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Evanescence: Sweet Sacrifice Meaning

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Song Released: 2007


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It's true, we're all a little insane.
But it's so clear,
Now that I'm unchained.

Fear is only in our minds,
Taking over all the time.
Fear is only in our minds but it's taking over all the time.

You poor sweet innocent thing.
Dry your...

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    Chocolate
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    Nov 12th, 2006 11:03am report


    Actually, I can relate myself to this song. A while ago, I stopped being tied down to whatever was in fashion or whatever the trend was. Being unchained means that I freed myself from the restrictions, and wanted to be different. I ended up becoming an outsider, but in doing so, I got a better view on why people don't change - because they're fearful. They just wait for things to happen, and wait for a reason why they should change. Yet this fear only exists in their minds, and the reason why they don't change is because of themselves.

    "you poor sweet innocent thing.
    Dry your eyes and testify.
    You know you live to break me. Don't deny.
    Sweet sacrifice."

    i don't know about you, but when I heard "poor sweet innocent thing," I thought of a small girl, ignorant and naive. She resembles my past - the person who was tied down - who I used to be. This thing was meant to bring me back to being like everyone else - to make me stop being special - to break me.

    "one day I'm gonna forget your name,
    and one sweet day, you're gonna drown in my lost pain."

    and so, being this "someone" who is different from all the rest, I forget about who I was before. This poor, sweet, innocent thing is my past, and so I tell it that it's inevitable it'll go through what I did. Now that I'm free, the pain is lost, and I can stop worrying about what will happen to my past.

    "i'm your sacrifice" translates to "i'll be the death of you", so basically, the present me is the end of the past me. The past me hates it, yet the present me has already rid of the past. Basically, "i'm free, and I don't care."

    what amy whispers in the background is metaphorical, and to me, they stand out from the rest of the song.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 16th, 2006 12:03pm report


    `Sweet sacrifice' to me is an extension of the abusive relationship she was in with `fallen'. It's angry, it's painful,it's liberating. It's looking at the relationship from unchained eyes and expressing the anger/vengence she still feels for him, but at the same time letting go of the fear of being alone...and the realisation that she can and will live without him. lines like "oh you love to hate me don't you honey, I'm you sweet sacrifice...and "one day I'm gonna forget your name, one sweet day you're gonna drown in my lost pain" kinda sum this up. the liberating part of the song comes in the lines "do you wonder why you hate? are you still to weak to survive your mistakes?"...the sarcasm of the "you poor sweet innocent thing, dry your eyes and testify"...really is quite haunting and reeks of the manipulation, lies and torment of this realtionship.



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    _Evanescence_
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    Sep 30th, 2013 9:27pm report


    I think its about some douche guy

    "Fear is only in our minds"

    This guy should be fearing her. That she will seek revenge for what he has done to her

    "You poor sweet innocent thing, dry your eyes"

    She's not really pitying him. She's saying that its all his fault. She's being sarcastic when she says you poor sweet innocent thing.

    "You know you love to break me"

    She's telling him that he enjoys breaking her to the point of tears

    "You love to hate me don't you honey?"

    'Honey' sounds like a bf/gf thing right? Well she's telling this guy that he never really loved her, he hated her.

    "I'm your sacrifice"

    He cheated on her and chose the other chick over her. He 'sacrificed' her to be with another girl.

    "One sweet day your gonna drown in my lost pain"

    One day he will regret what he did and will feel guilty for hurting her.



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    anonymous
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    Nov 6th, 2012 11:46am report


    Well... I believe that this song is about "bullying". I believe that a person was hurting her (metally) and Amy hadn't had the strength to face him/her.
    "Now that I'm unchained" with this she means that she is strong enough to face him/her. She has realised that he/she was hurting her because he/she was afraid (or gealous) of Amy.
    Now Amy asked him/her to testify her why he/she was hurting her (Amy).
    "I dream in darkness
    I sleep to die,
    Erase the silence,
    Erase my life,
    Our burning ashes
    Blacken the day,
    A world of nothingness,
    Blow me away."
    She is telling her life when she think whe was too week to face him/her. :)



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    Starizzle
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    Jul 30th, 2012 7:04am report


    This song has been bothering me for awhile as I've been trying to figure out as to what the hell "testify" meant. Well after listening to the lyrics a bit closer, for me this song is about someone who has witnessed a murder and has been traumatized by the whole situation going on, seeing it and having to go to court and talk about it. It does sounds a bit farfetched but once you interpret the lyrics, it comes out pretty clear more than anything. Keep in mind while reading that the people killed may be people the girl knows/ is related to.

