Evanescence: Lithium Meaning
Song Released: 2007
Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without...
Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow.
Oh but god I want to let it go.
Come to bed, don't make me sleep alone.
Couldn't hide the...
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2008 4:29pm report
This song was about Amy Lee and her sister. Her sister had died and Amy Lee was then put on lithium for her depression, Amy then wanted to stop the medication for the fact that she didn't like how it made her forget and not care about her sister no more, but she didn't want to feel all the pain that she when she wasn't on it.
anonymous Apr 1st, 2008 4:39pm report
The song is definitely linked to being bi-polar. It is quite evident in the video. amy has two "personalities" one is the regular her and the other is the lithium...this is shown in the video in a very subtle way. and like others have said lithium is found in mood stabilizers ....blah blah.
Basically Amy Lee is a crazy lithium-fiend. LMFAO [jokes]
Gotta love the song though.
anonymous Dec 19th, 2007 12:48pm report
First of all, lithium is not an ingredient in mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Actually it is an anti manic agent and mood stabilizer. whether or not the writer of these lyrics meant to describe the feelings of a bipolar, I do not know, but the lyrics do describe the typical feelings of a bipolar individual. Feeling "locked inside" while on lithium is very common. Many people feel that their emotions are dulled and they loose their creativity when their mood is stabilized. The entire song just sounds like a person with bipolar disorder and how you struggle against yourself.
anonymous Dec 19th, 2007 12:06am report
I tried to find the words to explain this song but I can only FEEL them. I'm sure everyone has a song like that out there.
Let me put it simply. If you have Bipolar/manic depression (I do), whether you take lithium or another similar drug, you can relate to the highs and lows of this song. I'm not saying that's what it was written about.
Personally, I'm especially drawn to "Drown my will to fly." (as it keeps you from the mania) and "I can't hold on to me, wonder what's wrong with me." (pretty much always)
The first time I heard this song I was at work. I had VH1 on in the waiting room so I could listen to music(I work at night). I was drawn out of my chair and stood there fixated on the tv. There was a chill through my body as I felt her singing my emotions for the world to hear.
Like I said, if you have it, you know.
icky_nicki Dec 10th, 2007 12:32pm report
Lithium is a drug to help your mind. not necessarily bipolar, yes it is used to that, but not only that. It is used for people who believer that they see 'things' and for people who have ''messed up minds''. It could just be that whoevers point its from is just saying that they don't want to live without the drug but also that they know that they should get off of it too.
anonymous Nov 28th, 2007 11:16pm report
I would like to say that listening to this song I had no idea what it meant and I had no idea what lithium was. (I am singing it a a karaoke at school soon.) I actually had to look it up on dictionary.com to find out what it was and I was surprised by the answer. Because I did not understand what the lyrics meant I looked up interpretations and found this site.
All I know is that I was attracted to this song because it is so emotionally powerful no matter how you look at it. I hope the focus is not put on the fact that she used Lithium as a metaphor in the song, but more towards the sadness she portrays. Not to say that it did not help those dealing with depression. I am happy that she accomplished that and people can relate to her lyrics.
Ashlynn313 Oct 31st, 2007 10:42pm report
Maybe by beginning the line with lithium, it almost sounds as if she is singing to her lithium. Saying that she'd rather be without something that would end her depression. From personal experience, depression is addicting, and quite often drives you to live your life because of it. Sadness is something that motivates and drives people. Most of my success has been related to the fact that I THRIVE off of the tragic abusive events in my past.
Lithium - don't wanna lock me up inside
not wanting to cover up who she is with meds
Lithium - don't wanna forget how it feels without
not wanting to forget her pain and live as someone other than herself
Lithium - I wanna stay in love with my sorrow
Basically, I feel that she is saying she doesn't want something such as Lithium to take away her pain and sorrow, causing her to forget who she actually is.
I am who I am because of my struggle.. and drive myself to succeed each and every day because my pain is the biggest factor in my motivation
anonymous Sep 16th, 2007 9:42am report
For Gods sake how dumb are you?????????????
