"Secret Door" is the sixteenth and final track on the deluxe edition of American band Evanescence's self-titled third album. An alternate, stripped-down version of the song is also included on Synthesis.
"Secret Door" was written by Amy Lee and Will "Science" Hunt and originally reworked from the scrapped 2010 Steve Lillywhite sessions for the band's third album, along with "Made of Stone" and "Swimming Home." This scrapped album is referred to as "broken record" by Amy.
In an interview with Spin, Amy announced the name of three new songs included in the third album, among them was "Secret Door", a ballad played with the harp.
On a Spotify fan interview in 2012, Amy discussed the meaning of the song:
I was having a recurrent dream. When I woke up every time all I could remember was this round door, overgrown with ivy and a really strong feeling of love- for something through the door. I wrote the song about love within a dream and the idea that reality is only the one you choose.
Amy Lee's harp teacher, Kirsten Copely, played harp on the Synthesis reworking of the song.
- Amy Lee - vocals, harp, piano, songwriting
- Will B. Hunt - songwriting
- David Campbell - strings arrangement
- Antoine Silverman - strings contractor, concertmaster
- Dave Eggar - cello solo
- Nick Raskulinecz - production
- Randy Staub - mixing
- Amy Lee - vocals, songwriting
- Will B. Hunt - production, engineer, programming, songwriting
- Kirsten Copely - harp
- David Campbell - orchestral arrangements, conductor
- Alan Umstead - contractor, concertmaster
- Nashville Music Scoring Orchestra - orchestra
- Damian Taylor - mixing
- "You're getting it in pieces, and there are a few good bits left to go. Made of Stone, Secret Door and Swimming Home were from the broken record, and they went on the Ev self titled album. Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing was from that project and you've heard that now too, in Recover. I have a few left to show you when the time is right... Hi-lo is still one of my favorites. Love Will! We are working on another project right now!" (Amy Lee's Facebook Q&A on February 29, 2016)
- Spin: Amy Lee Talks Evanescence’s Comeback LP (April 13, 2011)
- http://twitvid.com/5U8B9 - ...Secret Door... (June 19, 2011)
- "EVANESCENCE - Inside Synthesis: Episode 3 - Harp"