About Inside

"Inside" is a song by rock band Stiltskin, the first single from their first studio album, The Mind's Eye. It was written by Peter Lawlor for the British Levi's advert "Creek" and spent one week at number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1994. The song was used as the music for Sky Sports' coverage of the Scottish Premier League between 1998 and 2002. All instruments on this recording were played by Peter Lawlor. The introductory chorus is sung by the Ambrosian Singers.


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Swing low
In a dark glass hour
You turn and cower
See it turn to dust
Move on a stone dark night
We take to fight
Snowfall turns to rust

Seam in a fusing mine
Like a nursing rhyme
Fat man starts to fall
Here in a hostile place
I hear your face start to call

And if you think
That I've been loosing my way
That's because I'm slightly blinded
And if you think
That I don't make too much sense
That's because
I'm broken minded

Don't keep it 
If you believe it
Don't keep it all inside

Strong words
In a Ganges sky
I have to lie
Shadows move in Pairs
Ring out from a bruised postcard
In the shooting yard
Looking through the tears
Out of the black slate time
We move in line
But never reach an end
Fall in a long stray town
As the ice comes round
River starts to bend

And if you think
That I've been loosing my way
That's because I'm slightly blinded
And if you think
That I don't make too much sense
That's because
I'm broken minded

Don't keep it 
If you believe it
Don't keep it all inside

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Stiltskin is a Scottish rock band, who first achieved widespread popularity in the mid-1990s. Stiltskin's longest-standing current member is frontman Ray Wilson. They are best known for their 1994 UK chart-topper, "Inside". more »

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32 facts about this song

Release Date
"Inside" by Stiltskin was first released on 2 May 1994.
Chart Performance
The single reached number one spot in the UK Singles Chart.
Album Placement
"Inside" is from Stiltskin's first studio album, "The Mind's Eye."
Notable Use
The song was known for being featured in a Levi's jeans advertisement.
Band Origin
Stiltskin is a Scottish rock band.
Lead Singer
The lead vocals for "Inside" were provided by Ray Wilson.
Track Length
The song runs for 5 minutes and 14 seconds.
“Inside” is categorized as alternative rock and grunge.
Music Video
The music video for "Inside" features a man running through a series of walls.
Record Label
The song was produced under the Virgin Records label.
Band Formation
The song was a product of Stiltskin's initial formation years where they aimed to mix grunge music typical of the time with a more traditional hard rock approach.
Song Inspiration
The front-man, Ray Wilson, claimed the song was inspired by mankind's freedom of thought and the power to control one’s destiny.
Positive Reception
Listeners appreciated the explosive nature of the song and Ray Wilson’s powerful vocal performance.
Levi's Campaign
As part of Levi's 'Twisted to Fit' campaign, the song caught the attention of many, driving its popularity.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by several artists and bands since its initial release.
Song Legacy
Despite the band's shifting line-up and varied success with other songs, "Inside" remains Stiltskin's most recognized hit.
The song reached Gold certification in Germany with over 250,000 copies sold.
Band Breakup
Despite the success of "Inside", Stiltskin disbanded in 1996, only two years after the song's release, but later reformed in 2006.
The song was produced by Peter Lawlor, who also wrote and produced all of the material on "The Mind’s Eye" album.
Other Countries' Charts
Aside from its success in the UK, "Inside" also charted highly in many other European countries, reaching the top 10 in Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Chart Performance
"Inside" was a significant hit, managing to reach no. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in June 1994.
Use in Advertising
The song gained much of its initial popularity due to its use in a well-known Levi's jeans commercial back in the 90s.
Band Formation
Now known as the one-hit wonder band, Stiltskin was formed by Peter Lawlor primarily to have his compositions recorded and produced in his own way, and this is how "Inside" was created.
Album Success
"Inside" was the lead single from Stiltskin's 1994 album, "The Mind's Eye", which also went platinum in Europe.
Song Type
The song is often classified as grunge, alternative rock, and hard rock; a slight departure from the more popular pop genre that dominated the music scene at the time.
Band Line-up
The original vocalist performing "Inside" was Ray Wilson, who later joined the progressive rock band, Genesis.
Even though "Inside" is Stiltskin's only major hit, it's still being played today, and is a favourite song on rock radio stations.
Not an Overnight Success
Lawlor spent more than a year writing and refining the song, illustrating that "Inside" was not an overnight success.
Live Performances
"Inside" is often the only song from the Stiltskin setlist being played during live performances, highlighting the lasting popularity of the track.
Film Usage
The song was also used in the soundtrack for a 1995 film called ‘Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh’.
Cover Version
"Inside" was covered by various artists including 12 Stones, a Christian post-grunge band from the United States.
In 2011, Stiltskin re-released "Inside" in a slightly different version as part of their album "Unfulfillment".

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