"Outside" as written by and Aarron Lewis....
And you
Can bring me to my knees
Again

All the times
That I could beg you please
In vain

All the times
That I felt insecure
For you

And I leave
My burdens at the door

But I'm on the outside
I'm looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
'Cause inside you're ugly
You're ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

All the times
That I felt like this won't end
Was for you

And I taste
What I could never have
It's from you

All those times
That I tried
My intentions
Full of pride
And I waste
More time than anyone

But I'm on the outside
I'm looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
'Cause inside you're ugly
You're ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you

All the times
That I've cried
All that's wasted
It's all inside

But I feel
All this pain
Stuffed it down
It's back again

And I lie
Here in bed
All alone
I can't mend

And I feel
Tomorrow will be okay

But I'm on the outside
I'm looking in
I can see through you
See your true colors
'Cause inside you're ugly
You're ugly like me
I can see through you
See to the real you


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"Outside" as written by Aarron Lewis

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  • +4
    General Commentand you bring me to my knees again
    all this time that I could beg you please in vain
    all the times that I felt insecure for you
    and I leave burdens at the door

    (This says to me he's with a woman already. However she know how to wrap him around he finger and hurt him at a whim (you bring me to my knees again) and he just wants to please her and the pain of her wods stop (I could beg please please in vain) and he feels he can't (hence insecure for you) and yet he leaves his burdens at the door to be with her (trying to push his weakness to the door and carpet over it).

    (Chorus)
    I�m on the outside.
    I�m looking in.
    I can see through you.
    See your true colors.
    'Cause inside you�re ugly.
    You�re ugly like me.
    I can see through you.
    See to the real you.

    (He's started realising that he's not accepted by her (I�m on the outside). He's looking in on 'their' relationship (I�m looking in.). But he's started to look thro the pretty visage on her (I can see through you.)and see's her how she truly is. On the inside, she's just like him ('Cause inside you�re ugly)and hates herself just like she's made him hate hiself (You�re ugly like me.)and is projecting out on him, and he's realised this now he's since the real her (hence See to the real you) )


    All this time, that I felt like this
    won�t end. Was for you.

    And I taste, what I could never have.
    It�s from you.

    All those times, that I tried,
    My intentions, full of pride
    And I waste, more time than anyone

    (He was trying despite everything to make things work because he cares and put lots of effort to do so (All this time, that I felt like this won't end. Was for you) and loves her but realises he won't be loved back (And I taste, what I could never have, It's from you) and he tried repeatedly to make her happy and proud (All those times, that I tried, My intentions, full of pride) and it was all thrown back in his face over and over doing so (And I waste, more time than anyone).)


    (Chorus)
    I�m on the outside
    I�m looking in
    I can see through you
    See your true colors
    'Cause inside you�re ugly
    You�re ugly like me
    I can see through you
    See to the real you

    All the times, that I�ve cried
    All that�s wasted, it�s all inside

    (He's totally in love, but its wasted as she doesn't want/can't accept the love he gives (All that�s wasted, it�s all inside)

    And I feel, all this pain
    Stuffed it down, it�s back again

    (He's pushed down his pain he had before her (eg with his mum) and suffering to be with her, but its surfacing again because of her)

    And I lie, here in bed
    All alone, I can�t mend

    (He's defeated and retreating to a 'safe' place (And I lie here in bed) to try to mend but he realises he can't and he's alone (All alone, I can�t mend))

    And I feel,
    Tomorrow will be okay

    (Trying to be positive)

    But I know..

    (Chorus)
    That I�m on the outside
    I�m looking in
    I can see through you
    See your true colors
    Cause inside you�re ugly
    You�re ugly like me
    I can see through you
    See to the real you

    (See above for this).


    Thats my take on it. He's been hurt over and over by this girl and he's not really in control or with her, he's an outsider on the relationship despite doing everything he possibly can, over and over and pushing his own pride and pain to the back to be with her. But she's as damaged as he is and despite all this, come the end of the song he's with her but he knows the real her (and you'd suspect someone singing this is on the verge of ending things between them...).
    mattwildon November 05, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationThis song makes me feel so much pain. I'm in love with someone who doesn't know it and they're all I think about. However there are days when they let me down and finally I get to see them for real instead of how I see them.

    "And you can bring me to my knees... again."
    [I don't know how many times they've let me down in some way and I just feel like giving up]

    "I'm on the outside and I'm looking in. I can see through you, see your true colors"
    [When the haze of love finally goes away, I can see how not perfect they are.]

    "Inside your ugly, your ugly like me."
    [Cause really, what makes someone better than you? Everyone has their faults]

    "And I feel tomorrow will be okay."
    [After the disappointment and pain, I let it all go by tomorrow morning. I don't want to be angry at them because it will ruin the memory. Tomorrow is another day, and everything will be alright.]
    Brittishon November 29, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI had been with the same girl for three years, and she was so manipulative because she was attractive... I rememgber staring at her whenever I heard this song... God I'm glad I left her... Staind Rocks
    Moses2001on May 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song and the whole damn album helped me through some of the darkest days of my life.
    someoneyoumightknowon May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so good.the first time i heard it i had 2 stop what i was doing coz there is just summat about it that really hits ya.it is 1 of my greatest songs ever
    iamtheoneon December 14, 2001   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFRED DURST BLOWS!
    Metal wont dieon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey no fighting, we r meant to give opinions on the songs, not the people who sung it
    thehardyz2001ukon April 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song kicks ass!
    skeetsquirrelon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthey fred does suck, he ruined the live version of the song, and if Staind really is this amazing band every makes them out to be then they wouldn't have needed Fred's help, they would have made it eventually.
    CouchpotatoHeroon July 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really like this song. I think the words are very powerful. It tells that the people who looks or act nice and great on the outside, could really be horrible people. It also goes back to that sayin don't judge a book by its cover. I think in everyone there is a horrible person, but thats just the way it is. I can really relate to what he is singing about. I am an outsider that often looks in. I am treated with such horrible measures, by the people who everyone else thinks are so nice and cool. Even in my dreams I and treated badly. So this song means alot to me.
    Danielle1987on August 07, 2002   Link

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