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Lead singer Scott Stapp wrote this song after finding out he was going to be a father. He had a son named Jagger.
Once he found out that he was going to have a son, Stapp wrote this song because he didn't want his child facing the same problems he faced while growing up. Stapp was from a very strict, very devout Christian household and he didn't want his son to grow up questioning himself and his faith just like his father did. He didn't like his own father when he was growing up and even tried to run away during high school. (thanks, Modi Palmer - Houston, TX)
The title became the name of a foundation set up by Stapp to help children and families. To launch the With Arms Wide Open Foundation, the band released a limited edition "enhanced-package single" in September 2000, with proceeds going to the charity. The single contained an orchestrated version, a rock version, an acoustic reading, and the music video.
This won the 2000 Grammy for Best Rock Song. It was also nominated for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
The song inspired a T-shirt sold at The Hard Rock Cafe to benefit the With Arms Wide Open Foundation. The shirt features Stapp holding a child.
This was Creed's only #1 hit on the Pop charts, although they had several other #1s on the Mainstream Rock charts.