"Hello" as written by Amy Lee, Ben Moody and David Hodges....
Playground school bell rings again
Rain clouds come to play again
Has no one told you she's not breathing?
Hello I'm your mind giving you someone to talk to

If I smile and don't believe
Soon I know I'll wake from this dream
Don't try to fix me I'm not broken
Hello I'm the lie living for you so you can hide
Don't cry

Suddenly I know I'm not sleeping
Hello I'm I'm still here
All that's left of yesterday

Lyrics submitted by rjbucs28, edited by AnekoYoru, TheBananaWoman

"Hello" as written by Ho Jae Kim Ye Ji Lee

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Reservoir One Music

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  • +8
    General CommentMy take: this is someone who's in shock.
    "Playground schoolbell rings, again/Rainclouds come to play, again" I think the schoolbell is refering to a child that has died. Maybe this is the mother? Rainclouds are like the sadness clouding her mind.
    "Has no one told you she's not breathing ?/Hello, I am your mind, giving you someone to talk to... Hello... " This is the person's subconscious, a little voice in their head trying to bring them back to reality. The person doesn't want to believe someone has died, and is conflicted.
    "If I smile and don't believe/Soon I know I'll wake from this dream" She's smiling, like saying "Yea they're dead, ok." But she doesn't really believe it. She thinks its all a dream and she'll wake up soon.
    "Don't try to fix me/I'm not broken" She's getting mad that everyone keeps asking if she's ok, is eveything alright. She thinks, Of course I'm alright, nothing's wrong.
    "I am the lie living for you so you can hide/don't cry" There's the little voice again, trying to keep the person sane. This line is like the person is just kind of living their life in the moment, trying not to think about whatever has happened. But inside, she is falling apart.
    "Suddenly I know I'm not sleeping/ Hello, I'm still here, all that's left/Of yesterday.." Realization. She realizes she is still around, while their loved one is dead.
    Didn't mean to go that far into it... But Evanescence makes me think. (Geez I did the whole song...)
    linkinparkittenon July 03, 2003   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree that this is about her sister's death. She was a child and that's why there's references to playgrounds. Being a child she didn't understand what had happened. when someone told her her sister wasn't coming back, her coping device was denial. When she finally realized the reality of this, it was a huge blow to her, that's why she says that she knows she's not sleeping. It's the whole "This isn't a nightmare. She won't come back." thing we go through when we're little and lose a pet, a friend or a family member. It's actually a really depressing song, but still a beautiful one.
    Kit-Katon June 20, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song can be interpreted in a few ways. For instance, the person in this song has mentally re-created a lost loved one so that they might resist the anguish of such a loss. This song is an ongoing battle between the person's consience and thier re-creation.

    Another way it can be percieved is that the person in this song is emotionally dead, living a life without purpose. They are at a constant battle with their concience, and thier hungry soul is pulling the life out of them.
    immortalsplendoron July 01, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAmy Lee is a surviving sibling, this is her response to her little sisters death. She was at school when it happened. She is calling out to her parents,letting them know that she is still there and she is not dead. She wants attention from them :)
    soapybubbleon December 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is trying to cope with the death of someone close to them. They are in shock and don't believe that the person has died. They know it has happened, but they can't believe it. I think it is taken from a child's perspective. Maybe the mother died?
    blind lemmonon July 07, 2003   Link
  • +1

    its about her sister bonnie who drowned in the bathtub when she was 3 or 4. i'm not positive but im pretty sure that amys a little bit older than bonnie was. they think she might have had a seziere b/c her brother robbie suffers from sezieres. this song is means a lot to me b/c my mom had a miscarrage and my dad died.
    BoundenInABondon April 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSo its about her sister. When I first heard it I saw it being different. I imagined it being that some little kids are playing at a playground. One girl accidentallypushes her friend and her friend falls. When she doesn't get up someone goes and gets their parents. The little girl had hit her head and she dies. The other girl tries to shut it out instead of blaming herself. This is where the song starts.
    " Playrground school bell rings again. Rainclouds come to play, again. Has no one told you she's not breathing?"
    She's at school, still, and rainclouds are there. Literally in that it still rains like normal, and also representing peoples sadness.
    People try to tell her the girl is dead as she tries not to listen.
    "Hello, I'm your mind, giving you someone to talk to..."
    She's in shock, instead of facing the real world her mind becomes someone else she can talk to.
    "If I smile and don't believe, Soon I know I'll wake from this dream/Don't try to fix me I'm not broken"
    She smiles like normal and pretends its just a dream, she doesn't believe any of it. People should stop asking her if she's ok. She's perfectly fine, because nothing happened.

    "Hello, I'm the lie living for you so you can hide...don't cry..."
    She starts to realize she's lying to herself, and her mind becomes the lie, telling her to let it continue, and not to cry or even think about it.
    "Suddenly I know I'm not sleeping. Hello...I'm still here, all that's left of yesterday..."
    She has to realize what happened, and knows she's not dreaming, its real. But that voice is still there in her head, someone to talk to, some fragment of yesterday.
    maneatingmangoon December 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy story is similar to that of Rooie's. I never thought of the song this way until tonight, but after re-reading the lyrics (and listening to it a fair few times) I realised how much I relate to this.

    When I was 6 or so, my school was called to an assembly/memorial at the end of the day. It was one of our senior leaders - she'd been stabbed that morning. I - being the young age I was - was sad but I didn't think it would tie in to me at all. Later I would find out, that the girl who had been stabbed, was my step-sister. I went to my after school hours care, as I usually would, getting food ect. when one of the carers came up to me and asked me to wait outside and look for someone close to my family. I did as I was told and was soon after picked up by the woman who took care of me when I was sick and my parents were at work. The line "has no one told you she's not breathing," to me at the time was more of a "did anyone tell you who the girl was." So by the time I got home I walked inside and my parents were sitting there and I started to tell them about the service when my mum stopped me and made me sit down. I remember her saying (I wont use a name for personal reasons), "Kristy** died this morning. She was stabbed." I may have been young, but I hit me so hard. I didn't cry until later that night (I didn't believe everyone still - "if I smile and don't believe") when I got up to get a drink and I walked past the TV where it showed my sisters house, with her face and the flowers around it. That was the "suddenly I know I'm not sleeping" for me.

    But yeah, I didn't realise how much meaning this song actually had for me. <3
    DistanceMakesUsStrongeron April 04, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I've heard somewhere that this song is about Amy's younger sister who died when she was 3 yrs old. this song has the same meaning to me as I found a close friend who i was living with dead when i was 19.
    Dirtbiker256on April 20, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is talking about Amy's sister's death. The first verse is describing the setting that Amy was in when she found out her sister had passed away. She was in a playground at school, and it was beginning to rain. She's talking to herself in the first verse as she has no one else to talk to. In the second verse, it's describing her coping method... her mind decided to pretend like it was all fake... that it wasn't real. She convinced herself that she was just in a bad dream. Her parents probably tried to take her to therapy or somewhere to get help to cope about this, but she's saying "don't try to help me, I don't need help... my sister isn't dead." The second verse is basically "the lie" talking to Amy. In the third verse her mind realizes that she actually isn't in a bad dream, her sister really has passed away but she knows she has to move on.
    darkdreamson September 30, 2012   Link

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