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Album: Family Values Tour 1999Released: 2000Charted:
This was recorded live on the 1999 Family Values Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lead singer Aaron Lewis was not finished writing the song when they performed it. The song is just Lewis and his guitar, with occasional input from Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Durst coerced Lewis onstage by promising to sing the song with him.
The song is about addiction, and the effects withdrawal can have on a weak individual. Lewis sings through the eyes of a person who is contemplating a relapse.
"Outside" began as a song by Aaron Lewis' first band J-Cat (or J.C.A.T.), who were comprised of Jon Wysocki, Chris Ballini, Lewis, and Tori Sands. Their music was primarily acoustic. J-Cat wrote this and "It's Been Awhile
" (which was barely changed) but their version of "Outside" is quite different. Lewis said he was always changing those lyrics around. A recording of the original version has surfaced online along with 7 other songs including "Bonghits For Breakfast." The tracks were recorded at Club Infinity in Springfield, Massachusetts.
This appeared as a "bonus track" on the Family Values Tour 1999 album. It also appears on Staind's 2001 release Break the Cycle. The Family Values Tour CD was released May 9, 2000 and Break the Cycle was released May 8, 2001. Almost exactly a year apart.
Sadly, a boy in Peoria, Illinois hanged himself while a tape of him singing this song playing in the background.
Lewis frequently dedicates this song to late Kid Rock sidekick Joe C.
The Break The Cycle
album, and this song in particular, were a big departure for Staind, who was known as a Nu-Metal band. It worked out well for the group, as the more melodic, introspective songs propelled that album to 5-times platinum sales.