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Jacksonville, United States
Shinedown is a Southern hard rock band that originated in Jacksonville, Florida. Shinedown was formed in early 2002 by Brent Smith, Jasin Todd, Brad Stewart, and Barry Kerch. They were signed by Atlantic Records. On July 13, 2003, the band released their debut album Leave a Whisper. The album sold the popular singles "Fly From the Inside" and "45". Leave A Whisper was re-released on June 15, 2004, to capitalize on the strength of a new single: A cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man". This song is often dedicated to their friend Dimebag Darrell who died in 2004.
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2 years ago
To me this song has one of the most powerful meanings out of any song I've heard in quite some time. I saw it as a look into the mind of someone with a lot of anxiety and this anxiety is eating away at the truly great person they are. How you can ignore this anxiety caused by past actions as much as you want, but it'll still be there trying to drag you down shown by the line "there's a monkey on my back". The chorus looks into looking into a bright future "feast your eyes on the big blue sky" and leave these mistakes in the past "and wave bye bye from a long black cadillac". How we need to take chances in life to get anywhere, and through this mistakes will be made "Pay the price, roll those dice".