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"Stan". released on October 10, 2000 is the third single from The Marshall Mathers LP, by Eminem featuring Dido. It is also included on Curtain Call: The Hits, performed with Eminem and Dido as well as track 17 on Curtain Call: The Hits as a Live Performance from the 2001 Grammy awards featuring Elton John. The Marshall Mathers LP 2  track "Bad Guy" is the sequel to Stan.


Background[]

It peaked at number one in the United Kingdom and Australia. It is also included on Curtain Call: The Hits, performed with Eminem and Dido as well as track 17 on Curtain Call: The Hits as a Live Performance from the 2001 Grammy awards featuring Elton John. The song was produced by The 45 King, and uses a slightly modified break from Dido's "Thank You" as its base sample. The track also samples the opening lines of "Thank You" as its chorus. Coincidentally, both songs were released as singles in late 2000. Stan has been called one of Eminem's best songs and is considered one of his signature songs.

Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #290 in their list in The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Stan was also listed #15 on VH1's list of the greatest hip hop songs of all-time. In April 2011, Complex magazine put together a list of the 100 Greatest Eminem songs, ranking "Stan" at #2.

The song tells the story of a fictional man named Stan who claims to be Eminem's biggest fan. Throughout the song, he becomes progressively more and more obsessed with Eminem, culminating in a murder-suicide by Stan. The first three verses are delivered by Eminem as Stan while the fourth verse is Eminem attempting to write to Stan, only to realize that he had already heard about Stan's death on the news.

In the uncensored version of the music video, which wasn't released commercially, there are more abusive suggestions. For example, when Stanley is driving towards the bridge with his girlfriend in the trunk, his girlfriend (Dido) is actually seen tied up and gagged in the trunk struggling. She has duct tape over her mouth but is then seen being able to eventually get it off and start screaming.

Music Video[]

The video is a literal interpretation of the story, directed by Dr Dre and Philip Atwell featuring Devon Sawa as Stan and Dido as his pregnant girlfriend.[4] A prologue involves Stan dying his hair blonde and reacting angrily to being called "Stanley" by his girlfriend. ‘Stan’ in the video is actually a real person called Stanley Mitchell and lives in Portland, MO. Later, Marc Labelle, EM’s road manager, is the guy who hands him Stan’s letter on the tour bus.

Stan sits in a room full of Eminem's posters, writing letters that express his devotion as "your [Eminem's] biggest fan." He is aware of even the most minute developments in Eminem's personal life.

Stan gets mad at his girlfriend (Dido) when she interrupts him watching “The Way I Am” video.

Stan wants Eminem to contact him through a personal letter or a phone call; but, due to unfortunate circumstances, the letters fail to reach Eminem in a timely manner. Believing he has been ignored, Stan uses a tape recorder to record himself driving along a rain-soaked highway while his girlfriend's tied up in the trunk; which he does with the intentions of driving off a bridge. In the process, Stan references both "My Name Is" ("I drank a fifth of vodka, dare me to drive?") and the popular urban legend about Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" before realizing that there's no way of transmitting this final tape to Eminem, proceeding to commit the act anyway.

Eminem finally gets around to responding to Stan. He apologizes for being late, thanks to him for being a fan, and expresses interest in Stan's personal life. Eminem worries about Stan's mental state and says he doesn't want Stan to end up like a story he had seen on the news recently—a man who had driven drunk off a bridge with his girlfriend in the trunk, about whom he quickly realizes, "It was you. Damn.”

At the end of the “Stan” video, you can see Stan’s reflection in the window looking at EM when the lightning strikes.

Watch the clean music video here and watch the uncensored one here.

Lyrics for Stan[]

[Chorus: Dido]
My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I..
Got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window..
And I can't see at all
And even if I could it'll all be gray,
But your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it's not so bad,
It's not so bad..

[Verse: Eminem as Stan]
Dear Slim, I wrote but you still ain't callin
I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom
I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got 'em
There probably was a problem at the post office or somethin
Sometimes I scribble addresses too sloppy when I jot 'em
But anyways; fuck it, what's been up? Man how's your daughter?
My girlfriend's pregnant too, I'm bout to be a father
If I have a daughter, guess what I'ma call her?
I'ma name her Bonnie. I read about your Uncle Ronnie too, I'm sorry
I had a friend kill himself over some bitch who didn't want him
I know you probably hear this everyday, but I'm your biggest fan
I even got the underground shit that you did with Skam
I got a room full of your posters and your pictures man
I like the shit you did with Rawkus too, that shit was fat
Anyways, I hope you get this man, hit me back, just to chat
Truly yours, your biggest fan, This is Stan

[Chorus: Dido]
My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I..
Got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window..
And I can't see at all
And even if I could it'll all be gray,
But your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it's not so bad,
It's not so bad..

