What does Awake and Alive mean?

Skillet: Awake and Alive Meaning

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Song Released: 2010

Awake and Alive Lyrics

I'm at war with the world
And they try to pull me into the dark
I struggle to find my faith
As I'm slipping from your arms

It's getting harder to stay awake
And my strength is fading fast
You breathe into me at last

I'm awake, I'm...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 9th 2012 !⃝

    I think in a more general sense, from a non religious viewpoint that this could be taken as a song about identity and independence.
    "I'll do what I want, cause this is my life"
    He'll do what he wants because it is HIS life. His own, not someone else's his choices to make and the such. "Im awake Im alive, now I know what I believe inside" he's coming to know his own thoughts, beliefs, identity, and for this he feels alive, awake and actually part of the world. But that's just my two cents


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    May 24th 2011 !⃝

    This song is about a Christian struggling to stay with God and do what God wants him to do but the world is trying to get them to do something different. It's about the Christian realizing that God is the one that matters, not the things in this world or what the people in this world think.


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    Nov 21st 2012 !⃝

    This song is about you realizing that the world cannot tell you what you can and cannot believe in.
    Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes--the Jew first and also the Gentile.
    At many concerts John (the lead singer and bassist) has said this so many times before this song because the world cannot choose the way you live your life.
    "I'll do what I want cause this is my life"
    And when you realize that the world doesn't control you then can become: Awake and Alive!!!!

  4. anonymous
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    Jun 6th 2018 !⃝

    I think this song is about you can not find faith and God is with you to help you. And if you have joy in you you are awake and alive with God.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2018 !⃝

    And may I add one more thing.... It was all because of His LOVE for us and the power of this LOVE gives Life!! Thank you LORD!

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 28th 2018 !⃝

    I definitely believe he is singing about being fully awake and alive in and through our individual belief and trust in Jesus Christ. When as an individual comes to the saving grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ you become alive and awake to His truth and you come to realize the lies and deceit that is in the world. When God opened my eyes when I first truly believed in what Jesus Christ did and the resurrection power that brought Him back to life it also resurrected my own soul BC this world had sucked the life out of me but friends through my faith in Jesus Christ the True way the True Light God restored my soul and gave me a new life in Him and brought me out of the dark and I saw all the lies and traps and at first I was scared BC for those years that I was lost I was being used and abused by the wicked things of this world and finally by the grace of God my eyes were open and my soul rest in Him and I've surrendered my life to be all that I can be for the glory of God to help share the Good News "Gospel" to help lead others to this saving grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ by living my own life as a living sacrifice for Him. I'm awake and I'm alive to the Truth and ready the fight the spiritual battle that is going on. God wants each of us to surrender in Jesus Christ name it is the name above any other. It is the name of the ONE who patiently endure all the pain, sufferings and humiliations of the cross and when we turn our eyes away from this world and set them on Jesus Christ and surrender to His truth and accept the Gift of salvation in His name we become Alive and Awake and ready to serve the One True King.. PGAD... Praise God All Day

  7. anonymous
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    May 31st 2017 !⃝

    Basically, this song is about someone coming to God and really putting his faith in Him.
    1st verse
    About "his" struggle with the world

    About when he comes to know God

    2nd Verse:
    About how the world rejects his faith and tells him to turn away from Christianity.
    Taken from Verse 2
    "I'm in war with the world cause I, ain't never gonna sell my soul
    I've already made up my mind
    No matter what, I cant't be bought or sold.

    About how he knows God is always with him, and in turn, gives his heart to Him.

  8. anonymous
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    May 25th 2017 !⃝

    I think this means that when the line says, "I'm slippin from your arms" means falling away from God but God regains him and that's why he says, "I'm awake and I'm alive!" So it means when you slip away, God finds a way to get you back, without forcing anything. He makes miracles. That's what I think

    -fello Panhead

  9. abbyoleary466
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    May 19th 2015 !⃝

    There is a war going on everyday im not talking about Iraq or Afghanistan im talking a war for your souls. In this war people while tell you who you have to be how you have to dress. I dont know about you but i am tired of people telling me who i have to be. So if you overcome it is basically like you are awake and alive.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2015 !⃝

    I think this song is simply about how he wants to simply live his life as he wants too. Maybe it has a slight religious view like how all the rules might be a little unreasonable. Maybe he is slipping away from God to regain his independence and live his own life without a constant set of rules he is forced to follow.

  11. anonymous
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    Sep 8th 2013 !⃝

    The Message is pretty straight forward, This is a conversation between you and god.

    * I struggle to find my faith, as I'm slipping from your arms *

    Try To Look At It That Way.

    The First Part Is When The Person Is Lost.
    The Chorus Is Where The Person Discovers God,And The Last Part:

    * In the dark I can Feel you in my sleep In your arms I feel breath into me, forever hold this heart that i will give to you forever i will live for you.*
    Is When You Give Your Love And Faith To God.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 14th 2013 !⃝

    I think this song is them not falling into the illuminate like the rest of our music industry

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 4th 2012 !⃝

    I think this song is about your realtionship with God. When you start to think about it in every day life you get away from him. Also how every your not allowed to say God with out someone jumping on you like a rabbid cat. Your not going to back down just because someone tells you to are you? Of couse not! I really like the waking up part because you finally opened your eyes and see the truth to all the lies in society. The selling the soul part I find very true because God knows how many temptetions there are for fame, money, looks. So your always at war with the world.

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 19th 2012 !⃝

    Awake and Alive by Skillet is about a person who is fighting the world and himself for his beliefs. He says,"I'll do what I want, 'cause this is my life", which means he doesn't care what anyone thinks anymore... he is going to live for God no matter the cost.

  15. anonymous
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    May 10th 2012 !⃝

    we are in a fallen, Dark and Scary world.
    john said "i am tired of people telling me to do and not to do, it is Time to preach the Gospel of Christ.......I am A Christain and I am Not Ashamed of Christ.........be Awake and Be alive"

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 21st 2011 !⃝

    Like most songs by this Christian Rock Bands, it is a reference to Christianity and the Holy Trinity. In this case, the narrator is unsure about religion, but he finally realizes the right path. He feels "awake and alive", a reborn man now knowing what he has to believe. Now, nothing will change his mind and noone can tell him otherwise.

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