I’m sorry
And it’s been awhile since I’ve seen the way the candles light your face
And it’s been awhile but I can still remember just the way you taste

And everything I can’t remember
As fucked up as it all may seem to be
I know it’s me
I cannot blame this on my father
He did the best he could for me

And it’s been awhile
Since I could hold my head up high
And it’s ben awhile since I said I’m sorry

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Outside ~ Staind

Staind formed on November 24, 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After meeting through friends and covering KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, among others, in smalltime clubs for a year and a half, Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences Pantera and Sepultura. Until recently, the album was difficult to obtain, as only four thousand copies were originally sold. Since then, the band’s official website has released the album to meet the demand from fans.

During this time, Staind played a show with Limp Bizkit. When Fred Durst saw the controversial cover of the group’s debut album, he tried to have the band kicked off the bill, but when he saw the band’s live show, he changed his tone and befriended them, later singing backup on Aaron Lewis’s live, original version of the future Staind song “Outside.” Durst was one of the executive producers for Dysfunction and Break the Cycle. He also directed a few videos for the band later on.

Outside

Outside” was originally performed live during the 1999 Family Values Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi, with Aaron Lewis on the stage by himself and Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst providing backing vocals. Lewis was asked to perform a song solo and he decided at the last moment to play a song he had been working on since the early days of Staind. He finished the lyrics to “Outside” on the spot while singing the song live.

“It’s really an accidental phenomenon,” Lewis explains. “I’ve been playing it for quite some time. In the early days of the band, any money we made went back into the band, so two or three times a week I played acoustically to make money to live off. ‘Outside’ was one of the songs I played, but it wasn’t really finished, so I made up different words every time. We almost put it on Dysfunction. Then, one night on the Family Values Tour, ten minutes before going onstage, we decided to do it. There was never any thought of releasing it this way.”

The following video is the actual first performance of this song at the 1999 Family Values1999 Family Values tour in Biloxi.

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And you
bring me to my knees again
All this time,
that I can beg you please,
yeah

All the times
that I felt insecure, yeah
And I lift my burden out the door

I’m on the outside
I’m looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
‘Cause inside you’re ugly
You’re ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

All this time
that I felt like this won’t end
Was for you
And I taste what I could never have
It’s from you
All those times that I tried, my intention, full of pride
And I waste more time than anyone

But I’m on the outside
I’m looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
‘Cause inside you’re ugly
You’re ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

All the times that I’ve cried
All this wasted, it’s all inside
And I feel, all this pain, stuffed it down
It’s back again
And I lie here in bed, all alone, I can’t mend
And I feel tomorrow will be okay

But I know

That I’m on the outside
I’m looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
‘Cause inside you’re ugly
You’re ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

  • Audio from the 2001 album, Break the Cycle:

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Epiphany ~ Staind

Staind formed on November 24, 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. After meeting through friends and covering KoRn, Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains, among others, in smalltime clubs for a year and a half, Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences Pantera and Sepultura. Until recently, the album was difficult to obtain, as only four thousand copies were originally sold. Since then, the band’s official website has released the album to meet the demand from fans.

During this time, Staind played a show with Limp Bizkit. When Fred Durst saw the controversial cover of the group’s debut album, he tried to have the band kicked off the bill, but when he saw the band’s live show, he changed his tone and befriended them, later singing backup on Aaron Lewis’s live, original version of the future Staind song “Outside.” Durst was one of the executive producers for Dysfunction and Break the Cycle. He also directed a few videos for the band later on.

Epiphany

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Your words to me just a whisper
Your face is so unclear
I try to pay attention
Your words just disappear

‘Cause it’s always raining in my head
Forget all the things I should have said

So I speak to you in riddles
‘Cause my words get in my way.
I smoke the whole thing to my head
And feel it wash away
‘Cause I can’t take anymore of this,
I wanna come apart,
or dig myself a little hole
Inside your precious heart

‘Cause it’s always raining in my head
Forget all the things I should have said

I am nothing more than
A little boy inside
That cries out for attention,
But I always try to hide
‘Cause I’ll talk to you like children,
Though I don’t know how I feel
But I know I’ll do the right thing
If the right thing is revealed.

‘Cause it’s always raining in my head
Forget all the things I should have said

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