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Single by Stone Sour
from the album Audio Secrecy
ReleasedFebruary 11, 2011
FormatCD Single
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Shawn Economaki, Roy Mayorga, Josh Rand, Jim Root, Corey Taylor
Producer(s)Nick Raskulinecz
Stone Sour singles chronology
"Digital (Did You Tell)"
"Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero"

"Hesitate" is the third single from Stone Sour's third album Audio Secrecy. The 1 track Promo single for the song, released strictly to radio in 2010. CD comes in a thin paper sleeve with no artwork.


"Hesitate" is a power ballad, in the same vein as "Bother" and "Through Glass". Taylor's voice flies over a steadily building mid-tempo track that blends electric and acoustic guitars over a spare rhythm section.

When the full band joins Taylor's vocals, the song stays much more restrained than a typical power ballad, which allows for greater focus on the heartbreak described in the lyrics:

"Because I see you / But I can't feel you anymore / So go away / I need you but I can't need you anymore / You hesitate / Hesitate."

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song "Hesitate," off the band’s 3rd full length Audio Secrecy. Frontman Corey Taylor offers the following explanation behind the concept of the song:[1]


Rock Sound said the song was "a truly heartfelt lamentation via tender lyrics that display Taylor's more fragile side yet, although it's one of the album's most touching tracks, it's also one of the biggest sounding, recalling the power ballads of the late 80s."[2]

Track listing[edit]

Promo CD single
1."Hesitate" (Radio Edit)3:59
Promo CD single
1."Hesitate" (Edit)3:59
2."Hesitate" (Album Version)4:16

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard Alternative Songs 32
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6


  1. ^ "Stone Sour: 'Hesitate". Roadrunner Records. 2011-07-12. Retrieved 2011-07-12.
  2. ^ "Stone Sour 'Audio Secrecy' Review // Ronnie Kerswell". rocksound.tv. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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