A track from Evanescence's major label debut, Fallen
, lead singer Amy Lee wrote the song about Josh Hartzler, the man who would become her husband.
When she met Hartzler, he was a friend of a friend: a total stranger who did not know her. Yet he could somehow "see inside her" and "bring her to life."
"I was in a really bad place, relationally, and going through a really hard time," Lee said in her Songfacts interview
. "He sat across from me when we went to reserve a table and he just looked me dead in the eye and said, 'Are you happy?' And it shocked my heart and I looked down and just started making up excuses. I choked on my words because I felt like I was completely outwardly acting normal, but inside in a lot of turmoil. And I felt like he could just see straight into my soul. That inspired the whole song. Years later I told him it was about him."
It was a few years before Lee and Hartzler started dating. From 2003-2005 she had a high-profile relationship with Seether frontman Shaun Morgan, so many fans assumed the song was about him. Lee didn't say who it was about until later.
Hartzler and Lee got married in 2007 and had a son, Jack, in 2014.