Am I The Only One

Album: Frayed At Both Ends (2021)
Charted: 14
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Songfacts®:

  • Staind frontman Aaron Lewis is one of the most politically conservative rock musicians. The outspoken right-winger has often been vocal about his political views, and this patriotic anthem finds him asking if he is the only one fed up with the state of the country.
  • During this conservative protest song, Lewis takes issue with America's liberals and left-wing activists.

    He slams the removal of Confederate monuments and memorials by Black Lives Matter activists:

    I'm the only one, willin' to fight
    For my love of the red and white
    And the blue, burnin' on the ground
    Another statue comin' down in a town near you


    Lewis also disses the Democrat-supporting Bruce Springsteen, singing during the bridge:

    Am I the only one who quits singin' along
    Every time they play a Springsteen song
  • "Am I The Only Only One" is a country song, a genre Lewis has pursued since releasing his solo single "Country Boy" in 2010. He penned the track with Ira Dean (formerly of the country group Trick Pony) and Nashville songwriter Jeffrey Steele.
  • Lewis debuted the America-first ballad on March 12, 2021 at a solo concert held at Billy Bob's Texas, a nightclub in Fort Worth, Texas. The state had removed all COVID pandemic restrictions the same month.
  • This isn't the first politically charged solo song Lewis has written. He performed his liberal-bashing song "If I Were A Liberal" at the same Billy Bob's Texas gig, and his patriotic 2017 single "Folded Flag" plays tribute to the American men and women who serve their nation.
  • Released on July 2, 2021, two days before Independence Day, the song's patriotic sentiments struck a chord with many. Propelled by promotion from right-leaning outlets such as Fox News and SiriusXM's Patriot Radio, it became only the ninth song to debut at #1 on the Country chart. "Am I The Only Only One" also entered the Hot 100 at #14, overtaking Lewis' previous best solo placing of #87 achieved by "Country Boy."

    It fell short of Staind's highest chart position; "It's Been Awhile" climbed all the way to #5 in 2001.
  • Asked during an appearance on The Daily Wire's "Candace" show why he called out Springsteen, Lewis said: "Because he's always portrayed himself as the all-American middle-class guy. And during all of this craziness, he said that if one man is re-elected to the office of presidency that he was gonna move to Australia. How American is that? You're gonna bail on America just because you don't like the guy that may have gotten into office?"

Comments: 1

  • Anonymous from Cedaredge, ColoradoThis song is awesome. Sadly, so very true.....
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