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Lithium

by

Evanescence



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Amy Lee has been quoted saying the song is about losing the comfort of sorrow. Lithium is a mood stabilizer that would take away the sorrow that the writer holds inside and she is not ready to let go of it. She has lived with sorrow so long that losing it now would be like losing a part of herself. That is what the whole refrain is about: "Lithium, Don't want to lock myself up inside, Lithium, Don't want to forget what it feels without, Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow." Lee's lyrics are often metaphorical and the words consist of double meanings. It's about her inner feelings toward herself.
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Comments (41):

And by the way, Nirvana's sound is so different from Evanescence's. I don't think she tried to "copy" Nirvana. The lyrics are so completely different. And Tatum from Cape Town, anyone can enjoy this song. Sure, I'm depressed, have been for a long time. Big f***ing deal. I liked this song before I was depressed, so it is not "loaded with emo" like you said it was.
- Shadow, Depression, VA
This is my favorite Evanescence song, and Evanescence is my 3rd favorite band (2nd Coldplay, 1st Linkin Park). This song used to be my favorite song of all time, and it is truly amazing :D This song is a song that I feel describes me. I love it so much. Amy Lee's voice is the prettiest girl voice I've ever heard and Evanescence is amazing XDXDXD
- Shadow, Depression, VA
In 1983 there was a study for Lithium possibily being able to reduce the craving for alcohol. The real Amy Lee, not Amy Lynn Hartzler, got the idea from these news articles as well as Kurt Cobain whom she met at the age of 15. The idea to name the band Evanescence came from an review of A Chorus Line by Frank Rich of the New York times Oct '83 titled "A Chorus of LOVE" & is the same article which inspired this Amy Lee to write Like A Virgin for Madonna.
- Amy , Pensacola, FL
So what shes saying is she wants to let go but she is afraid to?
- Cara , rockville, MD
I understand what she means for sure...those drugs kind of flatten your emotions but at the same time, you don't want to be suicidal.
- Marlene, Montreal, QC
The fact is, Amy was inspired by & wrote this song for a FRIEND of hers that was on Lithium. It is NOT about Amy's ex-boyfriend, Shaun, nor has Amy ever been on Lithium. I saw her talk about it in an interview a few years ago. Look it up.
- Michelle, Costa Mesa, CA
For those who think that the line "just couldn't drink enough to say you love me" is about her ex boyfriend, I disagree. I think she is talking about self medication. She could have been the one drinking to self medicate. She is talking to her internal demons. There are two things coming across in this song, she wants/needs the help to consider taking the drug Lithium, but she also doesn't it to change her. Her pain, sorrow, illness, they are inspiration. Those are what make her who she is. It is her artistic ability. After being on Lithium you can no longer write. You are in Zombie mode. When she says "darling i forgive you after all, anything is better than to be alone," she is referring to her dark side. "never wanted to be so cold" she didn't ask for her illness. "can't hold onto me" she feels herself already changing into something she is not.
- Tori, boston, MA
This song really shows everything so well. It talks about the pain and shock of depression, but also about how you can't leave. It shows all the sides so well, the wondering, "I can't hold on to me, wonder what's wrong with me..." and the purely scary amounts of emotion you can have. It's the only song that has ever made me cry, it just brings up bad memories of last May. I almost know what it's like- almost. It's like an echo of my thoughts from May, what I was thinking. My friends tried to get me to see the school counselor, but I knew that wasn't how it was going to go away. I knew that I wanted to live with it until it was gone. And now it is, as much as it ever will be. It scared me so much, hearing this song. Hearing my thoughts on my speakers, spoken better than I could have put them. The music is amazing, and it fits the song so well. Still scares me, but I love this song. I don't know why. Btw, Angel from Maryland- perfectly put, I totally agree.
- Ruby, New York, NY
Ok, well like anyone who has suffered with depression , and bipolar and all the different medications that the doctors push on people now a days can relate to this song, she hits the true heart of why people like us choose to stay off medication, all your true feelings are masked with a fake smile, and you loose all your emotions , it's like looking through glass watching yourself inside yourself .
- angel, Bath, ME
Sorry - that below was suppose to be a heart you can make on the keyboard! :)
- Lexxus, Not telling......;D, TX
I love Amy Lee in this music video. She is so pretty, and I would do something like that. Evanescence is my inspiration for my songs I write. Go Amy! ♥
- Lexxus, Not telling......;D, TX
despite amy's ties to nirvana, she didnt try to "copy" nirvana. take pink floyd's The Show Must Go On. drop dead gorgeous has a song with the same exact name. no need to s--t twinkees over stuff like that.
- Mariah, fort worth, TX
Okay, I'm going to get this out of the way first: I like both Nirvana and Evanescence. Okay, got it? Good. Now, I think that both songs deserve the name Lithium, because both (although Nirvana's never mentions the stuff) seem to talk about it. I agree with Aimee, TX this song does seem to have more of a deeper meaning associated with the effects of Lithium on those with bipolar. My sister is bipolar, and I've seen how it affects her...I do understand how it can be to feel in love with your sorrow. It almost feels good to have that sadness and pain, because at least it feels more real than faking a smile. Some days, I don't know what it would be like to not feel that, and it almost keeps me sane.
- Crystal, Fresno, CA
This song is pure melancholy, deliciously depressing, and it's become one of my favorite songs of all time. That means it's ranked up there with Queen and the like. ^_^
This song is amazingly beautiful and stunning. I can never stop listening to it, it's perfect.
- Dekkun, Anonymous-ville, HI
i personally think this song is about not wanting to let go of your sadness, because you've had it so long, you don't know what to do with yourself once its gone. it makes you feel empty. believe me, it's better to feel pain than nothing at all.
- Jeff, B-Town, MA
Okay, for all you morons saying "oh, she copied Nirvana!!!" Are you high or just stupid? If you did some looking around, you'll find that Evanescence did a cover for some of Nirvana's songs, Heart-Shaped Box and Rape Me, just to name a few. So next time, why don't you look and know what you're talking about before you go and criticize someone for something, K?

