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hold on to me love
you know i can't stay long
all i wanted to say was i love you and i'm not afraid
can you hear me?
can you feel me in your arms?

holding my last breath
safe inside myself
are all my thoughts of you
sweet raptured light...


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    Feb 11th, 2007 2:21am report

    This song is obviously about someone dying in the arms of someone thay love and thinking about all the things they would miss about life and wondering about what will happen to them when they die soon.

    Well that's the opinion of a sixteen year old evanescence freak who should really be doing stupid algebra homework...


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    Aug 14th, 2006 8:32pm report

    It sounds to me like she's talking to someone because she's about to die.....?

    "hold on to me love
    you know I can't stay long
    all I wanted to say was I love you
    and I'm not afraid oh"

    maybe about somone who's dying in the arms of someone they love the most, and is holding her last breath to be with that person. I think this song is hard to interpret. But that's what I think anyway.


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    Jan 6th, 2007 1:40pm report

    This song is about a woman dying in the arms of her lover.

    I think it's some sort of accident in which they can't see each other. Perhaps a car accident with smoke etc., or a fire. That's why she asks, "Can you feel me in your arms?" because they can't see each other even though she's in his arms.

    I have puzzled over the "white forest" comment. My first reaction was the Chronicles of Narnia. The children enter Narnia, find a white forest (because it's winter and everything is covered in snow), and go inside a hollow treat to have tea with a forest animal. Given that she says "I'll miss the winter," this is sort of a wish/hope that in the next life, she'll still be able to enjoy what she loves, and she thinks about her favorite childhood story about winter, about the children playing in the white forest and hiding inside the hollow tree. It's sort of a belief that the next life will be happy and she can be free like a child again.

    Given that the band does have a Christian background (I am not saying they are a "Christian" band, but they do clearly have some background in church), and the Chronicles of Narnia is a classic children's story by CS Lewis, I think this fits.

    The bridge, where it talks about the guy wishing that his dreams would leave him here, and then waking up and finding that no one's left -- I think this is him really wanting her to still be alive (which is why he wants to stay there), but when he wakes up from the trauma, he finds that the ones he loved are gone - "no one's left."


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    Oct 13th, 2017 10:01am report

    This song can be interpreted in many ways depending on what you've been through or going through. To me, it reminds me of my wife of 11 years who took her own life without leaving a note or saying goodbye. The lyrics "can you feel me" and "i know you hear me" and also "i can't stay long" makes me think they are talking about someone who has already past away and has come back as a ghost to reassure them they are ok. Just my opinion and what the song makes me think of.


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    Oct 20th, 2016 10:53pm report

    All the different point of views are amazing. For me it feels much more personal. It has been one of my favourite songs, but listening to it after experiencing the devastating loss of my baby, I'd like to think of it as the last moments between me and my sweet baby boy - born but never met.


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    Jun 17th, 2014 6:36am report

    It's about her sister and what her sister said to her boyfriend.


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    Jan 1st, 2013 1:07am report

    im kind of fuzzy on the meaning but I think it means that she (or he) is dying and is afraid but his (or her) friend is saying don't be afraid im right here. And he (or she) is trying to say don't be afraid ill see you in heaven.


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    Nov 7th, 2012 11:24am report

    Hold on to me love
    You know I can't stay long
    All I wanted to say was
    I love you and I'm not afraid

    ••It's about someone dying in the arms of someone they love, they are asking their loved one to stay with them as they die, they know they are going to die any minute now and they want to die in a happy state of mind.
    As she (Im using *She* as the artist, Amy Lee, is female) is dying she reminds her loved one that she loves them and that they don't need to worry as she isn't afraid to die.••

    Can you hear me?
    Can you feel me in your arms?
    Holding my last breath?
    Safe inside myself
    Are all my thoughts of you

    ••she is no longer able to perceive if she is conscious or not. So she's asking if her loved one is able to hear her still,
    She's asking if she us still alive and in the arms of her loved one,
    She is taking her last breaths-if she is still alive. But she at least knows she is now safe from everything that was killing her.
    And she is finally saying that she will always remember them. ••

    Sweet raptured light
    It ends here tonight.

    ••Sweet raptured light Is obviously referring to the myth of seeing a bright light as you are dying.
    She also knows she is going to die tonight. She knows it's the end.••

    I'll miss the winter
    A world of fragile things
    Look for me in the white forest
    Hiding in a hollow tree

    ••She is thinking/stating the things that she will miss when she has passed.
    In this Verse, the white forest could be a metaphor for a Cemetery as its Like a forest of graves and white as in the color of the tombs.
    Hiding in a hallow tree could be a metaphor for a grave, as it is in the "Forest"••

    I know you hear me,
    I can taste it in your tears.
    Holding my last breath
    Safe inside myself
    Are all my thoughts of you.

    ••As the last bridge referred to, this is saying that she knows that she is still alive and still can be heard, she can taste the tear drops which have been shed from her loved one.
    She knows she is close to her last breath. She knows she is safe from all the pain she was in, she is also clarifying that she won't forget her loved one.••

    Sweet raptured light
    It ends here tonight.

    ••See above••

    Closing your eyes to disappear
    You pray your dreams will leave you here,
    But still you wake and know the truth -
    No one's there.

    ••she is now telling the story if her loved one, they try to wish it all away, they dream of her to be alive again every night but as morning approaches they awake to realize it was just a dream. They realize they no one is there. ••

    Say goodnight, don't be afraid
    Calling me, holding me, as you fade to black.

