My Immortal

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All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Anywhere
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Bleed
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Call Me When You're Sober
Catherine
Cloud Nine
Demise
Disappear
End of the Dream
Erase This
Eternal
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Exodus
Faixa Five
Farther Away
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
Haunted
Hello
Hi-Lo
If You Don't Mind
Imaginary
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Lacrymosa
Lies
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lithium
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
Missing
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Oceans
October
Origin
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Sick
Snow White Queen
So Close
Solitude
Spanish
Surrender
Sweet Sacrifice
Swimming Home
Taking Over Me
The Change
The End
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Tourniquet
Understanding
Unknown Title
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Whisper
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star


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General information

Written by: A. Lee, B. Moody and D. Hodges

One of the most popular songs ever recorded by the band. This song lasts the entire span of Evanescence’s recording history. It is credited as the 4th song ever written for Evanescence. Ben Moody wrote the original in full when he was 15 years old. It is the second song that he wrote for the band ("Understanding" is credited as his first). In the later versions of the song, Amy Lee is credited to have written the middle eight and the coinciding piano part to the song. There are seven different recorded versions of the song. The Fallen version of the song has strings by composer Graeme Revell.

Until near the end of 2002, the Fallen version was played live. They then began playing the 'Band' version, which later became the version they released as a single. When performed live, Amy is playing the piano herself, but the notes are changed into a much simpler melody, probably to avoid mistakes during live playing. Amy has stated she hates the song because "it's just not [her]" and she feels that she "grown so much now".[1]

The Mystary EP version is like the band version's demo recording. Amy is playing piano with added strings in the background. It also has some similarities to the Fallen version, although a lot of fans say that this one has a more sophisticated piano arrangement. Amy also takes short pauses in the choruses. The verses don't have much of a difference to the band version. Like the Fallen version, this version doesn't include the rock part at the end.

The band version was the version originally intended to be on Fallen, but Wind-up Records were unhappy with this version and decided that the Origin version was best but with more strings in the background.[2]

The song has many different interpretations. Ben wrote a short story before writing the lyrics to the song. According to Ben, 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 dedicated the song along with Fallen to his grandfather. The song peaked at #2 on the pop chart just behind Britney Spears' "Toxic".[3]

At the end of the Fallen and the band versions a beeps code can be heard. This effect was used also at the end of "Breathe No More" and "Give Unto Me". This code was believed to be a morse code, but it turned out to be a false information; this is what Ben Moody explained about it:

Vin1.jpg It's actually a preset pattern on a keyboard synthesizer that we were using on that song. And if you sustain the note long enough, it trails off into this beeping that sounds a lot like Morse Code and we thought that it sounded really cool, so we left it. So it's there by accident, to be perfectly honest with you.[4] Vin2.jpg


Versions

Studio versions:

My Immortal [Fallen version]

  • Recording date: 1999
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
Fallen (track #4) – the third single off the album
Daredevil: The Album (track #17)
most of "My Immortal" single editions
  • Length: 4:24

My Immortal [Mystary version]

  • Recording date: 2001–2002
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Mystary EP (track #2)
  • Length: 4:40

My Immortal [Band version]

  • Recording date: August - November 2002
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
Re-release of Fallen (track #12, track #13 on Japanese editions)
All of the "My Immortal" single editions and numerous compilation CDs
  • Length: 4:36

My Immortal [Band version (Guitars down)][note 1]

My Immortal [Band version (No strings)][note 2]

My Immortal [Origin version]

  • Recording date: 1999
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Origin (track #4)
  • Length: 4:26

My Immortal [Evanescence EP outtake]

  • Recording date: 1998
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 5:20


Live versions:

My Immortal [2000–2004 Live]

  • Performing period: 2000 - August 14, 2004
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: October 17, 2003 ("My Immortal" single), May 25, 2004 (Anywhere but Home)
  • Released on:
"My Immortal" single
Anywhere but Home (track #9)
  • Length: 4:15 ("My Immortal" single), 4:38 (Anywhere but Home)

My Immortal [2006–2007 Live]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - December 8, 2007
  • Example: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada (January 8, 2007)[5]

My Immortal [2009 Live]

My Immortal [2011–2012 Live]

  • Performing Period: August 17, 2011 - November 9, 2012
  • Example: Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California, USA (October 11, 2011)[7]

