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Evanescence: Lithium Meaning

Song Released: 2007

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Lithium Lyrics

Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside.
Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without...
Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow.
Oh but god I want to let it go.

Come to bed, don't make me sleep alone.
Couldn't hide the...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2008 report

    This song was about Amy Lee and her sister. Her sister had died and Amy Lee was then put on lithium for her depression, Amy then wanted to stop the medication for the fact that she didn't like how it made her forget and not care about her sister no more, but she didn't want to feel all the pain that she when she wasn't on it.

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2008 report

    The song is definitely linked to being bi-polar. It is quite evident in the video. amy has two "personalities" one is the regular her and the other is the lithium...this is shown in the video in a very subtle way. and like others have said lithium is found in mood stabilizers ....blah blah.

    Basically Amy Lee is a crazy lithium-fiend. LMFAO [jokes]

    Gotta love the song though.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2007 report

    First of all, lithium is not an ingredient in mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Actually it is an anti manic agent and mood stabilizer. whether or not the writer of these lyrics meant to describe the feelings of a bipolar, I do not know, but the lyrics do describe the typical feelings of a bipolar individual. Feeling "locked inside" while on lithium is very common. Many people feel that their emotions are dulled and they loose their creativity when their mood is stabilized. The entire song just sounds like a person with bipolar disorder and how you struggle against yourself.

  4. anonymous
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    Dec 19th 2007 report

    I tried to find the words to explain this song but I can only FEEL them. I'm sure everyone has a song like that out there.

    Let me put it simply. If you have Bipolar/manic depression (I do), whether you take lithium or another similar drug, you can relate to the highs and lows of this song. I'm not saying that's what it was written about.

    Personally, I'm especially drawn to "Drown my will to fly." (as it keeps you from the mania) and "I can't hold on to me, wonder what's wrong with me." (pretty much always)

    The first time I heard this song I was at work. I had VH1 on in the waiting room so I could listen to music(I work at night). I was drawn out of my chair and stood there fixated on the tv. There was a chill through my body as I felt her singing my emotions for the world to hear.

    Like I said, if you have it, you know.

  5. icky_nicki
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    Dec 10th 2007 report

    Lithium is a drug to help your mind. not necessarily bipolar, yes it is used to that, but not only that. It is used for people who believer that they see 'things' and for people who have ''messed up minds''. It could just be that whoevers point its from is just saying that they don't want to live without the drug but also that they know that they should get off of it too.

  6. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2007 report

    I would like to say that listening to this song I had no idea what it meant and I had no idea what lithium was. (I am singing it a a karaoke at school soon.) I actually had to look it up on dictionary.com to find out what it was and I was surprised by the answer. Because I did not understand what the lyrics meant I looked up interpretations and found this site.

    All I know is that I was attracted to this song because it is so emotionally powerful no matter how you look at it. I hope the focus is not put on the fact that she used Lithium as a metaphor in the song, but more towards the sadness she portrays. Not to say that it did not help those dealing with depression. I am happy that she accomplished that and people can relate to her lyrics.

  7. Ashlynn313
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    Oct 31st 2007 report

    Maybe by beginning the line with lithium, it almost sounds as if she is singing to her lithium. Saying that she'd rather be without something that would end her depression. From personal experience, depression is addicting, and quite often drives you to live your life because of it. Sadness is something that motivates and drives people. Most of my success has been related to the fact that I THRIVE off of the tragic abusive events in my past.

    Lithium - don't wanna lock me up inside
    not wanting to cover up who she is with meds
    Lithium - don't wanna forget how it feels without
    not wanting to forget her pain and live as someone other than herself
    Lithium - I wanna stay in love with my sorrow

    Basically, I feel that she is saying she doesn't want something such as Lithium to take away her pain and sorrow, causing her to forget who she actually is.

    I am who I am because of my struggle.. and drive myself to succeed each and every day because my pain is the biggest factor in my motivation

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 16th 2007 report

    For Gods sake how dumb are you?????????????
    This song is about her husband shaun morgan ((you didn't drink enough to say you loved me)) She's sorry about her previous song call me when you're sober because she still loves shaun morgan.

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2007 report

    The song is about the battle between being happy and staying in her sadness. She is some what afraid of being happy because she feels she will lose herself because being unhappy and feeling numb is what makes her her. She realizes that she can be happy without losing herself.

  10. anonymous
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    Aug 10th 2007 report

    It's about medication and a guy.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 20th 2007 report

    I think that this song is directed at the drug itself, rather than at a person or past boyfriends. In cases of addictions, people come to personify the object of their addictions as a sort of "frienemy", especially when the drug is perceived to bring comfort and calm. The song is about the feeling of abivalence over the artificially induced happiness of the Lithium and depression and emptiness that has to be endured without the drug. This can be glimpsed in the lines of the song "darling I forgive you afterall" "anything is better than to be alone" "and in the end I guess I had to fall". She seems to be negotiating with herself about the impending depression of going off the drug and continuing on it but being a shadow of herself. As a philosophy student, this song led be to think whether life is truely an unqualified good. Is it enough just to have life or is the quality of the life also a crucial factor to living?

  12. AvengingSpirit12
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    Jul 13th 2007 report

    Actually, this song represents a dilemma. Amy [though not in real life] is in a dilemma: should she stay in the comforts of sorrow, or should she take the pill and be happy. The water is a symbol of her sorrow, which is why, at the end, she is walking away from it [referencing the lithium music video]

  13. anonymous
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    Jun 30th 2007 report

    Lithium maybe a drug for bi-polar disorder, but the song is saying that she(Amy Lee)has an addiction for Lithium, and she wants to still be with the other half and sometimes she wants the other half to go away. And when she says "come to bed don't make me sleep alone" She is probably talking to a boyfriend so then she wouldn't really be "alone" and stuck with the other half in her subconscious.

  14. sicslipknotxx
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    Jun 29th 2007 report

    I completely understand what she's saying... I'm on lithium and feel the same way...shes saying she doesn't want to rely lose the dark sad part of her...she doesn't want to forget who she rely is...taking lithium can change all that...she doesn't want to get better and has become accustomed to being messed up. It's who she is and lithium screws all that up, it also tastes really bad and is fun when you snort it....:)

    hippie whore
    blue moonshine
    aka ecstasy

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 14th 2007 report

    In an interview Amy said that lithium was just a metaphor, that the song was about being in love with your sorrow ("I wanna stay in love with my sorrow")but wanting to be happy. In the interview she said "lithium is definitely a metaphor, I felt like I was in love with my sorrow...i get into these moods that are not so much depressed just a strange low.....but at the same time I just wanted to be free and be happy". but she decides to be happy ("i'm gonna let it go")

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