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Evanescence: Erase This Meaning

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Song Released: 2011


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Erase This Lyrics

It's too late to change your mind
Even though this fragile world is tearing apart at the seams
You can't wash these sins away
A sinking feeling every day
I'm waking up in someone else's life

Is it so hard for you
Cause it's so hard for...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 19th report

    This song is about cheating to build a relationship with a married or taken man. She is waking up to the life of his significant other and now her regret is the guilt and lack of trust that she has for him. If she cannot clear that from her head then she can never move forward. If it is not hard for him then he does not feel the guilt and is therefor less trustworthy and less love worthy. They have to repent together and feel bad to erase the lie that built them but she cannot do it on her own.

  2. Evanescence4ever
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    Apr 1st 2014 report

    It's about a Person who has been betrayed by the person he/she loves.

  3. anonymous
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    Jan 3rd 2013 report

    I feel like this song is about a relationship that is being torn apart by lies. "This fragile world" that is mentioned in the beginning could then be the world of lies that she has built. It is ready to collapse; their relationship cannot be held onto any longer and the lies can't be continued, so the world is tearing apart (as in the song). The "sins" would be the lies as well. Furthermore, her feeling that she's "waking up in someone else's life" could originate from the fact that she can't even be herself anymore because she has to uphold too many lies.

    The chorus goes on to support my idea about lies, since she is saying that their dream (which is likely to be the dream of a future together that they had) must be accepted as being dead owing to the lie(s).

    "This wasted life", as mentioned in the second verse, is described as such because she wasted all her time creating a world that never really existed. Her life has been used for the sole purpose of lying. "The mess that I have made" is probably also a reference to those same lies.

    In the bridge, the breaking apart of the relationship becomes evident; the water rising around them can be seen as a lack of means of escaping their fates. The things that ended up "drowning" them (ending their relationship) were the lies. She only has herself to blame because she knows that if she'd told the truth from the start, they wouldn't be in this situation and could probably still be together.

    At the very end, when she says "if I could just erase my mind, but I cannot erase this lie", my point about lies is made clear. She seems to feel like the thing "occupying" her entire mind is this lie that can't be avoided or circumnavigated. The lie has now not only destroyed their relationship, it has also taken her mind over.


    ... I apologize for over-using the word "lie" ;)


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