Something to Believe In (Poison song)

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"Something to Believe In"
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Single by Poison
from the album Flesh and Blood
B-side "Ball and Chain"
ReleasedSeptember 4, 1990
Genre Glam metal [1] [2]
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Michaels; DeVille; Dall; Rockett
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Poison singles chronology
""Unskinny Bop"
"Something to Believe In"
"Ride the Wind"
Music video
"Something to Believe In" at

"Something to Believe In" is a power ballad by American glam metal band Poison, being the second single from their 1990 album Flesh & Blood . "Something to Believe In" was also released on the Best of Ballads & Blues album in 2003, with alternate lyrics (part 2).


The song peaked at number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100, number 5 on the mainstream rock charts, [3] number 35 in the UK [4] and #44 on the Australian charts. It was the last Top 10 on Billboard chart for the band to date.

This song was dedicated to James Kimo Maano, a security guard and best friend of Bret Michaels who had died some time earlier.

The cover art for the single depicts a tattoo on Michaels' arm of a cross with the words "Something to Believe In". The tattoo artist, according to Michaels, had been drinking and spelled "believe" incorrectly putting the "e" before the "i". It was attempted to be corrected by adding a rose to the cross that covered the misspelling, but Michaels was never satisfied with the results. In the first season of the reality show Rock of Love , Michaels goes to a tattoo shop where the tattoo artist properly touches up the tattoo.

Music video

During the filming of the video, unbeknownst to Michaels, the director had inserted footage of James Kimo Maano which was playing on a screen in front of Bret. This was done to try to draw an emotional reaction from Michaels. It worked so well that Michaels lost his composure and had to leave the set for several hours. On the final cut of the video, during the second verse, Michaels can be seen visually holding back tears as he momentarily stops singing.





RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA) [14] Gold500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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