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"Cruel Summer"
Released March 26, 2021
Label BMG
Chronology
'The Bitter Truth'
"Blind Belief" "Cruel Summer" (Live From Home) "The Chain" (From "Gears 5")


"Cruel Summer" is a song originally by English-Irish girl group Bananarama that Evanescence covered in a acoustic livestream for Metal Hammer Germany on June 4, 2020. It was included as a bonus track on the Target Exclusive and Japanese editions of their fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth.

Background[]

Amy Lee and Troy McLawhorn took part of a livestream for Metal Hammer Germany in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and performed this cover song and "Wasted On You".

This is what Amy said about the song:

I don't know about you guys, but so many songs have seemed to take on a new and deeper meaning during this [COVID-19 pandemic] time, and that's one of those for me.

Video[]

Lyrics[]

Hot summer streets and the pavements are burning
I sit around
Trying to smile but the air is so heavy and dry
Strange voices are saying
What did they say?
Things I can't understand
It's too close for comfort
This heat has got right out of hand

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one

The city is crowded
My friends are away
And I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle
So I got to get up and go

Oh, it's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one

It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me, leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one
You're not the only one

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one

It's a cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
Leaving me here on my own
It's a cruel, cruel, cruel summer
Now you're gone
And you're not the only one
You're not the only one
You're not the only one

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