Erase This is the sixth song on the third self-titled studio album, Evanescence. Its original title was "Vanilla."
Background and development
Working titles for the song were "Vanilla" and "Sharkfin Backpack". On April 12, 2011, Amy uploaded a video on TwitVid titled "Will Shreds" in which Will plays the last drum part of "Erase This".
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.
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".
- "Evanescence Track By Track (Part 1)". October 14, 2011. YouTube.
- Lee, Amy (April 12, 2011). "http://twitvid.com/L9GE5 - ...". Twitter. Archived on April 15, 2011.
- "Evanescence's Amy Lee - Billboard Live Q&A - Part 3/6". YouTube.
- "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."