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Evanescence: Bring Me To Life Meaning

Song Released: 2003


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How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
Leading you down into my core
Where I’ve become so numb
Without a soul
My spirit's sleeping somewhere cold
Until you find it there and lead it back home

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I...

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    someonesister
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    Sep 21st, 2008 9:38am report


    This song is about numbness. Depersonalization that you get. It makes you feel dead inside. Unreal. Afraid.

    Wanting someone to reach in and take you out of the void you are in.

    It is emptiness. "Save me from the nothing I've become".

    "I've been living a lie....there's nothing inside"


    it is terrifying. why can everyone else feel and you can't.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 1st, 2009 7:07am report


    Like many others, I have a different interpretation of this song. I consider this as being my Evanescence theme song because it fits how I feel very well. Here's what the lyrics mean to me:

    "How can you see into my eyes, like open doors? Leading you down into my core, where I've become so numb."

    To me, this means: People will look into my eyes like open doors but will miss my emotion and the real me hidden behind my eyes. It'll lead them down into my core but they won't feel how numb I feel without myself.

    "Without a soul, my spirit's sleeping somewhere cold. Until you find it there and lead it back home."

    To me, this means: I usually feel without a soul. I feel like my spirit's somewhere. In a way, I'd say my spirit's in the computer. This is where I am awake. But it's like being awake in a dream. It's like my spirit's lost, not with me and needs to be led back to me.

    "Wake me up. Wake me up inside. I can't wake up. Wake me up inside. Save me. Call my name and save me from the dark. Wake me up. Bid my blood to run. I can't wake up. Before I come undone. Save me. Save me from the nothing I've become."

    To me, this means: I feel like I need to wake up. I feel like I'm asleep. I feel like I need to be waken up inside where my soul is sleeping. But I also feel like I can't wake up. I also feel like I need to be saved. I feel like my blood is frozen inside my veins and I need it to run before I truly become unreal. I feel like I've become nothing. I feel like without my soul, I'm truly nothing.

    "Now that I know what I'm without, you can't just leave me. Breathe into me and make me real. Bring me to life."

    To me, this means: I've learned that I'm without my soul and that the people in my life and myself can't leave me. I feel like I need to be made real. Like my soul needs to be brought to life, bringing me to life.

    "Bring me to life. I've been livin' a lie. There's nothing inside. Bring me to life. Frozen inside without your touch, without your love darling. Only you are the life among the dead."

    To me, this means: I feel like I need to be brought to life. That I've been living a lie. I feel like there's nothing inside. I feel frozen without my soul and without its love. But my soul is the life among the dead in a way.

    "All this time, I can't believe I couldn't see. Kept in the dark, but you were right in front of me. I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems, got to open my eyes to everything. Without a thought, without a soul, without a life, don't let me die here. There must be something more."

    To me, this means: For years I couldn't see who I really was. So to speak, I was "kept in the dark" but my soul was "right in front of me". Knowing who I was made me feel like I'd been asleep one thousand years and that I have to open my eyes, finally. I feel without a thought, without a soul, and without a lie and I don't want my soul to die. I know there must be something more for my soul.

    Well, that was my interpretation on the song...



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    alive313
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    Jan 17th, 2007 1:10am report


    I find that music isn't there to see it as the artist does. Everyone may have different interpretations of said song, but in the long run it all leads to the same path. The path of belonging, everyone belongs in thier own individual way. I don't disagree with any of you on these subjects, I think they are all very reasonable point of views. It's a formula most musicians want to use, use certain aspects of your own life and globalize it for the public. I know this was off subject, but I just had to get that off my chest. thanks.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 30th, 1:04pm report


    HERE IS MY SAY ON THE SONG AND I HOPE THAT NOBODY GETS THEIR FEELINGS HURT "because of the song's name and reaction to the video." This is what I believe that the song is actually meant to say .... It gives a single person to relate to the fact of a lost ones friend or family member in someway shape or form and also if that is not the case in hand its the fact of when 2 people have either broken up as boy/girlfriend or same sex partners they feel as if AGAIN they have lost what thy think and know that they need to feel like they are loved and not just walking through life feeling like they are not wanted or loved. If I have gone off basis but its the way my mind works ..... sorry but its mainly about someone who left their life and does not want to come back due to recent events that haunt them as well.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 21st, 2017 7:04pm report


    This has been and always will be my favourite evanescence song, the one that got me into them as a child and even now as an adult. I know she wrote this about her husband, but here's my interpretation (from when I heard it for the first time, the interpretation that's stuck with me).
    First verse:
    She's cold and numb inside (depressed) and can't talk to anyone because no one sees how much she's hurting, until there is ONE person who sees into her like she's an open door, even by asking a simple question such as "are you alright", or "are you happy"? Just that one line, to show that that person cares and has noticed she's buried herself underneath the layers of numbness, wakes her spirit/soul up from deep inside and its fighting for release.

