Afraid (Mötley Crüe song)

Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Generation Swine
Released 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Alternative metal, heavy metal
Length 3:56
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Nikki Sixx
Producer(s) Scott Humphrey, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee
Mötley Crüe singles chronology

"Afraid" is a song by the American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe, released on their 1997 album Generation Swine. A two-track pig promo picture CD includes the 3:56 Swine Mix and 4:10 Rave Mix. Written by bassist Nikki Sixx, the lyrics were inspired by the early stages of his relationship with Donna D'Errico, when he felt she was running away from him from fear of getting too close.[1] The song charted at number 10 on the Mainstream rock charts.[2] This is the first single featuring Vince Neil on lead vocals since their cover of Anarchy in the U.K. back in 1991.

Music video

A video was made to promote the single, and was directed by Nancy Baldawil, and produced by Devin Whatley and Joseph Uliano.[3] The video was filmed in May 1997, and first aired on June 9 of that year. Featured in the video is Hustler Magazine head Larry Flynt.


  1. Lee, Tommy, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx and Neil Strauss. The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, Regan Books, 2002. ISBN 0-06-039288-6
  2. "Billboard singles chart history- Motley Crue".
  3. MVDBase
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