"I Stand Alone"
Single by Godsmack
from the album The Scorpion King soundtrack and Faceless
ReleasedFebruary 2002
StudioHit Factory Criteria (Miami)
GenreNu metal[1]
Songwriter(s)Sully Erna
Godsmack singles chronology
"I Stand Alone"
"Straight Out of Line"

"I Stand Alone" is a song by the American rock band Godsmack. It was released to radio in February 2002 as the lead single from the Scorpion King soundtrack. It would reappear on Godsmack's third studio album, Faceless, the following year.[3] It won a 2002 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for "Song of the Year From a Movie Soundtrack."[4]

"I Stand Alone" reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart and No. 20 on the Modern Rock chart in the US.[5] The single achieved Gold certification for more than half a million copies shipped in the United States, spurring sales of over 1.5 million copies for Faceless and propelling Godsmack to worldwide popularity.

Writing and production

"I Stand Alone" was written by Sully Erna and produced by Mudrock for the film The Scorpion King, with the band receiving a script and a trailer, deciding to then write about the main character, Mathayus.[6] The film's star, Dwayne Johnson, complimented the result, saying "When you see that on the trailer, "I Stand Alone", that's a hot, hot song, and very indicative of what the character's all about."[7] Erna elaborated on how the song was created:

"I had a little bit of time before we started writing the new album. And it turned out that The Scorpion King director Chuck Russell was a fan of Godsmack and wanted to use our song "Voodoo" in the movie. Because the song was a little dated, he wanted me to redo it, and I wasn't really up for that. Instead I submitted some new music I had written 'I Stand Alone'. Once we were working together, he leaned on me a little bit to help him find some of the best up-and-coming bands."[8]

In terms of production, Robbie Merrill stated that Mudrock managed to bring Sully to another level with his vocal range and trying different ideas that the band wouldn't have tried in the past. They wanted to give the producer a chance and it worked out well.[9]

Music and lyrics

"The song was written about the character, the Scorpion King, in the movie," Erna explained on the set of the accompanying video. "It's about him being this big, masculine badass, but he has this hidden sensitive side to him. He feels like he's isolated, and he likes to do things alone because he was hurt in the past or whatever. I don't really know why he is the way he is. I guess there's always this mystique about those people who are really tough but maybe feel a little bit lonely inside. So the lyrics are kind of based on his character — being as masculine as he can be but yet isolated and a loner."[10]

"I Stand Alone" features a chugging main riff enhanced by textural, single-note guitar lines and powerful, melodic vocals. The song starts with a lunging beat and a guitar riff that shifts between a low, rumbling buzz and an eerie series of notes much higher up the fretboard. Then, for the verse, the song locks into a crunching, percussive riff reminiscent of Metallica before kicking back into the eerie opening passage with Sully Erna scream-singing the song's title and the lines "I'm not afraid of fading/ Feeling your sting down inside of me/ I'm not dying for it." During the midsection of the song, the music turns creepy and atmospheric, and the singer moans, "It's my time to dream/ Dream of the skies/ Make me believe that this place isn't made by the poison in me/ Help me decide if my fire will burn out before you can breathe."[11]

Music video

The music video is based on The Scorpion King, and it also features clips from the film. It was directed by the Brothers Strause. The video was made at a cost of approx $750,000.[12]


The song was also featured in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within,[13] used both for its trailer and the ingame music that mimics the song. The main theme of the game revolves around The Prince trying to change his fate all by himself, while the Time Guardian known as the Dahaka tries to end his life. An instrumental version of the song (without the lyrics) is played when the Prince is being chased by the Dahaka in some parts of the game.

"I Stand Alone" is also the entrance song of Houston Astros pitcher Roy Oswalt as well as former Boston Red Sox pitcher Craig Hansen.

On January 20, 2009, the song became available for download in the Rock Band series, marking the first time Godsmack is represented in a music video game.[14]

The song also featured in 2005 film Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis.[15]

The song featured in video games Guitar Hero 5 and Rock Band Unplugged as DLC.

The song appeared in the 2012 film Here Comes the Boom, as the entrance song of UFC champion Ken "The Executioner" Dietrich (played by Krzysztof Soszynski).

