Scars (Papa Roach song)

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Single by Papa Roach
from the album Getting Away with Murder
ReleasedNovember 1, 2004 (2004-11-01)
GenreAlternative rock[1]
Lyricist(s)Jacoby Shaddix
Producer(s)Howard Benson
Papa Roach singles chronology
"Getting Away with Murder"
"...To Be Loved"

"Scars" is the second single released from American rock band Papa Roach's fourth album, Getting Away with Murder, and was released to rock radio on November 1, 2004. The song was the 36th-most-successful single of the United States in 2005, when it climbed to No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. As with several of their other songs, Papa Roach has performed "Scars" live with Spanish lyrics.


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".

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. The video was directed by Motion Theory.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Scars" was Papa Roach's first and only top-40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 15.[3] It reached No. 2 and No. 4 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively, and became their first and only hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40, peaking at No. 7.[4][5][6] In Canada, the song rose to No. 22 on the Radio & Records CHR/Pop Top 30 listing.[7] It also charted in Germany, peaking at No. 82 in June 2005.[8] In the United States, the song is certified gold for digital sales exceeding 500,000.[9]

Track listings[edit]

US promo CD[10]
1."Scars" (radio edit)3:21
European enhanced maxi-CD single and Australian CD single[2][11]
2."Scars" (acoustic version)3:08
3."Getting Away with Murder" (live Napster version)3:26
4."Scars" (video) 


Credits are adapted from the European enhanced maxi-CD single liner notes.[2]



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

* Sales figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States November 1, 2004 (2004-11-01) Geffen [15]
January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24) [16]
Australia May 23, 2005 (2005-05-23) CD [17]


  1. ^ D., Spence (September 14, 2004). "Getting Away With Murder". IGN. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Scars (European enhanced maxi-CD single liner notes). Papa Roach. Geffen Records. 2005. 0602498821374.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ a b "Papa Roach Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Papa Roach Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Papa Roach Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Papa Roach Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "R&R Canada CHR/Pop Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1619. August 12, 2005. p. 30. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  8. ^ a b " – Papa Roach – Scars" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  9. ^ a b "American single certifications – Papa Roach – Scars". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ Scars (US promo CD liner notes). Papa Roach. Geffen Records. 2005. GEFR-11330-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. ^ Scars (Australian CD single liner notes). Papa Roach. Geffen Records. 2005. 9882137.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  12. ^ "R&R Canada Rock Top 30" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1594. February 18, 2005. p. 59. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  13. ^ "Papa Roach Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2005". Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1579. October 29, 2004. p. 19. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  16. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1590. January 21, 2005. p. 23. Retrieved May 21, 2021.
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 23rd May 2005" (PDF). ARIA. May 23, 2005. p. 28. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 23, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2021.

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