    "It's true, we're all a little insane."
    Meaning that every person has issues and faults they have to deal with.


    "But it's so clear,
    Now that I'm unchained."
    Referring to witnessing the death(s) and coming out of the sheltered peaceful life thinking that everyone around her including her is safe.

    "Fear is only in our minds,
    Taking over all the time.
    Fear is only in our minds but it's taking over all the time."
    Referring to being traumatized of the murder(s) and is now afraid to move on normally in life. She is now scared it happening again.


    "You poor sweet innocent thing."

    She is a sweet, innocent girl becoming a victim of having to watch someone kill another and become involved in such a dark case out of bad luck.

    "Dry your eyes and testify."

    She is now crying while on the witness stand, trying to give out her testimony.


    "You know you live to break me."

    Her life was going just fine until this happened.

    "Don't deny.
    Sweet sacrifice."

    Referring to the killer's dark motives in killing.


    "One day I'm gonna forget your name,
    And one sweet day, you're gonna drown in my lost pain."

    She is talking about the process of healing, forgetting about the past and moving on with life.


    "And oh you love to hate me don't you, honey?
    I'm your sacrifice."

    She considers him evil for causing her this pain when she did absolutely nothing and was in no way involved. Causing her pain is a price he doesn't care to pay for killing and getting what he wants.


    "(I dream in darkness
    I sleep to die,"

    The trauma is going to give her nightmares.

    "Erase the silence,
    Erase my life,"

    Court room silence.
    Suicidal thoughts.

    "Our burning ashes
    Blacken the day,
    A world of nothingness,
    Blow me away.)"

    Murdered bodies being cremated.

    "Do you wonder why you hate?"

    She wonders if the killer feels any remorse.

    "Are you still too weak to survive your mistakes?"

    She wonders if the killer will go to prison and get the karma he deserves.



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    anonymous
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    Jul 16th, 2012 7:55pm report


    I personally think this song is about getting over fears in general. See below:

    "It's true, we're all a little insane.
    But it's so clear,
    Now that I'm unchained."
    -At first, she was simply swallowed up by the fears, but she broke free and realized how stupid the fears were.

    "Fear is only in our minds,
    but it's taking over all the time."
    -Even small fears can terrify you.

    "You poor sweet innocent thing.
    Dry your eyes and testify.
    You know you live to break me. Don't deny.
    Sweet sacrifice."
    -The fear started out small, then grew larger and terrified her. She knows the fear's only purpose was to break her.

    "One day I'm gonna forget your name,
    And one sweet day, you're gonna drown in my lost pain."
    -She tells herself that she is stronger than the fear, and that she will forget about it for good.

    "Do you wonder why you hate?
    Are you still too weak to survive your mistakes?"
    -The protagonist tells herself that once she gets over the fear, it will never get her again.

    I learned about this song from reading the blog of Veronica Roth, an author whose book's main theme is getting over your fears. She stated that after after hearing the line "Fear is only in our minds/but it's taking over all the time," she was inspired to write a book about getting over fears.

    So that is how Sweet Sacrifice turned out to be a very inspirational song for me.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 12th, 2012 6:17am report


    Did anyone else hear "You poor, sweet, innocent thing," as being sung sarcastically? That's what I got from the song and I'm just curious if anyone else picked up on it.



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    anonymous
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    Aug 1st, 2011 8:07am report


    This song is about someone (maybe amy, maybe not)"you know you live to break me, don't deny" has been caused pain by someone, maybe a boyfriend or a regular friend, tries to ruin her life.

    "one day im gonna forget your name, and one sweet day, your gonna drown in my last pain"
    she is going to forget all the problems and pain that that person has caused her.



