Price to Play


About Price to Play

"Price to Play" is a song by American alternative metal band Staind. It was the lead single from their fourth album, 14 Shades of Grey. "Price to Play" was released in advance and became a hit, charting high on both rock charts (number two on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number six on the Modern Rock Tracks) and peaking within the top 100 of the Billboard Hot 100 at number 66. It was also the official theme song of WWE's Vengeance 2003 event.


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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


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

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Staind ( /ˈsteɪnd/ STAYND) is an American rock band that was formed in 1995 in Springfield, Massachusetts. For 17 years, the band consisted of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Aaron Lewis, lead guitarist Mike Mushok, bassist Johnny April, and drummer Jon Wysocki (who left in May 2011). To date, the band has recorded seven studio albums: Tormented (1996), Dysfunction (1999), Break the Cycle (2001), 14 Shades of Grey (2003), Chapter V (2005), The Illusion of Progress (2008), and their self-titled album (2011). The band has had five chart-topping singles and sold over 15 million records worldwide. more »

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10 facts about this song

Album Classification
"Price to Play" is the lead single from Staind's fourth album, "14 Shades of Grey."
Chart Performance
In 2003, the song reached number 2 on US Billboard's Mainstream Rock listing and number 6 on Modern Rock Tracks.
Song Length
The official length of the song "Price to Play" clocks in at 3 minutes and 36 seconds.
Song Formation
This Staind song is known for its heavy guitar riffs and melodic vocals, characteristic of the band's post-grunge style.
The lyrics of "Price to Play" were written by Aaron Lewis, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the band.
Like much of Staind's music, "Price to Play" explores personal themes, with lyrics reportedly reflecting on the hardships and challenges involved in achieving success.
Music Video
The music video of "Price to Play" features the band playing in a rundown building, with each member featured individually and also as a group.
Hit Status
Beyond its chart success, the relevance of "Price to Play" was solidified when it was included in the "Best of Staind" album released in 2006.
Award Nomination
"Price to Play" received a nomination for Best Rock Song at the Grammy Awards in 2004.
Cultural Influence
"Price to Play" also found cultural resonance beyond the rock music world as it became part of the soundtrack for the wrestling video game, WWE Smackdown! Here Comes The Pain.

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