Music | The meaning behind the song “Lucy” by Skillet

by nc on November 22, 2010 · 139 comments

If you’ve been a fan of Skillet within the last few years, you’ve probably heard their song Lucy from their album Awake. The song is extremely emotional, and it seems that it immediately resonates with many, many people (I know that it sure did for me.) At previous concerts, and interviews, John Cooper (who is the lead singer and bassist of Skillet, and the author of this song) declined to detail what the song was about.

He said that it was about regret, and that people have adopted it for themselves, and he didn’t want to ruin it for them with the real story. However, during Skillet’s recent tour, he has told the story of Lucy before singing it. Here is what he said at their sold-out double-headliner show with TobyMac at the Target Center on November 13, 2010..

John L. Cooper talking about "Lucy" John L. Cooper talking about the meaning behind his song "Lucy" at the Target Center on November 13, 2010.

“..this week is the very first time that I’ve ever told what this song is about, because, uh, it’s very special to me, but I feel like it’s time to talk about it a little bit, so.. listen up while I tell you a story about a young girl and a young guy who found themselves in a hard situation. They didn’t know what to do when they found out that she was pregnant; they were young, they didn’t have any money, they were scared, they didn’t want to tell anybody, they didn’t know what to do, and the only option that they could see was to terminate the pregnancy. So that’s what they decided to do… they went to a clinic, they had the procedure done, and at first they felt relieved that all their problems had gone away. But then something happened that they did not expect… and that’s over the next few weeks, which turned into a few months, they began to feel an intense sadness… and a pain and an agony and a guilt that wouldn’t go away. They didn’t know what to do, so they finally went to see a counselor; they said look — tell us what to do, we just don’t know, and the counselor made a suggestion. The counselor said here’s what you need to do — stop acting like you had a procedure, and act like you had a death in the family. So the couple went home and they made three decisions; number one, they decided to have a funeral service for the baby; number two, they bought a tiny little headstone; and they last decision to make was what to name the baby. After a couple weeks they finally decided they would call her… Lucy.”

John L. Cooper in concert, November 13, 2010; transcribed by Nate Carlson, natecarlson.com

Many people had their theories about what the song was about.. my wife was right, I was wrong. “Lucy” is about the pain that can follow an abortion.. it’s kind of ironic to me, as “Lucy” is one of the songs that I often sing to Kai when he is really upset, and it really helps calm him down.. so Lucy, whoever you were, you live on in the hearts of your parents and in all the people your song has helped, and as the song says, you’ll one day meet your parents again:

Here we are, now you’re in my arms
Here we are for a brand new start
Got to live with the choices I’ve made
And I can’t live with myself today

Me and Lucy walking hand in hand
Me and Lucy never wanna end
Got to live with the choices I’ve made
And I can’t live with myself today

— Lyrics from “Lucy” by John L. Cooper, as performed by Skillet

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Nicole Brewton March 28, 2011 at 10:51 am

This song is amazing. I listen to it over and over again. It’s beautiful :) I really wanna meet Skillet sometime and I send my apologies to the parents of Lucy, they will meet again sometime, very soon and it will be amazing:)

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katie lucky b April 29, 2011 at 8:37 am
Emily October 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm

So Lucy was never born?!!!!!!!!!!!

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sammi January 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

no lucy was never born,
abortion is wrong and this goes to show it.

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Jim June 26, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I think that John Cooper is the father of Lucy.

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Julia August 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

I think your right…. But He’s a CHristian and i don’t really think he would do something like that……………….. If he’s a Christian, he should be AGAINST abortions(:

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Angel August 2, 2011 at 1:50 am

@Julia
Just because John is a Christian doesn’t mean he wouldn’t feel pressured, at a young age, to abort a child neither he nor the mother could support. Just because we’re Christian dosen’t mean we’re exempt from doing wrong. I’m possitive hes against it just like any other Christian. But we all make mistakes. Either way (father or not) hes a wonderfull man/artist and the fact that he wrote this song for that child is amazing. God Bless him!

