A track from Evanescence's debut album, Fallen, lead singer Amy Lee wrote "Bring Me To Life" about Josh Hartzler, the man who would become her husband. When she met Hartzler, he was a friend of a friend: a total stranger who did not know her. Yet he could somehow "see inside her" and "bring her to life." "I was in a really bad place, relationally, and going through a really hard time," Lee said in her Songfacts interview. "He sat across from me when we went to reserve a table and he just looked me dead in the eye and said, 'Are you happy?' And it shocked my heart and I looked down and just started making up excuses. I choked on my words because I felt like I was completely outwardly acting normal, but inside in a lot of turmoil. And I felt like he could just see straight into my soul. That inspired the whole song. Years later I told him it was about him." It was a few years before Lee and Hartzler started dating. From 2003-2005 she had a high-profile relationship with Seether frontman Shaun Morgan, so many fans assumed the song was about him. Lee didn't say who it was about until later. Hartzler and Lee got married in 2007 and had a son, Jack, in 2014.
The band's lead guitarist Ben Moody and keyboard player David Hodges are co-writers on this song along with Lee. Moody offered his interpretation: "'Bring Me To Life' is about discovering something or someone that awakens a feeling inside them that they've never had before. You discover there is a world that is bigger than just your safe bubble."
This was the first single from Evanescence; it became a huge hit and launched their career. The song first appeared (along with "My Immortal") in the 2003 movie Daredevil, where it was used in a key scene where Elektra (Jennifer Garner) gets ready to kill Daredevil (Ben Affleck). The film was released in February 2003 and the song was included on the soundtrack. Fallen was issued in March, and "Bring Me To Life" came out as a single in April. The song reached its US chart peak of #5 in June and became one of the biggest songs of the summer. In the UK, the song was an even bigger hit, going to #1 in June and staying for four weeks.
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