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Released March 4, 2003
Length 3:40
Producers Dave Fortman
Label Wind-up Records
"Taking Over Me" "Hello" "My Last Breath"

"Hello" is the ninth track on the first studio album, Fallen. It is (along with "Like You") one of the two songs which are known to be about Amy Lee's sister who passed away in 1987 of an unknown illness.


The song was developed during the 2001-2002 demos and later released as track #9 on Fallen. It is the only Fallen song to date that has never been performed in a concert, because of the personal subject matter. However, a theme from the song has been used in the beginning of a few live shows in 2003 as the intro to the song "Going Under".[1]

Amy said this is one of the songs on Fallen that she's proud of and it's the only song on the album that can make her cry.[2]

This is what Amy said about the passing of her sister in a 2004 interview and how it inspired her to become an artist:[3]

“When that happened, my whole perception of life changed. It sounds stupid, but that was when I became an artist. The music is my attempt to heal myself. Things like that can destroy you, or you can get through it.” Lee’s gray-blue eyes fill with tears. Her voice wobbles. […] She says she won’t reveal her sister’s name, because it would be too weird to see it in print. It would upset her mother, she says, and – you never know – fans might try to find her grave.

“My sister’s death taught me how short life can be, and it has driven me to achieve things. I have a list of 50 things I want to achieve. Not necessarily in entertainment, just personal goals. Life's fragility drives me on.”

The song was played in a different key in the beginning of "The In-Between" from the 2017 orchestral album, Synthesis.[4]


Playground school bell rings again
Rain clouds come to play again
Has no one told you she's not breathing?
Hello, I'm your mind
Giving you someone to talk to, hello

If I smile and don't believe
Soon I know I'll wake from this dream
Don't try to fix me, I'm not broken
Hello, I'm the lie
Living for you so you can hide, don't cry

Suddenly I know I'm not sleeping
Hello, I'm still here
All that's left of yesterday



  1. Evanescence - Going Under (Live at Rock Am Ring, 2003)
  2. Oei, Roland (August 2003). "Evanescence". PowerPlay (47): 9.
  3. Odell, Michael (April 2004). "Survivor". Blender
  4. From Synthesis tour program: "this piece begins with slowly evolving memories of songs that didn’t make their way onto Synthesis in full. (See if you can guess which.)"