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The name Aerosmith, by the way, means nothing in particular; it simply was the only name that no one in the band hated. During the first decade of its career, Aerosmith was one of the most popular hard-rock bands in America, striking a flamboyant middle ground between the cool, bluesy swagger of the Rolling Stones and the more campy, glam-metal approach of the New York Dolls and Mott the Hoople. Later, after a period of drug- and alcohol-induced decline, they made a triumphant return to form in the late '80s and early '90s, winning back their fans and the heart — and checkbook — of Columbia Records, the label where the story of Aerosmith began. Actually, the band's tale starts a few years before signing to Columbia, when drummer Steven Tyler met guitarist Joe Perry at the Anchorage, a Sunapee, N.H., ice cream parlor where Perry worked in 1970. They formed a power trio with Tom Hamilton on bass, and before long, they'd added drummer Joey Kramer and guitarist Brad Whitford, leaving Tyler to fulfill the role he was born for: lead singer. With 1975's Toys in the Attic, considered by most to be Aerosmith's best album, the group achieved a new level of success, both artistically and commercially. The first single, "Sweet Emotion," was a terrific pop-hard rock crossover that led the album up to No. 11 on the Billboard charts (it eventually sold 6 million copies). As a result of this newfound success, "Dream On" was re-released, becoming a Top 40 hit the second time around. The super-funky "Walk This Way" followed it up the charts early in 1976. Operating with two replacement guitarists, Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay, the band released its least successful album ever, Rock in a Hard Place, in 1982. Meanwhile, Perry's and Whitford's solo projects weren't exactly lighting up the charts. Something had to be done. On Valentine's Day of 1984, Perry and Whitford visited their old bandmates backstage after a show at Boston's Orpheum Theatre. Now reconciled, they reunited for the Back in the Saddle tour, and in 1985, having signed to Geffen Records, they put out Done With Mirrors. Though it didn't sell well, it showed that the band was on the comeback trail. After its release, Tyler and Perry completed a drug-rehabilitation program, and then, in an extremely smart publicity move, they joined old-school rappers Run-DMC in the video for their cover of "Walk This Way." In 1987, with producer Bruce Fairbairn at the helm, they recorded the album that would put them back on top, Permanent Vacation. Aerosmith's best and biggest-selling non-greatest hits album since Rocks featured the hits "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)," "Rag Doll," and "Angel," and ultimately sold 5 million copies. Pump, released in 1989, did it one better, selling 6 million, driven by the Top 10 hits "Love in an Elevator" and "Janie's Got a Gun."
Hole In My Soul (Released 1997)

I'm down a one-way street
With a one-night stand, With a one track mind
Out in no-manīs land
(The punishment sometimes donīt seem to fit the crime)
Yeah thereīs a hole in my soul
But one thing Iīve learned
For every love letter written
Thereīs another burned
(So you tell me how itīs gonna be this time)
Is it over, Is it over
īCause I'm blowinī out the flame
Take a walk outside your mind
Tell me how it feels to be
The one who turns the knife inside of me
Take a look and you will find thereīs nothing there girl
Yeah I swear, I'm telling you girl yeah īcause
Thereīs a hole im my soul thatīs been killing me forever
Itīs a place where a garden never grows
Thereīs a hole in my soul, yeah I should have known better
īCause your loveīs like a thorn without a rose
I'm as dry as a seven-year drought
I got dust for tears


And I'm all tapped out
(Sometimes I feel broken and canīt get fixed)
I know thereīs been all kinds of shoes underneath your bed
Now I sleep with my boots on but youīre still in my head
(And something tells me this time I'm down to my last licks)
īCause if itīs over, Then itīs over
And itīs driving me insane
Take a walk outside your mind
Tell me how it feels to be
The one who turns the knife inside of me
Take a look and you will find thereīs nothing there girl
Yeah I swear, I'm telling you girl yeah īcause
Thereīs a hole im my soul thatīs been killing me forever
Itīs a place where a garden never grows
Thereīs a hole im my soul, Yeah, I should have known better
īCause your loveīs like a thorn without a rose
If itīs over, It is over
īCause I'm blowinī out the flame
Take a walk outside your mind
Tell me how it feels to be
The one who turns the knife inside of me
Take a look and you will find
Thereīs nothing there girl yeah I swear
I'm telling you girl, yeah īcause
Thereīs a hole im my soul thatīs been killing me forever
Itīs a place where a garden never grows
Thereīs a hole im my soul, Yeah, I should have known better
īCause your loveīs like a thorn without a rose
 
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