"Creep" as written by Dean Deleo, Robert Emile Deleo, Eric Kretz and Scott Richard Weiland....
Forward yesterday makes me wanna stay
What they said was real makes me wanna steal
Living under house guess I'm living I'm a mouse
All's I gots is time got no meaning just a rhyme

Take time with a wounded hand 'cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand 'cause I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand 'cause it likes to heal,
I like to steal

I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be
Half the man I used to be

Feeling uninspired think I'll start a fire
Everybody run Bobby's got a gun
Think you're kinda neat then she tells me I'm a creep
Friends don't mean a thing guess I'll leave it up to me

Take time with a wounded hand 'cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand 'guess I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand 'cause it likes to heal,
I like to steal

I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be
Half the man I used to be

Take time with a wounded hand 'cause it likes to heal
Take time with a wounded hand 'guess I like to steal
Take time with a wounded hand 'cause it likes to heal,
I like to steal

I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be (this feeling as the dawn it fades to gray)
Well, I'm half the man I used to be
Half the man I used to be
Half the man I used to be


Lyrics submitted by dsfire, edited by Saint Arkham

"Creep" as written by Eric Kretz Dean Deleo

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  • +6
    General Commenti agree this song is about change, but more about trying to change and not finding any support, the lack of support gets you down, you're falling back into old habits, and repeating the cycle again.
    staticstarleton March 09, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about who you are and who you want to be. also how things change you, I think. I have to agree with everyone else, though. This song is awesome.
    wolfperson1on August 27, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think that this song is about what you want to do as a person and what is really right and wrong. it is about waiting until something passes over or is not thought about anymore until you do it again b/c if you don't do it anymore your not the same person that you want to be. i think it is a great song i just don't understand how stp has changed so much the songs just dont sound right anymore
    tfaith_84on April 16, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always thought this song was about Scott's problems with heroin."Wounded hand" meaning his shootin up arm,and "half the man i used to be",expressing his feelings of pain and loss due heroin before he got addicted.
    Ciyaak Boyon March 21, 2003   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song seems to be about addiction and the personal struggles with it.

    Forward yesterday, makes me want to stay --- replaying memories, fast forwarding in your mind to happier times;

    What they said was real, makes me want to steal -- this part stumps me a bit. A reference to the family and being raised, but is it a case of being told how much greater/smarter/more talented than anyone else, or is it a case of an abusive situation and finding a way out of it.. stealing away some time.. or literally stealing for the thrill.. maybe stealing to survive poverty -- i just don't know.

    "Livin' under house
    Guess I'm livin', I'm a mouse
    All's I gots is time
    Got no meaning, just a rhyme"

    To me means living under house arrest, part of his probation-- and the depression that would accompany it, and for lack of a better phrase "Survivor's guilt".. he guesses he's thankful to be alive, but feels like less of a man for accepting the arrangement, maybe less of a man for losing control of his life. Alls I gots is time, reinforces the legal aspect to this, but finds no meaning in his life, no rhyme nor reason for it. In a process of rediscovery of who he thought he was.

    Take time with a wounded hand --- hands are our lives, the do so much.. so to say a wounded hand, is to say a wounded spirit or soul. But hands also have the "healing touch". Also means to tread lightly with him, as he a wild card, unsure of himself and how he will react in any given situation.

    Guess I like to steal-- can be taken literally, or that he has taken from others in his life as far as trust, infidelities, etc. --- probably why she called him a creep.

    Feeling uninspired, think i'll start a fire etc.. just the listlessness, restlessness, uneasy in his own skin.. Bobby's got a gun.. a fleeting thought of suicide?... Reinforced by the "Friends don't mean a thing, Guess I'll leave it up to me".


    Anyone who has ever wrestled with depression and/or addiction and relate to this song. There is an emptiness, you feel incomplete. With many nights of introspection until the dawn fades to grey (also alluding to getting older, and not feeling like you have anything to show, especially as far as personal growth goes, for the time)

    Obviously a song written from the heart. Simply genius.



    socalgurlon April 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnice song
    Pharmicopiaon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentme lovez.... :D
    beautythusbecomeon June 15, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove the unplugged version... where scott yells loudly when singing "think your kinda neat, then she tells me im a creep"
    clevelandbrowns4life00on May 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentanybody who relates themselve to an animal is a sign of low self esteem
    thewho9001on June 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Think you're kinda neat, then she tells me I'm a creep."
    It's basically the same idea as Radiohead's Creep. He is infatuated (or just interested) in a girl and she thinks he's a creep. Then he barricades himself in, "Friends don't mean a thing, guess I'll leave it up to me." He leaves his life for seclusion.
    Greeeeeeeeat song.
    Marston20on August 26, 2010   Link

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