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Stephanie Renee May 15, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Well said…thanks for sharing your words of wisdom. I think you couldn’t be more right!

Taylor March 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Yes and IF he is the father that might me the reason he became a Christan. That is just my opinion

Michaela August 2, 2011 at 2:00 am

He did say that is was about a “young” couple. And nobody knows if he was a christian when this happened. Also there is the fact that this happened “years” ago and he wrote this song when he was way younger and didn’t decide to publish it until the Awake album and went even farther by keeping the meaning of the song a secret. I thing it was his little Lucy he lost and now he’s decided it may help people. Lots of love,
Michaela Beaulieu

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charles August 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

yea but in said that the parents were young so maybe he made a mistake i think John Cooper is the parent of Lucy

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BlueCrescentMoon April 13, 2012 at 6:57 am

I think you should all stop calling this a “mistake”. Whoever the parents of “Lucy” were (John Cooper or not), they did what they thought was best. Being a christian (or whichever religion, for that matter) don’t stop people from doing what they want, or, at least, it shouldn’t.

Megan May 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

John Cooper is the father. He is saying “I” in the whole song. He said, “Me and Lucy walking hand in hand.” He wouldn’t just say that about some random couble.

Andrew February 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm

BlueCrescent…what people “feel” they want to do is a dangerous guide. I am against abortion because it is taking the life of another. I am against murder because it is taking the life of another. If for some reason I wake up and decided “I feel like killing my wife,” it will be punished in a court of law because it is called murder. There is no line between abortion and murder, just a perception that socially it is necessary because of the “mother’s choice.” It is my contention that both mother and father made their choice when they mated. After that, the baby in the womb has every rigth to life, just like you or I.

kat November 9, 2011 at 12:46 pm

it my have happened before he was a christian so i think it could be him but i think that we should give him time and if he decides to tell the public about it then that is up to him and i also think that if he never decides to tell the public thats okay too because i love skillet and nothing will ever be able to stop that love they have helped me tremendously in my personal life and even at school so give the guy a break he has a life too…

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Stormy December 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Sometimes even Christians make mistakes. The most pro-life people can abort there children in a state of hopelessness. All we can do is pray that we respond differently if ever put in a similar situation.

God bless John Cooper, and Lucy, you’re looking right into the eyes of God right now, say a prayer for us! :-) We love you!

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Katz December 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

So people aren’t born christianas,they chose to be .this could have happen before he became a christian. there is forgiveness for even something like this.thank God for grace!beautiful song. It helps many.

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Sabrina March 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Not every Christian is a good one, I have a friend that was raised in a christian home and she is only 16 and 7 months pregnant, she thought about abortion but decided to bare the problem on her own with the help of her family.

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claire June 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm

I reckon he did it when he was young and not committed to christ and lucy could have been one factor that lead him to Jesus.

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Ben August 31, 2012 at 5:35 pm

It’s possible this event happened before he became a Christian.

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Cassie November 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Just because he is a christian now, doesn’t mean he wasn’t before. I have always beleived in Him but always thought that was enough. About a year ago I started going to church regularly…I know now that was NOT the case. Also, I know a 56 year old woman who deeply regrets an abortion that happened when she was 16. At the time she was “non-religious” a few years after, she realized what she had done and became a christian and asked forviveness. Now can’t wait for the day she sees her baby she was never able to raise because (her words) “that stupid decision”

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andrew December 27, 2012 at 3:42 am

Yes.. he is a Christian, but this could have been something he done before he gave his life to the lord. I also might add too is that he probably is against abortion now becuz the song is also about him regretting the decision. Just thought i should point that out.

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Rebecca January 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Yes, he is against abortion, but this was before he was saved. I was at a concert where he told the story, and he said that it was a rotten decision, and he forever will regret it.

