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Evanescence: Going Under Meaning

Song Released: 2003

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Now I will tell you what I've done for you
Fifty thousand tears I've cried
Screaming, deceiving and bleeding for you
And you still won't hear me, going under

Don't want your hand this time, I'll save myself
Maybe I'll wake up for once


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    Jan 24th, 2009 1:12am report

    She took an incredible dump...it stinks and it just won't flush. She is probably a guest at someone's home and will be embarrassed if they come behind her. She is desperate to get this to go down. The "falling forever" means she running out of options.

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    Nov 26th, 2008 11:37pm report

    i think this song is about being in a relationship bcuz shes talking about falling again... so therefore she loves this guy but hes either abusive or cheating on her and she has never done anything wrong to him and shes tired of him not noticing and shes drowning in her love for him and shes slowly losing it...


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    Oct 2nd, 2008 10:23pm report

    This song is about her relationship with a narcissist or borderline personality partner. Unless you have been through this type of relationship it's impossible to understand. It's one of the most traumatic experiences you could possibly witness. They lie and manipulate and change reality so much that you feel like you were in a washing machine spin cycle by the time they are done with you. blurring and stirring the truth and the lies...so I don't know what's real and what's not...always confusing the thoughts in my head. They are masters at this and you begin to feel like you are the one that's crazy. If you read about this disorder (NPD) and what they do in relationships, it will explain all of her songs, as well as Linkin Park, Tool, and many other similar bands. But to get the full effect, you must live it. Not something I wish on anyone.


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    Aug 27th, 2008 8:54pm report

    I've always seen this song as a song about betrayal...a best friend...Now I will tell you what I've done for you...screaming deceiving and bleeding for you....Everyone has lied for their friends at one point....You bleed when they bleed, hurt when they hurt....She's leveling an accusation at the person...Now I will tel you...50,000 tears I've cried...I don't know about anyone else, but I wouldn't look at my ex and say that...it gives them too much power....but a best friend, that you've known forever, and knows everything about you...knows how to confuse you and push your buttons...I won't be broken again...I won't let you hurt me again...I've tried to fix this friendship and I'm killing my self to do this...I can't keep going under. This song was always one that made me think of my ex best friend. Thanks all sorry...I love this song a lot...It holds memories...not happy ones, but memories none the less....

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    Jun 30th, 2008 6:05pm report

    In a direct quote from Amy:
    "The lyrics are about coming out of a bad relationship. And when you're at the end of your rope, when you're at the point where you realize something has to change, that you can't go on living in the situation that you're in."


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    Jun 30th, 2008 6:03pm report

    I believe this is about an abusive relationship. I also like the idea of if being about an eating disorder, though. I've been through both, and still dealing with them.


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    May 27th, 2008 5:58am report

    This is the ring tone on my crush's cell phone when I call or text him.

    I went through a horrid divorce and I refused to let him help me because I don't trust him or any man, least of all my now ex. I stir the lies and deceived my ex all the way to divorve court and it was hell.

    i broke free from him but it cost me quite a lot to always be one step ahead of him and having to break free from him with our daughter after 16 years was not easy.

    i did go under many times. I went thru two hurricanes and a flood and I still refused to let this man I really care for help me. I never ask him for anything if I can help it.

    I think it's about watching helplessly while someone you love struggles when you know damn well if they would "take your hand" it would make it easier on them.

    Some people have to do it alone because the difficulties that are shoving you under are yours alone and only you understand the other person means to murder you emotionally. everyone else thinks that they are screaming at you because you won't listen. you only won't listen to their shit. you will listen to reason, but they are screaming their point of view which you know will only be for their good. If you listen to them, you will go under again.


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    Apr 5th, 2008 4:37pm report

    Fallenbat said "Amy said in an interview that this song was about an abusive relationship."

    From the sounds of it, it's about an abusive relationship with drugs or alcohol. Addiction.


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    Dec 9th, 2007 12:05am report

    Amy said in an interview in Australia MTV's The Lair, "Going Under" is about a previous emotionally and physically damaging relationship.


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    Nov 29th, 2007 11:46pm report

    I would say that she's cracked. She finally thought that with all that she'd sacrificed and all that she'd been through that THIS was finally it. That she was going to get the results that she'd anticipated while going through whatever she had to, to make that happen. Whether that meant feeling for that person or sacrificed, lied, or done whatever was necessary for that person. And knowing that it didn't really make a dent in the problem...she's cracking again. Only this time she just might break.


