“Am I the Only One” by Aaron Lewis
On “Am I the Only One”, Aaron Lewis seems to be, most simply put, lamenting the current political state of America. And he is not doing so as most popular musicians as of late, i.e. actually advocating the current changes or what have you that are going on.
Rather he perceives love for the traditional values of the nation as deteriorating, even acknowledging “Old Glory”, i.e. the American flag, in that regard. Or more specifically, he is what some people would refer to as a constitutionalist. And in the song, Aaron also expresses an idea like being perturbed by the removal of confederate statues and/or that of other historical figures who, usually in regards of having been racist, have also been taken down during the last year or so.
But let’s say that Lewis’s main beef isn’t so much about the political climate of the country as it is his feeling that no one is speaking up about such matters, even though he’s obviously not “the only one” who is disturbed by them.
Or perhaps we can postulate, considering that by all means some netizens for instance have also publicly expressed displeasure for what’s going down, that who Aaron is more specifically referring to his musical peers. In fact with that in mind he even namedrops the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, and not in a good way.
Narrator is Saddened by the Current State of America
We can also say that there is a lot going on underneath the lyrics. For instance, it does appear, based on comments he’s recently made, that Lewis, as with likeminded individuals, is not too fond of the present manifestation of the Democratic Party.
But such is not to imply that he is a conspiracy theorist, nor is he anti-establishment in the truest sense of the word. Rather the sentiment being put forth are those of a man who is watching his nation change, unfavorably in his eyes and ultimately being powerless to do anything about it.
But that is not to say that he feels helpless. If he did, it’s highly likely that he wouldn’t have even bothered dropping this song. Instead, Aaron perceives himself more like “the only one” amongst his similarly-dispositioned peers who actually has the courage to drop a mildly anti-mainstream song like this.
Writing Credits for “Am I the Only One”
Aaron Lewis wrote this song alongside Ira Dean and Jeffrey Steele. That latter is Aaron’s bandmate in a group called Staind, which Lewis has been fronting since the mid-1990s.
Staind went on their first hiatus early in the 2010s. It was during that period also in which Aaron Lewis came out with his first solo album, 2012’s “The Road”. Since then he has also dropped two others, “Sinner” (2016) and “State I’m In” (2019).
However, Lewis had been coming out with singles unassociated with Staind even prior to that. For instance, back in the year 2000 he released a song in collaboration with Fred Durst (of Limp Bizkit) entitled “Outside”. In 2011 he teamed up with elder artists George Jones (1931-2013) and Charlie Daniels (1932-2020) to come out with “Country Boy”. And those two songs remain Lewis’s two most-successful singles (outside of Staind) to date.
“Am I the Only One”
Meanwhile “Am I the Only One” was released as a standalone single on 2 July 2021. It was done so by the well-known Big Machine Records. FYI, this is the same label that had been in headlines as of late for launching Taylor Swift’s career and then getting into beef with her afterwards.