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steven January 25, 2013 at 7:56 am

Think about this… hes human.. everybody makes mistakes..and he just didnt know what to do, he was just scared of all that was going on and yeah he shouldnt of done it, but how would you react to this? he feels really bad about it, you know that by the song, and im pretty sure he asked God for forgiveness even though he feels very terrible about the choice he made. I hope this helped you :)
JESUS Loves you!! <33333333333333

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Josh May 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

Just because your a Christian does not mean you can’t have an abortion if you don’t have the money than you can’t have a baby so the father may be John Cooper

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Shannon July 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Remember that we are not born Christian and have to accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Even so, we can still make mistakes. If indeed he is the father as some of you think, he is fallible human just like all of us. I think that it is safe to say that we all have things in our pasts that we are not now proud of or that we may regret.

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Shelby February 8, 2012 at 9:03 am

Jon is not the father of Lucy, the parents are people that he knew.

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Laura February 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

John wasn’t the father of Lucy

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tim gaston May 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

that would make sense why it touches him so much

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kim April 9, 2011 at 4:05 am

its really beautiful!! i never knew what it was about!! i love it!! you guys are awsome!!

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katie lucky b April 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

how can you not know what its about just listen to the song…..

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Brandon May 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm

don’t be rude. this is not the place, and is DEFINITELY not the article, to try and challenge others on. kim was being sweet and encouraging. there is no reason to mock her.

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Amanda May 5, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Parents make many choices regarding their children. Sometimes, even those who do their best end up hurting their child.

A friend of mine told me a story about a buddy she went to college with. He had a 3 month-old daughter. One day, while his wife was at work, he gave the baby a bath. While the baby was in the tub, he passed out. By the time he regained consciousness, his tiny daughter had drowned.
Later, they found out that he had a disorder that would cause him to faint. He’d never been diagnosed with this before. He’d never fainted before. It was a complete fluke that the first time this disorder would make itself known, would be such a vital moment in the life of his family.
Even though it wasn’t his fault, he still felt guilty over his child’s death. If he’d not given her a bath that day or if he’d waited until his wife got home, his daughter might still be alive.

For him, this song would have nothing to do with abortion.

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Michaela August 2, 2011 at 2:05 am

There are many things this song could have meant Katie.. everyone takes things their own way. Like for me.. when I was younger I dated this guy and we were close planning to get married the works and then we got in a car crash. I was sitting right next to him… he died and I didn’t.. that’s why this song means so much to me because I do feel the regret and the sadness and I wish I could go back and fix it all but I know that ill be in his arms one day.. and we will walk hand in hand…

Lots of love,
Michaela Beaulieu

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Ben August 31, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Thank you Brandon. Plus how could you know? I mean I had no clue it was about abortion. I thought it might have been about a past relationship he had with a girl and maybe she died or something.

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Amanda April 13, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I didn’t know what it was about either until i googled it and found this. It is a beautiful song

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Christina April 28, 2011 at 3:35 pm

My finacee introduced me to this song. I instantly fell in love with it. We just had a little boy 3 months ago and he is a miracle. Neither one of us was suppose to have kids. My heart goes out to those young kids and I hope the best for them…..This song really touches my heart and makes me cry every time I hear it.

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katie lucky b April 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

this is a great song i love it, i played it for my mom and she cryed i felt bad, but everytime i listen to LUCY i like get all sad :D

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Denise May 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm

What an amazing song! The first time I heard the meaning (& I already had an idea) I got big tears in my eyes. I work for a pregnancy care center where we share abortion alternatives through Christ’s love. I so wish these precious young people could grasp what this song talks about BEFORE they walk through an abortion clinic’s doors. Soooo much pain and heart ache could be avoided. Because of an abortion the center I work for was opened so I know God can make something good out of something bad. For those contemplating abortion or have had an abortion, please know that you are loved. Reach out to a pregnancy care center and let them help you…………..Christ put them there to be His hands and arms. May God bless you.

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richard June 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Denise, God Bless you for the work you do! Many girls and guys don’t know the options they have. My wife and I can’t have any more children and would love to adopt a child some day. Our only child is now 13 and was a miracle birth. He is the world to us and a wonderful Blessing from God. Once again, Bless you for the work you do in His Missionary work ! You are an awesome person !

