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Evanescence: My Immortal Meaning

Song Released: 2003

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My Immortal Lyrics

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
'Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone

These wounds won't seem to heal
This pain is...


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    Dec 6th, 2008 12:22pm report

    My interpretation of this song... kind of has always reminded me of a mother/child relationship. "When you'd cry I'd wipe away all of your tears," perhaps that could be about a child getting a scrape, or being sick. "When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears," maybe a child having a bad dream. "And I held your hand through all of these years," like, the child is growing up, getting older. Also, "You used to captivate me, by your resonating light," I also think it's a child, because children are usually very alive. They're full of energy and light. And sometimes they can be very captivating. Especially to a parent. So I kind of think the song could be about that.


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    Nov 26th, 2008 11:15am report

    One of the reasons I think this song is about childhood is because of the video in which there are many scenes of innocent children playing & Amy is literally up in a tree (climbing trees is typically something only children do).

    Of course the video does not always exactly follow the song, I just thought the childhood images were interesting & perhaps important deliberate additions.


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    Nov 26th, 2008 11:07am report

    I feel this song is about an idea & expectation of what a relationship is supposed to be & their disappointment in that idea not being fulfilled by the other person. It's about a person who was once in what they believed was a good relationship & then the person left by choice after a turbulent time(a lover, but more likely a parent who abandoned them as a child or was neglectful) & the scars it leaves when the person abandons the other.
    "suppressed by all my childish fears"

    The abandoned person is trying to move on from the pain & memories, but feels frustrated, stunted, and stuck in the pain the relationship created for them.
    "I'm so tired of being here" "suppressed"

    The person is no longer with them physically (they were eventually left or abandoned by choice), but the pain is still there mentally & the person feels angry/frustrated about it & wants to move on.
    "and if you have to leave, I wish that you would just leave"

    The person may be talking to both to that person who left them, but also to their own self post-abandonment; & pain they feel inside & their anger & frustration about their inability to escape from it no matter how hard they try or how much they try to comfort their own self. Now is the transition where they talk both about the relationship(how they tried to help & how much of themselves they gave to the abandoner), but also they are talking to the pain and destruction the abandonment caused in its wake (and now how they are trying to comfort their own self after the relationship ended & reclaim their life back, but its not working & the person/pain still has a hold of them).
    "your presence still lingers here, and it won't leave me alone" "these wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just too real, there's just too much that time can not erase"

    "When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
    When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
    And I held your hand through all of these years
    But you(the pain) still have
    All of me"

    The relationship used to be a positive force in songwriter's life & they used to be at peace (or so they think).
    "You used to captivate me
    By your resonating light" "my once pleasant dreams"

    But since the person left them they feel only pain at the thought of them & the pain they are now stuck with or bound to.
    "Now I'm bound by the life you left behind
    Your face it haunts
    My once pleasant dreams
    Your voice it chased away
    All the sanity in me"

    The person is trying so hard to get over the pain, but has now realized the relationship was not as good or positive as they originally believed & that the other person was never really there for them (they were neglectful from the very beginning even before the abandonment); the only thing left from the relationship is the pain it caused, but never actually the person. In fact, the pain is the only thing that was really there.
    "I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone (the person)
    But though you're still with me (the pain)
    I've been alone all along"

    The pain is the immortal.


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    Nov 8th, 2008 11:20pm report

    this song could be about a evil spirit that was once in the life of that person (who sings) and she wants it to leave but she still feels the presence of it and also can be for the abuse of a parent.

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    Oct 29th, 2008 10:08pm report

    This is the true definition of the song, Amy Lee told me herself over dinner on a mission in Berlin.

    Growing up, as a child in Switzerland, she had an imaginary friend she called "Antonio the Panda" as he was indeed an imaginary Panda with a Spanish accent.

    One day, Antonio fell ill to the AIDS virus, which was considerably popular within the homosexual male culture in the 1980's. As he wept in sorrow at the anal infestation, young Amy wiped away his tears.
    She would occasionally visualize a giant AIDS cell, and retaliatively attempt to fight it away (shedding light on some of the lyrics within the song).

    Verses towards the center of the lyrical structure of the song express the intensity and impact of Antonio the gay Panda's passing. His voice, and Spanish Panda squeaks remain in her mind, and linger with her in relevance to her lack of sanity which has never truely recovered.

    The final verses of the song elaborate upon how the passing of Antonio the Panda have effected her in present day tense. Expressing how his face "haunts" her, as though pictures of Panda's occasionally pop up in every day life.

    And that, Evanescence fans, is the true meaning of this song, straight from the horses mouth (or Panda's ass, more appropriately).


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    Oct 28th, 2008 10:47pm report

    OK, guys please let me tell you what I know about the song and if after reading this,you check again the lyrics you'll see that I'm right...
    The song has nothing to do with love story or something like that...it has to do with death...Amy had a little sister who died (I don't know how)...This song has been written for her death...