This song is about her husband shaun morgan ((you didn't drink enough to say you loved me)) She's sorry about her previous song call me when you're sober because she still loves shaun morgan.
anonymous Aug 13th, 2007 8:08am report
The song is about the battle between being happy and staying in her sadness. She is some what afraid of being happy because she feels she will lose herself because being unhappy and feeling numb is what makes her her. She realizes that she can be happy without losing herself.
anonymous Aug 10th, 2007 8:01pm report
It's about medication and a guy.
anonymous Jul 20th, 2007 7:15pm report
I think that this song is directed at the drug itself, rather than at a person or past boyfriends. In cases of addictions, people come to personify the object of their addictions as a sort of "frienemy", especially when the drug is perceived to bring comfort and calm. The song is about the feeling of abivalence over the artificially induced happiness of the Lithium and depression and emptiness that has to be endured without the drug. This can be glimpsed in the lines of the song "darling I forgive you afterall" "anything is better than to be alone" "and in the end I guess I had to fall". She seems to be negotiating with herself about the impending depression of going off the drug and continuing on it but being a shadow of herself. As a philosophy student, this song led be to think whether life is truely an unqualified good. Is it enough just to have life or is the quality of the life also a crucial factor to living?
AvengingSpirit12 Jul 13th, 2007 7:47pm report
Actually, this song represents a dilemma. Amy [though not in real life] is in a dilemma: should she stay in the comforts of sorrow, or should she take the pill and be happy. The water is a symbol of her sorrow, which is why, at the end, she is walking away from it [referencing the lithium music video]
anonymous Jun 30th, 2007 6:18pm report
Lithium maybe a drug for bi-polar disorder, but the song is saying that she(Amy Lee)has an addiction for Lithium, and she wants to still be with the other half and sometimes she wants the other half to go away. And when she says "come to bed don't make me sleep alone" She is probably talking to a boyfriend so then she wouldn't really be "alone" and stuck with the other half in her subconscious.
sicslipknotxx Jun 29th, 2007 6:56pm report
I completely understand what she's saying... I'm on lithium and feel the same way...shes saying she doesn't want to rely lose the dark sad part of her...she doesn't want to forget who she rely is...taking lithium can change all that...she doesn't want to get better and has become accustomed to being messed up. It's who she is and lithium screws all that up, it also tastes really bad and is fun when you snort it....:)
anonymous May 17th, 2007 5:03am report
Well, I agree with those ones who say it's about happiness.She says that she is so used to sorrow and when she starts to feel a great happiness after a long time without any hint of hapoines,she doesn't want to leave her sorrow behind.Because she thinks it makes her numb and blind and it doesn't let her think and decide healthily.She is almost afraid of being happy but she realizes that no one would want such a sad girl around and decides to change.She says she guesses she had to be happy one day (and in the end I guess I had to fall) and she is always sad and its time for change (always find my place among the ashes).Its related to Lithium, because just like that kind of happiness Amy is talking about (the kind which is fake and numb,almost sickening),Lithium keeps you happy and takes away your pain but makes you forget your old self and feel numb and empty either, because as you know, some patients are so used to pain that it is almost a part of them and if you take it away from them they don't feel like human anymore. So Lithium was the best metaphor they could ever find for such kind of hapiness. I think Amy Lee has written it very intelligently.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2007 4:28am report
Ok so her life has been bad for a while and she's accepted it but now someone comes along and to be with them she has to let go of the sadness and be happy...duh!
anonymous Apr 14th, 2007 4:22am report
Amy Lee does NOT use Lithium in a literal term! This is a quote from her explaining it: “ It's not literal, it's not literal about the drug for me, I've never taken lithium before. It's sort of a metaphor about numbness and happiness and sort of like, it's me looking at happiness in a negative way because I've always been, you know, kind of afraid to be happy. Like with the band and the art and everything else, it's always like I'm never letting myself break through into the happiness it seems like, because it's not cool or something. And describing happiness is lithium, it's like saying 'that's numbness, I won't be able to be an artist anymore if I'm happy', which is hilarious because that's just not true, I'm happy. So it's like this fight within the song of like 'do I do this and get out of here and get happy or do I wallow in it like I always do?' and it's cool because at the end of the song I say 'I'm going to let it go', like I am going to be happy.”
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