My Immortal [Acoustic]

  • Performing period: 2003 and December 7, 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
"Bring Me to Life" UK DVD single (track #4)
"My Immortal" German (Pock-It!®) single (track #2)
"Lost in Paradise" digital single (track #3)
  • Length: 4:29

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Lyrics

Fallen, Origin, Mystary, acoustic and band bersions

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 just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

You used to captivate me
By your resonating light
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

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

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

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

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

Evanescence EP outtake

I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
I would give the very breath from my chest
To give you all the things that my mind couldn't bear
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 just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

You used to captivate me
By your resonating light
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

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

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

I'd love to walk away and pull myself out of the rain
But I can't leave without you
I'd love to live without the constant fear and endless doubt
But I can't live without you

When you cried I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream I'd fight away all of your fears
I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

Video

My Immortal Video

The video for "My Immortal" was shot in Barcelona (the fountain in the video is a tourist stop for many fans) and played in black-and-white. Throughout the video, Lee is never seen touching the ground because she is a ghost.[8]

In an interview with Rock Sound magazine, Lee commented on the video's concept:

Vin1.jpg You know what? When you see the video it's really amazing. Obviously we filmed it before this [Ben Moody's departure] happened and it's amazing irony, how much it makes sense. We're all separated and wandering the streets looking like it's the day after a funeral, with Ben in a suit and bare feet, and I'm never touching the ground. I'm sitting on a phone booth or lying on a car, to hint that I'm dead, that I'm singing from the dead. It's all about separation. It's almost like the director knew what was going to happen, but he can't have known. It's just one of those fate things. Vin2.jpg


The video was filmed 2 weeks before Ben Moody left the band.

In a comment on EvBoard, Amy said that her hair in the video is very similar to the way her hair is naturally (she straightens it normally).

Commercial release

Exquisite-kfind.png Main article: My Immortal Single

The "My Immortal" single was released on December 8, 2003.

Tracks released with this single include:

  1. "My Immortal" [Band version]
  2. "My Immortal" [Live from Cologne]
  3. "Haunted" [Live from Sessions@AOL]
  4. "My Immortal" [Video]
  5. "My Immortal" [Video - Behind the Scenes]
  6. "My Immortal" [Band version (No strings)]
  7. "My Immortal" [Band version (Guitars down)]
  8. "My Immortal" [Fallen version]
  9. "My Immortal" [Live acoustic]

Guitar tabs & sheet music

Notes

  1. This version is the exact same as the band version, however the guitar track toward the climax of the song is muted by about half. This was rumored to be used on radio stations where a heavy guitar track would be inappropriate.
  2. This version was rumored to be used on harder rock radio stations where a major string arrangement would be inappropriate. There are strings on the track, but they don't appear until after the guitar section of the song.

References

  1. Cashmere, Paul (April 6, 2004). "Amy Lee Hates Evanescence My Immortal". Undercover News. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20060927193500/http://www.undercover.com.au/news/2004/apr04/20040406_evanescence.html. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  2. Wiederhorn, Jon (November 5, 2013). "Are There Clues To Evanescence's Problems In Their New Video?". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1480210/evanescence-release-my-immortal-clip.jhtml. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  3. "Pop Songs: March 27, 2004". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/charts/2004-03-27/pop-songs. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  4. Desens, Krista (August 6, 2004). "Cracking the 'My Immortal' Code". Net Music Countdown. http://www.netmusiccountdown.com/inc/news_article.php?id=6106. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  5. "ACC, Toronto - January 8, 2007". Jam!. January 9, 2007. http://jam.canoe.ca/Music/Artists/E/Evanescence/ConcertReviews/2007/01/09/3255749.html. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  6. Harris, Chris (November 5, 2009). "Evanescence Return to the Stage at 'Secret' New York Gig". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/evanescence-return-to-the-stage-at-secret-new-york-gig-20091105. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  7. Schillaci, Sophie (October 12, 2011). "Evanescence at the Palladium: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/evanescence-taylor-momsen-concert-review-247487. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  8. Lee, Amy (October 13, 2004). "Letter to Amy from my 11-year-old cousin". EvBoard. http://www.evboard.com/562590-post39.html. Retrieved October 29, 2013.