Changed Man

Album: The Madness (2017)
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  • "Yes, I made a mess of things": that's how Scott Stapp opens this very personal song. The Art of Anarchy vocalist goes on to sing about how he repaired his relationship with his wife following his very public meltdown in 2014.
    Stapp explained the story behind the song to Revolver magazine:

    "Basically I was recalling a conversation and dialogue that I had with my wife after the crisis we had three years ago, getting to a point where she had almost had enough and had gotten to the place where she felt she may have had enough. It was just me, just breaking my soul after I had gotten to the other side and finally felt like I was in a place where my demons weren't controlling me. I knew the steps I had to take to stay in sobriety and stay in recovery.

    Once I had gotten to that point, where at least I had the knowledge. It's always up to me on whether I'm gonna make that decision every day, and that's why I live one day at a time like I say in that song. It's really just my heart to my wife — just fessing up and owning up to hey man, I know what I put you through but I love you and I hope that you can see after these last two years the work that I've put into changing my life. I hope that you can see me as this new person that I'm becoming and want to be. I kind of classify that as a changed man. So, it's a love song man, but based on real life events. That's three years ago, virtually the whole world saw transpire in front of their eyes."

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