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Sean May 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm

My fiance and I just had a miscarriage and this song is really helping us through. Were the baby a girl we wanted to name her Karah so I replace the name Lucy with Karah when I listen to it.To every parent of a miscarried or aborted baby just know there is at least one more person praying for you and with you tonight..

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Monique May 31, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Thank you this beautiful song. My 19 year old niece Lucy died on 29/3/11 and that day one of her friends posted on Facebook this song. As we listened at Lucy’s Celebration of Life we cried because this song explains how each and every person, who had the privilege to know Lucy, felt at her sudden passing. This song has touched our hearts and given us all, Lucy’s family and friends, a song to cherish and to hold close to our hearts as your words have give our feelings voice. Lucy Marie delaMotte-Thomas 19/09/91 to 29/03/2011 – I love you til forever! xxxx

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Tara June 10, 2011 at 12:11 pm

This song is absolutely beautiful. It’s one of my favorites by them. I actually didn’t know that this is what the song was about. I just had a friend pass away on Monday, and I instantly thought of this song. Everytime I am upset about something I listen to this song. It’s very emotional, but it is completely gorgeous.

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Tony July 14, 2011 at 1:59 am

This is a lot different than any of your interpretations of this sone, and may seem very shallow compared to all of your stories, but I want you all to know I have no intention of sounding shallow or taking away from any of your stories. This song and those stories are truly beautiful.

Here’s my interpretation:
I was on vacation and I met this girl. I really liked her and we would stay up until like 1:00 am talking about stuff and we hung out a lot. She was really cool, and the first girl that I really liked (i’ve gone out with girls before, but this one was different; I felt a connection between the two of us and I think that she did too, we never got a chance to talk about it though). This was one of her favorite songs and we listened to it together many times. Anyways like all things that vacation came to an end and we both went back home but home is 1000 miles away from each other. At first I was heartbroken but then I bought this song and if you listen to it a different wayto me it describes what happened to us
“hey lucy, I remember your name
I left a dozen roses on your grave today”
To me this shows that I will never forget this girl even though she may be out of my life forever
“Now that it’s over I just wanna hold her
I gotta live with the choices I made
And Ican’t live with myself today”
This also makes me think about now that I’m back home how much I miss her and the “choices” I made to not tell her about my feelings toward her.

All in all, this song reminds me of her, not only because it is one of her favorite songs (and now mine too), but because to me at least it describes what happened between us.

***Again I apologize to anyone who may find this shallow or inaccurate, I am just sharing my honest opinion about what I think of when I hear this song.***

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nc July 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

I think this is why John was hesitant to share the real meaning behind the song [I was at a pre-concert Q&A session about a year before the concert that he shared the contents of this article at, where he was asked what it meant and responded with something along the lines of there is a real story, but he’d rather just say it is about dealing with regret and let people hear it for themselves] — the song rings true for so many people in different ways, that are all perfectly valid. I would certainly not say that your interpretation is shallow or inaccurate, and thanks for sharing! :)

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Jenny February 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

I think itz really sweet u liked her that much nd i know how u feel there was this guy who well i still like he stared beeing my friend scence the 7th grade we still hang out. But when we meet each other it was amazing we hung out like alwayz i alwayz felt that connection nd he did too the day he decided to ask me out another guy asked me i said yes bcuz i liked the guy but @ the time i didnt knew my friend liked me so much nd i got so sad when i found out i literaly cried. And when me and that guy broke up i was still waiting for my friend and he was waiting 4 me i feel in love with him like u have no idea he meant the world to me and still does. And well after that relationship he told me he was going to ask me out i was happy but that day never came. :'( I cried so much that after 5 months that he had told me he was going to ask me that whenn i asked him if he still liked me he said no. It tore me to pieces and it still does i told him i moved on but i havent. I still love him but he dosent.
when the song reads “Now that it’s over I just wanna hold her i think how i wanted to hold him after the break up. when it sayz I gotta live with the choices I made
And I can’t live with myself today” I think if i would haved just said no to that guy mayb me and him would be together but i guess that wasent God’s plan he will guide me to my true love and i know i will find him one day.

