Lithium

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Lithium Single <<PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD AN IMAGE UNTIL IT IS RELEASED BY THE LABEL<<

General Information

Written by: A. Lee

The Open Door: Track 4

Described as a track "which embraces feeling over numbness," Amy has said her soured relationship with ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan of Seether was the inspiration for this track.

Before the release of The Open Door, some fans mistakenly believed Lithium to be a cover of the Nirvana song which bears the same name. However, the two songs are unrelated.

Upon release, fan reaction to Lithium has been generally positive. It has been likened to My Immortal as well as tracks from Origin. Some fans view Lithium as The Open Door's first real highlight.

At The Open Door premiere in Milan, Amy Lee said that Lithium would be that album's second single.

Amy described the song (off a VH1 article) - "'Don't want to forget the fear of lithium.' One of several songs Lee sings in a lower register. "I wrote the chorus on the guitar when I was about 16. I always thought it was a cool chorus, but I never used it for anything. I started playing it on the piano and the verses came out. I have a pile of pieces stowed away in my mind that maybe I'll use some day. In a way it's an old song, but not really. It grew up."

And in an interview with MTV Italy she says - "It's not literal, it's not literal about the drug for me, I've never taken lithium before. It's sort of a metaphor about numbness and happiness and sort of like, it's me looking at happiness in a negative way because I've always been, you know, kind of afraid to be happy. Like with the band and the art and everything else, it's always like I'm never letting myself break through into the happiness it seems like, because it's not cool or something. And describing happiness is lithium, it's like saying 'that's numbness, I won't be able to be an artist anymore if I'm happy', which is hilarious because that's just not true, I'm happy. So it's like this fight within the song of like 'do I do this and get out of here and get happy or do i wallow in it like I always do?' and it's cool because at the end of the song I say 'I'm going to let it go', like I am going to be happy. [1]


Lithium (Drug)

Lithium is a psychiatric drug used as a mood stabilizer, often prescribed to people with bipolar disorder and/or mood swings, along with other mood disorders.

From The Lithium Video

Video

Directed by Paul Fedor, the video features two Amys, one in the water (assuming the "sadness" role) in a black dress singing to her alter ego in white (assuming the "happiness" role) who, through a process of internal torment, conquers her sadness. The video also features prominent shots of the rest of the band, including new member Tim McCord, all dressed in black.

Shot in L.A. in late October of 2006, and released some time late in November. The video leaked on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving). Due to unknown issues—apparently caused by the label—the video was released internationally late in November, however the US had to wait almost 2 weeks for stations to start playing it.


The video bears a striking similarity to AFI's 'Love Like Winter', released earlier this month, because of their snowy forest sets and underwater moments. AFI's video was directed by Marc Webb and features lead singer, Davey Havok, falling through ice to a woman who is "The beautiful embodiment of hopelessness".


Watch the video on Evanescence.com
Video screen cap gallery.

Lyrics

Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside
Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without
Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow
Oh, but God, I want to let it go

Come to bed, don't make me sleep alone
Couldn't hide the emptiness you let it show
Never wanted it to be so cold
Just didn't drink enough to say you love me

I can't hold on to me
Wonder what's wrong with me

Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside
Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without
Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow

Oh, don't want to let it lay me down this time
Drown my will to fly
Here in the darkness I know myself
Can't break free until I let it go
Let me go

Darling, I forgive you after all
Anything is better than to be alone
And in the end I guess I had to fall
Always find my place among the ashes

I can't hold on to me
Wonder what's wrong with me

Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside
Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without
Lithium
Stay in love mmhmm
Oh, I'm gonna let it go

Commercial Release: January 9th, 2007

NOTE: Release information has not been confirmed and some information may be incorrect from actual release details.

This release was delayed, for unknown reasons, by about a month. All we know is what Amy said in a post on the EvClub Message board "our label really messed up the release." The EPs were originally scheduled to come out on December 4th, internationally.

UK CD 1 / 7" Vinyl Picture Disc

  1. Lithium [Album Version]
  2. The Last Song I'm Wasting On You
  • This will mark the 2nd vinyl release by Evanescence

UK CD 2 / International CD Single

  1. Lithium
  2. The Last Song I'm Wasting On You
  3. All That I'm Living For [acoustic version]
  4. Lithium (enhanced acoustic video)

Guitar Tabs & Sheet Music

Guitar Tab by Norin at e-chords.com
Piano sheet music - arranged by Kelly Thomas