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Album: FallenReleased: 2003Charted:
A track from the debut Evanescence album Fallen
, "Everybody's Fool" is about people who are fake and superficial, people that pretend to be what they are not just to be accepted and loved in society. Amy Lee wrote it when her sister started turning into one of these people. She was trying to say you should always be yourself for you, and no one else. It doesn't matter what other people say as long as you're happy with who you are, and you aren't pretending.
When Amy Lee sings about fake people, she could be referring to certain celebrities, or possible to the Roman Catholic Church. The line, "you're not real and you can't save me" could be interpreted as Amy calling out the Pope, saying in effect that he is not really a man of God and is just looking for power politically and socially, not spiritually.
In our 2016 interview with Amy Lee
, she talked about how her take on this song has changed over time. "It's interesting to write songs when you're in high school and then have them become your most famous songs, because you're stuck singing the stuff you were hung up on when you were in high school when you're 34," she said. "I always seemed so preachy about someone else's life. I think there are a lot of ways to look at it. The thing I thought I knew then that I know better now is that you never know what's going on inside anybody, no matter what they seem like. Even if they're the bully. Even if they're the Becky."
The video was directed by Philipp Stölz, who also did the clips for "My Immortal
" and "Bring Me To Life
." It opens with some dialogue, as Amy Lee is seen shooting a commercial in makeup and a blond wig. The rest of the video shows her in various fabricated looks, providing a stark contrast to her distinctive style.