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Jordan July 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Thanks for telling… I have began listening to skillet everyday for the past cupple weeks went to alive festival in june in Ohio and got hooked to skillet cannot wait till next year to see skillet agian… I’m a 17 year old going to be a senior this year and very nervous of what the future has for me in the next year so anyone that can please pray for me. I’ve also developed a horrible habit of smoking cigarettes and am having a very hard time droping the habit so anyone please pray.

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zongetzo July 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm

i think evan thoe she is gone she has alredy served here perpus in life she has in spierd a lot of people like jhon well i gess that is ipornent but the most iportent is she is in heaven whith god whating fore her mom and dad and if your ther young cople and you see this i want you to know that she has alredy forgave you so did god

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Chris November 15, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I hope you’re doing well as a senior, Jordan, and that you’ve been able to kick the habit. I’ll be praying for you, keep your head up!

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lylli August 1, 2011 at 12:02 am

skillet us a truly inspiring band to me. the song Lucy just makes be cry when I hear it because it reminds me of the people ive lost in my life. but its a beautiful song and when they performed it at heavenfest this year, the ENTIRE crowd was singing. it was a great experience. the crowd sang along to all their songs of course. if u haven’t been to heavenfest it even heard of it, go check it out at http://www.heavenfest.com. I’m not advertising I’m just recommending u check it out if u love being a christian or any religion and love christian music! its the biggest christian music fest in the world! skillet is there every other year but there are plenty of amazing bands that play there every year!

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Hailey August 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

This song is beautiful! I always thought It was about a stilborn baby. I had to look it up. Such an amazing song.

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Cassidy August 17, 2011 at 12:38 pm

After hearing this song many, many times and not knowing the meaning behind it (I thought it might have been about a suicide after a fight or something), I looked at this and the song has so much more meaning now. It’s a beautiful, emotional song, and I hope that Lucy’s parents eventually found peace in doing what they thought was the right thing for them at the time. I’m pro-life, but if you do not have the ability to raise a child, then the option is up to the parents. This was their choice, and I praise Skillet for this song. I love this song. When I hear it, the first thing that I think of is a girl who I went to high school with, who took her own life this year. Hey Hayley, I remember your name…. <3

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Wendy September 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Wow! I’m so glad I looked this up. My theory was that the man was involved in an accident of some sort and Lucy had died. My kids love the band, and I would never listen to them until I heard this song. IT moved me, and everytime I listened to it, it would make me wonder about the true meaning. I’m glad John Cooper decided to share, and I think he’s right-it has many meanings for many people, as is witnessed on this site. God Bless Lucy, her parents, and anyone else who’s been in their predicament! Just know that one can move on with Christ’s strength! Forgiveness is there for the asking.

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Dave April 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Wendy, you sound just like my parents. We kids are berserk skillet fans, but they never gave skillet much thought, till I showed them this song and the story behind it.

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John August 25, 2012 at 5:05 am

I thought The Same Thing Cassidy Even After Seeing The Video I Never Put 2 And 2 Together Now As I Sit Here Thinking About It I Can Connect Even More With The Song Due To My Fiance Losing Our Son

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Brody October 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Well if u listen to the song carefully it says living with the choices I made meaning john cooper so after saying that i think the man was him but i still believe he is an amazing man/artist and i hope that someday he could tell us who it really was

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Justin October 19, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Well if u listen to the song carefully it says living with the choices I made meaning john cooper so after saying that i think the man was him but i still believe he is an amazing man/artist and i hope that someday he could tell us who it really was then i think he would he the best man alive

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Jessie November 24, 2011 at 3:11 am

This song is so sad it reminds me of this girl I know that didn’t won’t annoying to do with her baby but luckily she defied that she wonted be be there for her baby and wat gets me she ned her baby Lucy and the baby’s birthday is on September the 10th so that is why this song is so sad to me

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Joshua N. Perrault November 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm

This is a sad yet great song

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sarah January 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

This song has always brought me back to when I had to go through the sudden death of a loved one…the reason a song is written is so that the writer can get the pain out and so that it can be heard by others if that is possible…but this is an amazing song:)

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Don'tneedtoknow January 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm

It is true that John cooper is the father of Lucy
Because he said so at his concert. The girl was the
Pianist.

