"Outside" is a song by the American alternative metal band Staind. It was released in May 2001 as the second single from their second album Break the Cycle.


"Outside" was originally performed live during the 1999 Family Values Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi, with Aaron Lewis (vocals and guitar) on the stage by himself and Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst providing backing vocals.


Lewis was asked to perform a song solo and he decided at the last moment to play a song he had been working on and practicing with an acoustic side project known as J-CAT since the early days of Staind. He finished the lyrics to "Outside" on the spot while singing the song live.




Lyrics


And you

Can bring me to my knees

Again

All the times

That I could beg you please

In vain

All the times

That I felt insecure

For you

And I leave

My burdens at the door


But I'm on the outside

I'm looking in

I can see through you

See your true colors

'Cause inside you're ugly

You're ugly like me

I can see through you

See to the real you


All the times

That I felt like this won't end

It's for you

And I taste

What I could never have

It was from you

All the times

That I've cried

My intentions

Full of pride

But I waste

More time than anyone


But I'm on the outside

And I'm looking in

I can see through you

See your true colors

'Cause inside you're ugly

You're ugly like me

I can see through you

See to the real you


All the times

That I've cried

All this wasted

It's all inside

And I feel

All this pain

Stuffed it down

It's back again

And I lie

Here in bed

All alone

I can't mend

But I feel

Tomorrow will be okay


But I'm on the outside

And I'm looking in

I can see through you

See your true colors

'Cause inside you're ugly

You're ugly like me

I can see through you

See to the real you