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Song Released: 1999


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When dreaming I'm guided to another world
Time and time again
At sunrise I fight to stay asleep
'Cause I don't want to leave the comfort of this place
'Cause there's a hunger, a longing to escape
From the life I live when I'm awake
So let's...

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    Whetstone
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    Jun 23rd, 2007 6:33pm report


    This song is bout how he wants God to take him higher. "To the place where blind men see", as in he want to be where nobody else can go unless you are with God.

    The first time I heard this song it kinda puzzled me because blind men that's see and golden streams are only in heaven so idk if he says he wants to be in heaven or what...???



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    Steve
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    Sep 20th, 2006 9:01pm report


    When dreaming I'm guided to another world
    time and time again (re-occuring dream)
    at sunrise I fight to stay asleep (just like most of us, when we awake after a good dream or even a good night sleep, we fight the day)
    'cause I don't want to leave the comfort of this place
    'cause there's a hunger, a longing to escape
    from the life I live when I'm awake (again we don't want to leave the comfort of the first light's thoughts, when everything seems clear and happy again)
    so let's go there
    let's make our escape
    come on, let's go there
    let's ask can we stay?

    Can you take me higher?
    To a place where blind men see
    can you take me higher?
    To a place with golden streets (here's where the twist to heaven comes in, scott had a lot of religion when he was younger, soo this re-occuring dream probably had a lot to do with heaven, but lets not forget, this song is about dreaming)

    although I would like our world to change
    it helps me to appreciate
    those nights and those dreams
    but, my friend, i'd sacrifice all those nights
    if I could make the earth and my dreams the same (obvious lines here)
    the only difference is
    to let love replace all our hate
    so let's go there
    let's make our escape
    come on, let's go there
    let's ask can we stay?

    Can you take me higher?
    To a place where blind men see
    can you take me higher?
    To a place with golden streets

    so lets go there, lets go there,
    come on, lets go there
    lets ask can we stay?

    Up high I feel like I'm alive for the very first time
    set up high I'm strong enough to take these dreams
    and make them mine
    set up high I'm strong enough to take these dreams
    and make them mine (obvious once again)

    can you take me higher?
    To a place where blind men see
    can you take me higher?
    To a place with golden streets

    can you take me higher?
    To a place where blind men see
    can you take me higher?
    To a place with golden streets



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    anonymous
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    May 9th, 2009 5:11am report


    I know the song is about heaven because in the lyrics, if you listen, it says "Can you take me higher, to a PLACE WHERE BLIND MEN SEE, Can you take me higher, to a PLACE WITH GOLDEN STREETS." blind men never get their sight unless they go to heaven. And in the bible, heaven is supposed to have pearl gates and GOLDEN streets.



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    anonymous
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    Apr 27th, 2017 4:26am report


    This is about heaven, the lyrics describe exactly what's in Revelation the last part of the chapter. Comfort, streets of gold, no sickness, and suffering.



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    Starpeople
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    Feb 13th, 2015 2:44am report


    To the George Michaels of this world....there is nothing to fear. No need to harm any of these people with negative messages



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    Starpeople
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    Feb 13th, 2015 2:35am report


    If any of you really wants to know what this means research on the star people or star seeds you will undersatnd .It is hidden to most but some of you will relate because some of you are our people. To my people reading this We long for home but have a purpose,a greater purpose,to learn what we can in order to solve the "problem" we have home. Its easier to say its religion for you are afraid to be thought crazy but deep inside you know where you belong.
    As for scott... you are awakening and it shows in your music that you long for home be patient...and most of all suicide is not the way out it only makes you leave early with probably your purpose here not achieved. You are out there...you know yourselves.You are not alone



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    anonymous
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    Jul 6th, 2014 7:11am report


    Scott Stapp said this song was about lucid dreaming, or

    basically being awake in a dream and being aware at the

    same time. The only problem with that is that Scott Stapp has

    a lot of references to a higher power in much of his lyrics to

    other songs as well. A good artist will make songs that can be

    twisted into believing what you want it mean. He most

    definitely has a religious background of sort, and it makes me

    wonder if these songs actually come from more than one

    place in his own soul. A lot of artists will not openly put a

    religious label to their music for fear of hurting sales, or to

    give their music a chance to be personal to whomever listens.