    ••she has finally died, she said her final goodnight (Symbolizing that death is a never ending slumber) and stating that death isn't something to fear,
    Her loved one is calling her name to stay with them, they are holding her tight, not wanting then to leave which is the last thing that happens before she dies. (Fades to black meaning her sight is gone and she's passed)

    (Say goodnight) Holding my last breath
    (Don't be afraid) Safe inside myself
    (Holding me) Are my thoughts of you
    Sweet raptured light
    It ends here tonight.

    ••Same as above••


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    Oct 1st, 2012 10:57pm report

    I beleive it is about someone believing that they will spend the rest of their life in someone's arms. They are saying that the person is holding their last breath as in they will be with them always. They will die with them, preferably, in their arms.


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    Oct 1st, 2012 10:28am report

    The viewpoint of the woman in the song is that of a human becoming a vampire - she is holding her last human breath before transforming. The time is one where the 1000 year commencement of the rule of a certain group of people is about to begin. The woman is about to be separated from her love for 1000 years until they are reunited at the end of times (read Bring Me to Life for the thousand year reference). I know it sounds far fetched but read the rest of the lyrics to the other songs in this album. Eg, also in Bring Me to Life she says she is without a soul. In most of the songs she talks about "waking up" - something that people are doing at the end of times. The album is about "fallen" - fallen angels and so forth (who some say might be "sleepers" here to help people through the end of times). In Everybody's Fool the lyrics are "...here she comes now, bow down and stare in wonder" - go to Revelations and see the description of the Whore of Babylon and you'll find a resemblance. In My Immortal she says she is tired of being here. In Haunted she talks of hunting and smelling someone with their heart pounding in her head. In Tourniquet she is worried that she is too fallen to be saved. She is begging to be allowed to die and her soul cries for deliverance. In Taking Over Me she talks about lying awake but being able to dream (daydream). She is not able to have deep sleep dreaming. I think she is seeking her Bringer of Light as she often sings of raptured Light. In Imaginary she talks of being sick of monsters calling her name. In an alternative dictionary meaning I've read on FB, a certain people call humans "monsters".

    Back to My Last Breath - I wish I knew what "Look for me in the white forest, hiding in a hollow tree" means. She says to come find her. I feel it's important and yet I can't quite grasp it. The Narnia thing seems to gel the best so far, although the coffin thing might too...


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    Sep 17th, 2012 9:53pm report

    This song i think is about someone who is dieing and before they have their 'last breath' they are telling someone they love them 'You know i can't stay long.... she's saying that she hasn't got much time to live and she needs to tell him something... 'All i wanted to say was i love you and i'm not afraid' - she means that she obviously loves him and she's not afraid of dieing anymore.

    She's telling them not to be afraid of the fact they're not gonna be around anymore, and you can allways contact them in heaven (The white forest hiding in a hollow tree 'come find me') 'Come find me' just means to me that he can allways talk and see her again even though she'll be dead.

    'Say, Goodnight, Don't be afraid!' i think she is saying you must let go, say goodbye before i sleep forever "Die" and don't be afraid of it.

    Thank you that's my interpretation hope it helped bye ;D


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    Mar 20th, 2012 3:14am report

    This Song Means So Much To Me . I Have An Abusive Dad . I'm Not Gonna Really Get Into It , But My Boyfriend , Mayj , Tries To Save Me . He Told Me He'd Do Anything To Save Me . If My Dad Kills Me , I Wanna Hold My Last Breath In Mayj's Arms . I Love Him .

    I'm So Thankful She Wrote This Song . <\3


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    Jun 8th, 2011 6:19am report

    In my opinion, its obvious that its a much, much deeper meaning in the song, and its dealing with darkness and light, and she cant choose, one minutes shes in white clothing which represents innocence, and then shes in red, which represents her transformation from light to the dark. Come on people, wake up


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    May 28th, 2011 5:15pm report

    I definitely agree with everyone else; this song is about death. I liked that someone mentioned it was about a forbidden love, citing the line "All I wanted to say was I love you and I'm not afraid." I jsut wanted to say that the idea of using that line to relate the song to a 'forbidden love,' in context with the rest of the lyrics, reminds me of the movie Titanic. :)


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    Mar 8th, 2011 3:37pm report

    I think it has to do with someone who's dying and that person wants to spend the last moments of his/her life with her lover or family member or just somebody she loves. and this song tells how that person is going to miss everything in life but is not afraid to die. and she's telling her loved one to not be afraid and that her world ends today. such good song and it moves me. i think this song goes for this story called "Before I Die" and its about a girl who has cancer and she wants to do a lot of things before she dies and when she dies she's being held by her boyfriend... really sad. i cried i was listening to this song when i red the ending and it suprised me how the story and the song had a connection. then i cried due to the sad ending....


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    Feb 26th, 2011 2:53pm report

    To me this song is about being trapped in your mind, and nothing you say makes it out of your mouth. or maybe that no one knows what she is trying to say like she is speaking English and everyone else is speaking Spanish.
    anyways great song


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    Jan 20th, 2011 1:55pm report

    Well i see it as the person you loved has passed away and in the song she says " you pray to your dreams to leave you here" your mourning to that person and you dream of them. in your dreams you are with them in a winter wonderland looking into the trees and you hold her tight. she is communticating with you in your dreams telling you she isnt afraid and shes okay. she knows you can here and feel here even though ou are asleep. she will always be there with you in your dreams and when you wake up you relize that in reality shes gone but you see and hold her in your arms when you sleep


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    Oct 28th, 2010 10:08pm report

    I think its that she's a ghost referring to the line "can you feel me in your arms" and also she's given a specific amount of time to stay on earth "I can't stay long"

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