"Pain" as written by Neil/gontier Sanderson and Barry Stock....
Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

You're sick of feeling numb
You're not the only one
I'll take you by the hand
And I'll show you a world that you can understand
This life is filled with hurt
When happiness doesn't work
Trust me, and take my hand
When the lights go out, you'll understand

Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

Anger and agony are better than misery
Trust me, I've got a plan
When the lights go up, you'll understand

Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

Pain, without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd like to feel pain than nothing
Rather feel pain

I know, I know, I know, I know, I know
That you're wounded
(You know, you know, you know, you know)
That I'm here to save you
(You know, you know, you know, you know)
I'm always here for you
(I know, I know, I know, I know)
That you'll thank me later

Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

Pain without love
Pain, I can't get enough
Pain, I like it rough
'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

Rather feel pain than nothing at all
Rather feel pain


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"Pain" as written by Neil/gontier Sanderson, Barry Stock

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  • +8
    General Commentlmao it isn't about sex! but I can understand why some of you would think so.

    they were interviewing Adam not so long ago and he was saying that this song is about being numb to everything around you. like when something bad happens, or when he gets hurt he would feel nothing. He wouldn't feel any pain at all. So in the song he's saying he'd rather feel the hurt, and rather feel the pain than not feel nothing at all. So rather than being numb, he'd prefer the pain because he's at least feeling something.
    3dgfanaticon September 08, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's not emo. I really like this song, and I'm glad it's coming out as a single... I think one of the great things about TDG's music is that it can be interpreted in a variety of ways. I can definately see how this song can be interpreted to be about self-harm. "'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all"
    HELENzon July 04, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"it's better to have loved and lost than never loved at all" as the saying goes. This song is about that saying and one of the band members experience with a break-up or something like that.
    UnholySoldieron July 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGuys, this is retarded. The song is NOT about self-mutilation or pain of life. Adam Gontier was addicted to OxyContin. Not only this song but the entire album is about his rehab.

    It's All Over - Him probably overdosing and realizing "Oh, shit...This shit's gonna kill me quickly." "And now your dead inside....When your on the edge and falling off

    Pain - This is talking about his Rehab, told from one of the doctors or assistants. "You're sick of feeling numb/You're not the only one/I'll take you by the hand/And I'll show you a world that you can understand" He doesn't like feeling numb to the world and the narrator is NOT Gontier but one of the Rehab assistants talking to Adam (You)
    "This life is filled with hurt/When happiness doesn't work/Trust me and take my hand/When the lights go out you will understand" again, this is the assistant talking to Adam
    "I know, I know that you're wounded/You know, you know that I'm here to save you/You know, you know I'm always here for you/I know, I know that you'll thank me later" Even though Adam's struggling fighting off the addiction, the assistant's helping and consolodating him for a better future.

    Animal I Have Become - This is kinda a lead into Never Too Late. Adam's thinking that his addiction has made him an animal

    Never Too Late - This is about how he was feeling almost suicidal and the rehab assistants helping with his depression

    On My Own - Talking about a lover that Adam was with before he got into Rehab and how she felt about his addiction and she eventually kicked him out because of it and he's got nowhere to call "Home"

    Riot - simply a metaphore for protesting against the negative things in life, such as drug addiction

    Get Out Alive - fading away is pretty much the personality fading away when high and instead of killing the pain of it with more drugs, to run from the drugs and get out of the addiction ALIVE

    Let It Die - Life before the drug

    Over and Over - How the drug drags you down and the supposed "Lover" in the story is the drug "I fall for you"

    Time of Dying - OxyCotin addiction and pushing it away

    Gone Forever - post addiction and post rehab "I feel so much better now that your gone forever"

    One X - those who rose above and beat addiction and pretty much an anthem and reason for other people who are going to rehab and those who successfully completed rehab.
    BFMVfan965on February 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFinal Fantasy VIII Character Squall???? And you are making fun of things? wow
    the_austin_77on June 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is talking about emotional pain. it sounds from the song that he was in a constant state of depression for awhile. i know that when im depressed for awhile i start hurting too much inside to care. it becomes normal and i like the pain of feeling depressed. i think thats where he was when he wrote this song. i mean if the albums is supposed to get acrss the emotions for being on tour for a long time and not knowing anyone outside of the tour bus, then i would get pretty depressed myself. i would think he would too.
    dothedew08on July 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeople, it's about an emotional abyss.
    Let's look at it:
    Pain, without love
    Pain, I can't get enough
    Pain, I like it rough
    'Cause I'd rather feel pain than nothing at all

    This isn't about self harming or anything sexual. It's about the stage of feelings that occur between "nothing" and unconditional love. It's about seeking the relationship, not being able to find it and getting the "rub". The "rub" being the BS that happens time and time again. You get used to it, unfortunately. The writer would rather 'feel pain than nothing at all' because pain it what he is used to. Take one out of the rhelm of familierality and you have the unknown....which is what most people fear.....including the writer as the song is written. Couple that with not being willing to commit to anything more then what you are used to: you like it....without love. You like it....you can't get enough, you're used to it. You like it.....rough, because it hurts.....but at the samne time you aren't overly committed. (it's BS...the 'rub')

    you're sick of feeling numb
    You're not the only one
    I'll take you by the hand
    And I'll show you a world that you can understand
    This life is filled with hurt
    When happiness doesn't work
    Trust me and take my hand
    When the lights go out you will understand

    This verse essentially means....."You think you got it bad....I'll take you and show you."


    Anger and agony
    Are better than misery
    Trust me I've got a plan
    When the lights go off you will understand

    This verse is actually genius. The state of misery is basically caused by a lack of caring, lack of emotional fortitude and a lack of willpower. The penner is basically saying that he wants it, is able to be in it and understands the fact of hurting and feeling pain means that his emotional state is in tact......because if he felt misery his emotional stock would be expired. (Of course, the "rub", which seems to be the theme, of the song being that he will not commit to it)

    I know (I know I know I know I know)
    That you're wounded
    You know (You know you know you know)
    That I'm here to save you
    You know (You know you know you know you know)
    I'm always here for you
    I know (I know I know I know)
    That you'll thank me later

    This isn't about a current relationship. It's basically two strangers who have been through the same "rub", time and time again. The guy is singing to the girl. Guys have a primative instinct to be protectors, ask any of us. This is the guy saying, trust me....I'll protect you....(I'm opening up).



    dsus4on April 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEmo doesn't mean depressed, so quit calling this song emo.
    This song isn't about sex and it isn't directly related to self injury. In this song they were talking about how you can feel so alone while you're surrounded by a bunch of people. It's about no one understanding you and they are saying that they would rather feel pain than be completely numb and emotionless.
    XxVampireKittenxXon April 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI reckon this song is about, depression, how anti-depressants make you feel numb.. And artificial. The tablets are trying to make you.. Happy. I guess. But it's not working, and feeling numb is worse than pain. Trust me.
    PheonixDreamson May 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAnd agentcrusher99, just because he is happily married, doesn't mean he couldn't have felt this way before. And maybe he wrote this song so people could relate to it. Maybe he didn't even go through the experience. And i saw his interview about the background of the song. So YOU don't know anything.
    chelsbels105on September 09, 2010   Link

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