Creed - My Sacrifice - Meaning of the song
"My Sacrifice" is a song by American rock band Creed.
Scott Stapp explains:
"From what I remember, writing it happened the way things usually happened when we wrote together – Mark's got an acoustic guitar and I've got some lyrics I've begun, or we're just freestyling and something comes out. A melody or a line or a lyric comes out and we start playing off each other and discussing, 'Let's go here, let's go there, let's do this' and then I would step away from that session and go bury myself into the lyric writing. And then I'd get back together with him and we would develop the song even more. It all came together in a very symbiotic way – like 90 per cent of the songs came during our writing relationship did."
According to Stapp, both Tremonti and himself knew that they had written something special that would connect with people and that Creed fans at the time would appreciate it and like it. However, they did not know it would go on to become so successful and "stand the test of time." During the recording sessions of Weathered at the J. Stanley Productions Inc. recording studio in Ocoee, Florida, Jay Stanley recalls his initial impression of hearing "My Sacrifice" while working with the band stating that he knew the song was going to be huge the first time he heard it.
Stapp stated that the meaning of the song lyrics was about his own personal struggles with battling substance abuse, addiction and alcoholism and failing despite his best efforts, and him coming to terms with his inability to stay on the straight and narrow.
Stapp also explains that the song is about coming out of a dark place or period in your life and reconnecting with yourself. He notes several of the songs lyrical themes are represented through elements in the music video. These include a shot of himself in a rowboat where he is seen pulling a drowning version of himself out of the water onto the boat, which represents periods of his life where he would claim sobriety, coming out from the darkness and finding temporary clarity, only to fall back into his old habits. He also mentions that the shots of other people in the video are representative of the feelings you have when you are with someone you love.
My sacrifice - Lyrics
Hello my friend, we meet again It's been awhile, where should we begin? Feels like forever Within my heart are memories Of perfect love that you gave to me Oh, I remember When you are with me, I'm free I'm careless, I believe Above all the others we'll fly This brings tears to my eyes My sacrifice We've seen our share of ups and downs Oh how quickly life can turn around In an instant It feels so good to reunite Within yourself and within your mind Let's find peace there When you are with me, I'm free I'm careless, I believe Above all the others we'll fly This brings tears to my eyes My sacrifice I just want to say hello again I just want to say hello again When you are with me I'm free I'm careless, I believe Above all the others we'll fly This brings tears to my eyes Cause when you are with me I am free I'm careless, I believe Above all the others we'll fly This brings tears to my eyes My sacrifice, My sacrifice I just want to say hello again I just want to say hello again My sacrifice.