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NOONEKNOWS April 4, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Thank you for saying so. . . everyone was wondering. . . :)

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connie January 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

my brother listens to rhis song because his sister was raped than killed

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Darkvette January 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I had a friend of mine, Dawn, pass away on 1/6/2011. This was the first song I listened to after I heard she had passed. Even though Dawn was just a friend, she was like a sister to me in many ways. Everyone that has posted on here is right. This song holds a special meaning to each person that hears it. I still tear up when I hear this song, how beautiful…

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dylan January 28, 2012 at 12:56 am

Yeah, dude, I heard this song for the first time yesterday and it holds the fear of losing my mother life without her, would be hard, at best. And I know her time is coming, and this song gives me the security of knowing we will meet again in heaven, this song will be played at her funeral when that time comes…….

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shayla vance January 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

i love this song it reminds me of some friends of mine i listen to this song all the time the first time i heard it i started to cry i love it so much<3

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Ashley January 27, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Before I read this, I didn’t even think about the possibility that this song was about abortion. To me, this song dealt with suicide. I’ve been trying to help my friend out of depression, but she keeps insisting that she’ll try to feel better for MY sake… She refuses to live for herself at all, and it breaks my heart. I’m so terrified that if I ever hurt her, or say the wrong thing, that she’ll give in and commit suicide. This song to me was about someone not being able to help a friend, and that friend payed the price with their life.
“I’ve gotta live with the choices I’ve made….” Refers to making a wrong decision, and regretting it…
“And I can’t live with myself today”
I can’t live with myself if I ever let her hurt herself…

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Kristen February 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

This is what i thought the song “lucy” was about… i thought it was about john cooper and lucy… and lucy and john like had a bad relationship or something and that he said something wrong to lucy and made her suicide… thats what i thought the song was trying to say…

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Jojojazz June 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm

I thought the exact same thing this song makes me tear up. I think that John cooper was the father and that he dedicated the song to his beloved Lucy. God bless the parents ” even if it’s not John cooper” and thank god that he forgives us in all of our wrongings. I just can’t imagin giving up a baby to abbortion. I couldn’t live with myself.

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Kristen February 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I don’t get it… Was that john coopers girl? or did this just happen to a close friend? i’m confused…. please i want answer i really care…

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Autumn April 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

No one rlly knows. . . could be either. . .

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UNKNOWN February 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

First thing is firts I feel really sad for that couple. 2nd I really like this song i can relate to it but whats for sure what happend to that couple didnt happend to me every one in life has there story and there life’s story is in that song “Lucy” im really glad John wrote this song and when ever they have a concert close by pasadena any were around here tell me bcuz i love ya’s music :)

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Jenny February 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

I feel really sorry for that young couple that had to go through that because i know for sure it was a horrible experience just imagine its killing a baby a living person that hasent caused u any harm and if it was John or it wasent his i dnt really think it matters it was a mistake people make but im pretty sure he is against abortion but it dosent matter what happend in the past what matters is whats happening in the present what kind of person he is right now and when will u guyz come over to texas by pasadena? or in houston? I really want to c u guyz perform u guyz are verry talented reply if u know anything about a concert plz :) :D xD

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alyssa March 15, 2012 at 11:35 am

i realy like this song my best freind had an abortion and shes stil going through it please pray for her

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Autumn April 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

I will :0)

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alyssa March 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

my best friend had an abortion when she was 12 years old she is 15 now but still is working through the trauma of being raped please pray for her.

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Bob March 30, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Lucy is skillet lead singer just read it

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Autumn April 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm

How can Lucy be the lead singer if Lucy is an aborted dead girl???

