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"The End Of the Dream"

Evanescence (album)

Synthesis

Released October 11, 2011 (Evanescence)
November 10, 2017 (Synthesis)
Length 3:49 (Evanescence)
4:54 "(Synthesis)"
Producers Nick Raskulinecz (Evanescence)
Will Hunt, Amy Lee (Synthesis)
Label Wind-up Records
Chronology
"Sick" "End Of the Dream" "Oceans"

"The End Of the Dream" is the ninth track on American band Evanescence's self-titled third album. An alternate, stripped-down version of the song is also included on Synthesis.

BackgroundEdit

Amy Lee describes the meaning of this song in the following quote:[1]

The End Of the Dream is, just about life, and the end of the dream is death. You know it's about the journey and it's about, again, this recurring theme of not being afraid and living while you're alive because it doesn't last forever. I think that's something that comes out a lot in our music because it's something that I deeply feel. It's funny though cause I'm always telling it to myself. It's not like you learn something and then just go 'Yeah, totally'... You have to make a constant effort to remind yourself of things that you believe in, you know. So I feel like, yeah that theme about not being afraid and life doesn't last forever... that comes out a lot. And yeah, that song is about that.

The song was chosen to be reworked on Synthesis, and Amy explained why:[2]

I wanted to re-record The End of the Dream in a way that exposed the completely post traumatic healing of a survivor- taking the time to focus on the pain, and then look up and past it, gathering the strength to live on, better. Stronger. With a new understanding of the beauty of pain and the heartbreak of real life, not fly away from it, but carry it. Carry it all and feel grateful for it. Even proud.

LyricsEdit

I found a grave, brushed off the face
Felt your light, and I remember why I know this place
I found a bird closing her eyes one last time
And I wonder if she dreamed like me

As much as it hurts, ain't it wonderful to feel?
So go on and break your wings
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
As we run towards the end of the dream

I'm not afraid, I pushed through the pain
And I'm on fire, I remember how to breathe again

As much as it hurts, ain't it wonderful to feel?
So go on and break your wings
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
As we run towards the end of the dream

Why must we fall apart to understand how to fly?
I will find a way, even without wings

Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
As we run towards the end of the dream
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
And we've come to the end of the dream

I found a grave, brushed off the face
Felt your light, and I remember why I know this place
I found a bird closing her eyes one last time
And I wonder if she dreamed like me

As much as it hurts, ain't it wonderful to feel?
So go on and break your wings
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
As we run towards the end of the dream

I'm not afraid, I pushed through the pain
And I'm on fire, I remember how to breathe again

As much as it hurts, ain't it wonderful to feel?
So go on and break your wings
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
As we run towards the end of the dream

Why must we fall apart to understand how to fly?
I will find a way, even without wings

Even without wings

Dream...
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
As we run towards the end of the dream
Follow your heart 'til it bleeds
And we've come to the end of the dream

VideosEdit

Credits Edit

Amy Lee – Writing, vocals, piano

Terry Balsamo – Writing, guitars

Tim McCord – Writing, bass

Will Hunt – Writing, drums

Will "Science" Hunt – Writing, production

ReferencesEdit

  1. "NME: Evanescence Track By Track (Part 2)". YouTube. October 14, 2011.
  2. Jamieson, Brii (December 19, 2017). "Amy Lee Of Evanescence reflects on the band’s career and influence ahead of their Australian tour". Don't Boreus.


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