    It's hard to imagine this song is entirely about lucid dreaming.

    I really don't care what it means because I like it, and I, like

    others, can take it or leave it however I choose.



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    nobodyyouknow
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    Nov 29th, 2012 11:10pm report


    Life gets hard. He is asking for someone to come and make it better.



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    nobodyyouknow
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    Nov 29th, 2012 11:09pm report


    Life gets hard. And he is asking someone to make it better.



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    JunkersJU88
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    Jun 29th, 2012 6:37pm report


    The song is about him wanting to go to heaven. "Can YOU take me higher, to a place with Golden streets"

    "YOU" meaning god, becuase he says To place with golden streets, asking to a place with golden streets.

    "Although I would like our world to change
    It helps me to appreciate
    Those nights and those dreams
    But, my friend, I'd sacrifice all those nights
    If I could make the Earth and my dreams the same" He wants the earth to be like what he dreams it to be.
    "The only difference is
    To let love replace all our hate
    So let's go there
    Let's make our escape
    Come on, let's go there
    Let's ask can we stay?"

    He wants to go to heaven and escape from the earth. he wants to ask if he can stay.

    "Can YOU take me Higher?
    To a place where blind men see
    Can you take me Higher?
    To a place with golden streets"
    He is asking god to take him higher
    into heaven.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 3rd, 2011 12:12pm report


    I am new here. This song was brought to my attention the other day by an above comment and it caused me to reflect on my life over the past several years.

    One day over a year ago I tried to tell many people I know and love that I was being abused. They didn't believe me (because they were the ones abusing me). They sent me to a mental institution and told me that I needed to "get well". Getting well to them meant that I needed to realize that nobody had been abusing me. They wanted me to believe it was all in my head, hence they called me "delusional". Many of the people who have caused me severe pain and suffering are friends/enemies/loved ones. They obviously were hoping to cause a downward spiral for me. Each time they have thrown mayhem and chaos in my direction, I rise above. Every day that I survive their hurtful plot (the deep hole) I get "higher". I have no secrets. I have no shame. I have always understood that I played a role in the traumas I have endured. I have been honest about it all and have accepted responsibility for my part. I have told the truth, time and time again. I have tried many times to get answers to no avail. My prodding and questions are always met with deception and lies. The stone-cold truth is that I didn't "make up" what happened to me. It has been very real and it has been incredibly brutal and painful. When I was in the mental ward for months (because I had been abused) I found a Buddhist lesson/poem that was interesting to me. (I have changed it a bit in order for it to work well with my life.)


    1) I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I fall in. I am lost...I am hopeless.
    It is partially my fault*.
    It takes forever to find a way out.

    2) I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again.
    I can't believe I'm in the same place.
    It is partially my fault*.
    It still takes a long time to get out.

    3) I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there. I still fall in...it's a habit
    My eyes are open; I know where I am.
    It is partially my fault*.
    I get out immediately.

    4) I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.

    5) I walk down another street.



    To me, the above poem and this song have some similarities. Walking down another street (in the poem) and walking down golden streets (in the song) are both about forgiveness and new beginnings. First, I have to forgive those who have harmed me and I am working on this. It is many people. I also need to forgive myself for my faults, mistakes and shortcomings. I try to remember the important Buddhist discipline: A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively. I have forgiven myself and I believe in my heart that I can forgive the others. So the dilemma I have is my new beginnings.. Must I now avoid these friends/enemies if they, in a sense, helped me fall into the deep hole in the street? I know it is not possible. I needn't avoid anyone because our existence is connected and we are all interdependent beings. The Dalai Lama explains interdependent origination as "all things and events, including our experiences of suffering and happiness, arise from the coming together of a multiplicity of causes and conditions". I once read an old Russian proverb that the definition of "absentmindedness" (which means- without mind) is, "searching for the horse you are riding". Quite possibly, I fell into the "deep holes" because I was looking down and searching for the horse I was riding. I have been training myself...

