Loser (Ayreon song)

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Single by Ayreon
from the album The Human Equation
Released July 26, 2004
Genre Progressive metal
Length 15:52
Label InsideOut/SPV
Writer(s) Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Devin Townsend
Producer(s) Arjen Anthon Lucassen
Ayreon singles chronology
"Day Eleven: Love"
"Come Back to Me"

"Loser" (originally "Day Sixteen: Loser" in the album) is the fifth single by Arjen Anthony Lucassen's progressive rock/metal opera Ayreon, released on July 26, 2004 from its sixth album, The Human Equation. It is the fifth track of the second disc of its sixth album The Human Equation, and the sixteenth track of the overall album.Although it is released under Ayreon's name, the single version, very different, was made by Lucassen's other band Star One.

Lead vocals are provided by Mike Baker from Shadow Gallery, who is playing the character Father in his only album appearance. Devin Townsend provides vocals at the end of the song, in the third and final appearance of his character Rage. The song was composed by Lucassen, who also wrote Father's vocals; however Rage's vocals are written by Townsend himself.

On the single version, Peter Vink is playing bass and Joost van den Broek is playing keyboards;the two instruments were originally played by Lucassen. The most notable difference is the substitution of the Hammond solo of Ken Hensley by a duel between Lucassen and van den Broek.


The song follows the plot of the main story of the album. For more information of it, see the plot at the article of the album. The sixteenth day is marked with a rather strange event: Father, Me's nemesis, comes to visit Me. Calling him "Loser", and belittling him as always, it is later revealed that the Father is the true loser, having had several failed marriages and with lawsuits against him by each of those wives, while half of the many neglected children he has with them are in jail. Rage reawakens and refuses Father's words, reflecting upon the intensity of Me's hatred towards him. ("You're killing it from afar, go tell it in a bar/You're killing it from afar my father!")

Music video[edit]

A music video was shot for the song. It features live footage of Star One performing the song, plus images of the band in the middle of some fields and also Mike Baker singing his part on the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Loser (Star One version) - 3:31
  2. How You Gonna See Me Now (Acoustic Alice Cooper cover, with Mike Baker) - 3:52
  3. Into the Black Hole (Acoustic live version, with Irene Jansen) - 4:22
  4. Castle Hall (Acoustic version, with Irene Jansen) - 4:07



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