    Chorus:
    Pretty straightforward for me, she's fighting with everything she has for this one person who believes in her, who cares about her but the fight and the struggle is real and difficult, and she's calling out with her spirit to save her from her current state, to let her know that they're still there for her and that they'll be there for her (calling her name). The dark is depression.

    Verse two:
    Now she knows that she's without happiness, and she's begging that one person to not leave her, because they're the only one who can "bring her to life". She wants them to continue talking to her, to let her know it'll be okay (breathe into me), I take it as simply talking to her, showing her there is a living, breathing human being who cares what she's going through.

    Bridge:
    She's in love with this person for waking her up from the numbness, everyone is dead to her for not casting, except this one person who is the light in her life.
    She couldnt believe she couldn't see what was right in front of her (the person she has fallen in love with), and it feels as though she's been sleeping for a thousand years and she needs this person to help her reawaken her senses (got to open my eyes to everything)
    She's scared she'll die if the person leaves her, that she'll lose the fight, because she believes without the person there with her, she has no voice, no thought and no soul.

    Long story short, she's depressed and is depending on one person to help her out of her current frame of mind



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    anonymous
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    Jun 9th, 2017 6:13am report


    They wonna make MONEY ! :D



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    anonymous
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    Dec 31st, 2016 12:16am report


    This song is about depression and how it makes u feel dead inside. You feel as if none care about u out your emotions. You feel as if life would be better off with out u. The song is about a cry for help and how we needed to help people with this issue. "Wake me up inside" means help me feel something that makes me feel alive.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 15th, 2016 1:36pm report


    In my opinion, this is a song about loneliness and the need of someone helping you make your pain disappear. I do not mean physical pain, but what you feel inside.

    In my opinion the line "How can you see into my eyes like open doors?" Means that the person she is talking about is clearly someone who understands her pain, because it does not make sense that she says that, but this person doesn't happen to understand what she feels.

    "Leading you down into my core
    Where I’ve become so numb" I think this lines means that the person can realize that she couldn't feel anything

    "Without a soul
    My spirit's sleeping somewhere cold" Although some people think that she is dead, that is not my opinion. I think that she indeed has a soul, but she feels that she's lost it, and can't find it anywhere.

    "Until you find it there and lead it back home."
    This probably means that she seeks the person's help, and believes that he can save her from her state of depression.

    "Wake me up. Wake me up inside. I can't wake up. Wake me up inside. Save me. Call my name and save me from the dark. Wake me up. Bid my blood to run. I can't wake up. Before I come undone. Save me. Save me from the nothing I've become."
    This shows the feeling of loneliness and depression, In my opinion, she cannot find a way out of the darkness, and feels she is going to be alone. She needs help, that is the reason she asks for someone to wake her up, it doesn't mean that she is literally sleeping. Also, I think that the last sentence means she feels like she is nobody, and like she never existed.

    "Now that I know what I'm without, you can't just leave me. Breathe into me and make me real. Bring me to life." Some people think that the person she is talking about is dead, he is not. In my opinion she is the one disappearing (Not literally.) She feels, as stated before, that she doesn't exist and that she isn't real, that makes her feel the urge to be real again, so she asks for help.

    "Bring me to life. I've been livin' a lie. There's nothing inside. Bring me to life. Frozen inside without your touch, without your love darling. Only you are the life among the dead"
    She feels like she lied to herself all the lime, and that there's nothing inside her. She feels frozen and cold without the person she talks about, she feels that this person is the only one who can make help her feel alive again.

    "All this time, I can't believe I couldn't see. Kept in the dark, but you were right in front of me. I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems, got to open my eyes to everything. Without a thought, without a soul, without a life, don't let me die here. There must be something more."
    I think this means that the person she was talking about was always with her, but she didn't value him much. She finally realized this when it was too late, and there is a point when she feels like she needs help. She thinks it can't end that way, and that there must be a way to feel alive again, but she cannot do it alone, so she begs for his help.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 10th, 2015 7:10pm report


    I heard this song couple of times recently. its a good song with an uplifting Spiritual message. Looking at lyrics in print, and others interpretations, led me to a short study. In Scripture is account of sick woman and dead girl, is interesting the woman has been sick 12 years with "issue of blood" basically like a hemophilia period, and the girl who died was 12 years old. It doesn't give both their names I think on purpose, as for you to pencil in your name or friend or relative. Of course the good news is the woman is healed by simply touching corner of Jesus' robe as He went by in the bustling crowd. The girl is brought back to life by Jesus, Arise, or Effafa in Aramaic is "to open" as open your eyes, coming back to life/consciousness. The girls Father's name is Jairus, Greek form of Jaira, means "He enlightens". See Luke 8:41-56, see also 9:1 12 disciples given power to heal. Also in Acts 9:35-41 a young girl dies and Peter says same thing Arise! Or Effafa, open your eyes, come back to life to your spirit to your body.In this case we're given her name Tabitha/Dorcas means gazelle like a fast animal, a quickening, or life giving spirit. In Ecclesiastes 12:7 "the body returns to the dust from whence it came, and the spirit returns to The God Who gave it."Wake me up inside is a call/cry to God to make alive the spirit within, and also to be sealed by The Holy Spirit.(see Ephesians 4:30) when she says now I'm without, is ultimately when her spirit leaves her body, and she wants the reassurance she will go with God. As the apostles grapple "we don't know The Way!" Jesus simply reassures them "I AM The Way, The Truth, and The Life" see John 14:6. In Jacobs dream he sees A Ladder(or StairWay to heaven, sound familiar?)see Genesis 28:12, we find out what and Who that Ladder is in John 1:51 Jesus relays to the Pharisees. Please remember constant theme of faith is not faith in itself, but faith specifically in Christ. Captainmidnite,Duncan, the dark warrior for Christ. see John 8:12, Romans 13:12. Note: Evanescence claimed Christian belief at time of this song, reported later to be into vampires, oh well flavor of the week." "The Spirit is indeed willing, but the flesh is weak."