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    Oct 26th, 2007 10:08pm report

    Well, I think this song might deal with a certain situation, I am not really sure what it would be, though. I think this was one of the last songs written for Fallen. Anyway, I think the song is about being strong and leaving an oppressive force.

    "So go on and scream,
    Scream at me, so far away
    I won't be broken again"

    I interpret this song, also, as a statement of power. A statement of self-confidence. This song helps me believe that I am strong, and that I will not let myself be broken by anyone, or anything.

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    Oct 19th, 2007 10:41am report

    I personally love this song so much. um its def about how this girl is in love with someone but he's taking her down and she's going under in pain and she can't really control because she still in love with him and. Its always hard to break out of a bad relationship because you still love the person yet you want to break free


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    Aug 29th, 2007 8:34am report

    Amy said in an interview that this song was about an abusive relationship. My thoughts are that no matter what he did, she couldn't bring herself to end things because She still loved him, but she was telling him how to make things work and he didn't care what she felt, she was just a girl that he could use.


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    Aug 23rd, 2007 8:35am report

    Well when I first listen to this song I was very intrigued by the lyrics. I am also christian, so this is what I felt this song meant. The following interpretation is mine and is based because I'm very christian.

    "Now I will tell you what I've done for you
    50 thousand tears I've cried
    Screaming Deceiving and Bleeding for you " - this part reminded me of devil. The devil will do anything to take you away from Gods hands. So if you think about what the devil does this.

    "And you still won't hear me
    (I’m going under)
    Don't want your hand this time I'll save myself
    Maybe I'll wake up for once
    Not tormented daily defeated by you
    Just when I thought I'd reached the bottom
    I'm dying again " - now this part reminded me an ex-christian person. This person once believed in God but lost his faith. "you still won't hear me now" means that this person has been prayin and has received no answer. The rest of this part starts mentioning that he/she gives up on God and will go under and that he/she no longer wants Gods help.

    "I'm going under
    Drowning in you
    I'm falling forever
    I've got to break through
    I'm going under " - this part I see it as 2 things. This part mostly made me think of the ex-christian giving up on God and falling forever. "drowning in you" made me think of the devil again. The devil would drown into your spirit and take control becuase he/she gave up on God.

    "Blurring and Stirring the truth and the lies
    So I don't know what's real and what's not
    Always confusing the thoughts in my head
    So I can't trust myself anymore
    I'm dying again " - this part I interpret as the ex-christian person not knowing which way to go. This person doesn't know what truth is anymore because they have lost faith in God. It also mentions that they are going back to their old ways-"im dying again".

    "So go on and scream
    Scream at me I'm so far away
    I won't be broken again
    I've got to breathe I can't keep going under" - this part I interpret as the exchristian claiming to God, knowing he/she messed up and know that they have lost faith and that they are far away from God. "I won't be broken again" means that they have found a temporary pleasure by going under...."ive got to breathe I can't keep going under" basically means that the ex-christian knows they put themseleves in a bad place and are asking for help by mentioning they can't keep going under.

    Overall when I first heard this song I felt weird because I was very christian. As I keep listening I felt weird because somehow I knew this was devil tryin to confuse through this type of lyrics.......BUT that's my interpretation...the author might have intended it for another purpose but its funny how what I just wrote fits with what she wrote in her lyrics......


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    Jun 12th, 2007 6:13am report

    I absolutely agree with the person: "Submitted by: anonymous
    Added: 2006-08-01 12:17:30" All these songs on that cd relate

    Taking over me: talks about how she believes in God and will do anything to find him/her and how she's got to be with God.

    in Tourniquet she starts to realize she messed up and is asking God for forgiveness. That is very obvious since she even used the name Christ in the song. She used other strong words that can relate to faith such as deliverance, salvation ect.

    then her faith starts to decline in Going Under

    She questions God and even says that she has to break from him because she can 'save herself' anyone that is trying to figure out their religion notices this happening to them, they can't even trust themselves because its so hard to figure out if they should believe in God or themselves.

    Then finally in 'Everybody's Fool' she talks about how decieving God is and how He is said to be perfect but she thinks He's not. She thinks that under the mask its just a bunch of lies and a larger part of society is fooled by it

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