[Verse: Eminem as Stan]
Dear Slim, you still ain't called or wrote, I hope you have a chance
I ain't mad - I just think it's fucked up you don't answer fans
If you didn't wanna talk to me outside your concert
You didn't have to, but you coulda signed an autograph for Matthew
That's my little brother man, he's only six years old
We waited in the blistering cold for you, four hours and you just said, "No."
That's pretty shitty man - you're like his fuckin idol
He wants to be just like you man, he likes you more than I do
I ain't that mad though, I just don't like bein' lied to
Remember when we met in Denver - you said if I'd write you
You would write back - see I'm just like you in a way I never knew my father neither;
He used to always cheat on my mom and beat her
I can relate to what you're saying in your songs
So when I have a shitty day, I drift away and put 'em on
Cause I don't really got shit else so that shit helps when I'm depressed
I even got a tattoo of your name across the chest
Sometimes I even cut myself to see how much it bleeds
It's like adrenaline, the pain is such a sudden rush for me
See everything you say is real, and I respect you cause you tell it
My girlfriend's jealous cause I talk about you 24/7
But she don't know you like I know you Slim, no one does
She don't know what it was like for people like us growin up
You gotta call me man, I'll be the biggest fan you'll ever lose
Sincerely yours, Stan -- P.S. We should be together too

[Chorus: Dido]
My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I..
Got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window..
And I can't see at all
And even if I could it'll all be gray,
But your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it's not so bad,
It's not so bad..

[Verse: Eminem as Stan]
Dear Mr. I'm-Too-Good-To-Call-Or-Write-My-Fans,
This'll be the last package I ever send your ass
It's been six months and still no word - I don't deserve it?
I know you got my last two letters; I wrote the addresses on 'em perfect
So this is my cassette I'm sending you, I hope you hear it
I'm in the car right now, I'm doing 90 on a freeway
Hey Slim, 'I drank a fifth of vodka, dare me to drive'?
You know the song by Phil Collins, "In the Air of the Night"
About that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drowning
But didn't, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him?
That's kinda how this is, you coulda rescued me from drowning
Now it's too late - I'm on a 1000 downers now, I'm drowsy
And all I wanted was a lousy letter or a call
I hope you know I ripped all of your pictures off the wall
I love you Slim, we coulda been together, think about it
You ruined it now, I hope you can't sleep and you dream about it!
And when you dream I hope you can't sleep and you scream about it!
I hope your conscience eats at you and you can't breathe without me!
See Slim; [*girlfriend screaming*] Shut up bitch! I'm tryin to talk!
Hey Slim, that's my girlfriend screamin' in the trunk,
But I didn't slit her throat, I just tied her up, see I ain't like you
Cause if she suffocates she'll suffer more, and then she'll die too
Well, gotta go, I'm almost at the bridge now
Oh shit, I forgot, how'm I supposed to send this shit out?

[Chorus: Dido]
My tea's gone cold I'm wondering why I..
Got out of bed at all
The morning rain clouds up my window..
And I can't see at all
And even if I could it'll all be gray,
But your picture on my wall
It reminds me, that it's not so bad,
It's not so bad..

[Verse: Eminem as himself]
Dear Stan, I meant to write you sooner but I just been busy
You said your girlfriend's pregnant now, how far along is she?
Look, I'm really flattered you would call your daughter that
And here's an autograph for your brother, I wrote it on a Starter cap
I'm sorry I didn't see you at the show, I must’ve missed you
Don't think I did that shit intentionally just to diss you
But what's this shit you said about you like to cut your wrists too?
I say that shit just clownin dog, c'mon - how fucked up is you?
You got some issues Stan, I think you need some counseling
To help your ass from bouncing off the walls when you get down some
And what's this shit about us meant to be together?
That type of shit'll make me not want us to meet each other
I really think you and your girlfriend need each other
Or maybe you just need to treat her better
I hope you get to read this letter, I just hope it reaches you in time
Before you hurt yourself, I think that you'll be doin just fine
If you relax a little, I'm glad I inspire you, but Stan,
Why are you so mad? Try to understand that I do want you as a fan
I just don't want you to do some crazy shit
I seen this one shit on the news a couple weeks ago that made me sick
Some dude was drunk and drove his car over a bridge
And had his girlfriend in the trunk, and she was pregnant with his kid
And in the car they found a tape, but they didn't say who it was to
Come to think about, his name was.. it was you
Damn.

Credits[]

Stan

Bass – Mike Elizondo

Co-producer – Eminem

Engineer [Recording And Mix Engineer] – Richard "Segal" Huredia

Featuring – Dido

Guitar – Sean Cruse

Mixed By – Eminem

Producer – The 45 King



Trivia[]

In 2021, K.mc. did paid homage to this song called "Letters", using the theme of "Stan" to talk about loss and longing, as opposed to warning the listener about the dangers of obsession.

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