Swimming Home

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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 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]

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."[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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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.[5] Vin2.jpg


The song was submitted for the soundtrack of the 2008 Japanese animated fantasy movie Ponyo, but wasn't accepted.[6]

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

Versions

Studio versions:

Swimming Home

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


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: To be released October 12, 2018
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #19)
  • Length: TBC

Lyrics

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

References