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Most popular songs

# Song LSI Rank
1Outside (Live version ft. Fred Durst) lyrics
2It's Been A While lyrics
3For You lyrics
4So Far Away lyrics
5Everything Changes lyrics
6Nutshell (Live Acoustic) lyrics
7Let it out lyrics
8Comfortably Numb (Live Acoustic) lyrics
9Trippy lyrics
10No One's Kind lyrics

Most popular albums

# Album LSI Rank
1Tormented [1996]
2Break The Cycle [2001]
3The Singles 1996-2006 [2006]
414 Shades Of Grey [2003]
5Dysfunction [1999]
6The Illusion Of Progress [2008]
7Chapter V [2005]
8Live From Mohegan Sun [2012]
9Staind [2011]


Staind is an alternative metal band formed on November 24, 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. After meeting through friends and covering pop hits of the day in smalltime clubs for a year and a half, Staind self-released their debut album, Tormented, in November 1996, citing influences in brutal latin thrash metal. 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 self produced album; tormented, 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. Durst later sang harmonies on the live version of Outside, which was recorded at a Family Values Tour concert in Biloxi, MS, in late October 1999. Durst went on to be one of the executive producers for Dysfunction and Break the Cycle. He also directed a few videos for the band later on, including It's Been Awhile.


The band's big break came in October 1997 after Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst witnessed the band open up for them at a Hartford, Connecticut show, eventually signed them to his Flip record label, and co-produced their 1999 breakthrough Dysfunction with Terry Date. Although it is supposed that the band owe a lot of success to Durst, Aaron Lewis has expressed in interviews that Durst never had much of a relationship with either the singer or the band, claiming the band 'only worked on four songs with Durst and recorded the rest of the album themselves.' [4] Staind has not been associated with Durst since he directed several videos from their 2001 follow-up. Dysfunction has sold over two million copies in the U.S. alone. The album was given mediocre reviews by critics for being "indicative of the times", but a large number of the band's fans nonetheless regard it as the group's best work. The nine-track LP (with one hidden track, "Excess Baggage") produced three singles, all of which enjoyed radio play. The most well known, "Mudshovel", (which also appeared on Tormented, spelled as "Mudshuvel"), has since become a staple of the band's live shows.

Break The Cycle

Staind toured with Limp Bizkit for the Family Values Tour during the fall of 1999, where Aaron Lewis performed their first mainstream hit "Outside" (a song he was working on at the time but had not yet finished—he finished it on the fly while performing) with Fred Durst to hundreds of waving cigarette lighters, and which set them up for their smash hit 2001 album Break the Cycle, which brought them international success (it went number 1 in both the U.S. and the UK), sold more than 7 million copies, and had first week sales of over 767,000 in the U.S. alone. The album sees the band move away from the nu metal sounds of their previous album and resort to an alternative metal sound [5] which has spawned five hit singles to date, "It's Been Awhile", (which hit the Billboard Top 10) "Fade", (which has been featured on a number of movie soundtracks and television shows), "Outside", "For You", and the acoustic ballad "Epiphany", and included a track called "Waste", devoted to two teenage fans who committed suicide shortly before the album was released. The album also received mixed critical praise; Rolling Stone magazine called them "the grim genre's most song-oriented, downright sensitive band in years" [3] while New Musical Express referred to the album as "14 tracks of parent-friendly grunge-flavoured soft rock that make Creed sound like GG Allin." [4]. 'It's Been Awhile' spent a total of 16 and 14 weeks on top of the modern and mainstream rock charts, respectively, making it one of the highest joint number 1s (30 weeks) of all time.

14 Shades of Grey

In early 2003, Staind embarked on a worldwide tour to promote the release of the follow-up to Break The Cycle, 14 Shades Of Grey, which sold two million albums and debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200. The fourteen-track collection was the band's most mainstream yet[6], and showed Aaron Lewis writing songs about his daughter, as well as moving on with his life and forgetting his past, hence the title representing uncertainty for the future and forgiveness. The album provided two mainstream hits: the lead single "Price to Play", and "So Far Away" (which spent 14 weeks on top of the rock chart); in addition, two other singles failed to crack the Hot 100—"How About You" and "Zoey Jane"— but "How About You" was a fairly popular song on modern rock radio. Their song "Price to Play" was the official theme song of WWE's Vengeance pay-per-view event in July 2003. As well, their song "So Far Away" was featured on an episode of WWE RAW as part of a video tribute to hardcore wrestling legend Mick Foley. The band's appearance at Reading Festival during the 2003 tour had another impromptu acoustic set, this time due to equipment failure. The singles "So Far Away" and "Price to Play" came with two unreleased tracks, "Novocaine" and "Let It Out", which were released for the special edition of the group's Chapter V, which came out in late 2005. In 2003, Staind unsuccessfully sued their logo designer Jon Stainbrook in New York Federal Court ( for attempting to re-use the logo he had sold to the band. They re-opened the case in mid-2005.