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Autumn April 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I’ve been listening to Skillet a lot lately after I saw them at Winter Jam. Cannot wait to see them again! I think it is a beautiful, inspiring song. I hope that people who hear it will see the message of what abortion does and how wrong abortion is. I don’t know if John Cooper was the father or not but there’s no need to accuse him of doing anything. We don’t know if he was a christian then or not and we don’t even know if he was the father or not. Either way it’s a wonderful song. . . :)

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Katz April 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

This song is so cute. My dad made me listen to it and I was so sad I found out what it was about. If does not matter who the parents are because it’s their life. I am a Christian but if u/they/I was in that situation I would probly do the same and u would to

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Amanda May 13, 2012 at 2:34 am

I just want to send a prayer up for the parents of this child.

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mariah June 6, 2012 at 1:02 am

I hard to pick the truth!! But it isn’t between us It is between him and god!!

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Rawad Eid June 16, 2012 at 9:24 am

This song is really encouraging, everytime i hear it, i remember my dear teachers miss meline, and mrs najwa R.I.P i sang this song for them in front of school and i hope they heard it up there in HEAVEN WERE WE NEVER SAY GOODBYE!!

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Sparks June 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

A quote by John Cooper:“Lucy” is a really special song to me. When I was writing the song, I felt it was one of the most important songs we’ve ever written and I don’t think the song has reached its full potential. Here’s what “Lucy” is about. It’s not about me. It’s based on a story that I read about a young high school couple who had gotten pregnant. They didn’t know what to do, so they decided to terminate the pregnancy. After that–and we’re seeing these stories throughout the whole world, not just in America–these women are saying that nobody ever told them the traumatic effects that their abortion would have on them. Many women who have had abortions and are going through emotional trauma months and years after they’ve had an abortion, who are depressed and suicidal, are counseled to have funeral services for the aborted child and name the child. That’s what the song is about, and in this story they named the baby Lucy. This song takes place at her birthday, a year after it happened and wishing they could do things differently. The bridge of the song: “Here we are, now you’re in my arms / Here we are for a brand new start / Got to live with the choices I’ve made / And I can’t live with myself today,” is about regrets and thinking about how God will make all things new in Heaven.
http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/article.php?article_id=762
So, he is not Lucy’s dad.

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Lucy A. July 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm

My name is Lucy & just like all of you this song touched my heart not just because of the Title but because years ago I nearly took my life several times.I was bruised & broken inside,God saved me from myself & healed me. Every day I am thankful to him and I am reminded that I don’t have to live a life of regret I just have to remember what Jesus did on the cross & that He granted us all life to exemplify his life & love. Thank you Skillet for a perfect song that speaks volumes to all of us.

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Tessa July 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Oh my gosh. thats just so sad

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Edward July 26, 2012 at 5:15 am

Lucy !
I love this Song
this Song is touch in my heart
great voice john cooper u r best rock vocalist

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The Christian August 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

This song has to be the one that touched me the most. Oddly enough it’s because it reminded me so much of Elfen lied, even just the name, Lucy. The lyrics capture all the themes the manga ending had. I was quite confused actually I thought Skillet made a song just for Elfen lied. It was scary accurate. I can’t get over how the song that touches me so dearly, also reminds me of the piece of literature that has had such an impact on my life.

It is good to hear the real meaning of the song. It doesn’t truly take away from the song for me, I still listen with my meaning in mind, and reminisce of the fantastic story by Okamoto Lyhn.
(Warning if any of you wish to read Elfen lied because of what I wrote hear, it is extremely graphic. The story is worth it however, still, you’ve been warned.)

Never forget to
Live Life.

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Shalon September 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

That a sad song

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Fanai October 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I dont know about John’s personal life much.. But this song is somewhat of an outlet for people like us who’s made the same mistake. It speaks of things that we feel but can’t put into words. Wish i could talk with Lucy’s parents.

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Sarah November 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm

that’s so sweet and sad!! D: :D he is an amazing artist! i love John Cooper!! :)

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Risu December 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

‘Lucy’ is the only song in the world that makes me cry, and it’s difficult to make me cry. My little brother was at a concert where they told the meaning of the song and told it to me before I heard it for the first time. And anything having to do with abortion has always struck an emotional cord with me.

