"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".
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.
This is what Amy said about the passing of her sister in a 2004 interview and how it inspired her to become an artist:
“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.”
- Evanescence - Going Under (Live at Rock Am Ring, 2003)
- Oei, Roland (August 2003). "Evanescence". PowerPlay (47): 9.
- Odell, Michael (April 2004). "Survivor". Blender
- 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.)"