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- Mandie, town, Botswana
I love this song but since it was inspired by her ex boyfriend shaun it's kind of mean. Still LOVE it though!
- Caitlyn, Naples, FL
I agree with the next person! Amy has a great voice, this song is not in anyway like Nirvana's Lithium!
- Catrencella, Mooresboro, NC
Dude you guys seriously need to stop hating on amy just for choosing same name on her song. and by the way nirvanas lithium has a totally different meaning and is less deep that evanescence's lithium. personally evanescences is better. i love nirvana but this is a battle they lost
- Gisella, Hollywood, AZ
Evanescnece is one of those groups that manages to reach you in a very deep and and almost spiritual level with their lyrics.
Lithium,just opens up your consciousness to the boldness that every soul is yearning for..but which somehow eludes us all
- Steve, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
This song is so beautiful. The lyrics are amazing! Amy Lee has one heck of a voice. She blows doors on losers in the pop/hip-hop industries.
- Taylor, Pueblo, CO
Shaun Morgan told her to write a song about lithium and she admitted that to the judge while they were breaking up. I know this because I'm related to her.
- Caitlyn, Naples, FL
First off to all the haters. Nirvana didn't make up lithium. It is a chemical dumbasses. So basically you can say that Nirvana ripped off some scientist name that he gave it. And smells like teen spririt was a womens deoderant. Do some research. Just cause Kurt Kobain says something doesn't mean he made it up. (Nothing against Nirvana, great band)
- Austin, smallsville, NE
to me this song has a deeper meaning. im bipolar and i was put on this medication and it literally makes you feel trapped. the part of the song that says "dont wanna let it lay me down this time, drown my will to fly," relates to the reaction that some people have on lithium. so she stole the name from nirvana, big whoop, its a much better song with a much deeper meaning.
- Aimee McDurmon, Commerce, TX
I love how Evanescence writes metaphorically...
- Ember, Council Bluffs, IA
I love this song. I love the tone and the way the piano and guitars listen. Besides, Amy Lee's voice is great!!!
- Horacio, Celaya, Mexico
just cause she has the same name as nirvanas song doesnt in the least bit mean she doesnt have her own talent nirvanas good but there dead so get over it
- taylor, san antonio, TX
Jim from stonerville CA is right Nirvana's lithium is the only song that's worth listening to, Evanescence have a lot of nerve it's like I decide to write a new song called smells like teen spirit. If they did a cover of this song it would have been okay and Amy Lee is trying to rip off Kurt Cobain's style by letting the song have two meanings. Lithium belongs to Nirvana and no one else.
- keriah, naples, FL
This song is good but it depresses me. I've been on mood stabilizers since I was twenty.
- Joel, Columbia, SC
Maybe her ex boyfriend's drinking problem was the reason for the sorrow, and she'd gotten so used to the drinking and the sorrow caused by it that it would've been harder to get back into a normal routine without him than to just stay where she was then.
- Jailene, k-tOWN, WA
there is only one song called lithium worth listening to. its by NIRVANA...
- Jim, Stonerville, CA
I could possibly agree with you Chris, but I don't think it's all about her ex-boyfriend from Seether, Call Me When your Sober however, could completly be about him.....XD
- DJ, Pipestone, CO
Its a really good song,but only if you are depressed.Lithium is loaded with emo!
- Tatum, Cape Town
she just wanted to write a song called lithium because nirvana has a song called lithium
- kiwi, gurnee, IL
"lithium is more about shaun morgan, her ex bf from seether, who is an alcoholic, i didn't notice it until the line "just couldn't drink enough to say you love me"." maybe its about numbing the pain from her last relationship? thatd fit
- Chris, Lincoln, England
I relate to this song because no it dosen't matter what it is your used to pain,sorrow,drugs I guess or friends without that one special thing you feel lost
- Katherine, Akron, OH
Amy Lee has a beautiful voice and i really relate to this song
- Katherine, Akron, OH
i love this song so much i love the combination of amy lee's voice and the piano they go so well together
- teresa, new york city, NY
This song totally rocks. I love Amy Lee's voice.
- Aaron, Albuquerque, NM
lithium is more about shaun morgan, her ex bf from seether, who is an alcoholic, i didn't notice it until the line "just couldn't drink enough to say you love me"...but i digress
- Chris, eau claire, WI
I love this song sooo much coz' it really shows off amy lee's AMAZING voice! Go Evanescence!
- Anzi, London, England
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