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“Under Your Scars” is the first ever ballad from heavy metal group Godsmack and their 2018 album “When Legends Rise”. The band was formed in 1995 in Massachusetts in the United States, and consisted of founder, frontman and songwriter and Sully
Erna; guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill and drummer Shannon Larkin.

“Under Your Scars” came from frontman Sully Erna wanting to take a new direction in the band’s next album. According to, Erna had expressed his desire to change how the band had been placed into the heavy metal genre, and had decided to try out a more hard rock sound. In a 2018 interview with, Erna described the “When Legends Rise” album: “It was just about evolving as a songwriter. I wanted to stretch my wings even further, to use all of the experiences I’ve had writing different types of music over the years and apply that to finding a way to introduce a newer, fresher, more mature sound, while still maintaining the power of Godsmack.”
The song is a love ballad about how a person’s scars are part of them and are still lovable.

The music video for the track was directed by Paris Visone and was uploaded to Godsmack’s YouTube channel in July 2019. It features the band playing the track live at a concert. As of December 2019, the video has over 17.4 million views and over 150 thousand likes.

Release Date: 27th April 2018

Songwriter: Sully Erna

Producer/s: Sully Erna & Erik Ron

Label: BMG

Music Video Release Date: 19th July 2019

Music Video Director: Paris Visone

Chart Rankings: “Under Your Scars” was Godsmack’s first song to reach #1, and it did so on the US Active Rock Chart. In total, three singles from the “When Legends Rise” hit #1. The track currently has 11.8 million plays on Spotify.

The lyrics to “Under Your Scars” can be accessed here: LINK

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  1. Noah

    March 30, 2020 at 4:48 am

    Great song and solo. Love the feel and it deserves #1 for a long time! Simple and beautiful. Great work ema and tony…

  2. Tabitha Evans

    September 11, 2020 at 2:27 am

    This song hits me hard, i kinda tear up and then tell myself to quit cryin like a butch lol.. the intro to the song itself. I have a tattoo on my back, and its my favorite one… it says ” true love is not finding a perfect person, but seeing an imperfect person perfectly” Absolutely love the lyrics, the video with the candles and the woman playing the cello ♡♡ absolutely feel the lyrics and the pain in them… love this♡♡

    • Julie Fletcher

      April 21, 2021 at 1:19 am

      I have many scars. Inside and out. Some on the outside caused me to die 3 times on the way to the hospital, from the hands of someone who was supposed to love me. This song actually brings peace to me Thank you Godsmack for giving me hope and peace! I hope I get to see you one day. Love all of you!!!

  3. Tammy Nelson

    October 24, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Over the years Godsmack has become my favorite music. However when I heard the song under your scars it hit home. Thank you Sully all the entire group. You are amazing.

  4. Dawn

    November 17, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    First time I heard this song I was going through a great lose in my life. I had lost a older sister tht I felt like she was a second mom in my life I could tell her things tht I couldn’t tell my Christian parent’s then I lost my precious daddy. But two things keep me going through tht my little boy and his father. His dad came from a different side of the tracks than I did life was rough for him as opposed to my life. But when I meet him it was love at first sight and I was determined to show him regardless of the rough life he had growing up I and my family were going to love his heart right out of him. Our child thought he hung the moon and stars and I did to. Sadly one brief mistake took him back into a world I was sure I’d saved him from along with God of course. And he was murdered. Your song reminds me tht he and I shared everything including our child together thanks for the song GodSmack

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