Chapter V

After extensive promotions, including an appearance on Fuse TV's 7th Avenue Drop, Staind's newest album, titled Chapter V was released on August 9, 2005, and became their third consecutive number one. The album opened to sales of 185,000 and has since been certified platinum in the U.S. The first single "Right Here" has been the biggest success from the album thus far, garnering much mainstream radio play and peaking at number 1 on the mainstream rock chart. "Falling" (the video of which does not feature the band members at all) was released as the second single, followed by "Everything Changes" and "King of All Excuses." Staind have been on the road since the album came out doing live shows and promoting it for a full year, including participating in the Fall Brawl tour with P.O.D., Taproot and Flyleaf, a solo tour across Europe and a mini-promotional tour in Australia for the first time. Recent live shows have included a cover of Pantera's This Love, a tribute to Dimebag Darrell. Staind appeared on The Howard Stern Show on August 10, 2005, to promote their new album Chapter V. They performed acoustic renditions of the single Right Here and Beetlejuice's song "This is Beetle." Their rendition of "Beetle" is immensely popular with fans and listeners alike and became a staple of the show. Staind also performed a version of "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd. Kevin Lofton, who does all the animation for the Howard Stern website, created a black-and-white animated video for the song. During a January 2006 Episode of WWE RAW, a tribute video to then WWE Champion Edge featured the band's song "Right Here". In early November 2005, Staind released the limited edition 2-CD/DVD set of Chapter V. The set included several rarities and fan favorites— music videos; a complete, 36-page booklet with exclusive artwork; an audio disc with an acoustic rendition of "This is Beetle"; the original, melodic rendition of "Reply"; the previously released B-side singles "Novocaine" and "Let It Out"; and live versions of "It's Been Awhile" and "Falling", among many others.

The Singles: 1996-2006

Staind announced that they would be performing an acoustic show in the Hiro Ballroom, New York City on September 6 and the songs played would be recorded for their upcoming "Greatest Hits" album, scheduled for a November 14 release. They played sixteen songs including three covers: Tool's Sober, Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb and Alice in Chains's Nutshell.

The title was later renamed to "The Singles" and finally "The Singles: 1996-2006". The album had most of Staind's singles (including "Everything Changes" which was recorded at the New York show), the three covers performed at the New York show and a remastered version of "Come Again", from Staind's first independent release Tormented.

It was released on November 15, 2006.

The Illusion Of Progress

On August 19, 2008, Staind released their 5th studio album (6th overall), The Illusion of Progress. A limited edition of the album was also made available to fans, which included 3 bonus tracks and a year membership in the Staind Fan Club, along with other items (the first 200 fans who pre-ordered the album through Atlantic Records received a signed copy of the album by the band). Prior to the album's release, the track "This Is It" was available for download on the iTunes store, as well as for Rock Band. The album debuted at #3 on US Billboard 200, #1 on the Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums Chart, #1 on the Top Digital Albums Chart, and also #1 on the Top Internet Albums Chart, with first week sales of 91,800 units. The first single on the album, "Believe", topped Billboard's Top 10 Modern Rock Tracks on September 05, 2008.

Not Again, the first single from Staind's self-titled seventh album was released to active radio stations on July 19, 2011 and made available for purchase on July 26, 2011.

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     Olivia_Ka says:
    Like 021-07-2014 15:19
    I liked that Break The Cycle/14 Shades Of Grey era.
     Bcove10 says:
    Like 021-06-2013 02:08
     Bcove10 says:
    Like 121-06-2013 02:03
    It's been awhile
    Since I couldn't
    Hold my head up high

    It's been some time since last using drugs

    And it's been awhile
    Since I first saw you

    Awhile since first seeing drugs

    And it's been awhile
    Since I could stand
    On my own two feet again

    Awhile for him to get clean and now able to stand on his own feet

    And it's been awhile
    Since I could call you

    Now clean he believe he can call an ex because its been awhile since last using drugs

    And all the things I can't remember
    As ****ed up as it all may seem
    The consequences that are rendered
    I stretch myself beyond my means

    He is explaining or trying to explain to his ex which he now has called there's so much he can't remember while using drugs and it has cause negative consequences mostly saying stretched beyond my means not only meing money but being able to do drugs and be with his lover at the same time the two can only coexsists for so long.He couldnt do both anymore he was stretched beyond his mean

    And it's been awhile
    Since I could say
    That I wasn't addicted

    He still has his ex on the phone and she is actually listening this time since for the first time he is being honest.

