Bully (song)

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Shinedown - Bully.jpg
Single by Shinedown
from the album Amaryllis
ReleasedJanuary 3, 2012
Recorded2011 at Cameron More Recording, Capitol Studios
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo
Shinedown singles chronology
"Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)"
Music video
"Bully" on YouTube

"Bully" is the lead single from American rock band Shinedown's fourth studio album, Amaryllis.


Speaking to Rolling Stone, Shinedown front man Brent Smith discussed the lyrics of the song as "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. The song is not condoning violence. What it is condoning is survival. I don't think that anyone should ever have their self-respect or their dignity taken from them."

He also mentioned that his father had instructed him on how to defend himself against bullies. "When I was ten years old, my dad took me to the garage and put a pair of boxing gloves on me and said, 'I don't ever want it to come to this, but you need to learn how to fight.' And I got my butt kicked sometimes, but I always stood up for myself. 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."[2]


The song was released on January 3, 2012.

Music video[edit]

The official video premiered on the band's YouTube channel on March 6, 2012. The video was directed by Darren Doane, who previously directed the video for "Sound of Madness".

The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic bands[edit]

A version of "Bully" was arranged by John Brennan for the 2012 football season for the Ohio State University Marching and Athletic bands. It is played as a pep song by the marching band at football games and by the athletic band at basketball (and hockey) games.[citation needed]


Chart (2012) Peak
Canada: Active Rock (America's Music Charts)[3] 22
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 94
US Rock Songs (Billboard) 3
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[5] 12
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard) 1


  1. ^ "iTunes Store". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  2. ^ Steve Baltin (2012-04-05). "Shinedown Top the Charts, Stand Up to Bullies | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  3. ^ Rock, Canadian (2012-01-24). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - January 24, 2012". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  4. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard.