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"Lacrymosa"

The Open Door

Synthesis

Released September 25, 2006 (The Open Door)
November 10, 2017 (Synthesis)
Length 3:38 (The Open Door)
3:42 (Synthesis)
Producers Dave Fortman (The Open Door)
Will Hunt, Amy Lee (Synthesis)
Label Wind-up Records
Chronology
"Snow White Queen" "Lacrymosa" "Like You"

"Lacrymosa" is the seventh track from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door. An alternate, more orchestral version of the song is also included on Synthesis.

BackgroundEdit

"Lacrymosa" was written by Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo, produced by Dave Fortman, and recorded in a chapel near Seattle, Washington. In a number of interviews, Lee revealed that everyone asked about a collaboration between her and Mozart.[1] She further stated that she always wanted to make Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem a metal song, later adding that The Open Door was "the time for that, for trying things I hadn't been brave enough to try before."[2] In an interview with VH1 News, Lee further explained the inspiration behind the song: "I saw Amadeus when I was nine years old and fell in love with Mozart. The part of Mozart's Requiem called "Lacyrmosa" [sic] is my favorite piece of music ever. I always wished we could cover it, but with programming and guitars and make it cool. It's our moment to try all the things I wanted to and couldn't, so I started messing with it in Protools. Terry wrote some riffs and turned it into this awesome metal epic."[3]

When the song was re-recorded for Synthesis, Amy explained it was a natural choice to do it on the orchestral album:[4]

The original was based on Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and the movie Amadeus, which is why it was a natural choice to include. It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time before we did it on The Open Door album. ‘Lacrymosa’ is one of my favorite pieces of classical music. I’ve always been proud of the song. To do it now, and get to pump up the orchestra and classical music aspect of it, feels really good. I threw in a little bit of opera in there instead of the choir in the original. I feel like it’s a cool piece of who I am. Not on a corny level, just a teeny-tiny taste.

LyricsEdit

Out on your own
Cold and alone again
Can this be what you really wanted, baby?

Blame it on me
Set your guilt free
Nothing can hold you back now

Now that you're gone
I feel like myself again
Grieving the things I can't repair and willing

To let you blame it on me
And set your guilt free
I don't want to hold you back now, love

I can't change who I am

Not this time, I won't lie to keep you near me
And in this short life
There's no time to waste on giving up
My love wasn't enough

And you can blame it on me
Just set your guilt free, honey
I don't want to hold you back now, love

I can't change who I am

Out on your own
Cold and alone again
Can this be what you really wanted, baby?

Now that you're gone
I feel like myself again
Grieving the things I can't repair and willing

To let you blame it on me
And set your guilt free
I don't want to hold you back now, love

I can't change who I am

Not this time, I won't lie to keep you near me
And in this short life
There's no time to waste on giving up
My love wasn't enough

And you can blame it on me
Just set your guilt free
I don't want to hold you back now, love

VideosEdit

Trivia Edit

  • Some parts of Lacrimosa in the song have already been used in "Anything For You".
  • On early lyrics of the bridge, Amy would sing "there's no time to waste on digging up my own grave" instead of "giving up- my love wasn't enough".[5]

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