"Erase This"
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Released October 7, 2011
Length 3:55
Producers Nick Raskulinecz
Label Wind-up Records
Chronology
Evanescence
"The Other Side" "Erase This" "Lost in Paradise"

Erase This is the sixth song on the third self-titled studio album, Evanescence. Its original title was "Vanilla."

Background and development[edit | edit source]

Working titles for the song were "Vanilla" and "Sharkfin Backpack".[1] On April 12, 2011, Amy uploaded a video on TwitVid titled "Will Shreds" in which Will plays the last drum part of "Erase This".[2]

Amy said this was one of the last songs to be finished on the album, because she was still writing the lyrics throughout the recording process.[1]

In a live Q&A, Amy stated that she started writing this song with Terry around June 2010. She further said that they couldn't come up with a chorus for a song, and Nick Raskulinecz had the idea to combine the verse and chorus from two separate songs together, making "Erase This".[3][4]

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

It’s too late to change your mind
Even though this fragile world is
Tearing apart at the seams

I can’t wash these sins away
This sinking feeling everyday
I’m waking up in someone else’s life

Is it so hard for you?
‘Cause it’s so hard for me
To believe that what we dreamed
Could ever come to life again
‘Cause I cannot erase this lie

I’m not gonna let this day go by
I’m gonna save this wasted life
And nothing can stand in my way

Not enough to say goodbye
Burn it 'til there’s nothing left
I'm drowning in the mess that I have made

Is it so hard for you?
‘Cause it’s so hard for me
To believe that what we dreamed
Could ever come to life again
‘Cause I cannot erase this darkness in me

The water’s rising around us
There is no other way down
I only have myself to blame
For it all, all

Is it so hard for you?
‘Cause it’s so hard for me
To believe that what we dreamed
Could ever come to life again
If I could just erase my mind
But I cannot erase this lie


References
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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Evanescence Track By Track (Part 1)". October 14, 2011. YouTube.
  2. Lee, Amy (April 12, 2011). "http://twitvid.com/L9GE5 - ...". Twitter. Archived on April 15, 2011.
  3. "Evanescence's Amy Lee - Billboard Live Q&A - Part 3/6". YouTube.
  4. "Nick had this awesome crazy idea of combining like two separate songs that we had that were sort of like, they both had awesome parts but weren’t awesome completed songs. So we took like the awesome verse of one and the awesome chorus of another and smash them together. I actually think that part of us really cool about the song for me is the feeling of the shift between the verse and the chorus because they didn’t originally belong together."


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