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Creed: My Sacrifice Meaning

Song Released: 2001

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My Sacrifice Lyrics

Hello my friend
We meet again
It's been a while
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...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Feb 20th 2014 report

    When I first heard this song, listening to the lyrics brought me back to a time when I was younger saying hello to the old me or younger me. A time when I was careless and free, a time when It felt like I could fly. That's why he's thinking about those times and it brings tears to his eyes.
    My childhood, a perfect love that it gave to me. It was my sacrifice, you lose your childhood & you have to sacrifice it to grow up.
    To me it seem he was singing to himself who he was or used to be, his childhood memories.
    That is why he said, "We've seen our share of ups and downs and how quickly life can turn around in an instant..."
    cuz, we all get a taste of life the good, the bad and soon grow up!
    I teared up listening to this song thinking about myself and the times when I was younger how quickly I had to grow up and lose my childhood and this song is like me going into the deepest part of me seeing the child in me and saying hello again...
    I don't know if you guys get this, but yeah I just wanted to share it... that is what this song means to me. If you listen to it again maybe it will have the same meaning to you also. But we all have different thoughts ;)


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 13th 2009 report

    The truth behind the song

    I believe the song is referring to his Christian walk with God honestly.The only perfect love is gods love because no matter what you have done, where you have been god accepts you for who you are all you have to do is ask for him in your heart. In this first verse I know he is talking to god saying this( Hello my friend, we meet again
    It's been awhile, where should we begin?
    Feels like forever
    Within my heart a memory
    A perfect love that you gave to me
    Oh, I remember) this is after a struggle he has had in his life where he has strayed and now reuniting with god. In the chorus he explains it all about how he feel being with god.
    (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)
    God as his sacrifice. Because he is our ultimate sacrifice.
    Then the second verse he is searching to know god more and live a life as he did.
    (We've seen our share of ups and downs
    Oh how quickly life can turn around
    In an instant
    It feels so good to realize
    What's in yourself and within your mind
    Let's find peace there)

    then he wrote the bridge just to say hello again.
    that is the way I feel about the song and what I know about it.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Jul 15th 2017 report

    The beginning of Creed’s music video for “My Sacrifice” focuses on an elderly man sitting by himself. He is blind, judging by total whiteness of his eyes. This man is an older Scott Stapp. The man sits there, thoughtful, until he begins to sink into a reverie. The camera follows him into his reverie, zooming in on his ghostly eyes, deep enough to see his memories.

    The ensuing music video is the old man’s daydream. It’s a general flashback of his younger years. Everyone is carrying on in his old neighborhood as they used to all those years ago, except everything is covered with about 5 feet of water. There are kids playing baseball, the old movie house and even the mailman. No one is bothered by the water. There are childhood friends, old girlfriends and monks (representing rigid religiosity).

    As Scott floats along in his simple boat, he sees a fist rise out of the water, which he grasps and pulls upward. The fist is connected to a replica of himself. His other self rises up out of the water and sits down in the boat with himself. He does a similar rising out of the water in his music video for “With Arms Wide Open.” This represents his baptism, or the momentous occasion when he came to life spiritually. When Stapp was baptized he was buried with Christ in death so that he might rise again with Christ in His resurrection, leaving all sin behind, washed clean in God's sight forever.

    Toward the End of Creed’s music video for “My Sacrifice” there is a violent storm swirling around, filling the air with all kinds of debris. Stapp sits in a nearby diner as he watches a boy take shelter from the storm under a truck. Out in the middle of the storm there is motherly-looking young woman who does her best to stand up to the wind. Despite her violent surroundings, she does her best to look hopeful. This seems to be Stapps supportive mother. The storm dies down and Scott walks out of the diner, to embrace the boy. The music video ends with the boy’s eyes fading to white, matching the aforementioned old man’s eyes. The eyes zoom back out again and it is the old man coming out of his daydream.

    “My Sacrifice” gives a glimpse into Scott Stapp’s lifelong spiritual journey. The song addresses someone called “My Sacrifice.” This must be Jesus Christ. Who else has died as a sacrifice and yet still lives today so that He might be addressed?

    A lesson from “My Sacrifice” is: The journey Christ's people take with Him is real. This journey involves genuine life-experience. The general summation of our lives impacts our spiritual existence and visa versa. The most significant turning point anyone might experience throughout their entire life-experience is baptism in Christ.

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2020 report

    I just recently lost my brother/best friend. This song was sent to me by him. Weather you believe in after life or not, that’s your call. I was in my friends house while she was away and
    Her echo dot wasn’t connected to WiFi (I kept trying to play music on it) but then this song randomly comes on.
    I unplug the echo dot after hearing some of the lyrics and knew I was being weird. Plugged it back in and the song restarts without WiFi. To me, my brother was telling me he loved me and he was okay and that what he did wasn’t because of me ♥️

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 23rd 2019 report

    This song I think is about “ himself “ hello my friend we met again .. is him finding himself after a long while!! Nite how he is surrounded by water on a boat— reaches in and grabs himself up from the depths of drowning... whatever message you get .. this is a great song and very much a wake up kinda song

  6. anonymous
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    Oct 24th 2017 report

    It is no secret that Scott Stipe has battled a life of depression and substance abuse. While people perceive Creed to be a Christian band with God as the focus to their music, I don't believe that is the underlying message of the song My Sacrifice. To me it is clear that this song is about his love affair with heroin and subsequent battle with addiction.

