Does anybody know how I feel?
Sometimes I'm numb, sometimes I'm overcome
Does anybody care what's going on?
Do I have to wear my scars like a badge on my arm
For you to see me, I need release

Do I have to scream for you to hear me?
Do I have to bleed for you to see me?
'Cause I grieve, you're not listening to me
Do I need to scream?

Has anybody seen what's been done?
Where was my defense? No one heard my protest
The eyes of God were watching me
It's time to make my peace, let it go and be released
So I can breathe again
I'm on my knees

I've been marked, set apart
But I'm cut so deep and afraid of the dark
One drop of blood from the hole in Your hand
Is enough to heal me and make me stand

'Cause I'm clean, He is listening to me

I don't have to scream for Him to hear me
Don't have to bleed for Him to see me
'Cause I'm clean, He is listening to me
I don't have to scream
I don't have to bleed
'Cause I'm clean, He is listening
And I don't have to scream

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    I think this song is primarily about cutting. ("Do I have to wear my scars like a badge on my arm?") But then it sounds like something traumatic happened to her (" Has anybody seen what's been done? Where was my defense? No one heard my protest...") Whatever it was that happened to her, she felt she had no voice and that is why she asks if she has to scream to be heard. In the end it changes, because she realizes that although humans will let her down, God never will.

    golden_childon May 16, 2007   Link
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    This is a great song. it's so disappointing... there are like NO comments. I'm going to add these girls to my favourites because they are amazing.

    Fallen Leaveson June 27, 2007   Link
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    nvm i don't like them that much. sorry zoegirl

    Fallen Leaveson July 02, 2007   Link
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    Beautiful song. I agree with golden_child.


    candy.cloudson January 07, 2008   Link
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    I think that this song is obviously centering around self-harm as the main topic, but I also feel that the second verse indicates some sort of incident (possibly rape?) that happened to the girl.

    scarsonherarmson December 27, 2013   Link
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    Alisa: Well, yeah - particularly with the song 'Scream'. It deals with pain and just the self-destructive things that we can do to ourselves when we're in pain. One thing that we've come across so much in the last few years is meeting precious young people that love God with all their hearts, but they're just in so much pain and whether it's because of things going on at home, or abuse, or just getting their hearts broken - just the world that they live in - they're just in so much pain. I know that for me, I was able to really tap into my own experience and that I've dealt with depression a lot in my own life. I wrote 'Scream' on a day that I was really depressed. ZOEgirl Room to Breathe promoI was having an awful day. Instead of turning self-destructive or whatever, I just put it into a song - what I was feeling. It was an amazing experience because half way through writing the song, I really felt like God reached down and just ...really touched me - and kind of gave me a shot of hope to really step towards healing in my own life. That was about a year ago, and I really feel like a different person and a lot of it has to do with that song really ministering to me. So, I never thought it would be on the ZOEgirl album, or anything like that but the girls got behind it, and the label got behind it. So, we're really praying that it will minister to people much in the same way. It kind of talks a lot about ...just pain, but hints at and touches on sexual abuse and the issue of self mutilation and cutting. Particularly with cutting, we've met so many young people that are doing that. We just learned the other day that 3 million teenagers in America cut themselves. According to, which is closely tied in with Dawson McAllister ministries, they believe that number is closer to 8 million. So it's something that really needs to be talked about, especially within the church. That's something that we've really been passionate about on this album.

    XBeaston October 19, 2015   Link

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