Tourniquet

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General information

Written by: A. Lee, B. Moody, D. Hodges and R. Gray

Tourniquet is the sixth track from Evanescence's debut album, Fallen. It was recorded during the 2001-2002 demo sessions before being chosen for the album.

Rocky Gray is credited with writing the song for his band Soul Embraced (the original, titled "My Tourniquet", was a track on an album called For the Incomplete) and the rest of Evanescence reworked it for Fallen; Amy wrote a melody and a whole other second verse.

Amy Lee on Tourniquet:

Vin1.jpg A lot of our songs are written in a way that you could take them to mean several different things. That one was written by our drummer Rocky [Gray], who was in a Christian death metal band before he joined us. He told me that it is coming from a Christian standpoint, but it's about suicide. It's from the perspective of someone who has just committed suicide and it's about the controversy in Christianity that if you commit suicide, will you go to heaven or hell? If all sins are forgiven after accepting Christ, why would there be an exception?[1] Vin2.jpg


The demo versions of Tourniquet are often incorrectly titled My Tourniquet on bootlegs.

On the Fallen version of the song Amy screams "I want to die". On the demo versions it's a sample by Claire Danes from the movie version of Romeo & Juliet saying "I long to die".

Versions

Studio versions:

Tourniquet [Fallen version]

  • Recording date: August - November 2002
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Fallen (track #6)
  • Length: 4:38

Tourniquet [Demo version #1]

  • Recording date: 2001–2002
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 3:37

Tourniquet [Demo version #2]

  • Recording date: 2001–2002
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 3:49

Tourniquet [Demo version #3][note 1]

  • Recording date: 2001–2002
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 3:43

Tourniquet [Fallen pre-master][note 2]

  • Recording date: August - November 2002
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 3:53


Live versions:

Tourniquet [Live]

  • Performing period: 2002 - August 14, 2004; January 25 - June 10, 2007
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: May 25, 2004
  • Released on: Anywhere but Home (track #11)
  • Length: 4:17

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Lyrics

Fallen and Fallen pre-master version

I tried to kill the pain
But only brought more [so much more]
I lay dying
And I'm pouring crimson regret and betrayal

I'm dying [dying]
Praying [praying]
Bleeding [bleeding]
And screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation

Do you remember me?
Lost for so long
Will you be on the other side?
Or will you forget me?

I'm dying [dying]
Praying [praying]
Bleeding [bleeding]
And screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation

I want to die

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation

My wounds cry for the grave
My soul cries for deliverance
Will I be denied?
Christ [christ]
Tourniquet
My suicide

Return to me salvation
Return to me salvation

Demo versions

I tried to kill the pain [kill the pain]
But only brought more [so much more]
I lay dying
And I'm pouring crimson regret and betrayal

I'm dying [I'm dying]
Praying [praying]
Bleeding [bleeding]
And screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation

Do you remember me? [remember me]
Lost for so long
Will you be on the other side?
Or will you forget me?

I'm dying [I'm dying]
Praying [praying]
Bleeding [bleeding]
And screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
[Return to me salvation] return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
[Return to me salvation] return to me salvation

Tell me not, Father
That thou hearest of this
Unless thou tell me how I may prevent it
It strains me past the compass of my wits
If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help
Do thou but call my resolution wise
And with this I'll help it presently!
Hold Daughter!
Be not so long to speak
I long to die

My God, my tourniquet
[Return to me salvation] return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
[Return to me salvation] return to me salvation

My wounds cry for the grave
My soul cries for deliverance
Will I be denied?
Christ [christ]
Tourniquet
My suicide

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet

Soul Embraced's original version

What I thought would kill the pain
Only brought more
I lay dying
My wrist pouring crimson regret and betrayal

I'm dying
Praying
Bleeding
And screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation

My wounds cry for the grave
My soul cries for deliverance
Will I be denied?
Christ
Tourniquet
My suicide

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me salvation

My wounds cry for the grave
My soul cries for deliverance
Will I be denied?
Christ
Tourniquet
My suicide

Guitar tabs & sheet music

Notes

  1. This version is similar to the version #2, except the extra drums at the end of the bridge.
  2. This version is the same as the Fallen version, but without the string outro.

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