When contemplating a narrative theme for "I Stand Alone," Godsmack's new song on the soundtrack to "The Scorpion King," singer Sully Erna based the lyrics on the film's main character and looked to the garden for inspiration. Like the produce that grows there and the mythical warrior himself, those with the toughest skins tend to be the most tender inside.
"The song was written about the character, the Scorpion King, in the movie," Erna explained on the set of the accompanying video. "[It's] about him being this big, masculine badass, but he has this hidden sensitive side to him. He feels like he's isolated, and he likes to do things alone because he was hurt in the past or whatever. I don't really know why he is the way he is. I guess there's always this mystique about those people who are really tough but maybe feel a little bit lonely inside. So the lyrics are kind of based on his character being as masculine as he can be but yet isolated and a loner."
"I Stand Alone," the soundtrack's first single, is expected to hit radio stations February 5, according to a Universal spokesperson. The video, directed by the Brothers Strause (Linkin Park, Nickelback), depicts Erna as a descendent of the Scorpion King, played onscreen by WWF pro wrestler the Rock, and it intersperses film clips with new footage shot January 23 on a Universal Studios lot in Hollywood.
Not only does Godsmack get the soundtrack's first single, but Erna was asked by the film's director, Chuck Russell, to help assemble the album's tracks (see "Godsmack To Spearhead Soundtrack For Next 'Mummy' Film"). Scheduled for a March 26 release, the soundtrack features contributions from Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, Creed, and Nickelback, among others (see "Creed, Nickelback, System of a Down On 'Scorpion King' Soundtrack"). The film hits theaters April 19.
Last week, Godsmack moderate wrestling fans themselves had yet to meet the film's Herculean star and confessed to being a bit unsure how to address him when they do. Should they call him Rock, Rocky, Mr. Rock or Dwayne, as in Dwayne Johnson, his name as it appears in the film's credits?
"I haven't gone eye-to-eye with the Rock yet; it might freak me out a little bit. So I don't call him anything maybe 'sir,' " Erna said, laughing. "When you're six-four and weigh 250 pounds, 'sir' is better."