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One Last Breath by Creed

Album: WeatheredReleased: 2001Charted:
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  • In this song, the person that Scott Stapp sings about thinks that his life is over, but with his last breath he's trying to hold on to life and the things he loves about it. He's going nowhere in his life, and he's trying to escape. Later in the song, his outlook gets even darker ("now that it's over"), and he's reflecting on the mistakes he made and crying out to heaven for help. In the last part of the song he has found the strength to go on ("But I still believe there's something left for me"), and even though he's down to his last breath, he still thinks that his life will get better. (thanks, Anders - Skagen, Denmark)
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Comments: 26

Creed is awesome. No matter what anyone else thinks, when I listen to the song 'Higher" it reminds me of heaven. Music is what you make it. Can't wait till I meet my Lord and savior in heaven.Scott - Jackson, Ak
i think that something tragic has happened in his life and he is freaking out and thinking about killing hisself. then later in the song he starts thinking of the good things he has in his life. and he is calling out to heaven to help him. and this is an excellent songGarrett - Sumrall, Ms
I believe the protagonist is contemplating suicide:

'Maybe six feet ain't so far down' = maybe death is close/desirable.

By the time we get to the end of the song, he decides to keep on living:

''Cause I still believe there is something left for you and me.'
Mark - Dartmouth, Ns
When I first heard this song, I thought, "Wow what a cool song!" I didn't know that this song had a deep meaning to it until about 2 years later. Then I started actually listening to this so I could try to understand what he meant. I came to the conclusion that he did something against God, and feels immensely regretful.
He found the road to nowhere, he did an act against God and feels repentant, "I thought I found the road to somewhere, somewhere in his grace." He can't shake the feeling. He tries to seek comfort, but it doesn't change the fact that he did something wrong, and that it disappoints those he affected, "Sad eyes follow me." He feels so bad, he wants to die. He gives up on life, and sees that six feet under is not as far as he suspected to relieve himself of this burden, "maybe six feet, ain't so far down." Putting things behind him, he still believes that there's something left for him, "But I still believe there's something left for me."
Mrs. Lee FTW!
Thomas - Kaneohe, Hi
This an easy song to figure out.... This is about a man that has great faith in God, but is being in a state if self-doubt. He feels as if he isn't good or holy enough to deserve God's love and would rather die because of his own "sins" which he feels are unforgivable, even in God's eyes. He feels it would be easier to die than to change his ways.Tom - South Bend, In
This is song is actually about how Creed went to a U2 concert. Scott Stapp got so starstruck from being in one of the seats directly above the band ("Oh my god, I'm six feet from The Edge!")that he wanted to jump down ("Maybe six feet ain't so far down..."). His bandmates however wisely restrained him, but decided to sack him after that. There you go. The real reason Stapp left Creed. :DSamuel - Singapore, Singapore
I think that Creed, or at least Scott Stapp, believes in the Christian faith, but he hasn't committed to it. i would also like to say that this is one of my favorite songs, it really is beautiful.Trenton - Flatwoods, Ky
This is one of the rock songs that makes me cry. It's also one of the two Creed songs that makes me emotional. The other is "Is This The End" from the "Scream 3" soundtrack. Literally, the song sounds painful. Physically and emotionally, it's like your heart and your insides are hurting when you listen to this song because it has a sad meaning.
I love the music video. It was very creative and lived up to the meaning of the song. I've recorded it from VH1 like six years ago. It's still great.
Gabreya - Pine Bluff, Ak
when he says hes six feet from the edge, hes talking about how far he is from diving into his cousins pool. Now everytime when i swim at my cousins house, i think about this song, and sometimes i forget to hold my breathe. One time i drowned 10 feet down, and my mom had to come and save me. Whdn i got to the top, my uncle jumped into the pool and broke my nose. it was my worst birthday everNathan - Sherwood, Or
I luv this song much much much much much.......... i luv u CREED. I Lyk the lyrics of the song very much.. LUV U UL muah. GOD BLESS..


