“My Heart Is Broken” is the second single off their self-titled comeback album, and when MTV News caught up with Amy on the video set in Los Angeles, she explained this video would be quite different from the album’s first video, “What You Want.”
So what’s the inspiration behind the concept of “My Heart Is Broken”? The 1988 British fantasy/horror film Paperhouse, which stuck with her since she first saw it as a teen.
“It’s about this girl, and everything that she would draw would come to life in her dreams, and she was creating this dream world for herself. And at first, it was cool, but then it’s like this nightmare. So I sort of thought it would apply, and be cool, to have it be this dream that you’re trapped in. So you’re in a place that, at first, is a magical world, but at the same time, you’re isolated and trapped there, and that’s the reason you want to come back to reality after a time. We’re playing with fiber optics, and so it’s basically like I’m drawing the world around me from nothingness, and when I draw things with my hands, it’s like they actually come to life. So it’s a lot of fun with creating this surreal dream world, and the guys’ performance is sort of like the dream within the dream, in an abyss of darkness; it’s very cool.”
But the song itself was actually inspired by some real and tragic occurances in our society: sex trafficking.
A friend of Evanescence started an organization in New York that helps rescue victims of sex trafficking.
“We were having conversations with her, and I was writing at the same time. And a lot of times when I write, I just sort of make up words, and something will stick, and I’ll be like, ‘Oh, that’s from my subconscious. That’s what I need to write the song about.’ And that sort of happened halfway through. I was like, ‘I think I’m writing about this thing, it’s on my heart,’ just imagining being in such a trapped place and how that might feel, so the song was actually inspired by that idea.”
We’re definitely looking forward to the “My Heart Is Broken” video and hopes it helps to raise a lot of awareness to our youth in the band’s notable creative ways.
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