What does Imaginary mean?

Evanescence: Imaginary Meaning

Album cover for Imaginary album cover

Song Released: 2004

Imaginary Lyrics

I linger in the doorway
Of alarm clock screaming
Monsters calling my name
Let me stay
Where the wind will whisper to me
Where the raindrops
As they’re falling tell a story

In my field of paper flowers
And candy clouds of...

  1. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2008 !⃝

    MANY people occasionally turn off the drab or irksome realities of the day through fantasy. But some people, a fascinating minority, spend most of their waking lives lost in a fantasy world, leaving it to join the common reality almost as a visitor.

    The NY Times had an interesting article on the subject of "Extreme Fantasies" its a condition that many people have, which is normally associated with being alone as a child. These people can spend hours in their fantasy world, living with the people they have created there.


  2. Gurl_E_Nerdd
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    Apr 30th 2008 !⃝

    I don't think this song is about drugs at all.

  3. AvengingSpirit12
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    Jan 1st 2008 !⃝

    I believe this song is about escaping reality through one's own mind.

    "Of alarm clocks screaming monsters coming my way"
    - She does not want to wake up and face the cruel and monstrous people in the world -

    It's basically about finding refuge within one's self.

  4. lets_start_a_riot
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    Dec 16th 2007 !⃝

    I think it's about how she pushes herself into her mind to escape the horrors and cruelty of the world. She finds solstice there, and has created her own world of peace.

  5. anonymous
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    Oct 17th 2007 !⃝

    It's about hating the outside world and metaphorically sleeping through it, hence the many references to dreams and nightmares. Lying inside herself is lying asleep in her subconscious.

  6. x_lily_x
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    Sep 13th 2007 !⃝

    Imaginary is about, well... Imagination! Using your imagination to help escape reality, and all the things going on in reality.

  7. anonymous
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    Jul 13th 2007 !⃝

    O.k. I wouldn't reject the idea she uses drugs.Only when she is high she escape the chaos of things (that don't go the way she wanted) and only then she feels she has no worries . She lives in a land of imagination and happiness. I thing that the part "alarm clock screaming monsters" is referring to her heart that' s beating and resembles the connection to the real world. when she is high she is in no touch with reality. She isn't dead yet but not that alive either. Of course, it is possible not to get high and create those things by her own mind. The method that's usining isn' t the point . The point is that she escapes from reality and feels fine. It' s a great song

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  8. anonymous
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    Jun 5th 2007 !⃝

    Urm I think that Amy is singing this from a child's point of view as a dream, trying to escape from reality off in her own little world and stuff....

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 18th 2007 !⃝

    I believe that this song is about reality and how when it seems inescapable, she finds this place on her own, her imagination, where she stays to clear her head and sort of escape the madness and chaos of reality.

    When you look at the lyrics...

    "In my field of paper flowers,
    and candy clouds of lullabys,
    I lie inside myself for hours,
    and watch my purple sky fly over me.

    Don’t say I’m out of touch
    With this rampant chaos - your reality
    I know well what lies beyond my sleeping refuge
    The nightmare I built my own world to escape"

    In the first verse, she describes her imagination and her world where she goes to escape the cruelty of real life. In /her/ field of flowers, it's her world and her place. And the absurdity of what she describes (candy cotton and purple skies) sort of show that it's all in her head and it's not real.

    In the second verse, it goes over that her world is separate from a "rampant chaos", which is the world of someone else. I sort of understand this to mean that this "your reality" is the world of the rest of us and the world we live in.

    And lastly, in the very last line, "the nightmare I built my own world to escape," it very clearly states that her world in not real and it is her refuge, a place to avoid her life and how her life is a horrible place.

    I hope that helped! :)

  10. anonymous
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    Feb 20th 2007 !⃝

    I honestly believe it's about an insane person, driven crazy by life. "Swallowed up in the sound of my screaming, cannot cease for the fear of silent nights, oh how I long for the deep sleep dreaming, the goddess of imaginary light" Obviously, the person is mental. She screams all night because she's afraid of being alone. perhaps she gets sedated, like she's in a nut house, but I don't think so, I think the person's just crazy so they've made up their own little world, where they visit often, but the rest of the world is harsh, and doesn't understand or care, which drives her completely insane.

  11. haylzz
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    Feb 17th 2007 !⃝

    hey I got this dvd of evanescence with amys family speaking n stuff n it says on there that the song imaginary is about a dream she's having and she feels she can't escape...

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 11th 2007 !⃝

    Hey freaks,
    This song is about hoe Amy has this place inside of her (her field of paper flowers) where she goes when she is daydreaming or asleep to get away fron all the crap in life... Its kind of one of the most obvious ev songs.

    Seyonaramarna moseiluli,
    Goodbye weirdos...

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  13. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2007 !⃝

    For me, it's sort of like, in someone's real life it's horrible. maybe bullies, or abuse, or just meanies at school! Then, when something bad happens, that person just goes and tries to forget about all those things in their 'imaginary' world.
    "let me stay where the wind will whisper to me where the raindrops as they're falling tell a story'
    because no one talks softly to them in the real world.

  14. anonymous
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    Dec 21st 2006 !⃝

    its actually about having a bad life so you imagine a place that make you forget about it,

    I know well what lies beyond my sleeping refuge...
    The nightmare, I built my own world to escape

    that part explains the meaning the best

  15. anonymous
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    Oct 4th 2006 !⃝

    I think this song can have different meanings. One being that she is high, and she's describing how it feels and everything, another being that she's describing how the world can get so crazy that it can cause people to actually go insane. You know...."in my field of paper flowers, and candy clouds of lullaby" I think that she's descring a crazy person and how they escaped reality, and are living in their own little world. I don't know what it really means. The second menaing is what I think about when I'm listening to it.

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