John Cooper, who is the lead singer and bassist for Skillet, wrote this song about a girl who was suicidal: "You come to me with scars on your wrist." When John sings, it's from the perspective of God speaking to the girl; when his wife, guitarist Korey Cooper, sings, it's the girl talking to God.
The story is made up, but inspired by what John and many people he knew went through in their darkest hours. He would often give a long, sermon-like introduction to the song before performing it, saying something along these lines:
"I wrote it for a friend who wants to end her own life. She was told she was a loser by her parents ever since she was a kid. Told she was never going to be good enough, could never do anything right, wishes she'd never been born. And she finally said, 'You know what? I hate my life, I hate myself, I hate coming home at night. I hate what I see when I look in the mirror, and I don't have a single reason left for waking up in the morning.'
She comes to me in the song and says, 'Look, I just want to say goodbye.' And in this song, I have a chance to tell my friend how special she is. That no matter what her parents or anyone else said, her life is not a mistake.
I want to tell you something that got me through my hardest nights. This is a quote from my #1 hero: Jesus Christ. Jesus said: 'Anyone who is weary, anyone who is heavy-burdened, come to me and I will give you rest.'
No matter what you've gone through, no matter what you've done, there is a god. His name is Jesus, and he loves you tonight just the way you are. And if you give him one chance, it will be the very last night you ever spend alone."
Sara - The Dalles, OR