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Shinedown Frontman Goes In-Depth About ‘Bully’ [VIDEO]

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Shinedown has been at the No. 1 spot on the active rock charts for several weeks now with their single ‘Bully.’ Rolling Stone recently interviewed Shinedown frontman Brent Smith, who said the song is not about condoning violence, but rather condoning survival.

Smith goes on to say:

I don’t think that anyone should ever have their self-respect or their dignity taken from them. [Bully] is about not feeling like you can’t stand up for yourself and take back your self-respect if you feel as if someone is belittling you or trying to push you around.

He talks about a time when his father took him to the garage with a pair of boxing gloves when he was 10 years old. His father told him, “I don’t ever want it to come to this, but you need to learn how to fight.” Smith said he got his butt kicked sometimes, but he always stood up for himself.

By nature I’ve just never backed down from what I believed in, and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let someone push me around. It’s the same thing with my family, too. I wouldn’t let someone come into my house and mess with my girlfriend or my son.

Check out the video for Bully:

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