    Check pleaze:
    "...I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone..."

    "...These wounds won't seem to heal
    This pain is just too real
    There's just too much that time cannot erase..."

    "...Now I'm bound by the life you left behind..."

    "...And if you have to leave
    I wish that you would just leave
    'Cause your presence still lingers here..."

    Well...you can see that Amy sings about her pain for her sister's death...
    Thank you...


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    Sep 24th, 2008 9:40pm report

    Okay...first off I believe deep down in my heart that this song was written by Amy. Second, I think this song is very emotionally deep.
    My interpretation of this song is that she is writing about a part of her, that she feels has died. Because she is so tricky with her words I'm not absolutely certain, but when she says "Though your'e still with me I've been alone all along" I think she means herself. Think about it...


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    Aug 31st, 2008 8:13am report

    Sounds like a break up song to me.


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    Aug 19th, 2008 8:22pm report

    My Immortal...My favorite song in the whole world. Here's my interpretation.
    I relate to this song very much.

    Someone did so much for someone else, and the someone else never thanked them and just held them down and hurt them. This person may be very far or way or have died, but the person being affected still is hurting from this person. A long time ago the person loved the other person very much. "Now I'm bound by the life you left behind" explains that the person left the other person's life, and hurt them by leaving. "Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams. your voice it chased away all the sanity in me" Clearly the person being affected doesn't like to talk, dream, or hear about this person. "These wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just too real, there's just too much that time cannot erase" The person is being affected by the other person's mistakes and the things they did to hurt he/she. "But though you're still with me, I've been alone all along" The person affected may still be holding the other person in their heart, but the other person isn't there with them literally.

    I love this song soooooooo much, it totally relates to me. If my interpretation is bad, sorry.


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    Jul 7th, 2008 7:59am report

    This song is about my life. My best friend and boyfriend for a period of time suffered from bipolar illness and chemical dependence. When he was alive, I did everything in my power to help him. When he died of a heroin overdose, there was nothing left for me. No one to take care of, no best friend, no radiance, no magic, but instead the weight, the guilt, and the memories. If you like gymnastics there is a beautiful montage http://youtube.com/watch?v=1upEG29eBHg to this song featuring Yelena Mukhina.


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    Jun 15th, 2008 6:56pm report

    I think it is about someone who is in a Relationship and they have cared so much for each other and one of them is not really there for for the other. "suppressed by all of my childish fears" is saying that she should move on but cant. "if you have to leave I wish you would just leave" is saying that they are abandoned and yet they are there for them but the "pain is just to real" for them to bare it.

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    Mar 5th, 2008 3:55pm report

    I think it's about person 1 doing soooooo much for person 2, and when person 2 betrayed them, lied to them, and made them feel worthless, I think person 1 was crushed by it and they remember "wiping away all of their tears, fighting away all of their fears, holding their hand through all of these years, etc" and they remember how much they did for that person to keep them stable or whatever and now that person 2 is out of person 1's life, person 1 feels like person 2 still has "all of me". And even though person 1 still loves person 2, person 1 feels like they don't want to be in that situation anymore and can't let go. I also think it relates to me and my dad, because I do a lot for my dad, and I literally wiped away his tears when he cried, fought away his fears, and I've held his hand through all of these years. And now I don't even see him anymore because he lost custody of me and he lives far away. He thinks that I forgave him, but I haven't, and he still has "all of me" and he used to "captivate me by your resonating light" because me and him used to be really close. But now things have changed and "these wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just to real, there's just too much that time cannot erase".


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    Jan 23rd, 2008 1:22pm report

    First of all this song has nothing to do with somebody dying. That's y its called my IMMORTAL which means you can't die. This is about that one guy (I forgot his name) who is in love with amy lee and this song expresses his feelings for her. He loves her but she doesn't love him back. He doesn't want to love her anymore but he can't get rid of the feeling that's inside of him. This song was written for amy lee. It is commonly misinterpreted and instantly assumed to be a song about death because it was used for the funeral scene in dare devil.


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    Jan 2nd, 2008 1:07am report

    I think the song is about memories that lingers on from someone whom you recently lost that's why the title is my immortal and it pains to remember every time. It is written beautifully and the line that gets me is 'there's just too much that time cannot erase' which is true.


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    Dec 12th, 2007 12:25pm report

    "..My immortal.."
    .. I hear this song and always felt it fit how I feel..

    Seems to me its all about her.A part of her inside that will never die!As a child I think she felt she had no one to count on,felt very alone inside and maybe ashamed.And all she had was her self to count on:[..
    until this day she's still haunted by that lil alone, scared girl which still "lives with in her". no matter how hard she tries to move on,she can't..It will live with her for eternity..

    meaning of immortal [iˈmoːtl] adjective

    living for ever and never dying
    Example: A person's "soul" is said to be immortal; the immortal works of Shakespeare
    Not subject to death: immortal deities; the immortal soul.
    Never to be forgotten; everlasting

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