"Better Without You"
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Released March 5, 2021
Length 4:05
Producers Nick Raskulinecz
Label BMG
Chronology
'The Bitter Truth'
"Wasted on You" "Better Without You" "Use My Voice"

"Better Without You" is the seventh track on Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth. It was released on March 5, 2021 as the fifth single from the album.

Background[edit | edit source]

The existence of this title was known in August 2020 when producer Nick Raskulinecz posted a photo of Will Hunt's drums in which this song title is written on a drum snare along with "Take Cover".[1] On December 4, 2020 it was confirmed to be the seventh track on the album when the official tracklist was announced.[2]

A snippet of the song was heard in a new promo video of The Bitter Truth released in February 2021, as identified by fans using Shazam.[3] On March 1, 2021 the band previewed the song in a puzzle game in which fans had to solve it to hear the song and enter for a chance to hear the song for the first time during a private Q&A with Amy Lee.[4][5]

Amy explained on Twitter that the song is "about overcoming. Refusing to be held down and making my own way."[6] This has to do with her relationship with former label Wind-Up who controlled her artistic freedom and also scrapped Evanescence's first attempt at their self-titled third album. Many interpreted the wind-up music box used throughout the song as a hint to Wind-Up, hence the label's name.

She explained on an Instagram post that the song is about what she went through and had to overcome in the music industry:[7]

This song is about my journey, and some of what I had to overcome to get where I am, and where our band is, today. I’ve fought many battles for my self and my music which are very intertwined (some of them internal). Each verse is for a different obstacle along the way, starting in the past and ending in the present. There are parts of my story you don’t know unless you know me, and yes, V2 is for some of my experiences in the industry, but don’t get it twisted- this is deeper and darker than that. Obviously I still have some things from way back to get off my chest. I hope it serves to empower others who have been made to feel powerless.

Don’t let the voices telling you you’re not good enough live in your head. Don’t let them write your story. Don’t ever let fear stop you from being who you were born to be. That fear... I am. We are. Better without you.

In her Kerrang! cover story on March 10, 2021, Amy discussed the song:

“The song is really hard… I can’t lie in the music. And over time, that’s become truer and truer. I’m peeling away more of the layers of imagery and really being specific at times just saying what I really need to get off my chest. Some of what I’m saying are things that I’m not comfortable breaking down and explaining, because I don’t want to bring up old drama. Better Without You is a difficult song to describe and go into detail about. And so is Yeah Right, actually.”

Better Without You, that’s real and in-the-moment. It’s not like there’s one big secret [person] to blame. Better Without You talks about all the obstacles along the way, moving from the past into the present time. I have different parts of the song that are assigned to different people and entities in my mind. But I don’t think calling people out when I’ve already defeated all my monsters along the way is really something I want to do.”[8]

The "We're fallen" line in the bridge is a intentional reference to the band's debut album, Fallen.[9]

Music video[edit | edit source]

On March 23, 2021 during a Zoom call for the listening party of The Bitter Truth, Amy confirmed that a music video will be filmed and directed by Eric D. Howell, who previously directed "Use My Voice". Filming and production began on March 25 and wrapped on the 28th. It premiered on April 16 at 12PM PST.

The music video uses references from past albums and eras, but Amy didn't confirm any of them, saying it was fun to see fans interpreting all the "little references". She said the dress worn by the ghost dancer who follows her in the video was inspired by the underwater dress she worn in "Going Under."[10]

Evanescence_-_Better_Without_You_(Official_Music_Video)

Evanescence - Better Without You (Official Music Video)


Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Stand in front, but shut up till I tell you to go
Don't get caught up in pretend 'cause you're not in control
'Cause this is my world, little girl, you'd be lost on your own
Just hating and waiting and saving up

I'll do you a favor and save you if you sign on the line
Don't worry your pretty little head about the future, it's all fine
Whether you're wrong or you're right,
Doesn't matter you're light up to the fight
Keeping my head down
'Cause they don't know what I know now

As empires fall to pieces
Our ashes twisting in the air
It makes me smile to know that
I'm better without you

Now look around and remember your friends if you can
Feeding the flames till there's no one to blame, it's on your hands
Lost in the lies, pay the price with our lives, you've gone mad
And there's no way out
'Cause we all know you're hollow

As empires fall to pieces
Our ashes twisting in the air
It makes me smile to know that
I'm better without you

Not enough, not enough
Not enough to throw it all away
We'd still be falling, we're fallen
Turn it up, turn it up
Never gonna shut me up again
Your time is over
It's over now!

As empires fall to pieces
Our ashes twisting in the air
It makes me smile to know that
I'm, I'm better without you

Audio[edit | edit source]

Credits[edit | edit source]

  • Amy Lee - vocals, piano, additional programming, lyricist, songwriting
  • Troy McLawhorn - guitar, songwriting
  • Jen Majura - guitar, songwriting
  • Tim McCord - bass guitar, songwriting
  • Will Hunt - drums, songwriting
  • Tiago Nunez - programming
  • Will Science - additional programming
  • Nick Raskulinecz - production, mixing, songwriting
  • Nathan Yarborough - recording engineer (at Rock Falcon Studio, TN)
  • Logan Greeson - assistant recording engineer
  • Ted Jensen - mastering engineer

References[edit | edit source]


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