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Staind: It's Been Awhile Meaning

Song Released: 2001

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It's Been Awhile Lyrics

And it's been awhile
Since I could hold my head up high
And it's been awhile
Since I first saw you
And it's been awhile
Since I could stand on my own two feet again
And it's been awhile
Since I could call you

And everything I can't...


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    Jul 14th, 2008 7:03pm report

    This a one kickass song but I think it is an apology song to a girl that he screwed things up with and he realizes how much he misses her and needs her... I could totally be wrong though


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    Jun 1st, 2014 6:57am report

    To Me this song has always been about Heroin addiction and nothing else. The love and hate relationship a true heroin addict goes through on a minute by minute basis, in and out of addiction. This song has spoken to Me in sobriety and during times of obsession. When I am high and caught in my heroin death grip I wish I were clean. When I am sober a single flash of a thought makes me long for another taste...

    I agree that this is a song about the pure hell of addiction and the love that He fondly refers to is that of the memories of the high.

    The words seem to go back and forth just as the thoughts of any addict in and out of recovery. It is a never ending cycle....

    P.S. Stained did a cover of "Comfortably Numb" , which is awesome, and that song is clearly about IV drug use, so I would have to disagree with the fan who stated this song is about pot....


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    Mar 3rd, 2008 3:36pm report

    I think this song is about love that has faded away, there was never a break up, the couple just grew apart. The guy misses what he use to have.


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    Jan 8th, 2020 1:10am report

    In my opinion I believe it’s about addiction to Alcohol. Listen to the words carefully. Clearly states “I can’t blame this on my father”. To me it’s meaning that his “father” was an Alcoholic when his child was growing up and he was following him in his footsteps. He didn’t blame his father for the mess he got himself in. And also the “ I still remember just the way you taste”. I don’t think he’s talking about his lost love, I think he truly misses the way Alcohol tastes. I don’t think Heroin HAS a taste. Isn’t it injected? I’ve never experienced Heroin, so I can’t state the facts. But that’s my meaning. I could be wrong. Just saying


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    Jun 10th, 2017 6:26pm report

    Addiction is addiction whether it's a relationship, cars,drugs of whatever kind. Each and every addiction is the same as the other, each and every addiction can be overcome with faith and having an outlet for your feelings, pain, guilt and things broken or lost.


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    Jun 8th, 2017 6:51am report

    The narrator is someone who takes stock of his life and makes references to his previous drug addiction problem and failed relationships. The narrator mentions their father, though they believe that they only have themselves to blame for their problems. Lewis called the song, "an acknowledgement of the past."[3]


    What it meant to the writer.


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    Jun 7th, 2017 6:32pm report

    A songs interpretation is open to anybody and everybody right up to the point that the artist states what he or she says it means. It might mean something different to you but people aren't on here asking what it means to you, they want to know what it meant to the writer. The author of this song has stated in no uncertain terms that it is about herion addiction so any other interpretation is clearly wrong.


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    Feb 15th, 2016 2:41pm report

    It's about an addictive relationship and the sex/love/drug addict was in his addiction using and hit a bottom after messing things up with a women he realizes is his best friend and is living in reality facing his addiction and can't blame his father nor others for his choices our childhood issues. He must face and deal with the consequences and apologize to make amends! ♡


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    Dec 3rd, 2013 12:23pm report

    Where did good music like this go? This stuff was so real.


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    Mar 16th, 2013 3:53am report

    a drug addicted person admitting his struggles with drugs and the pain of shame and denial like walking around with a hook in your mouth a demon who will ever call on you to be with it !!!!~


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    Dec 10th, 2012 12:59pm report

    It's about how this person has changed and they miss the other. They want to show them how much of a better person they are and they want to do what they used to do together.


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    Dec 9th, 2012 12:42pm report

    I think thats the beauty of music and the interpretation of lyrics, people can apply it to their own lives. I think he wrote it to purposely mean 2 interpretations, an addiction to heroin and an addiction to a woman he loved and hurt and how one of those masked the other.


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    Nov 2nd, 2012 11:28am report

    As a heroin addict I can totaly relate to the low self esteem he is singing about in this song and then finaly beating it or at least winning the battle for now.


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    Sep 30th, 2012 9:03pm report

    It's about addiction and not going back to that life . He talked about it on concert back in 2000 . He had a long history with substance abuse and that's where the song comes from hope that helps


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    Aug 19th, 2012 8:15pm report

    I think that he got hooked on drugs and it caused so much stress in his relationship that they broke up. Now since he's sober, he finds her picture (in the video), and realizes he misses her and apologizes to all the shit he caused by his drug use.


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    Jun 26th, 2012 6:04am report

    I agree song is about battling heroin addiction, something i am battling now.. the words speak to me, candles light your face, still remember your taste..


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    Feb 3rd, 2012 2:36pm report

    Well my boyfriend and I discussed this song yesterday when we heard it on the radio! I have always heard this song as a battle with addiction and trying to get passed it! My boyfriend SWEARS its about a passed love who he wishes he wouldnt have messed thigs up with! Heres whats weird I've never struggled with drugs never even tried them once and I think its about drugs my boyfriend did Coke for years and he thinks its about love. I still stand by its about drugs. I think its hidden to sound like a love song. Like most songs about addiction!!! Its just very clever lyrics!!! i love the song regardless!!


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    Jan 5th, 2012 1:22pm report

    i think we are all right....that is why music is an art....we can interpret it in our own minds.

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