Stabbing Westward made a name for themselves with their major-label debut album Ungod
in 1994, but constant touring shredded the marriage of frontman Christopher Hall, who channeled his despair into the lyrics for their next album, Wither Blister Burn & Peel
, which hit at the peak of the industrial music era and ended up selling over 500,000 copies in America.
In a Songfacts interview with Hall
, he talked about the song. "'Shame' was very much me asking the simple question, 'How can I keep going?,'" said Hall. "I had lost someone – a divorce from my first wife - after we had gone on tour forever and ever. It was just, 'How can I exist without you? How am I supposed to continue to keep living when all I can think about is you and you not being here?' I tend to come back to that theme quite often."