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"Never Go Back" is the eleventh track on American band Evanescence's self-titled third album. An alternate, stripped-down version of the song is also included on Synthesis.

BackgroundEdit

In an interview with MTV News, Amy Lee revealed that the song is about the 2011 Tōhoku disasters in Japan: "Never Go Back was actually inspired by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. While we were writing a bunch of music at pre-production that was going on. And I just remember, you know, we were just watching the news and looking at all these pictures on the internet, and just like... I was just inspired and feeling a lot of feelings, just of empathy and sympathy, and just sort of like 'wow, what would that be like'... you know. Putting myself in the situation in my head. Sort of accidentally I guess, when I do the thing where I go home and do my homework, and work on the lyrics. I just sort of was writing without thinking about why and after a minute I was like 'oh okay, I'm thinking about Japan, and I'm singing about Japan'. Like, why not just let this song be that story. So, it's about losing everything, you know, and about life beyond your control."[1][2]

LyricsEdit

Everything is so dark, and I know there's something wrong
But I can't turn the light on
In that split second change, when you knew we couldn't hold on
I realized I live to love you

Save yourself, don't look back
Tearing us apart until it's all gone
The only world I've ever known sleeps beneath the waves
But I remember

I won't give up on you, I can feel you in my heart
Just show me the way, I don't belong here alone
I can still see your face where it's burned into my mind
I die every time
I close my eyes, you're always there

Save yourself, don't look back
Tearing us apart until it's all gone
The only world I've ever known sleeps beneath the waves
But I'm the one who's drowning
Without your love, I am lost
And I can never go back home

All across the ocean
We are calling, calling
Are, are you there?
Nothing left for me 'til I find you

Because it's all gone
The only world I've ever known
Sleeps beneath the waves
But I'm the one who's drowning
Without your love I am lost
And I can never go back, ah
I can never go back home

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