With Arms Wide Open

“I think back to the spirit and the somewhat naiveté, just that brutal honesty that that song expressed as me being a young man and approaching fatherhood for the first time. And some of the fears that are expressed in that song are fears or concerns or worries or statements that us as fathers have forever in terms of the bad choices we’ve made in our lives. None of us want our kids to be like us. You know what I mean? In terms of waking up to the reality that the idealistic white picket fence view of the world that some of us have had in our lives; to realize that that’s not the reality of life. But still in our hearts we wish that for our children. Don’t we always want our kids to be better than us?”Scott Stapp (89)


“I open it up: “When dreaming, I’m guided to another world, time and time again.” So I was basically commenting on my dream and writing my thoughts about what I was dreaming about. And it was on various levels. It was a literal dream, but it was also on my dreams as a human being at that stage in my life and where I was in my life at that time. I wanted the world, so to speak. I wanted to achieve every dream that I ever had. And also I had that idealistic view of wanting to create heaven on earth. At the time I penned that song, my view of what heaven on earth meant was very narrow, very naïve, and very wrapped up in ego and self-fulfillment. I didn’t really expound on that, but I can comment on that now. And it’s also, “Be careful what you wish for.” because your prayers might get answered.”Scott Stapp (89)