"Swimming Home" is the last song on the self-titled studio album Evanescence. It was one of the songs that got reworked from the 2010 Lillywhite sessions, along with "Made of Stone" and "Secret Door".
"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."
Amy made a passionate comment on this song in a Songfacts interview:
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.
- ↑ "NME: Evanescence Track By Track (Part 2)". October 14, 2011. YouTube.
- ↑ "Amy Lee of Evanescence - Songwriter Interviews". October 13, 2016. Songfacts.
- ↑ Evanescence (liner notes), 2011.
- ↑ "Evanescence's Amy Lee". Bizarre: 23. January 2012.