I'll never understand why they never played this with the guitar riff when the whole band kicks in... Never...
What do you mean?
I mean that in the live shows they never played the high pitched guitar riff that sounds when the whole band kicks in (in the studio version; minute 1:52), which is sad since that's one of the things that make the song special. They do play the base guitar riff, but not the other one. You can check the difference comparing the sudio version with any live version of this song. I just don't know why both guitar players do the same thing live, when they can do different things, being two separate instruments. I mean, why using two guitars if they are going to perform the same melody. Did you get it now or you need more explanation? (no sarcasm, just making sure that you did get it)
Post by lostindarkparadise on Sept 3, 2013 17:14:09 GMT -6
Lost In Paradise has got to be my favorite Ev song. For me, Paradise wasn't always a happy place. Paradise has always been to me, just accept that you can't change the way you feel. I know my friends love me and they care about me, and sometimes I'm not always happy or confident and I feel pressured to feel that way sometimes. I remember I really came to love this song when I was really at the end of my rope. I was going through such a hard time and I had recently met this guy who was amazing and I, of course, had no chance with. I knew that falling for him would only add onto all my problems, but I couldn't change how I felt. I accepted that those feelings were there and tried to move on. We never got together, as he had a girlfriend. But I was alone, accepting how I felt about him and moving on. I hurt many of my friends through my struggles, but I think I finally made it to where I want to be; okay. I'm okay with the way things are; and to me, that is paradise.
Post by lostindarkparadise on Nov 5, 2013 21:53:58 GMT -6
So, today, I performed Lost In Paradise for my school talent show. It was honestly the most terrifying, scariest thing I've ever done. I totally regretted doing it right afterwards because I thought I did horrible. My voice was shaky, I barely even moved, and I couldn't even look at the crowd. I just stared at the back wall. Yet, the whole crowd clapped and cheered me on and and so many people tell me I did amazing despite my nervousness. If I had the chance, I'd honestly do it again.
I don't know what it is about this song. Listening to this album was a very healing and spiritual experience for me when it first came out. There are a few other songs on this album that still really speak to me, but this one is special. The first few times I listened to it, it was like her voice and her words were reaching into the cracks and broken places in my soul and pulling something out of me, I don't know what, but it was so healing, and so this will always be one of my favorite songs.
Amy Lee is out of the band for a while at that time, she just got married, living in New York, etc., trying to be like a normal human. The depressed days are behind her, Ben Moody is a long forgotten memory, she is now the strong independent woman finally living the good life.
However, did she really shake off all that darkness and has she really moved on from Evanescence or is she in denial? The Evanescence darkness starts calling her back and realizes she broke her promise to her fans by abandoning them by moving on. Moving on with her life, and moving on in her style of songwriting. Now she wants to write songs of a totally different nature, yet struggles to move on, no matter how badly she wants to.
She has nothing left in this normal human realm and wants to be back in the band. The shadow of her fans haunt her. As much as she'd like at that time in her life, to not have the EV thing nagging at her, she can never leave it. She's stuck in it for better or for worse. She can't escape it. The fans need her, and she realizes she needs them.
As much as she wants to feel like she is a normal human, she's just as scared and insecure as her fans, the little dark girl from Fallen is still there within her, and she belongs with her fans sharing their pain together in beautiful songs.
She wanted to run away from it all, but "shadows" of the fans stay with her and won't let her go. She can never leave Evanescence or her fans even though she wished at the time to leave it behind her as part of her past and move on to other things.
But the best part of this song, that really shows the absolute genius of it, is the "TIL" before the final "I have nothing left". Many people never noticed this one syllable word there. Listen closely and you'll hear it, it's also in the printed lyrics if you doubt it. Here the meaning changes from she has nothing left in pretending to be a normal human to now meaning she will do Evanescence until there is no more creativity or musical ability left in her. The fans won't let her go until she has nothing left to give. She is supposed to be in paradise in her new life as a normal married human but ironically she feels alone and lost and needs to go back to the stage and her fans to be at home again!
I wanted to add something else about this song that is cool, the "we've been falling for all this time" is a reference to the Fallen album. Many people miss this although its right in front of our noses. To me this means, she realizes most of her fans came to Evanescence via Fallen and Fallen remains the heart of the band, and her true connection with the fans.
"I just wanted to be nested, be married and be normal and not have my life centered around myself and Evanescence. My whole life had been centered around being 'the girl from Evanescence' and all that entailed since high school." - Amy Lee
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