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So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
'Cause it's the world I know
Oh it's the world I know
— "The World I Know"

Collective Soul are a rock band from Stockbridge, Georgia, unintentionally formed by singer Ed Roland in 1992, with musicians he enlisted for a demo he could sell to a publishing company. They had their first hit with "Shine", and went on to moderate success.



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  • Abusive Parents: It's implied in the first verse of "She Said" that the mother of the song's protagonist is one of these.
  • Gratuitous Panning: "Heavy" and "Energy" have this.
  • I Am the Band: Ed Roland is the only member that has been there since 1992.
  • Interrupted Suicide: The video for "The World I Know" depicts a White Collar Worker looking to jump off the roof of a building. The moment he's about to fall off, a bird lands on his hand. He steps down to feed it his lunch, then notices the workers on the street far below crawling around like ants. He ditches his work from his briefcase, apparently having a new attitude about life.
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  • Letters 2 Numbers: The title of their 2001 Greatest Hits Album, 7even Year Itch
  • Lighter and Softer: Right around Blender.
  • Long Title: Their debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid and their latest, See What You Started by Continuing.
  • New Sound Album: Their first Self-Titled Album had them experiment with a pop sound and it became more obvious on Dosage and later on. Afterwords contained an indie-esque sound and their second Self-Titled Album combined the Lighter and Softer sound of Blender with the grungy sound of Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid.
  • Perishing Alt-Rock Voice: Ed does this a lot of the time.
  • Revolving Door Band: Became one after the departure of founding lead guitarist Ross Childress. Since then they've had two new lead guitarists and three new drummers (after founding drummer Shane Evans left). As said above, Ed Roland is the only founding member left, but Will Turpin and Dean Roland (Ed's younger brother) both joined before the release of their first album, and are both still there.
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  • Singer-Songwriter: Ed Roland.
  • Self-Titled Album: Two of them. The 2009 one is sometimes called Rabbit.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Twice. Ross Childress wrote and sang lead vocals on "Dandy Life" from Dosage, while Joel Kosche wrote and sang lead vocals on "I Don't Need Anymore Friends" from Afterwords.
  • Surprisingly Gentle Song: "The World I Know" and, to a lesser extent, "December". These were the two biggest pop hits off their second album. They wrote more songs in this style as their career went on.


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