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    anonymous
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    May 31st, 2011 5:02pm report


    illuminati

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    this song is about them, sacrificing people for their own gain . Fear is only in your mind yet they send your subliminal messages to control your mind . Amy lee songs are about people who failed at fighting them, other songs are about how religion is "everybody fools" (how can 1 man tell you what god thinks is best, god is connected and born with us, we loss him and become distant from him by allowing others to tell us how we should communicate or act with something that is giving to us at birth )


    this society knows that their is only 1 god, but they also know that if you block the path of connection you will become lost. And thats what they are doing, open your mind and look at the facts

    its all around us, and stay closed minded you will become their "sweet sacrifice " and they will, forget your name



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    anonymous
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    Apr 10th, 2011 4:31am report


    I think this song is basically about fear. Everything said descrides what fear does to a person. It keeps you in prison in your mind, always reminding you of your past,the "old you" and the "what if" of the furture." It's true, we're all a little insane, but it's so clear now that I'm unchained" means that she sees that noone is perfect and she is willing to fight aganist the fear.I can relate to this because this is what I've been living with for years. Missing out on moments of pure joy because of the worring. Fear and worry are the most hardest things to fight against. Because once they take root in your heart & mind, its like pulling a plant out of the ground after many years of being planted.



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    anonymous
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    Dec 6th, 2010 12:10pm report


    this song really helped me through my dark days -
    It's true, we're all a little insane.
    But it's so clear,
    Now that I'm unchained.

    a relationship and when the break-up came it was so confusing then you see what kind of person he really was

    You poor sweet innocent thing.
    Dry your eyes and testify.
    You know you live to break me. Don't deny.
    Sweet sacrifice.

    and the guy is still messing with you trying to make it seem like it was all your fault

    One day I'm gonna forget your name,
    And one sweet day, you're gonna drown in my lost pain.

    saying that I'm over you so now I'm going to make you feel the pain that you put me through

    And oh you love to hate me don't you, honey?
    I'm your sacrifice.

    he loves playing with your mind and he is out to destroy you

    Do you wonder why you hate?
    Are you still too weak to survive your mistakes?

    he is wondering why nothing is working against you so he hates you and then he sees that he has made a mistake

    i still havent figured out the mistake its either the mistake of messing with you or leaving you



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    anonymous
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    Dec 3rd, 2010 12:05pm report


    It was for sure an abusive relationship. If you look up a biography about her you will find out that the abusive relationship went to court... "dry your eyes and testify" to me it's kind of an obvious interpretation..



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    xLifeHasNoLimitx
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    Jul 12th, 2010 7:02pm report


    Amy said in an interview that this song was about her and how she has felt like a victim her whole life, and this song is saying that she's not scared anymore. Hence 'Fear is only in our minds, taking over all the time.'



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    anonymous
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    Jul 11th, 2010 7:29am report


    Many people think its a form of a mental, or physical relationship, some think its meant to be about themselves or the artist herself, me though when i hear it i hear things about the devil, or demons and in return illuminati pops to mind, i know it sounds extremely dumb but after all the things i saw, and heard it makes me wonder. Its like shes saying she is free with it, but pity it at the same time but its just me thinking



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    anonymous
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    Mar 11th, 2010 3:21am report


    In a literal sense, I think she is probably referring to her relationship with Ben Moody and how she was more creatively free once he left Evanescence. When he left he pretty much laid the blame at her feet for everything.

    In a more figurative sense, it could relate to anyone who has been in a past relationship, where when it ended, they got blamed for everything.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 28th, 2010 2:41am report


    To me, this is totally a bad relationship. Someone who is manipulative, but always plays the victim. Just went through something like this and it's very "clear" now that I am no longer "insane". It's also a wish to punish the person. "One day, I'm gonna forget your name. One sweet day, you're gonna drown in my lost pain." The "poor sweet, innocent thing. dry your eyes and testify." Haven't you guys ever been to church? Never experienced someone "testifying". This allusion cracks me up as it fits so perfectly with the tormentor playing the victim. I listened to this song a lot during the worst pain of the break-up. I still love the song, though I rarely think of the person who inspired the feelings.



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    anonymous
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    Jan 26th, 2010 1:35pm report


    this song actually reminds me of something im going through right now. it talks about a poor innocent girl, when i was little, i was placed in abusive situations almost daily. this song kind of helps me in the way that it says the one day that person will drown in my lost pain. so all i gotta do is dry my eyes and testify...



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