Paralyzer (3:27)

Cover of Them vs. You vs. Me

From Them vs. You vs. Me and 15 other releases

“Paralyzer” is the first single from alternative rock band Finger Eleven’s fifth album, Them vs. You vs. Me. It was released in March 2007. Finger Eleven’s frontman Scott Anderson has said that the single has a feel distinct from the rest of Finger Eleven’s music, possessing more of a “dance rock” feel. A radio edit version exists, with the guitar intro dropped.

The song received high airplay in both the United States and Canada, and was performed live on the March 14, 2007 episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and again ten months later on January 9, 2008, in a testament to the longevity of the single’s success. The song has surpassed “One Thing” to be Finger Eleven’s most successful single.

The single has three versions. One is the original CD version, while the other two are radio edit versions, in which the line containing the word “shitty” is either censored or replaced with “It’s not been fun.” The song alludes to the band’s prior hit “One Thing” with the line “I should just stay home, if one thing really means one”; in addition, the recurring guitar riff quotes The Cars’ “Moving in Stereo” and Motley Crue’s “Too Young to Fall in Love.”

The song is played during the New York Islanders warm-ups at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It has been featured on The CW’s Gossip Girl & Greek.


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I hold on so nervously to me and my drink
I wish it was cooling me
But so far has not been good, it's been shitty
And I feel awkward, as I should

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