"Excess Baggage" as written by and Michael J. Mushok....
(Hidden track on Dysfunction)


Well I know the words, but I can't really speak them
To you

And I hide all the pain that I've gained with my wisdom
From you

And I'm eaten alive by what I hold inside
All the things that I live with I can't easily hide
And I'm left here with nothing, nothing to live for
But you

It's not easy to hide
All this damage inside
I'll carry you with me
Until I'm not alive

When you look at my face, does it seem just as ugly?
To you?

I can't seem to erase all the scars I have lived with
From you

I'm so sick of this place
This taste in my mouth
Cause of you I can't figure what I'm all about
And I'm left here with nothing, nothing to live for
But you

It's not easy to hide
All this damage inside
I'll carry you with me
‘Til I'm not alive


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"Excess Baggage" as written by John April Aarron Lewis

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    General Commentexcess baggage to me is the memories of past drug abuse...which i think is the main point of the dysfuntion cd... this song seems like he is saying he has to live with the fact that he has done horrible things in his past but he hopes that his love will still love him... im going through the same kind of thing and thats the feeling i get from this song....especially the line when you look at my face does it seem just as ugly to you
    skizzyjoeon December 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti was just commenting on 'Bleed' by Cold, and this song also struck me as something of the same calibre. The lyrics may be straightforward, but when its sung by Aaron Lewis, it gives it a whole new sound, hauntingly beautiful...
    phreak_on_a_leashon December 12, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcaca
    Skitz24on January 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPowerful song about being in a realtionship that hurts so bad, but you need the person so much. I feel this one.
    halobenderon January 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think its about being with someone you'd hate to be friends with or married to but you need them to survive. Its your only love you've manage to find and hate to lose
    halobenderon January 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song is something that lies close to the heart. Not just cause Staind is my favorite, but because I can relate. In my eyes, this song is just about all the faults you see in yourself and all of the times that you just want to scream and yell, but you can't. Not in front of that one person. They seem just so beautiful in your eyes...their soul, their mind...and you don't want to ruin that by what you feel you hold inside. And although it's so hard at times to do, you know you have to. Everything that you know you've done wrong is darkened in their eyes for some reason, and you can't understand that. You can't see why they don't find you hideously dark. I know that other people out there had to have felt this some time. But it's something hard to let loose. That, or maybe Aaron Lewis is the only one that can put it into words so well.
    alion January 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf you hear this song and are not moved by it, you are dead. The first time I heard this I cried. It's scary how so many of Aaron's lyrics hit home for me.
    snarf_skateron January 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is an excellent song. Many people, including myself, can relate to this song.
    It is soft, pleasant, and has a good meaning to it.
    The only problem is that it is addictive, and if you listen to it too much, you will get so depressed that you kill yourself.
    VassiliZaitsevon April 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, it made me cry too its so sad what arrons been thorugh hes so lovely as well, Ive seen interviews with him and his wife and daughter hes great and a very strong and admirable guy who writes amazing songs XxxXX
    Roseon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYet another emotionally provoking, tear jerking, utterly haunting, yet so beautiful song by Aarong lewis. I can definitely feel his music. Such sadness can only be expressed in music. I must thank you Aaron lewis for helping me be able to express the "shit" inside me through your music....
    Blax_Knighton May 27, 2002   Link

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