GARYL B. MONTEFALCON
Philippines TAGUM CITY
Garyl - Tagum City, United States
The beginning is sort of calm, yet it has this feeling that sounds like looking back and not wanting to move forward. It almost has this one-dimensional emptiness to it, but then the song moves into the desperate depth it actually has.
I think the message of the song is to just go on through life. If it's bad enough that you're going to end it all, then it will get better, and there's no telling how much better. Everyone and everything is related, and through death and life things are changed.
I don't see the song as particularly religious, but I do believe it hangs on to something higher- everything is connected; the joy and misfortune in your life time is fleeting, yet it affects everything to come, so you have to go on. And there has to be some motivation, something to hang onto that gives you security.
I don't find this security in any God or higher power, in fact I don't find any security at all. I just know that I have to keep going and maybe I can help change some things for the better. If I die before that happens, I know I'll have done all I could, and maybe I've affected some people positively, maybe even given them the will to live along the way. sorry to ramble, but I get a lot of thoughts from this song.
Ashley - Moncton, Canada
I LUV, LUV, LUV this song, and the meaning. I think that a lot of people can relate.
This song reminds me to not give up, and with God there is never nothing left, becuase He has everything planned for us.
:)
Michelle - Anaheim, Ca
creed was one of the very few music groups that was giving something meaningful to people. I was very disappointed to see them disbanded. I thought, in this inhumane world creed was doing a good job of inspiring people to live peacefully. There music was very matured & could appeal to people of all age groups unlike these pop idols. Even after the band is no more i would like to see Scott stapp picking up his solo career in his trademark "creed" style music & deep true lyrics. "LONG LIVE ROCK 'N' ROLL & LONG LIVE CREED".Akhil - New Delhi, India
my first creed song was "faceless man". Before that i had never listened to creed. I was really spellbound by the intensity that the song picks up in the middle. Scott stapp's voice is really complemening the meaning of the song. Faceless man speaks of Scott stapp's encounter with the man who has suffered a lot during his lifespan. This person teaches Scott Stapp to always follow right path in life and thus the song is definitely a preaching for life.Akhil - New Delhi, India
I thought the drummer's name was Scott Philips, not Ryan Philips. Where did you get Ryan? And how did you end up with Higher and One Last Breath on the same disc? Higher is from Human Clay. OLB is from Weathered. I can imitate Stapp! Just sing like Celine Dion in a male voice!Dude - Tx, Tx
One more comment: Scott says that "Higher" is not about heaven, or God. I might buy that story were it not for the juxtaposition of the two songs "One Last Breath" and "Higher". "Higher" comes right after "One last breath" on the CD. OLB is about desperation, "Higher" is about salvation. "Your love takes me higher..." Yeah, right Scott. It's not about God.Paula - Houston, Tx
creed is a band that really needs to find God. Scott said he has found crist but he was asked by Christian Music Today:


So, are you now a "Christian artist," or an artist who happens to be a Christian?

Stapp: I'm an artist who's a Christian, because I don't write music to be evangelical. Now, if that happens, it happens. My dad's a dentist, and he's a Christian. Now, does he put in Christian fillings? No, that's just part of his three-dimensional life. Now, there are people that are Christian artists, because they have a purpose to be evangelical for Christ. I don't feel I've been called to that yet. Now, that could change. There's no telling what kind of call God will put on my life.

I dont think this is right to be a christian and then write and play worldy songs. but he knows that he has wronged and i think that we should pray for him and the rest of the band that they will find and continue their relationship with crist.
Justanothercristian - Richmond, Va
i have never heard this song lolChelsea - Kitchener, Canada
I never really knew Creed that well before I heard this song. When I heard this song I was amazed. This is the song that got me into Creed. Now I'm a big fan. Unfortunately they broke up and now Brian Marshall(bass guitarist), Mark Tremonti(guitarist), Ryan Phillips(drums) and their new singer Myles Kennedy made a new christian rock band called "Alter Bridge" I'm getting their album the day it comes out.(10th of August 2004). Anyway, I love this song. It's amazing and so is the video.Gabe - Utica, Ny
I always heard they were a christian band and I thought they had mentioned it several times, are you sure?Kristen - Campbellville, Canada
Lisa, the song your looking for is "My Own Prison", from the first Creed album, My Own Prison(yes, its the title track). Hope this helps you an your husband.Steve - Cheshire, Ct
hey! I really need the words to this song. My husband is in rehab right now and had written down the lyrics that he could remember from a Creed song he heard twice and said it really touched him and asked if I would track down the song for him. it was something about "court is in session" and "I can feel my body burning..." the comments sound like this is the one I'm looking for!?! any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanx!!Lisa - Raleigh, Nc
Just one note, the members of Creed do not believe in organized religions. I can see how people would wonder if they are a christian band but no.Toby - Burlington, Ia
This song is awesome. It expresses how so many people feel on a daily basis.
However, there is hope, and it's found in the Lord Jesus Christ, and I think Scott Stapp realizes that.
Abby - Toledo, Oh
i think that this is one of the best songs they have and no other band in the world could sing it
then scott stapp.
Michael - Baltimore, Md
Scott Stapp is desperate for help. He's talking about being so close to the edge, but with his last breath he's asking for help. He's asking for someone to convince him that he doesn't have to give up even though he's so close to it. He doesn't want to give up, but he doesn't think there's another option. So that's why he wants help, because without it, he can only see the world as it is right then and there when he feels like there's nothing left. Towards the end of the song he realizes that there's something left for him, so he's going to try again. Creed never gives a specific meaning to their songs because they want it to touch people in different ways. I think a message that he's trying to convey to the people listening is that you can make a lot of mistakes in life and be close to the edge, but you can always look for help and start your life over, but to be careful because you're never far from that edge.Anthony - Elmira, Ny