  7. anonymous
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    Oct 3rd 2016 report

    I think Mr Tashvang is right.. the video conveys the same meaning.. if you carefully observe the scenes of video.. kids are playing in a flooded area... so they are happy..always... U can see the priests sailing on boat which shows they understand what life is and they can move with eternal peace without being so happy and being so sad about anything..But You can see ordinary people floating half immersed.. they struggle since they lack the real awareness about Life and understanding themseleves.. "The inner ME" . The singer is talking about finding himself from the drama of life and he chooese to do that.. We can see him lifting himself from water.. I wish I could write more about the song... Its about self realization and may be achieving the happiness we had when we were kids

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 8th 2016 report

    I feel it's about connecting with his true self but it feels like he didn't want to recall his childhood because of some tragic event and from then on he made a journey trying to ease the pain and escaping from himself but when he finally could connect, he connected to God and left the hurting life. The sacrifice is that he probably had to leave dear ones and a way of life to step into the light.....changing a life leaves dear people behind because not all can have the courage to leave the darkness.
    "Hello my friend" is to himself when he was a boy with a kind heart.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 15th 2016 report

    I think the singer is reconnecting with God after losing his faith x

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 25th 2016 report

    i think that this song is about him going to heaven and seeing god again because he says in the starting line hello my friend we meet again

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2014 report

    It could be a Christian message as "my sacrifice" is talking about Jesus. It could also mean the reuniting of someone that was once dear to you, and realizing the sacrifice you made for them. But most likely it's talking about self sacrifice in life, and being careful not to lose your identity in the process. Watch the video and you'll see that Scott pulls someone out of the water during the part "I just want to say hello again", and that someone is himself. He was re-discovering himself. Also watch the live video on Youtube and Scott say before he sings that it's "our sacrifice."

  12. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2013 report

    i believe it's about a sacrifice one remembers,which he made for the greater good or for himself.That's why he feels relief recalling it(when you are with me i'm free..this brings tears to my eyes..).

    I know it doesn't seem to stick very much with other parts.
    Though if you go deeper, you can assume he's just given that sacrifice an anthropomorphic simile:
    Perfect love(=happiness)that you gave to me
    Hello my friend(=sacrifice) we meet again(=i remember you)
    Our share of ups and downs(=obstacles on the route)

    FInally,at the end he expresses the religious hope that this sacrifice will grant him eternal life("i just want to say hello again").This empowers my suspicion that what the song refers to is a sacrifice and not a person.

  13. anonymous
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    May 23rd 2013 report

    I think the song can be interperited in many ways, biblical/religion, relationship with a woman, but I interpret it as there was a tragic life threatening incident in his life that allowed him to revisit a prior tragic loss or incident in life.

    He came to see things and or reunite with someone or something not of this world but in spirit.

    I interpret his sacrifice as him giving up something to be close to this something again, maybe even meaning his life!!!

  14. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2013 report

    Could be that he is married with kids and fell in love with another rwoman but he is sacrificing his love for her to keep his family together

  15. anonymous
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    Feb 8th 2013 report

    you have to be an active Christian religion person to interpret the symbolisms of the video.

  16. anonymous
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    Oct 6th 2012 report

    well i looked up the meaning of this song and i couldn't choose which one i thought was the real meaning in this song, after all the real meaning is what the song makes you feel and that is what the art of music is for is to display what a person is feeling. when i started hearing creed i feel in love with all their songs,but the one song that made me think of the meaning was my sacrifice it made me think of my own life like all music does. i like to see this song as my own life by sacrifice is to go into service of a branch and waiting to come back to a loved one because the hardest thing to do is to leave your loved ones to follow your dreams.

  17. anonymous
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    Sep 24th 2012 report

    Clearly he's talking one on one with the Lord, something that he's not been able to do for awhile.

    Only One can give "perfect love" that is Jesus.

    Only One can give the kind of freedom to fly above all others.

    My sacrifice means he has to give that up and live in this imperfect world.

  18. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2012 report

    "Hello my friend
    We meet again
    It's been a while
    Where should we begin?"
    (thats about how he is confronting god again after leaving him for a while)
    "Feels like forever
    Within my heart
    Are memories
    Of perfect love that
    You gave to me"
    (about how the singer is remembering what god gave him and how he loved him)
    I'm free, I'm careless
    I believe"
    (about how when he's with god he is free and happy)
    cmon guys its a christian band- hes singing about re-discovering the lord!!

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