"Cloud Nine" is the fifth song on the second studio album, The Open Door.
Background and recording
"Cloud Nine" was inspired by a break-up with Shaun Morgan which is present in the lines "If you want to live, let live/ If you want to go, let go/ What are we doing here?/ Because I can live without you." It uses strings, studio effects and Lee's "layered moaning."
Terry talked about how they recorded the song:
"If it’s something like the song "Cloud Nine," we got a cool drum beat that we liked. Then she came up with a vocal melody. It was cool because I just took the bass and started writing the bass line to the actual vocal melody. That was something different that I had never really done. We never really had any set way. If there was an idea, we would just do whatever we could to move forward with it."
- Amy Lee - vocals, piano, songwriting, lyricist, additional programming
- Terry Balsamo - guitar, songwriting
- Will Boyd - bass guitar
- Rocky Gray - drums
- Dave Fortman - production, mixing engineer
- David Campbell - strings arranger
- Seattlemusic - strings
- DJ Lethal - programming
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