    It's been awhile
    Since I could say
    I loved myself as well

    He is saying he has always loved her throughout his drug use but somewhere during he stopped loving himself and now clean and trying to reconnect he actually is liking what he sees in the mirror. He's getting his life back together.

    And it's been awhile
    Since I've gone and
    ****ed things up
    Just like I always do

    He's been able to keep his addicting in check and has actually made sure his life truely back on track before running and calling his ex. Now taking an edcauted guess based on the next lines , he is clean , made contact with his ex , and has reconnected, they are back together. He has come back to the man he use to be. He is happy.

    And it's been awhile
    But all that ****
    Seems to disappear
    When I'm with you

    Now which happens to many if not most addicts who have successfully returned to the person who they, friends, family, and significant others use to know can not keep the act up. I say act because of the above lines.. If it wasn't an act, a mirage, flat out lies then everything he accomplished getting clean, life in order, ex back in life, then ill repeat the lines

    And it's been awhile
    But all that ****
    Seems to disappear
    When I'm with you

    He is saying its been awhile for using drugs and now using drugs everything accomplished reguarding fixing himself, being clean ,and ex back , he referes to saying all that shit disappears when I'm with you meaning using drugs again. His clean life, holding head high, his girlfriend is just shit and he knows it all seems to disappear when he is using.

    And everything I can remember
    As ****ed up as it all may seem
    The consequences that I've rendered
    Have gone and ****ed things up again

    He has relapsed and he can remember how he just gotnhisnlife back .
    It's fucked up flat out fucked up . The consequences is losing his life and girlfriend again. Assuming a promise was made and it was broken. He has used and fucked everything up again.

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

    He is realizing he actually has gone and fucked things up again . He doesn't know why , wants fucking up to go away , and is basically wishing for one more peaceful day with his girlfriend before fucking up again .

    It's been awhile
    Since I couldn't
    Look at myself straight

    He has lost everything again and is using drugs again more than likly heavily

    And it's been awhile
    Since I said, "I'm sorry"

    He's using and realizes he has been distant from his love again and hasn't said sorry for awhile. But this isn't a true sorry on his own two feet he's heavily using and sadly just saying sorry for continuing to fuck up

    And it's been awhile
    Since I've seen the way
    The candles light your face

    Many users use candles to ready there drugs. He is talking in the third person. The candles light his own face. Sadly it's the excitement he feels knowing he is about to use drugs.

    And it's been awhile
    But I can still remember
    Just the way you taste

    It's been awhile since using drugs iv. But he still remembers just the way you taste

    And everything I can remember
    As ****ed 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

    He's high right now he knows everything he has ruined in his life is his own fault . He isnt blaming anyone for his drug use anymore. He knows its his fault. And truly this is actually a big step in staying clean. No longer blaming anyone but yourself

    It's been awhile
    Since I couldn't
    Hold my head up high
    And it's been awhile
    Since I said, "I'm sorry"

    He's using very heavily basically outnof control. Has lost all self respect. He can't hold his head up any more . Again knowing he's fucked it all up he's just saying sorry to say sorry no meaning behind it.

    Okay so I've known the meaning to these lyrics for a long time and I'm tired of everyone saying its a love song only or only about drugs. The song is about addiction mostly and what it will cost you in you life. It's also about how trying to regain who you once were before drugs and actually getting it back but then giving in to the addict way. So the song is a sad love song and how addiction will take everything away. Love and drugs do not mix . Truely a great song and now you know the true story enjoy and say sorry and mean it most of us cannot
     shaqreia says:
    Like 008-02-2013 05:09
    @ Fade song
    I just needed someone to talk to
    You were just too busy with yourself

    i love that part of the song
     shaqreia says:
    Like 008-02-2013 04:56
    its been awhile but i'm still listening in 2013 and still loving this song.
    Like 014-07-2012 14:10
    @ Epiphany song
    Great song
     30mars says:
    Like 023-06-2012 00:08
    @ Not Again song
    this a great one ,, awesome
    Like 011-06-2012 05:38
    @ Not Again song
     goretski says:
    Like 029-01-2012 18:20
    It is interesting that many of their songs contain religious undertones. Rock on my friends!!
     goretski says:
    Like 028-01-2012 19:04
    This song was originally sung by Pink Floyd. While this version (remake) of the song is decent, I have to give it to Pink Floyd for performing it the best!!! Listen to this version, then listen to the original version by Pink Floyd. I think you will find the original version by Pink Floyd to be better. Enjoy!!!!
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