Evanescence: Bring Me To Life Meaning
Song Released: 2003
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Bring Me To Life Lyrics
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
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Mar 26th 2009 report
Wiki has the whole story from the MTV interview. Her and a friend of a friend were waiting on other people. He was a sociology major. The rest is written there. As for not being a Christian band, that's how they started. Ben moody saw Amy lee playing piano in thy church. They originated as a Christian band.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous May 6th 2018 report
it's about sleeping and living in your sorrows for a very long time, your spirit is thirsting for a life-giving water which is Jesus. It's pleading God to save you from being completely devoured by the dark, from being unable to rise from your fall, from being weak. It's wanting to escape from a trap that he/she can't do by him/her self and needs God's help. "There must be something more" means of it being hopeful that this is not his/her end, that there must be a way to get out of this prison. This is a song of desperate souls looking for salvation and that Salvation is only found in Jesus.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:
This song reminds me so much of my son who has Autism. If you have ever looked in to the eyes of Autism you would understand what I'm referring to. The lyrics fit perfectly irregardless of the song's true meaning. That's the beauty of music - we all interpret differently.
anonymous Jun 7th 2019 report
Evanescence-Bring me to life....is a dark depression song ,if you have acne you will automatically understand it.the video is very clever.
anonymous Jul 15th 2018 report
This is a dark song about being alone in the world trying but failing to grab on to someone for life (the falling from the man's grip bit).
'save me from the dark' suggests that she feels like she is in the dark unnoticed, also shown in the bit were she walking around on the roof and no one notices her.
I personally think it a rather freaky thing to make a music video about. I was just listening to the nightcore version then desided 'hey lets see the original'
anonymous May 6th 2018 report
I believe that BRING ME TO LIFE is a soul's desperation and a prayer to God—to Jesus Himself.
Being drowned by all your sorrows until you become empty, your spirit is needy. Jesu found your spirit and leads it back home.
This song is asking God to save one's soul from the darkness(of sin, evil) because the soul has gone helpless, it needs some direction. It's living in an illusion of pain and stagnation, away from reality. It needs deliverance from the suffering, from the suffocation. It praises how Jesus is the one's only life among the dead inside oneself or the dead that is in the world. It acknowledges one's weakness without it receiving God's touch or love. So this song is asking God to bring to life and make real what's dying in oneself because one's spirit can't take it long. This song is very Christian and spiritual.
anonymous Apr 2nd 2018 report
I think that it was a lot about Amy but "bring me to life" was for her sister
anonymous Jan 30th 2018 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.
anonymous Jul 21st 2017 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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Dec 31st 2016 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.
anonymous Jan 15th 2016 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.
anonymous Jul 10th 2015 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."
anonymous Apr 5th 2015 report
Yes and the person she was sitting with was who she is married to now, she wrote this song about her husband.
anonymous Jan 2nd 2015 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...
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.
anonymous Sep 16th 2014 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".
anonymous Aug 1st 2014 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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