Everybody's Fool
Lyrics Evanescence

Perfect by nature
Icons of self-indulgence
Just what we all need
More lies about a world that

Never was and never will be
Have you no shame? Don't you see me?
You know you've got everybody fooled

Look here she comes now
Bow down and stare in wonder
Oh how we love you
No flaws when you're pretending
But now I know she

Never was and never will be
You don't know how you've betrayed me
And somehow you've got everybody fooled

Without the mask where will you hide?
Can't find yourself lost in your lie

I know the truth now
I know who you are
And I don't love you anymore

It never was and never will be
You don't know how you've betrayed me
And somehow you've got everybody fooled

It never was and never will be
You're not real and you can't save me
Somehow now you're everybody's fool

Song facts

"Everybody's Fool" is the fourth and final single from the album Fallen by Evanescence. The song is, according to Amy Lee, about fake celebrities who strip and sell their bodies for publicity, though it could also be interpreted that the song is about celebrities who have completely false images. It has been misinterpreted as a message against Christian faith. The unifying theme of the video is that of somebody merely peddling lies.

After the release of third Fallen single "My Immortal", there wasn't any news from Evanescence. Rumours started going around that "Imaginary" (track 7 on Fallen) would be their last single released from that album. After release dates changing over and over again, everyone was surprised when "Everybody's Fool" was released (in "Episode #101", the first episode of MTV2's Video Mods, which first aired in 2004, "Everybody's Fool" was portrayed as performed by Rayne, the main character of the BloodRayne video games).

"Imaginary" was one of the very early songs written by Evanescence and was a local favorite from their small following in Little Rock. The first released version is on the Evanescence EP released in 1998, and was intended to be released as the fourth single. However, due to a decision made by Evanescence's record label, Wind-Up Records, "Everybody's Fool" was made the fourth single instead.

"Everybody's Fool" had a demo version which featured a different bridge (with a mechanical-sounding voice, not unlike the one featured on "Understanding"), and small portions of slightly distorted voices on the vocal track.

The video, directed by Philipp Stölzl and filmed in Los Angeles during mid-April 2004, is a live action video that portrays the life of a model (played by Amy Lee) for the "Lies" company, selling things like pizza, perfume, an energy drink and a doll. She is shown being glamorous in her commercials and advertisements, but is portrayed as living an opposite lifestyle. She lives alone in an apartment, where she drinks a lot, and towards the end of the video she is shown singing/screaming at a billboard of herself looking amazing, saying that the model side of her isn't "real and you can't save me", and that everybody is oblivious to how she really lives ("you know you've got everybody fooled").


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