    The Dalai Lama says that we should thank "our enemies" because they are the best teachers of all. He says that our enemies are "indispensable because their actions will help us to develop a tranquil mind". Each time they hurt us, we are able to transcend the pain a little bit faster. After years of suffering and learning from the pain we are able to not only cope, but experience a rebirth. We emerge "new" and different, much stronger and peaceful beings. Pain and suffering is a transformative process/cycle. The golden streets are the "place where blind men see". At this level we of course are still on our horse, but we are not searching for him. We see (meaning understand) our enemies actions no longer carry the weight to impact us adversely. We are all connected and interdependent yet now we understand that our enemies can do anything to us. We will simply continue to rise into a higher realm.

    I believe the golden streets are about non-dualism. They exist in my sound and free mind, as I rise above the chaos, pain and suffering to experience a sense of freedom and floating. It is a tranquil euphoria of peace and enlightenment. I am "higher" because, in a sense, I am now one with the horse I am riding. Bring a deep hole or a mountain or a river or any obstacle, I will only get higher.

    Reminds me of a song by JJ Cale called, "Ride Me High".



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    anonymous
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    Dec 1st, 2011 12:46pm report


    Scott did NOT write this about "Heaven" or smoking pot. In the September 2000 edition of Spin magazine, he explained that this is is not about Christ's ascension to heaven or taking a big bong hit, but is about the power of lucid-dreaming: "You're physically asleep, but you're awake in your mind," he explains, he read a book about Hindu monks who have perfected the technique and thought it might help him stop a recurring nightmare in which he's running down a highway, being closely followed by a man with a gun. He turns left and hides behind a pillar beneath an overpass but gets shot anyway. Scott said that once he learned how to lucid-dream, he was able to alter the nightmare so that he turned right and escaped. After he wrote "Higher" about the experience, he never had the nightmare again.



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    lantvit3333
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    Aug 12th, 2010 8:15am report


    It is very clear to me. He wants heavan on earth. Plain and simple. "We should let love replace all the hate." Love CREED



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    tlynne
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    Jun 10th, 2010 6:58pm report


    although I would like our world to change
    it helps me to appreciate
    those nights and those dreams
    but, my friend, i'd sacrifice all those nights
    if I could make the earth and my dreams the same
    the only difference is
    to let love replace all our hate
    so let's go there
    let's make our escape
    come on, let's go there
    let's ask can we stay?
    ( I feel what he is saying is that he is tired of living in fantasy (all the women) and want's his dreams with this one person he believes he can't have become a reality. He would sacrafice all for it just to be real with her. So he is asking her to go with him and let's get rid of this hate and become healed so we can love and live in reality.)
    ~ A different way of looking at it) But then at the end of the video I started to think something different who knows.



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    tlynne
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    Jun 10th, 2010 6:36pm report


    I think it's about a relationship he want's to be in with someone special but the pain and anger they both feel from past experiences keeps them from the relationship..As you see in the video a women talking to him and he doesn't even acknowledge her existence,maybe he is tired of the player mentality and wants something real..He's asking can we escape from all the anger that keeps us stuck here..And go to a place that's higher, I believe what he is asking for is to feel love again, he's asking for god's help and asking the special women "Can we go there together?"



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    anonymous
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    May 9th, 2009 5:16am report


    It says GOLDEN streets just like the BIBLE. And blind men only get their sight back in heaven. Duh! Scott Stapp is kind of a religious/rock kind of man. I THINK HE ROCKS. HIGHER IS MY FAVORITE SONG!



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    anonymous
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    Apr 4th, 2009 4:58am report


    I think this is a great song. The way I interpret it, it is about scientifically controling your dreams. He talks about ecscaping the life he lives while he's awake, clearly saying tht he is talking oabout dreams. He also talks about visiting the wonderful place time and time again and again. He also says he would give up asll his dreams if he could make his dreams and his life the same. Showing that he desires the quality of life he lives in his dreams. In short this is an awesome song. CREED=GOD ROCK THAT REALLY ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!1



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    worldfest
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    Jan 15th, 2008 1:50pm report


    Actually I made an AMV with this video using the movie Final Fantasy Advent children. Anywho, the song is about escaping the realities the daily world that we live in and seeking to attain the dreams the person wants. Of course, he's asking God..."can you take..." who can give those things to us...and make them attainable.
    This song is awesome!



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