Face Down (song)

Face Down (song)

"Face Down" is the first single from the album, Don't You Fake It by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. The song is believed to be written about lead singer Ronnie's mother who was abused by his father (as stated in an Alternative Press article). It has currently reached as high as #26 on the U.S. Hot 100, #16 on the U.S. Pop 100, #3 on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks, and #20 on the U.S. Hot Digital Tracks. It is notable for being one of the few songs in recent times to include screaming and reach the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100 (though later versions with the screaming removed were released). The song also reached #1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart. In the song, Ronnie Winters is the main vocalist, Elias Reidy is the backing vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Jon Wilkes is the drummer, Joey Westwood is the bassist, and Duke Kitchens is the lead guitarist. There are 4 different versions of this song including the acoustic version. A segment of the song plays on the radio in the movie Georgia Rule. It's also played very faintly in the background exactly an hour into Employee of the Month with Dane Cook. It still landed on the soundtrack.

Music video

The music video for "Face Down" parallels the song in its treatment of violence in a relationship. After arriving home, a young woman examines a bruise on her lower back, and begins to look for and examine items that she associates with her boyfriend (i.e. pictures, a card, letters). As she does so, objects around her start to suddenly move as if thrown or destroyed by the unseen hand of an abuser. The level of damage done escalates throughout the video, though the young woman does not react or acknowledge the growing violence around her. After a Chair flies through the living room window, she takes the pictures and letters and throws them into a garbage can outside her house. This unfolding scene is juxtaposed with shots of the band performing the song in a living room with lighting and decor which appear to be the young woman's. Duke Kitchens Uses a Black Gibson SG and Elias Reidy uses a Sunburst Fender Telecaster.

Acoustic and Demo versions

An acoustic version of "Face Down" was released after the album version. The lyrics are unchanged, however a completely previously unheard guitar part supplements the song. This version is available on iTunes and the "deluxe edition" of Don't You Fake It. The version on the single is the same as on Don't You Fake It. There is also a heavier version of the song that appears on the album. The lyrics are unchanged but the chorus is in a different spot. The most notable difference is how the lyrics are screamed, and it sounds very distinctive in comparison to the later radio version with the screaming removed. On iTunes, there is a fourth version under the album of "AOL Sessions Undercover - EP." This is technically a live version of the song.


Year Chart Peak
2006 U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 3
2006 U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks 38
2007 Billboard Hot 100 24
2007 Billboard Pop 100 15
2007 U.S. Hot Digital Tracks 18
2007 Top 40 Mainstream 10
2007 Pop 100 Airplay 13
2007 Canada BDS Airplay 84
2007 New Zealand RIANZ 4

In pop culture

The song was used in an episode of the seventh season of the canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation.

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