Scars (Papa Roach song)

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Single by Papa Roach
from the album Getting Away with Murder
ReleasedMay 23, 2005
GenreAlternative rock[1]
Producer(s)Howard Benson
Papa Roach singles chronology
"Getting Away with Murder"
"...To Be Loved"

"Scars" is the second single from the band Papa Roach's fourth album, Getting Away with Murder, and seventh released single in total. As with several of their other songs, Papa Roach has performed "Scars" live with Spanish lyrics.


Lead singer Jacoby Shaddix wrote the song after being taken to a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada with 11 staples in his head in an act of self-harm. Shaddix told MTV News that the song was "about trying to help someone who really doesn't want you to help them".

The lyric "The scars remind us that the past is real" came from a quote by Hannibal Lecter in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. A film of Red Dragon was released in 2002 and the lyric the scars remind us that the past is real can also be found in the closing monologue of the film. Also the last name of one of the victims of Red Dragon's antagonist is Jacobi, similarly to first name of Papa Roach's lead singer.

Music video[edit]

The song's video tells the story of Shaddix's girlfriend, played by Taylor Cole, who is a drunk and parties too much. One day, she gets too drunk and passes out at a party at Shaddix's house. She wakes up the following morning with a hangover, and, grabbing her coat, knocks over a candle, which lands on a mat on the floor. The mat is stained with her drink from the night before. She lights the house on fire unknowingly, and goes home. When Shaddix arrives home, his house is burnt down. The girlfriend comes back to the ruin and sees what happened and realized what she did. The band performs this song on top of the burnt remains of Shaddix's house. This video project was directed by Motion Theory.

A completely different CGI video was shot for the song first.[citation needed] This first video consists in a black-and-white scenery, completely fictional and surreal. In this one, Shaddix and the band defeat another girl that seems to be a monster or a witch. The band was not pleased with it and ended up shooting the video mentioned above.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

The single was certified Gold (500,000 units sold) on June 6, 2005. The song, according to the band's video album Papa Roach: Live & Murderous in Chicago, tells the story of Jacoby Shaddix's "Horrible night in Vegas that changed my life." During live performances before playing the song, Shaddix often talks about how "the song saved his life". Not only has the song beaten "Last Resort" as its highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, it was also their first and only top 40 hit, peaking at No. 15. The song hit No. 2 and No. 4 on the Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts and the song became their first and only pop hit, hitting No. 7 on the Pop Songs chart. This is the band's most successful in the U.S. although "Last Resort" was more successful internationally chart wise, also hitting No. 1 on the modern rock chart. The song peaked at No. 6 on AT40, in August 2005, and spent 50 weeks in the chart from April 2005 to March 2006.

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi
2."Scars" (acoustic version) 
Canada CD maxi
1."Scars" (album version)3:29
2."Scars" (acoustic version)3:11
3."Getting Away with Murder" (live Napster version)3:24
4."Scars (second version)" (video)3:31

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Canada Rock Top 30 (Radio & Records)[2] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[3] 82
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 15
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[5] 31
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 2
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 7
US Pop 100 (Billboard) 8



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Gold 500,000*


  1. ^ D., Spence (September 14, 2004). "Getting Away With Murder". IGN. Archived from the original on 2016-03-22. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  2. ^ "Radio & Records Magazine" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 18, 2005. p. 59. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  3. ^ " – Papa Roach Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  4. ^ "Papa Roach Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Papa Roach Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Papa Roach Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Papa Roach Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Papa Roach Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Papa Roach – Scars". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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