Why ‘What You Want’ by Evanescence is heavily underrated.

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‘What you want’ song by Evanescence was released on 9th August 2011.

Song Meaning

The song as Amy explains is about freedom, freedom of choice, freedom of what you believe you deserve and aspire to achieve.

It’s about freedom – that’s definitely a constant theme on the record – but, it’s like Evanescence, and me, and my relationship with the music and the fans, and coming to that [realization] of ‘This is what I’m supposed to do … I want to do this,'” she said. “And when it says, ‘Remember who you really are,’ that’s exactly everything you could assume it means.”

Personally, this song hits quite hard in case of people who are stuck in jobs they are not passionate about. The song talks about how you can break free of the circumstances if you set your mind to it. Especially in situations like these, there are times when one finds it difficult to break through a situation. As we grow in age, one finds it hard to take leaps. So most people at that stage have given up at that point of time to go after their dreams.

Life is not as easy as people think it is. A lot of times, one has to fight to get what one wants. Also, it is important to know yourself and who you really are. You must understand what your purpose is and do what gives you satisfaction.

This is in my opinion the possible meainig behind the song.

Song Facts

The video for the song was filmed on July 30, 2011 in Brooklyn, New York.

Amy’s sister Carrie suggested to shoot the video in New York.

She just started saying things that were right on. She was like, ‘This should be in New York. You guys need to do something different, this song feels different.’ And she started talking about running across the Brooklyn Bridge, and it being where I live, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is great.

Amy on her sister Carrie suggesting about the video

The climactic scene, in which the band wades into the surf at New York’s Coney Island, was Amy’s idea.

That was my real part, I kind of came up with the ending; I feel like it’s a representation of us coming back to the world.


Evanescence collaborated and produced this song after 4 years from their previous single ‘Good Enough’. Interestingly, the chorus of the song starts of with ‘Hello, Hello Remember Me’ which is sort of like a reminder to the audience that used to listen to Evanescence.

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