Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny April, Jon Wysocki

STAINED                                                                   2003                                                                   Elektra Records

The lead single from the album 14 Shades of Grey. Chart: #66, #6 alternative,
#2 mainstream rock. Time - 3:35. Released in U.S.A. April 1, 2003.

Recorded at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, 2003. Produced by Josh Abraham. Engineered by Jon Berkowitz.

'Price to Play' is about the trap every band falls into. In the beginning, bands live to get their first contract and hitting the big time. Once they get there, reality sets in. They find themselves in a never ending cycle of album/tour, album/ tour. They just finish a major, lenghty tour and the record company is pressuring them to get ready for the next album. They need to get decent songs written quickly and meet schedules. Their free time evaporates and it is an endless cycle. While it initially applies to the band, the idea applies to life in general. - Larry -


   Aaron Lewis - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
   Mike Mushok - lead guitar
   Johnny April - bass, backing vocals
   Jon Wysocki - drums
   Josh Abraham - keyboards


Aaron Lewis -

"Lyrically, what started the song was my frustrations with having to be back in the studio writing more songs and feeling like we were underneath somebody's thumb, but it turned into a song that just applies to life in general. And it's kind of tongue-in-cheek because life isn't a game, but it's the price we pay to play this game that we call life."

YOU TUBE STUDIO TRACK VIDEO YOU TUBE LYRIC VIDEO YOU TUBE LIVE Fail to see how destructive we can be Taking without giving back 'till the damage can be seen Can you see? Can you see? The more you take, the more you blame But everything still feels the same The more you hurt the more you scream The price you pay to play the game Then all you see and all you gave And all you step on will know shame There are no rules, no one to blame The price to play the game Empathy, the chosen way to be Blindly look the other way While you waste away with me Can you see? Can you see? What you pay to play the game What you pay to play the game What you pay to play the game What you pay to play the game