"It's Been Awhile" is a song by American rock band Staind. It was released on March 27, 2001, as the lead single from their third studio album, Break the Cycle (2001).


The song is Staind's most successful and is their best-known song, becoming a number five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2001—their only song to reach the top 10.


It spent a second-best 20 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (behind "Loser" by 3 Doors Down) and a then-record 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. Worldwide, the single became a top-20 hit in Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.





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 remember

As fucked up as it all may seem

The consequences that I've rendered

I've stretched myself beyond my means


And it's been awhile

Since I could say that I wasn't addicted

And it's been awhile

Since I could say I love myself as well

And it's been awhile

Since I've gone and fucked things up just like I always do

And it's been awhile

But all that shit seems to disappear when I'm with you


And everything I can't remember

As fucked up as it all may seem

The consequences that I've rendered

I've gone and fucked things up again


Why must I feel this way?

Just make this go away

Just one more peaceful day


And it's been awhile

Since I could look at myself straight

And it's been awhile

Since I said I'm sorry

And it's been awhile

Since I've seen the way the candles light your face

And it's been awhile

But I can still remember just the way you taste


And everything I can't remember

As fucked up as it all may seem to be I know it's me

I cannot blame this on my father

He did the best he could for me


And it's been awhile

Since I could hold my head up high

And it's been awhile

Since I said I'm sorry