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    anonymous
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    Apr 5th, 2015 4:10pm report


    Yes and the person she was sitting with was who she is married to now, she wrote this song about her husband.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 2nd, 2015 1:15pm report


    First of all, she is talking to her boyfriend, or husband, who is probably in the same place she is in...
    She is depressed (her soul is sick)...
    She is calling out for help...
    She doesn't want him to leave her...
    She is saying,"You are the only one who can save me"...
    If you look at the video, she appears to be in a nightmare...
    She falls in the dream at the begining, she falls in real life at the end...
    I am unsure if the real life in the video is real or another nightmare...



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    amyleelover
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    Oct 21st, 2014 10:33pm report


    she said in an interview that it is about her life-long friend(and now husband) Josh Hartzler.

    According to Amy Lee, the song has several meanings, the first being an incident at a restaurant. During an interview from a tour stop in Tulsa she told The Boston Phoenix: "I was inspired to write it when someone said something to me — I didn’t know him, and I thought he might be clairvoyant. I was in a relationship and I was completely unhappy. But I was hiding it. I was being completely abused and I was trying to cover it up; I wouldn’t even admit it to myself. So then I had spoken maybe 10 or 15 words to this guy, who was a friend of a friend. We were waiting for everyone else to show up, and we went into a restaurant and got a table. And he looked at me and said, ‘Are you happy?’ And I felt my heart leap, and I was like, he totally knows what I’m thinking. And I lied, I said I was fine. Anyway, he’s not really clairvoyant. But he is a sociology major. Lee said in a VH1 interview: "Open-mindedness. It's about waking up to all the things you've been missing for so long. One day someone said something that made my heart race for a second and I realized that for months I'd been numb, just going through the motions of life." During an interview with Blender, Lee claimed that she wrote "Bring Me to Life" about her longtime friend, Josh Hartzler, whom she married in 2007.



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    anonymous
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    Sep 16th, 2014 9:33pm report


    To me, i believe she is talking to god in this song. In the song she says "only you are the life among the dead".



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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2014 8:02pm report


    I think that the song represents the way Amy Lee felt when she was with Seether frontman, Shaun Morgan. She felt depressed and suicidal and felt asleep and wanted to feel again. This song means a lot to me, especially when I feel like I'm in the dark.

    I can honestly relate to this song when I feel like I've lost hope. I want to stop feeling depressed and get over my suicidal feelings.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 22nd, 2014 7:07am report


    For me this song has always been about feeling numb and dead inside and wanting to feel something, anything again. Thats exactly what i was going through when i first heard this song and i dont think I've ever instantly related to a lyric so well. i felt i was nothing cos i felt nothing. and wanted to be saved from myself. im glad to say im much better now.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 16th, 2014 6:27pm report


    Amy lee is talking to her boyfriend. She is telling the doctor or boyfriend to wake her up because she can't wake up and tells the boyfriend to save her and call her name to save her form the dark side and she tells her boyfriend to make her blood curculate her body . she telling her doctor or boyfriend that now that he now what she is with out him he can't just leave her there to die.Repeats what she says.she is telling her boyfriend that with out his touch she is frozen and can't move.she tells her boyfriend that he is the only one that is alive and not dead. then her boyfriend tells her that he could not see her because she is in the dark. amy then says that it seems that she had a very long napand that she dose not want to die yet and that there is more to life. and repeats what she said.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 5th, 2013 8:27pm report


    I think this song is based on MacBeth, because she climbs higher and higher, and the lead singer of lnkin park(the doctor) tries to save her:') and in the lyrics, theres lot's of hints to the play too:3



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    anonymous
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    Jun 1st, 2013 6:36pm report


    My interpretation of this song is:
    First it sounds like a couple with an intimate relationship with someone who opens up new feelings...
    It then sounds as if she has lost the love of her life and has gone into a depression and is asking someone to call her name and bring some happiness back into her life...
    It then sounds like she has no meaning in her life.... Frozen without your touch lost without your love your the only life among the dead..... To me this again is like she is lost and that the person she lost is the only person who is able to bring her back to the living instead of being with what seems to be the dead...



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