"Stranger Inside" as written by and Rick / Beato....
This day could be the worst one yet
I just won't relax I can't catch my breath
Because I'm sick and tired of "You'll be fine.
Well how do you know, can you read minds?

So take while you can so you can meet demands
My insanity is what you thrive on
So rip it from my soul, so everyone will know in the end
We were never friends

Have you ever felt lost inside so unloved within that you almost die?
Have you ever stepped out of the light and realized there's a stranger inside?

Don't push your ignorance on me
I'm not unrehearsed to your jealousy
And I know you think I don't see the signs
Well how do you know? Do I look blind?

So take it while you can so you can meet demands
My breakdown is what you thrive on
So rip it from my soul so everyone will know in the end
I'm the break you're the bend

Have you ever felt lost inside so unloved within that you almost die?
Have you ever stepped out of the light and realized there's a stranger inside?

Stranger inside!

Have you ever felt lost inside so unloved within that you almost die?
Have you ever stepped out of the light and realized there's a stranger inside?

Have you ever felt lost inside?!
Have you ever stepped out of the light and realized there's a stranger inside?


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"Stranger Inside" as written by Rick Beato Brent Smith

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    General CommentHe is talking about being with someone for a long time and then finding out they aren't who they say they are.
    Damn_Evil1on July 03, 2005   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about fighting your own personal demon.
    I would say the demon is depression.
    "Cause I'm sick and tired of "you'll be fine"
    Well how do you know? Can you read minds?"

    I fight this same demon, and have for most of my life.. the words make perfect sense.
    SnuggleBunnyon April 14, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is pretty pissed off. people will lye to you and tell you that things will be ok. for everyone who is happy... ther has to be a sad person
    chickenpotpieon June 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis has to be my favorite Shinedown song, for the stanza that says "Have you ever felt lost inside/So unloved within/That you almost die?". I believe the song's about the people who repress you, how difficult it is to believe you're a person too sometimes...

    And I have to add that this song is BRILLIANT live (I just got home from my 3rd Shinedown concert =P)
    LaDiabloon November 25, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song kind of confused me.

    Where it said "So unloved within", I thought it said "So in love with him"...

    I only realized that the song is not about a guy just now, seeing the lyrics.

    Sheesh.
    leagus437on January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think everyone can relate to this quote..."Have you ever stepped out of the light and realized there's a stranger inside? " Sometimes you realize your not being you and it is just better to be yourself. A lot of people think the way other people want them to think. It is a good moral...think and like yourself not like someone else.
    nohopz4sureon February 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst off this song is awesome and its great to see a band go back to good old fashioned Rock. Now to me this song is about a guy and his girl. To me it sounds like a friend or someone close stole his girl from him. I dont know just my thouhgts. "So rip it from my soul. So everyone will know. In the end we were never friends.'' those lines seem to supports my thoughts...Also the this verse "Don't push your ignorance on me. I'm not unrehearsed to your jealousy. And I know you think I don't see the signs
    Well how do you know, do I look blind?" Could be talking about the friend and how he knows hi did this to him
    Morning420on August 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPersonally I think its something along the lines of going to a therapist, when they don't want to.

    "So take while you can
    So you can meet demands
    My insanity is what you thrive on"
    That what there is pretty much what they do.
    They feed off of your 'insanity' taking more money from you, making you believe your problems are more then they are, giving you more meds and taking more money. paying their 'peers'



    "So rip it from my soul
    So everyone will know in the end
    I'm the break you're the bend"
    They always try to be-friend you,
    But its just apart of their job, its their mask.


    Thats my oppinion
    ProjectShadowson February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNotice how NOBODY says anything bad about Shinedown... No one says they sold out, or they suck, or anything.

    Truly one of the great bands of today, keep it going guys.
    TheKorean2908on July 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think theres a deeper meaning to this song. Like
    he's feeling invaded by himself. Like he doesn't even know himself. The part where Brent sings "have you ever felt lost inside" he could be confused, or unaware of what path to take.
    **Lost_Forever**on September 16, 2006   Link

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