Amy Lee revealed that the man who is now her husband was the inspiration behind Evanescence’s 2003 breakout hit “Bring Me To Life.”
Lee said in a new interview with Sonic Seducer (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), “I remember what I wrote ‘Bring Me To Life’ about, because I wrote it about my current husband before we were married. There was this moment — I was in a tough place and in a bad relationship. And my husband now, Josh, at the time was just a friend and a person that I barely knew; it was maybe the third or fourth time we’d ever met. And we went in to go grab a seat at a restaurant while our friends parked the car. And we sat across from each other, and he looked at me and he just said, ‘So, are you happy?'”
Lee continued, “And it took me so off guard, and I just felt like it pierced my heart, because I felt like I had been pretending really well, and it was, like, somebody could see through me. And then that whole first verse came out of it: ‘How can you see into my eyes, like open doors.’ It really made me feel and recognize the sense of yearning that I had to get to a better place. And it really kind of set me out on a journey.”
She concluded, “And it’s amazing that that became the song, the first song that broke us on to the scene and made everyone hear of us, because it was about something — I don’t know — something so personal that I was recognizing in my life.”
“Bring Me To Life” would peak on the Billboard Hot 100 at number five and would earn Evanescence a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.