All That I'm Living For

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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
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
Imperfection
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
Overture
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Sick
Snow White Queen
So Close
Solitude
Spanish
Surrender
Sweet Sacrifice
Swimming Home
Take Cover
Taking Over Me
The Change
The End
The In-Between
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Tourniquet
Understanding
Unknown Title
Unraveling
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 and J. LeCompt

All That I'm Living For is the twelfth track from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door. It is described in an MTV article as "a punishing mix of electronica, abrasive guitars and Lee's milky vocals".[1] It was intended to be the third single from the album, but after listening to requests by the band and fan reactions to the decision, the label chose Sweet Sacrifice in its place.[2] "All That I'm Living For" was added to the set-list of The Open Door Tour (2006-07).[1][3] It was later played at the band's secret gig at New York City on November 4, 2009,[4][5] and it was played again two years later at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville on August 17, 2011.[6]

From Metal Edge magazine:

Vin1.jpg The hard rocking 'All That I’m Living For' focuses on the band itself. Its genesis came from a realization Lee had one day that her band was her life. 'I don't do anything else,' she says. 'I'm writing for the band, touring for the band, doing an interview about the band, or thinking about the next thing I want to write. It’s my life, and I love it, but it’s a love/hate relationship.'[7] Vin2.jpg


Amy's description of the song:

Vin1.jpg I love that song. It feels really different for us. The lyrics are about my writing process-how I put the song together, why I do it, and how I'm trying to fix all the things that are wrong with me through music. The first line says, "Save me from the night again/ I can feel the separation from the living."[note 1] It's always night time when I start writing, just as the dusk is setting.[8] Vin2.jpg


Versions

Studio Versions

All That I'm Living For

Live Versions

All That I'm Living For [Live]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - December 8, 2007; November 4 and November 8, 2009; August 17 and August 20, 2011; November 2015
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Examples: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2006 (December 10, 2006); Centre Bell at Montreal, Quebec (January 5, 2007)

All That I'm Living For [Acoustic]

All That I'm Living For [BigFM acoustic]

  • Performing date: May 30, 2012
  • Performed at: BigFM, Wiesbaden, Germany

Lyrics

Album version

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night

I can feel the night beginning
Separate me from the living
Understanding me
After all I've seen
Piecing every thought together
Find the words to make me better
If I only knew how to pull myself apart

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night
All that I'm wanted for
Although I wanted more
Lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

I believe that dreams are sacred
Take my darkest fears and play them
Like a lullaby
Like a reason why
Like a play of my obsessions
Make me understand the lesson
So I'll find myself
So I won't be lost again

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night
All that I'm wanted for
Although I wanted more
Lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

Guess I thought I'd have to change the world
To make you see me
To be the one
I could have run forever
But how far would I have come
Without mourning your love?

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night
All that I'm wanted for
Although I wanted more
Lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

Should it hurt to love you?
Should I feel like I do?
Should I lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

Acoustic version

I can feel the night beginning
Separate me from the living
Understanding me
After all I've seen
Piecing every thought together
Find the words to make me better
If I only knew how to pull myself apart

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night
All that I'm wanted for
Although I wanted more
Lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

I believe that dreams are sacred
Take my darkest fears and play them
Like a lullaby
Like a reason why
Like a play of my obsessions
Make me understand the lesson
So I'll find myself
So I won't be lost again

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night
All that I'm wanted for
Although I wanted more
Lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

Guess I thought I'd have to change the world
To make you see me
To be the one
I could have run forever
But how far would I have come
Without mourning your love?

All that I'm living for
All that I'm dying for
All that I can't ignore alone at night
All that I'm wanted for
Although I wanted more
Lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

Should it hurt to love you?
Should I feel like I do?
Should I lock the last open door
My ghosts are gaining on me

Guitar tabs & sheet music

Notes

  1. This line is different in the actual song. It could be lyrics from earlier demo versions or Amy just messed it up.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harris, Chris (October 10, 2006). "Evanescence Live In NYC: Amy Lee Headbangs, Serenades Her 'New Hometown'". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1542773/evanescence-live-amy-lee-rocks-new-hometown.jhtml. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  2. Lee, Amy (January 29, 2007). "Change of heart". EvThreads. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. http://web.archive.org/web/20120206010232/http://www.evthreads.com/showpost.php?p=136272&postcount=204. Retrieved January 29, 2007.
  3. Massimo, Rick (April 5, 2007). "Amy Lee cements her status as the core of Evanescence". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080514012353/http://www.projo.com/music/content/QEVANREV_04-05-07_64548TM.3846ec9.html. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  4. "Evanescence Returns To Live Stage, Taps Finger Eleven Guitarist". Blabbermouth.net. November 5, 2009. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-returns-to-live-stage-taps-finger-eleven-guitarist. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  5. 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 August 3, 2013.
  6. "Evanescence Plays First Show In Almost Two Years; Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. August 18, 2011. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-plays-first-show-in-almost-two-years-video-available. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  7. Reesman, Bryan (November 2006). "The Essence of Evanescence". Metal Edge 52 (11): 5–10. ISSN 1068-2872. http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/TheOpenDoor/displayimage.php?album=503&pos=4. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  8. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061016104811/http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1540914/story.jhtml. Retrieved December 3, 2006.