Swimming Home

From The Evanescence Reference

Across the Universe*
All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Artifact/The Turn
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Better Without You
Blind Belief
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Broken Pieces Shine
Call Me When You're Sober
Cloud Nine
End of the Dream
Erase This
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Far From Heaven
Farther Away
Feeding the Dark
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
If You Don't Mind
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Part of Me
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Snow White Queen
So Close
Sweet Sacrifice
Swimming Home
Take Cover
Taking Over Me
The Chain*
The Change
The End
The Game is Over
The In-Between
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Unknown Title
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Yeah Right
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs

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General information

Written by: A. Lee and W. B. Hunt

Swimming Home is the twelfth and final track on the standard edition of Evanescence's third studio album, Evanescence. The title of this song was first revealed in an interview with MSN in August 2011.[1] It is one of three songs that got reworked from the 2010 Lillywhite sessions (along with Made of Stone and Secret Door).[2] It's the only song that remained faithful to the original.[3]

The song is the only track on the standard edition to include the harp. Described as "the biggest departure" by Amy, this track exposes a side of Evanescence that has never been seen before. Swimming Home comes from a creative phase in which everything was more ethereal and driven by programming. "Swimming" addresses "crossing over into the next life. It's the bittersweet acceptance."[4]

Amy has always had a strong bond with the seas and oceans. This is because, as stated in an interview, she grew up near these waters, so she feels protected and realizes how small are the issues of life when compared with the immensity of these seas.[5]

In a track-by-track interview with NME.com, Amy Lee explained the song saying:

Vin1.jpg Swimming Home is definitely the truest picture of that sort of electronic-very different phase that I was going through for a little bit.

I love the song, I think that it expresses a little bit of a new emotion for me, for Evanescence. Because it's sad, it's goodbye, it's sort of from the other side of the song before. It's like from the person's perspective that's moving on to the next life. But it's peaceful, it's an acceptance of that giant crazy thing that fascinates me, that I wonder about and think about. And it's like, life and death and what comes after, you know and what does it all mean. So it's that acceptance and peaceful feeling like the calm after the storm.[6]


Amy said this about the song in an interview with Kerrang!:

Vin1.jpg It's goodbye. It's partly about the acceptance of death. I love that song because it's not angry and it's not perfectly happy. It's sad but it's accepting the things in life that are hard - like someone leaving this world and feeling the peace of crossing over.[7] Vin2.jpg

The song was submitted for the soundtrack of the 2008 Japanese animated fantasy movie Ponyo, but wasn't accepted.[8]

Swimming Home was played live for the first time at the concert in Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, SC on January 13, 2012.

During an interview with Songfacts in 2016, Amy gave a lengthily description of the song:

Vin1.jpg One song that is very different for an Evanescence song that I love very much is called "Swimming Home." It's programming and keyboards with an atmosphere of sounds from another world, basically, and it's not in a minor key. It's very simple, and there's something so beautiful and freeing about listening to it and playing it because it's free from all the rules. I find myself saying rules, and I try my best to break them. I think that song was one of the successes where I broke the rules and I made something really great that I just loved all the more for being different.

It's broad. You can apply it to so many specific situations, but I was literally just living in a dream world and singing about how on the deepest inside... I'm not going to be able to say this right. I know I sound like I'm on the cusp of saying something really beautiful, but it's going to come out really dumb. I'll just say how much I loved the production and I'll stop myself there. You're going to have to just trust me. It's definitely got some Björk to it.[9]


The song was adapted into a story by Amy's sister, Carrie, on issue #3 of Echoes from the Void. In the light of this issue, Amy was interviewed by CBR on July 25, 2022 where she discussed how this song was born:

Vin1.jpg I really love working with my sister. Carrie [Lee South] is such a good storyteller, and "Swimming Home" was born while she was living with me and writing in Brooklyn 10-plus years ago. It was a time full of creativity and inspiration. I was writing and experimenting and collaborating a lot, and Carrie's room was next door to the studio, so we were all just living in the music and loving that song in particular. We were dreaming of mermaids and underwater worlds. [...] She went back to the origins of the song and brought me this enchanting story for "Swimming Home" that I am beyond excited about.[10] Vin2.jpg


Studio versions:

Swimming Home

  • Recording date: April 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Evanescence (track #12)
  • Length: 3:43

Swimming Home [Lillywhite sessions][11]

  • Recording date: February 22 - April 2010
  • Status: Unreleased, Unfinished
  • Released on: Broken Record (scrapped)
  • Length: Unknown

Live versions:

Swimming Home [Live]

  • Performing period: January 13, 2012 - November 9, 2012
  • Example: House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ (August 3, 2012)

Swimming Home [Synthesis Live]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - April 9, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #19)
  • Length: 3:47

Swimming Home [Vocal/Keyboard/Synth]

  • Performing date: March 22, 2020
  • Example: Amy Lee on Instagram live[12]


Way down
I’ve been way down
Underneath this skin
Waiting to hear my name again

I’m sorry
Nothing can hold me
I adore you still
But I hear them calling
And nothing can hold me

Way down
(Do you really want me?)
All the way down
(Do you really want me?)
I will hear your voice
(Do you really want me?)
But I’ll no longer understand
(But it's really not me)

I’m sorry
Nothing can hold me
I adore you still
But I hear them calling

I was looking to the sky
When I knew I’d be swimming home
And I cannot betray my kind
They are here - it’s my time

I’m sorry
Nothing can hold me
(Do you really want me?)
I adore you still
But I hear them calling, (calling)
And nothing can hold me


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  2. "Amy Lee's Facebook Q&A on February 29, 2016". Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/EvanescenceMedia/photos/a.1059734797432362/1059733284099180/?type=3&theater.
  3. Del Valle, Luis (January 1, 2012). "Interview with Amy Lee: Evanescence is Back" (in Spanish). Chilango. Archived from the original on January 9, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120109022011/http://www.chilango.com/musica/nota/2012/01/01/entrevista-a-evanescence.
  4. "Biography". Evanescence.com. Archived from the original on September 3, 2013. http://web.archive.org/web/20130905161918/http://www.evanescence.com/biography/. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  5. "Amy Lee Evanescence Interview - Edgefest 2012". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVXlT5wBACQ. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  6. "Evanescence 'embarrassed' by new single - video". NME. September 28, 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20170711064607/https://www.nme.com/news/music/evanescence-14-1275170. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  7. Garner, George (October 8, 2011). "About a Girl". Kerrang! (Bauer Media Group) (1384): 25. http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/Evanescence/displayimage.php?album=89&pos=3. Retrieved May 24, 2013.
  8. "13 Questions: Evanescence's Amy Lee". Bizarre (184): 23. January 2012. http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/Evanescence/displayimage.php?album=139&pos=1. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  9. MacIntosh, Dan (October 13, 2016). "Amy Lee of Evanescence: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. https://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/amy-lee-of-evanescence.
  10. Pereira, Sergio (July 25, 2022). "Evanescence's Amy Lee Discusses Her Band's Comic, Echoes from the Void". CBR. https://www.cbr.com/echoes-from-void-amy-lee-interview/.
  11. This version may be similar to the version reworked on the self-titled album, as Amy stated it remained faithful to the original direction of the third album. According to her, songs from the Lillywhite sessions are unfinished.
  12. Lee, Amy (March 22, 2020). "Thanks for tuning in today guys!". Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-D1f_Qny8_/.