"Price To Play" as written by and Michael J. Mushok....
Fail to see how destructive we can be
Taking without giving back 'till the damage can be seen
Can you see? Can you see?

[Chorus]
The more you take, the more you blame
But everything still feels the same
The more you hurt the more you scream
The price you pay to play the game
Then all you see and all you gave
And all you step on will know shame
There are no rules, no one to blame
The price to play the game

Empathy, the chosen way to be
Blindly look the other way
While you waste away with me
Can you see? Can you see?

[Chorus]

What you pay to play the game
What you pay to play the game
What you pay to play the game
What you pay to play the game

[Chorus]

What you pay to play the game
What you pay to play the game
What you pay to play the game
What you pay to play the game


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"Price to Play" as written by John April Aarron Lewis

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    General CommentNo comments yet? This song is pretty good, but not the best on the new album, which surprisingly isn't a downer. I never thought that Staind could top Break The Cycle, but they just did with 14 Shades Of Grey, because Aaron Lewis is not as self-involved as he was before. This song is so straightforward, as is most of Staind's songs, that there is no need to explain what it means.

    Ok, I'll give my opinion on the song. I think it's an attack on those who are apathetic and self-centered enough to get what they want, even at other people's expense. But when I saw the video, it could also have been about domestic abuse or people blindly going through life, and Lewis telling them to open their eyes to the pain in this world.

    Of course, no comment of mine would be complete without a Bible verse: John 13:34,35 - (Jesus says) "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
    MegaMadManon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWow, nice review MegaMadMan, I feel the same way you do; there's no real rules to life, some of us do whatever it takes to get our way, not worry about how it's going to affect us, or who we will hurt along the way. That's the price we pay to play the game (of life)
    saroknighton June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah I agree MegaMadMan, I think all of us have run into this before. As with life there are always paths to take, but it seems like some are like black holes, neverending paths of self-destruction within our own delusions.

    "The more you take
    The more you blame
    But everything still feels the same
    The more you hurt, the more you scream"

    If you pity yourself (which I have done myself too many times) and blame everyone else for your life, you will never feel better. All you'll do is swim in that sea of sorrow endlessly.

    So I think Aaron is basically saying what you put into life is what you get out of it. I think when he says "the price you pay to play the game" it could be one of two things. Sure, it can be bad, for those who are self-destructive will pay with a life of chaos. But for those who put life into things, who live by their heart, they may pay early on, but in the end it is those people who will rise above all.

    This meaning has a lot of my personal views within it. And I think saroknight is right, it is pretty straight forward. Right now my gf works about 70 hours a week and has hardly anytime to sleep. Though I feel very badly for her, I really have to not let myself be self-absorbed in my pity for her. Otherwise it will damage us both.
    chino69on June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA comment about the new record....dont most songs on 14 SOG sound like or remind you of "Suffer" off BTC
    Lover of Musicon June 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno i think they sound the oposite mostly.Mostly
    EYEBAWon June 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdid any1 watch WWE raw wen mick foley had a tribute and staind was playin in the background, coz u plz tell me wat song it was.
    thank u in advance
    ^*^Vampira^*^on July 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI THINK It's about the price you pay for you mistakes. What you face when you make them!
    creed_rocks13on July 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think the song is about taking risks in the game of life. when you take a risk and fuck up, stuff starts to go wrong, and thats the price you pay.
    epp88on June 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's saying that society is selfish and screwed up. And you pay a certain cost just being born into it. "Everything still feels the same" means that a lot of things we do to try and be happy don't get to the root of the problem.
    brighterthantheyareon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenttoday was the first time i heard this song. its not that good
    stryker311on June 29, 2005   Link

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