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The Saddest Songs of Rock and Roll – #12

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

Who is the one to say ‘this is how it is’ in a relationship ?  You or me? Eventually we will decide which one of us is going to be the leader. When dealing with feelings, it is true that one person loves more than the other.  That does not mean love is not worth the price we pay. But, we all know Human beings take advantage of this position in order to tease (both meanly and playfully), to critique and even to humiliate. It gets worse when the proverbial pot is calling the kettle black.

The American rock band Staind is made up of Aaron Lewis – lead vocals, Mike Mushok – lead guitar, Johnny April – bass, and Jon Wysocki – drums.  The four formed in 1995 and cut their first album in 1996. Near the end of Year 2000 they were cutting their third album, “Break the Cycle  in a network of  studios from LA to New York City to Miami, Florida. While the band was known for lyrics that were angry and depressing, it was cutting its teeth in a new metal and post-grunge style that expressed the difficulties of relationships. One song in particular highlighted what it feels like when the misgivings of a cruel lover are finally exposed.

The easiest thing to do is to criticize another person. It happens every day on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and every other overly social web that invites comment and controversy. Among our friends we talk about it at work, we engage in it behind the wheel, and raise our voices to our world’s leadership, especially those who lack leadership. What should our attitude be when the one closest to us breaks our hearts with hurtful words and hipocrisy?

Aaron wrote “Outside” in 1999 but finished it live on stage when the band was touring in Biloxi, Mississippi.  Aaron said he had been trying out different lyrics early in the band’s formation, but it did not come together until he sang it live. It was local radio that promoted this version and it became a must-have studio track for the “Break the Cycle” album. The song was released in May of 2001 and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Mainstream Rock Tracks and #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks charts.

It is foolish to compare ourselves to others. The only comparison that we should make is to review who we were yesterday, and then see if we can improve on the person we are today. When we understand just how heartbreaking a relationship has become, we need to believe that tomorrow will be okay, if we give it chance.

Lyrics: written by Aaron Lewis

And you
Can bring me to my knees
All the times
That I could beg you please
In vain
All the times
When I felt insecure
For you
And I leave
My burdens at the door

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

All the times
That I felt like this won’t end
It’s for you
And I taste
what I could never have
It was from you
All the times
that I’ve cried
my intentions
full of pride
But 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.
because 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
but I feel
Tomorrow will be OK

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

Depressed? Do something about it. Please find help before making any rash decisions.  Click herethe National Institute of Mental Health.

Eating disorder (ED)? CLICK HERE to get more information from the NIMH.

Read up on PTSD – post traumatic stress disorder Click Here.

Don’t try suicide. Talk to somebody. Click here for the phone number and information.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.


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