Believe

Album: Awake (2009)
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Songfacts®:

  • This rocking guitar ballad finds Skillet frontman John Cooper in the aftermath of an argument with his significant other. He regrets saying some harsh things, but thinks she should know him well enough to discern his true feelings. "I always laugh at my wife and say that this song is basically a guy's way to apologize," he told jesusfreakhideout.com, "which is like 'I'm really sorry I said it but you should've known that I didn't mean it.'"
  • Cooper is married to Korey Cooper, who is Skillet's keyboardist and rhythm guitarist.
  • John Cooper elaborated on the song's meaning and how it connects to his faith in an interview with New Release Today: "What people liked about it was the fact that it is a love song that doesn’t sound like a love song. It sounds more real. It's a really honest love song. It's about believing in the relationship and not giving up even though there are hard times. Sometimes you might be fighting and say dumb stuff, and you know you can work it out but what we really need to know is that our significant other still believes in us.

    That married couple picture for me fits the picture of Christ and The Church with us being the one that says and does the dumb stuff and then asks for Christ to still believe in us."
  • Cooper said he had Romans 8:38-39 in mind when writing the song, which describes an inseparable connection to God: "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
  • This was added to the album at the very last minute. Because of the late inclusion, it wasn't featured on the pre-release copy.

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  • Kalebh from Thermopolis WyI like this song because I've been struggling with my faith and its really been helping put more faith into him
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