The song was featured in the theatrical trailer for the film Alone in the Dark, but does not appears in the film or soundtrack.

Grammy Awards

"I Stand Alone" had two Grammy nominations for 'Best Rock Song' and, 'Best Hard Rock Performance' respectively.[16] In an interview with him, Sully Erna said that the group's two Grammy Award nominations took the band by surprise, because they didn't release an album in 2002.[17]

"It did take us by surprise, because we've been so busy working on the new record and things like that, we didn't even think about," Erna said.[17] "2002 was kind of a wash for us, except for that one track. It served its purpose. It kept us afloat the whole time we were down working on the new album and stuff, so...but now that it's soaking in I'm like, I'm pretty excited that we just got nominated for a couple. Whether we take it, or whether we don't, it's still...Someone recognized us for the hard work we've done."[17]

Also, Erna admits that the band was pretty excited because they were nominated in a rock category.

"It was definitely a surprise being nominated again," Erna said. "The first year, I don't even know why we were nominated, because we were in a category with Joe Satriani and these other guys for best instrumental performance. And the instrumental that we had on our record was an accident, so that was pretty bizarre to be nominated for that. But this year we're pretty excited because we consider ourselves a rock band and we're in a rock category."[18]

Track listing

1."I Stand Alone"Erna4:08
2."Bad Religion"
  • Erna
  • Stewart
3."Sick of Life"Erna3:48

Though it appeared on Faceless, "I Stand Alone" was released a year early in conjunction with The Scorpion King, and only later added to Faceless. Therefore, the tracks on the single are all off their previous releases, Godsmack and Awake.


Weekly charts

Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[19] 90
Germany (Official German Charts)[20] 96
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 70
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[22] 2
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[23] 20
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[24] 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See also


  1. ^ "28 Nu-Metal Era Bands You Probably Forgot All About". NME. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ Billboard Magazine - February 23, 2002, page 22 Google Books
  3. ^ "Godsmack: Faceless Track Listing Unveiled". Blabbermouth.Net. 2003-02-01. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  4. ^ Metal Edge, June 2003
  5. ^ "Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Godsmack – Billboard 200". Billboard 200. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2007-11-11.
  6. ^ "Godsmack Finished With 'Scorpion King' Track". Yahoo! Music. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2002-01-11.
  7. ^ "Godsmack All Over The Charts, The Rock Gives Props". Yahoo! Music. 2009-01-21. Retrieved 2002-04-19.
  8. ^ Bonin, Liane (2002-04-01). "P.O.D. and Ozzy fire up a Mummy spinoff". EW.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  9. ^ "liveDaily Interview: Robbie Merrill of Godsmack". liveDaily.com. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  10. ^ "Godsmack Shoot Video For 'Scorpion King' Single - News Story". MTV.com. Archived from the original on March 9, 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  11. ^ "Godsmack Deliver First Sting From 'Scorpion King'; Creed, System To Follow - News Story". MTV.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  12. ^ July 22, 2019 - SiriusXM Volume Channel - Trunk Nation Show - Sully Erna from Godsmack discusses the band, making videos and news. www.siriusXM.com
  13. ^ "Godsmack Music To Be Featured In 'Prince of Persia: Warrior Within' Videogame". Blabbermouth.Net. 2004-11-08. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-01-05.
  14. ^ "Rock Band Keeps Rocking with Godsmack, Rob Zombie and More". Unigamesity. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  15. ^ "Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis Soundtracks" imdb.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2009.
  16. ^ "Ken Phillips Publicity Group - Godsmack". Ken Phillips Publicity Group. 2006-07-11. Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  17. ^ a b c "Godsmack Set First Single From Upcoming CD". Blabbermouth.Net. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  18. ^ "Godsmack Avoid Spinal Tap Title - News Story". MTV.com. Archived from the original on February 8, 2003. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  19. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 6 May 2002" (PDF) (636). Australian Web Archive. May 15, 2002. Archived from the original on 14 May 2002. Retrieved 2014-09-07. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  20. ^ "Godsmack – I Stand Alone" (in German). GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  21. ^ "Godsmack – I Stand Alone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Godsmack Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Godsmack Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Godsmack Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Godsmack – I Stand Alone". Recording Industry Association of America.

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