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
If 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 (No one's really loved 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



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"Swimming Home" as written by William Barry Hunt Amy Lee

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  • +2
    General Comment:Turning suddenly dreamy, “Swimming Home” is a a loving goodbye from someone who is dying. When speaking to Kerrang about “Swimming Home” she discussed the song’s meaning. “It’s goodbye,” she said. “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.” “Erase This” walks through the landscape of needing to burn it all down and start over.
    FaeFaeon November 05, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Amy does a song on every album for her sister, who passed away. The song seems to be about passing on, but perhaps it's from clinging to her sister in the dead realm and rejoining the living. This is the vibe that i get. Beautiful song.
    midnightfairy25on September 13, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretation:In the first chorus, it's "But I hear them calling" rather than "if."

    The backing vocals in the second verse say "But it's really not me" rather than "No one's really loved me."

    I believe this song is told from the perpective of someone who is dying, and is moving on to the other side. They still love the person they're leaving behind, but it's time for them to move on. As the person is dying, they're "waking up" and remembering that their soul is more than the body it's leaving. It's been "way down underneath this skin" waiting to wake up and remember that life goes on even after death.
    Cirafly24on October 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Lee says. “It came from a phase when I was making music that was ethereal and programming driven. Thematically, “Swimming” addresses “crossing over into the next life. It’s the bittersweet acceptance.”

    From Evanescene website
    Rangel7on February 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:The song is so dreamy it makes my imagination run WIIIILD. This is beyond random but work with me.

    It reminds me so much of transgendered people. If your parents/peers/etc say things like, "Your life would be so much easier if..." then you would you have to make the change all on your very lonesome (swim an ocean all on your own). Look at the song like the true self talking to the wrong sex and wrong gender that the parents/society have tried to build. And you can't hate that person because that's your past--always a part of you "I adore you still..."
    The lines "I will no longer understand" could mean 'I don't understand the members of the sex I was born as" and "I can not betray my kind"..."I can not pretend to be a boy/girl and act like the other is stupid".

    And then "way down underneath this skin is" is obvious...even though I could have sworn she said "weighed down".
    VictoriousGagaPonyon March 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Why do people post leaked lyrics? They're hardly ever completely correct. -_-

    The lyrics as indicated in the album jacket are:

    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, all the way down
    I will hear your voice
    but I'll no longer understand

    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
    I adore you still
    but I hear them calling
    and nothing can hold me

    (line spacing, punctuation, etc have been copied exactly)
    pallidityon October 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:Am I the only one who thought this song was sung from the perspective of a mermaid? Heh...it works for me.
    StarStream77on October 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning:I've figured it out!

    The song just before this is "Never Go Back" and Amy has confirmed that "Never Go Back" was inspired by the Japanese tsunami that occurred earlier this year. Well, I was listening to "Never Go Back" with that in mind and then "Swimming Home" came on and everything clicked.

    "Never Go Back" is from the perspective of someone losing the one they love in the tsunami.

    "Swimming Home" is from the point of view of the person drowning. A response to the previous song. It all makes sense.

    .~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.

    My Translation (for simplicity's sake, I'll make it a man and the "Never Go Back" person a woman):



    "Way down, I've been way down
    underneath this skin
    waiting to hear my name again"

    ----> He's sinking beneath the water, sinking way down, waiting for someone to help him.



    "I'm sorry
    nothing can hold me
    I adore you still
    but I hear them calling
    and nothing can hold me"

    ----> He doesn't want to leave his her, but there's nothing that can hold him to this life. He's telling her that he still loves her and that he's sorry that he can't stay, because he's being called to the other side.



    Way down, all the way down
    I will hear your voice
    but I'll no longer understand

    ----> Again, he's sinking down, down...he can hear her screaming for him, but the water muffles the sound and he can't understand what she's saying.



    "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"

    ----> He was hanging on, trying to stay afloat, trying to escape. He looked to the sky and knew that he wasn't going to be able to hold on. He was going to die. He was going to sink to the bottom, to what was once his home, now submerged in the ocean waves. His friends and family have already drowned and they're there, waiting for him.

    .~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.~*~.

    The Japanese tsunami broke my heart when it happened. I donated what little I could afford to them. So, listening to this song in that context brought me to tears. It's so incredibly sad, because I'm sure this exact scene had actually played out many times during the tsunami.
    Shapineappleon October 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:It really makes me think of a mermaid who's in love with a human. Especially the "I cannot betray my kind" bit.
    lesbomagneticfieldon October 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't think this song is about her sister or death at all. I think this song is to her husband. Amy took off five years from Evanescence so she could become a wife and a normal person for a while. But now she's "swimming home" back to Evanescence, and telling her husband how much she still loves him, but that she loves Evanescence still as well.

    "Way down, I've been way down
    underneath this skin
    waiting to hear my name again"

    She's hidden herself and evanescence under her skin, and pushed it down. But Evanescence is her, and she's been waiting for something to call her back to that life.

    "I'm sorry
    nothing can hold me
    I adore you still
    but I hear them calling
    and nothing can hold me"

    This is Amy telling her husband that she's decided to go back to the band and the rockstar life. He's held her in that life for a while, and she still loves him, but she hears the fans, the band, and whoever else calling her back. And maybe before she had reservations, but now she is committed to it.

    "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 cannot betray my kind" The musicians, the fans, the rockstars are her kind. She tried not living that life for a while, but now it's called her back. She's swimming on home, back to the stage, leaving her husband behind, but still loving him.
    PADLoKon October 21, 2011   Link

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