45 (Shinedown song)

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Single by Shinedown
from the album Leave a Whisper
Released July 29, 2003
Format CD
Length 4:09
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Brent Smith, Tony Battaglia
Shinedown singles chronology
"Fly from the Inside"
"Simple Man"

"45" is a song by American hard rock band Shinedown. The song was released on July 13, 2003, on the album Leave a Whisper. Following the album's release, "45" became a popular single. An acoustic cover of "45" was featured on the album's re-release on June 15, 2004.

"45" placed twelfth among U.S. Modern Rock and third among U.S. Mainstream Rock songs after its release.


Brent Smith (the lead singer and songwriter) has stated in an interview:

Music video and controversy[edit]

The band requested that the music video for "45" be removed from MTV broadcast[2] because the lyrics "the barrel of a .45" and "ashes of another life" were removed from the chorus and the title card of the video referred to the song by the MTV-originated title "Staring Down..." Singer Brent Smith felt the editing blurred the message of the song and MTV was hypocritical since they had played other unedited videos. Smith believed that if they did not wish to play the song as it was written, they should never have broadcast it. Though the edited version of the video was aired a few times without the artists' consent, the song was eventually pulled from the airwaves. MTV had broadcast without editing, in heavy rotation and during daytime hours, Depeche Mode's 1997 music video for the song "Barrel of a Gun". It was never censored on other music video channels or radio although it had in the chorus, "I've been staring down the barrel of a gun"; it caused no controversy and MTV had no concern.[citation needed]

In an interview, Brent Smith stated,


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