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Staind mudshovel.png
Single by Staind
from the album Dysfunction
Released October 26, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Length 4:41
Label Flip/Elektra
Writer(s) Aaron Lewis, Mike Mushok, Johnny April, Jon Wysocki
Staind singles chronology
"Just Go"

"Mudshovel" (originally "Mudshuvel") is a song by the American rock band Staind. It was released in October 1999 as the third single from their 1999 studio album, Dysfunction, and served as a breakthrough hit. It reached number 14 on the US Modern Rock Charts and number 10 on the Mainstream Rock charts. It originally appeared in a heavier form as 'Mudshuvel' on their debut album Tormented. The new version was given a radio-friendly makeover with beefed up production, less screaming, palm muted guitar and double bass drums in the chorus.[2]


According to Songfacts, "Mudshovel" "is about a relationship in which the significant other has hurt the victim in some way".[3]


Musically, "Mudshovel" relies on a distinctive three-note bass line that shifts into a rumbling low. It opens the song and is preceded by tense vocals and a heavy ensemble of flanging guitar and drums which make up the verses. The chorus features chunky guitar riffs and a repeated murmuring of the song title.

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the single. It mostly consists of the band playing in an enclosed arena on an elevated glass stage above a mosh pit and frontman Aaron Lewis clutching a loose gate. Interspersed with this is a storyline involving a man being cheated on by his wife/girlfriend, only for her to be cheated on as well in the ending.


Chart (1999–2000) Peak
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[4] 10
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[4] 14


  1. ^ "26 Nu Metal Workout Songs".  May 28th, 2015. Retrieved on September 8th, 2015
  2. ^ Tormented - Staind
  3. ^ "Mudshovel by Staind". Songfacts. Retrieved April 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b - Artist Chart History - Staind

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