Evanescence: My Immortal Meaning
Song Released: 2003
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My Immortal Lyrics
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...
anonymous Dec 9th, 2007 12:10am report
"My Immortal" was written by Evanescence's former guitarist, Ben Moody, with Amy Lee adding the bridge. Like all songs written by Moody, the lyrics are based on a short story he wrote. According to Moody, the song is about a spirit staying with you after its death and haunting you until you actually wish that the spirit were gone because it won't leave you alone. Ben also stated in the Fallen booklet that he dedicated the song to Bill Holcomb, his grandfather.
anonymous Dec 2nd, 2007 12:30pm report
This song is clearly about an abusive relationship...
I honestly think that it's about someone that a person has devoted their whole life to loving and cherishing. No matter what, this person was there for them and no matter the circumstance they always provided for them. And by some cruel strike of fate's marriage to tragedy that steals that person from them. They have probably grieved until they felt like they could finally let it all go into the grounds with what's left of the 'relationship' there was, but no matter what, they'll never be rid of them completely. The long walks and talks at midnight....summer days....beaches...feelings....MEMORIES.
Those are the things you just can't get rid of.
It's NOT about Bonnie, Ben wrote it around a short story. I think it's about the one love we all had as kids... where you spent every minute thinking about them, and when it was over, you realize how foolish it was, but for some reason you never forget them, and wonder why, a year later, you still remember everything they said and did. You know you're over them, but that time has become a part of your life that will affect you in some way (I've tried so hard to tell myelf that you're gone, but though you're still with me...), you know that what you felt was still never quite what you wanted (I've been alone all along.)
anonymous Aug 13th, 2007 8:11am report
I agree with the idea of an abusive relationship. My ex was emotionally abusive, and I really identify with the song. Bow that we've broken up the damage he did still lingers, and hurts me most days. Although the song could have other meanings, that is what it means to me
anonymous Jul 19th, 2007 7:44am report
This song is about loving someone whoever they may be. a friend, a lover, a child etc, and doing everything you can for that person. wipe their tears, fight their fears etc. and then eventually losing that person. not necessarily in death. yes the person may have died, but it also may be losing a friend due a major argument or drifting apart due to differences.
also it's about eventually trying to forget about that person but though no matter how hard you try you cant. "I tried so hard to tell myself that your gone". and also feeling that the person is still with you in your mind their gone and have left all alone.
I know this is right because I have been on a website that
has the band saying what the songs actually mean (rockfaerie dot com or somthing like that) and Ben Moody, the guy who wrote the song wen he was 15, said this is what the song was about, backed up by Amy Lee.
anonymous Feb 12th, 2007 2:30am report
When I first heard it I thought it was about a girl who has lost her husband boy friend or father. The song is played on the film dare devil when the girl loses her father and sees no reason to stay in the city she is in. She wants to leave it all behind and forget about the constant heart ache she has.
anonymous Jan 26th, 2007 1:50am report
All I have to say is Ben Franklin's letters. It takes a lot of research, but there is something there. =)
anonymous Nov 8th, 2006 11:40pm report
Ben moody (a co-founder of evanescence, along with amy lee, but ben left the band at october, 2003) wrote the lyrics and the piano for this song. It was one of evanescence's first songs, and was supposed to be on their first ep, but they decided to remove it as a last minute change).
The lyrics are totally fictional and are based on a movie moody saw. There are no connections to god, and amy lee did not participate in writing it, originally at least.
The original version had some different lyrics:
after "suppressed by all my childish fears" came two more lines -
"I would give every breath from my chest
to give you all the things that my mind could bear"
and, instead of "i've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone but though you're still with me, I've been alone all along" it was -
"I love to walk away
by myself out of the rain
but I can't leave without you
i love to live without the constant fear and endless doubt
but I can't live without you"
there are 5 versions of this song. The original, which is the evanescence ep outtake version (the piano is not that good there, there are just chords and the voice of amy), the origin version (advanced piano, background vocals [by amy and david hodges], some effects and the voice of amy), the post origin demo version (more advanced piano, background vocals by amy, some effects, strings and the voice of amy, the chorus is a little different than earlier versions), the fallen version (same as the origin version, only with strings added), the band version (same as the post origin demo version, only all of the choruses are like the last chorus of the post origin demo version and the rest of the band joins at the end with the drums, guitars, bass and everything) and the no strings band version (same as the band version, only with no strings). (thanks, phistuck - snack!:), israel, for all above)
amy lee can probably relate to most of the lyrics as her 3-years-younger sister bonnie tragically died when she was younger. (thanks, ryan - east midlands, england)
terry balsamo, former guitarist of the band cold, replaced ben moody on guitar for this album. Moody went on to work with avril lavigne.
anonymous Oct 13th, 2006 10:51pm report
I think that the story of this song is that this one girl/boy loved this other boy/girl but the other would never act like they loved them, they would say I love you too" but never convinsing, then one day, the one person (one not showing the love) moves away. The other one can't believe they left and they still feel them there until they're so sick of it that they want them to leave, for good, because they realised they never really had that person and had been "alone all along".
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