Tourniquet
Evanescence Lyrics


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I tried to kill the pain
But only brought more
(So much more)
I lay dying
And I'm pouring, crimson regret, and betrayal

I'm dying
Praying
Bleeding
Screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?
My God! My tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God! My tourniquet
Return to me salvation

Do you remember me?
Lost for so long
Will you be on the other side?
Will you forget me?

I'm dying
Praying
Bleeding
Screaming

Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God! My tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God! My tourniquet
Return to me salvation

(Return to me salvation)
(I want to die!)

My God! My tourniquet
Return to me salvation
My God! My tourniquet
Return to me salvation

My wounds cry for the grave
My soul cries, for deliverance




Will I be denied?
Christ! Tourniquet! My suicide

Overall Meaning

The song “Tourniquet” by Evanescence is a dark, emotional and hauntingly beautiful piece of music. The lyrics capture the suffocating emotional pain of someone who is desperately trying to cope with betrayal and regrets. The song begins with the singer expressing an attempt to numb the pain, but only ends up causing more agony. The following line “I lay dying and pouring crimson regret and betrayal” represents the feeling of being lost in one’s own misery and pain, but still struggling to find a resolution. Then comes the repeated verses expressing the pain through dying and bleeding, while crying out to be saved, and the question of whether it is too late to be saved.


The singer here is seeking redemption, asking whether they are too lost to be saved, and missing a personal connection. They are feeling lost, hopeless, and wondering whether they will be remembered on the other side. The chorus contains a plea to God, and their tourniquet is their lifeline, where they seek salvation. As the song progresses, it becomes even darker and poignant. The singer feels like their wounds are crying for the grave and they plead for deliverance. In the end, the final line, “Christ! Tourniquet! My Suicide” can be interpreted as a search for a way out of the current trauma, where the singer may be losing all hopes and thoughts of self-harming.


Line by Line Meaning

I tried to kill the pain
I attempted to alleviate my suffering


But only brought more
But instead, I created additional suffering


(So much more)
(And the amount of pain increased significantly)


I lay dying
As I am on the brink of death


And I'm pouring, crimson regret, and betrayal
I am experiencing feelings of intense regret and hurt from being betrayed


Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I beyond the point of being able to find redemption?


My God! My tourniquet
I am begging for divine intervention to save me


Return to me salvation
Please bring back my sense of hope and rescue me


Do you remember me?
Are you still aware of my existence?


Lost for so long
I have been feeling lost and disconnected for quite some time


Will you be on the other side?
Will you be waiting for me after I pass on?


Will you forget me?
Will you eventually forget about me and our relationship?


My wounds cry for the grave
I feel as though my physical and emotional wounds are too much to bear and I deserve death


My soul cries, for deliverance
My innermost self is crying out for relief and escape from my pain


Christ! Tourniquet! My suicide
I am contemplating ending my life as a last resort to end my suffering




Lyrics © Capitol CMG Publishing, Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Written by: BEN MOODY, AMY LEE, DAVID HODGES, WILLIAM GRAY

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@bryanrandrad9577

Lyrics:

I tried to kill the pain
But only brought more
(So much more)
I lay dying and I'm pouring
Crimson regret and betrayal

I'm dying, praying, bleeding and screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me, salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me, salvation

Do you remember me?
Lost for so long
Will you be on the other side
Or will you forget me?

I'm dying, praying, bleeding and screaming
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me, salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me, salvation

(I want to die)

My God, my tourniquet
Return to me, salvation
My God, my tourniquet
Return to me, salvation

My wounds cry for the grave
My soul cries for deliverance
Will I be denied, Christ?
Tourniquet
My suicide



All comments from YouTube:

@archvile1313

Still can't believe how come this song never had a music video, same for my last breath. That album was an absolute masterpiece.

@ggmode9819

well this song is kind of a christian song, back then, mainstream rock culture does not really like christian thingy

@chrishoefer9732

There was one made for this song

@nikolasd7387

@@ggmode9819 You are wrong, Tourniquet was neither intended nor meant to be a Christian song, it is dedicated to a girl who committed suicide, the lyrics were written on paper, supposedly her last words. The song is addressed to the soul that left unfairly, Evanescence created the song in memory of the girl who committed suicide.

The song's lyrics are about a young woman who is struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. She feels like she is trapped in a dark place and that there is no way out. She eventually decides to end her life.

The song is a powerful and emotional ballad that addresses the issue of suicide. It is a reminder that suicide is a serious problem and that it is important to reach out for help if you are struggling.

@drum57ix49

​@nikolasd7387 pretty much the whole album really. It always seemed like it was telling a story of fighting depression, unaliving, and the afterlife

@SyndicateRC

@@nikolasd7387Evanescence's song "Tourniquet" is a cover of the Soul Embraced song "My Tourniquet". A christian melodic death metal band. Rocky Gray (the drummer of Evanescence) played in that band as well as in Living Sacrifice, another christian metal band.

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@carlospaine4104

"Am I too lost to be saved",
"Do you remember me, lost for so long",
"Will you be on the other side, will you forget me?"
I feel these questions deeply in my being/existence, that's why this melody resonates for all of us who are trying to understand life beyond us.

@SleepyAlien-qe2ov

Yes, that's right

@Amaterasu-zl5yh

I ask myself these questions everyday

@dominic.archer

This song gives me chills, my absolute favourite from the Fallen album.

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