"Open Wounds" as written by Kevin Kadish and John Cooper....
In the dark with the music on
Wishing I was somewhere else
Taking all your anger out on me, somebody help
I would rather rot alone
Then spend a minute with you
I'm gone, I'm gone

And you can't stop me from falling apart
'Cause my self-destruction is all your fault

How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?
When all I ever wanted to be was you?
How could you, how could you, how could you love me?
When all you ever gave me were open wounds?

Downstairs the enemy sleeps
Leaving the TV on
Watching all the dreams we had turn into static
Doesn't matter what I do
Nothing's gonna change
I'm never good enough

And you can't stop me from falling apart
'Cause my self-destruction is all your fault

How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?
When all I ever wanted to be was you?
How could you, how could you, how could you love me?
When all you ever gave me were open wounds?

Tell me why you broke me down and betrayed my trust in you
I'm not giving up, giving in when will this war end?
When will it end???

You can't stop me from falling apart
You can't stop me from falling apart
You can't stop me from falling apart
'Cause my self-destruction is all your fault.

How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?
When all I ever wanted to be was you?
How could you, how could you, how could you love me?
When all you ever gave me were open wounds?

How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?
When all I ever wanted to be was you?
How could you, how could you, how could you love me?
When all you ever gave me were open wounds?


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"Open Wounds" as written by Kevin Kadish John Cooper

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    General CommentI actually saw Skillet in concert (awesome, if you ever have the chance), and John the lead singer said this is about his relationship with his dad. His mom died when he was younger, and his dad remarried really quickly after, like a few months. So this song is about how he felt his dad had betrayed him and the memory of his mom.

    P.S. Jesus was, is, and always will be real
    SilvrBelleon March 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah umm. I think in this song is about being abused by your parents. Maybe not in the physical or sexual sense but in the emotional one. Your parents are some one when you are little you look up to and trust. If they told you that you were worthless and always were having a go at you for not being good enough you would feel betrayed as they were meant to love you. They want dreams for you but they watch them turn into nothing because what they have done to them has turned you into someone different. The person may either self harm because of this or is living in a self destructive lifestyle by either not achieving things or other things like drinking and drugs.
    Evilsheepon May 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRabster, your argument in very convincing(note my sarcasm).
    Staph42on August 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis songs reminded me of how my realtionship with my dad was for...years. I can just picture us shooting lines of the song back and forth at each other (kinda funny actually ;p) He would lose his temper alot. I'd try to stop caring about him so it wouldn't hurt so much. I'd shoot back, he'd be hurt too, and yell at me. Add this to the fact that I was such a Daddy's girl when I was younger...it wasn't fun.

    Also, 2 things for Rabster:
    "fuck Jesus. He isn't real" Wonderful opinion...Why in the world would you go to a message board for a CHRISTIAN band and then complain about religious beliefs. Next, why don't oyu go to a lake and complain that bteh water is too wet?
    "it's about a girl" WOW! Amazing insight! Yes, every song since the '50's is about a girl, isn't it? There can't be any other meaning to it, and why would artists ever want to travel into other areas that mean something to them?? "it's about a girl" very deep, and so well explained.
    chosen_innocenceon October 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI came to this site seeking the meaning of this song, because it didn't sound like something I'd expected from a respected Christian band. Instead I found supposed 'Christians' behaving in a decidedly un-Christian manner. I give kudos to Zanzir for having the fortitude and faith to respond in the way he or she did. The rest of the reactionaries who've taken the time to respond to Rabster should re-read the lessons of Jesus and remember that no person can be forgiven who does not first forgive others their transgressions. Rabster made a callous, offhand remark and then conceded that he or she was out of line. Can the other participants in this display that level of maturity?
    heckthecaton September 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo way this is a sell out song. John Cooper (lead singer) had a horrible relationship with his father growing up. That is the reason for this song. It's funny how most people think if the song isn't all like "Praise Jesus!!!" it can't be Christian. Skillet has a lot of songs that aren't directly related to Christ, but still have a Christian message.
    1337l-l4x0rzon April 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis songs is somewhat similar to Savior and The Older I Get cuz the 3 songs talks about John's relationship with this dad.
    darkhelioson February 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI see this as someone who is abused, and the person who abuses them was someone they trusted and looked up to( "All i ever wanted to be was you") The person begins to fall apart and they blame it on the person abuseing them... *shrugs*
    Tourniquet_faunson December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think (this is my opinion) its about someone who thought of satan as jesus and fell for satans tricks and in the long rune he was left with pain and agony(open wounds)
    G_Yarmon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow thats really cool, i never would have thought to look at it that way. in my opinion this song is about someone being more emotionally abused by someone else, and it leading to self-harm (my self-destruction is all your fault)
    pull_the_triggeron March 13, 2005   Link

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