"Lacrymosa" as written by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo....
I can't change who I am

Out on your own, cold and alone again
Can this be what you really wanted, baby?

Now that you're gone, feel like myself again
Grieving the things I can't repair and willing

Do not you blame it on me and set your guilt free
I don't wanna hold you back now

I can't change who I am, not this time
I won't lie to keep you near me
And in this short life there's no time to waste on giving up
My love wasn't enough

And you can blame it on me and set your guilt free
And I don't wanna hold you back now, love

Ooh ooh ooh

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"Lacrymosa" as written by Terry Balsamo Amy Lee


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    TranslationJust to help out with the Latin:

    "Lacrimosa dies illa" means "Tearful will be that day" or, in a rougher translation without the use of hyperbaton, "That day will be tearful."

    Yes, this song is definetly one of the most obviously religious ones of Evanescence if you can understand the Latin (which is actually a clever way to hide a religious meaning to be found almost only by the religious people who will get and appreciate it). Sadly, in this day and age, most people won't take religious bands seriously, so I think Amy Lee wanted to only put blatantly religious things in Latin as a sort of "Easter Egg" (heheh "Easter," I made a funny) for those Religious people who probably know enough Latin to recognize it as Latin and Wikipedia it. Another example of this is "Whisper."
    GiveMeYourFACEon January 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe spelling may be referring to something else, as well as the song. From what I have read on the Tool boards, lacrymosa refers to crying as a form of therapy. If that is correct, the song title itself could be a double reference, both to the classical music in the back, and to the tears she has cried.
    traviswrdunbaron September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about how unwilling amy is in accepting that maybe people have problems that don't have a thing to do with her.
    soooboredon December 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is freaking awesome. It was a redone version of Mozart's "Lacrimosa", and it simply turned out beautiful. The choir, the gigantic orchestra... pure genius.

    As for the meaning, I guess it's about how Amy (or whatever) feels bad and guilty for controlling someone's life and just wants to let them go now since she knew they were suffering. She's guilty, and that's what I see it as... but for the this song, the lyrics don't matter! If you stripped the voice of the song, it would be AWESOME!!! I wonder if they have a program that does that...

    Rori the Rockeron March 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLacrimosa is Latin for tearful or crying. If anyone wants to argue that fact, I have a Latin dictionary on my desk.
    SMUSER17174587on April 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe name Lacrymosa is part of the scientific name for a species of moth, Catocala Lacrymosa, also known as the 'Tearful Underwing'. If you have the CD, you will see that there is a moth motif on the cover and in the inner booklet.

    Also you may find this quote interesting:
    "I saw Amadeus when I was nine years old and fell in love with Mozart. The part of Mozart's Requiem called "Lacrimosa" is my favorite piece of music ever. I always wished we could cover it, but with programming and guitars and make it cool. It's our moment to try all the things I wanted to and couldn't, so I started messing with it in Protools. Terry wrote some riffs and turned it into this awesome metal epic."
    xenobia8on April 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat would Mozart think of this song?
    Guaschitaon April 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. The classical stuff is from a Mozart piece called "Lacrimosa", which was actually originally written in D minor, so Amy Lee helped the orchestra that did it for the song transpose it a whole step up to E minor to match the key of the song.
    A lacrymosa is also a type of moth: Catacola lacrymosa, which roughly translates in Latin as "The Tearful (or Weeping) Underwing", which is the moth's more common name. Just a little fact.
    weathergirl123on February 21, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionOut on your own
    cold and alone again
    can this be what you really wanted, baby?

    Blame it on me
    (Dies illa)
    set your guilt free
    nothing can hold you back now

    Now that you're gone
    I feel like myself again
    grieving the things I can't repair and willing...

    To let you blame it on me
    (Dies illa)
    and set your guilt free
    I don't want to hold you back now love

    I can't change who I am
    not this time, I won't lie to keep you near me
    and in this short life,
    there's no time to waste on giving up
    my love wasn't enough

    And you can blame it on me
    (Dies illa)
    just set your guilt free, honey
    I don't want to hold you back now love

    Lacrimosa ot lacrymosa means Requiem and it is religious, I'm not going into the whole whether she meant it for religious reasons or not but the whole songs seems to have a sort of take the blame from Jesus
    kind of Goth feel to it. in Mozart's Requiem he talks about the sadness of man and the pity for them on judgement day....My comment is so that people don't think its a love song, because I think its anything but a love song, its a song about bereavement and sorrow and plain Goth analogies about Christianity which could in fact be aimed at Ben.
    shia020on March 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWoooow! I have only listened to the preview, but I liked the lyrics, and if they're correct, then I think the music will be even better! I can't wait for October 3rd! I think what Amy means by the lyrics is that she's in a relationship with a guy and she wants her to change, and although he offers her love, it isn't enough..
    "I can't change who I am
    not this time, I wont lie to keep you near me
    and in this short life, there's no time to waste on giving up
    my love wasn't enough"
    And she has decided that this is it.
    Really cool lyrics!
    kool_056on September 05, 2006   Link

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