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Kels December 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I think it is wrong that you guys are speculating who the father is. That is none of anyone’s business and it is not your place to speculate. Enjoy the song or don’t. Enjoy the message or don’t but don’t sit here and talk about such a fragile topic like this. Whether it be John Cooper or someone else you guys are being completely insensitive.

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Me December 22, 2012 at 10:23 pm

This song makes me cry so surprised about the story behind it i thought lucy was his wife and my friend thought it was his young girl

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Adele February 15, 2013 at 5:43 am

All you that are saying that Lucy was his child could very well be completely wrong. It could have been a child of his parents’ or another family member.
You could also be very right, but who are we to speculate and judge?

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Marie May 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I had an idea of what this song was about but I didn’t know until I googled it. I knew it was about regret and wishing you did something different. I think it’s a possibility that John was the father but it could also be him singing from the perspective of the father of Lucy. Even if he is the father that doesn’t make him any less of an amazing artist/person or any less of a Christian. People make mistakes and if he was the father it could have been before he was a Christian or just a mistake. I also think if John wants to tell us who it’s about specifically, he will when he’s ready, because it’s obviously a tender subject for him. Regardless of who the parents of Lucy are, it’s a beautiful song and I’m glad I finally found the true meaning behind it, even if we don’t know the whole story. It can even be thought of in the sense that you wish you hadn’t screwed up a good relationship but you did and you just can’t get over it and you can’t move on. Just my thoughts :)

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Emily H. June 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

When i first heard this song it made me cry. Then i saw the video more tears. I personally thought at the time it was about John Cooper and his wife, but now…im not sure. If it is, and he was a christian when it happened. Then maybe they tought it was the best thing to do, because they wouldn’t be able to take care if her if she was born, and theyd end up on the streets. What would you do in this situation? Would you just give her up when she was born? Or would you do what these people did? Just a thought
~Emily

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Kara June 17, 2013 at 4:42 am

This song holds a special meaning in my heart, also about loss of a child, but not through abortion. I found out when I was 21 years old (after 3 miscarriages) that I would never be able to have children. I was devastated. Crushed. Heartbroken. I knew that my place in life is to be a mother. After many months of grieving, my husband and I decided to become foster parents in hopes of adopting. After just 2 months of doing foster care, my husband decided he didn’t want to raise someone else’s child and left. He called me from a Greyhound station, and that was the end of it. For another year I continued to do foster care, and my life was temporarily touched by 5 special children. But none of them stayed. God had other plans for them. Almost exactly a year after my husband left, I got a call for a baby girl that had been dropped off at the local hospital. She was beautiful and precious, and everything I had prayed for. They said that she was going up for adoption and asked if I wanted to be her forever mommy. They said that her only known relatives were her elderly grandparents who wanted to be in her life, but couldn’t raise her. For 3 months she was mine. 3 precious and perfect months. I tried to do the right thing and let her grandparents be part of our family. For heaven’s sake, they ate Easter dinner at my house with my family. I should have known better. A week later, a social worker showed up at my doorstep with a carseat. The grandparents changed their mind and wanted their granddaughter after all. For 3 months my dream came true and I was a mommy. Now, all I have of her is a baby elephant tattoo (her nursery theme) and pieces of the lyrics to this song on my forearm as a constant reminder of what I lost. She is my Lucy, and I live everyday wondering if I should have done things differently. Now, after 3 little angels that got their wings early, and a failed adoption that has broken me to my core, music is what I have left. I don’t have it in le to try again. For me, there is only Lucy and regrets, and goodbyes.

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nc April 13, 2012 at 8:41 am

I’ve been pretty much leaving this topic alone for the last few months, besides trying to approve comments without bias.. but I thought I’d throw my two cents in on this one.

This song is specifically about a couple who is dealing with the regret over their decision to have an abortion. That’s a pretty clear sign that they feel that it was a mistake now.

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Katz April 28, 2012 at 4:18 pm

They thought it was the right thing to do then cuz having her then it was going to make there life end no more fun hanging with friends no sports they has to get a job and go to school and provide for the baby

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