I Stand Alone (Godsmack song)
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|"I Stand Alone"|
|Single by Godsmack|
|from the album The Scorpion King soundtrack and Faceless|
|Released||May 18, 2002|
|Recorded||The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, Florida|
|Godsmack singles chronology|
"I Stand Alone" is a song by the American rock band Godsmack. It served as a single from the Scorpion King soundtrack on March 5, 2002. It would reappear on Godsmack's third studio album, Faceless, the following year. It won a 2002 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Song of the Year From a Movie Soundtrack."
"I Stand Alone" reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and No. 20 on the Modern Rock chart in the US. The single achieved Gold certification for more than half a million copies shipped in the United States, spurring sales of over 1.5 million copies for Faceless and propelling Godsmack to worldwide popularity.
Writing and production
"I Stand Alone" was written by Sully Erna and produced by Mudrock. Erna elaborated on how the song was created:
- "I had a little bit of time before we started writing the new album. And it turned out that The Scorpion King director Chuck Russell was a fan of Godsmack and wanted to use our song "Voodoo" in the movie. Because the song was a little dated, he wanted me to redo it, and I wasn't really up for that. Instead I submitted some new music I had written 'I Stand Alone'. Once we were working together, he leaned on me a little bit to help him find some of the best up-and-coming bands."
In terms of production, Robbie Merrill stated that Mudrock managed to bring Sully to another level with his vocal range and trying different ideas that the band wouldn't have tried in the past. They wanted to give the producer a chance and it worked out well.
Music and lyrics
"The song was written about the character, the Scorpion King, in the movie," Erna explained on the set of the accompanying video. "It's about him being this big, masculine badass, but he has this hidden sensitive side to him. He feels like he's isolated, and he likes to do things alone because he was hurt in the past or whatever. I don't really know why he is the way he is. I guess there's always this mystique about those people who are really tough but maybe feel a little bit lonely inside. So the lyrics are kind of based on his character — being as masculine as he can be but yet isolated and a loner."
"I Stand Alone" features a chugging main riff enhanced by textural, single-note guitar lines and powerful, melodic vocals. The song starts with a lunging beat and a guitar riff that shifts between a low, rumbling buzz and an eerie series of notes much higher up the fretboard. Then, for the verse, the song locks into a crunching, percussive riff reminiscent of Metallica before kicking back into the eerie opening passage with Sully Erna scream-singing the song's title and the lines "I'm not afraid of fading/ Feeling your sting down inside of me/ I'm not dying for it." During the midsection of the song, the music turns creepy and atmospheric, and the singer moans, "It's my time to dream/ Dream of the skies/ Make me believe that this place isn't made by the poison in me/ Help me decide if my fire will burn out before you can breathe."
"I Stand Alone" was featured on the soundtrack to the 2002 film The Scorpion King. About the song, Sully Erna told Launch Media, "It's like a prequel to the movie The Mummy Returns. It happens 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt--5,000 years prior to, you know? They sent a script and they sent a trailer, and that's kind of what it was based on--was about the character in the movie."
One fan of the song is Dwayne Johnson, also known by his ring name "The Rock", star of The Scorpion King. He says Erna's study of the film's theme and story led to the creation of a great song. "Godsmack sat down with Chuck Russell, the director, and Chuck laid out the entire story and what my character was all about, and Sully wrote the song. That's what makes the song so great. When you see that on the trailer, "I Stand Alone", that's a hot, hot song, and very indicative of what the character's all about."
The song was also featured in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, used both for its trailer and the ingame music that mimics the song. The main theme of the game revolves around The Prince trying to change his fate all by himself, while the Time Guardian known as the Dahaka tries to end his life. An instrumental version of the song (without the lyrics) is played when the Prince is being chased by the Dahaka in some parts of the game.
The song was featured in the theatrical trailer for the film Alone in the Dark, but does not appears in the film or soundtrack.
In an interview with him, Sully Erna said that the group's two Grammy Award nominations took the band by surprise, because they didn't release an album in 2002.
"It did take us by surprise, because we've been so busy working on the new record and things like that, we didn't even think about," Erna said. "2002 was kind of a wash for us, except for that one track. It served its purpose. It kept us afloat the whole time we were down working on the new album and stuff, so...but now that it's soaking in I'm like, I'm pretty excited that we just got nominated for a couple. Whether we take it, or whether we don't, it's still...Someone recognized us for the hard work we've done."
Also, Erna admits that the band was pretty excited because they were nominated in a rock category.
"It was definitely a surprise being nominated again," Erna said. "The first year, I don't even know why we were nominated, because we were in a category with Joe Satriani and these other guys for best instrumental performance. And the instrumental that we had on our record was an accident, so that was pretty bizarre to be nominated for that. But this year we're pretty excited because we consider ourselves a rock band and we're in a rock category."
|1.||"I Stand Alone"||Erna||4:07|
|3.||"Sick of Life"||Erna||3:46|
Though it appeared on Faceless, "I Stand Alone" was released a year early in conjunction with The Scorpion King, and only later added to Faceless. Therefore, the tracks on the single are all off their previous releases, Godsmack and Awake.
Charts and certifications
|Germany (Official German Charts)||96|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||70|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||2|
|US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)||20|
|US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)||1|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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