"Take Cover" is a leftover song from the ill-fated, initial sessions for the band's third album, Evanescence, in 2010 with producer Steve Lillywhite that made its debut live on October 28, 2016.


In the light of the release of The Ultimate Collection boxset in 2016, the band decided to play a new song for the fans in the 2016 U.S. Fall Tour.

We are playing a new song live right now. We got together for rehearsals and we really focused this tour on the fans and the history of the band. Kind of in light of this whole box set theme, we wanted to do everything that the fans want and not just what we felt like doing. It has been so fulfilling and so fun. When we got together the guys were really strongly supportive of it, we had a song in the bank. And we were like, ‘You know what the fans would really love is a new song. That’s all they ever ask for.’ So we knocked the dust off an old song called Take Cover that we had in the bank for a while and we loved it. It’s one of our favourite moments every night on the tour. I think they like it a lot. I posted the lyrics on Facebook and now I get at least five people in the front row mouthing along, which is extra fun.[1]

Before performing the song each night, Amy said that it's "dedicated to everyone who tried to tear this band apart from the inside out."

Amy was asked about the song in Kerrang! interview in December 2016:

When we were getting ready for this tour we were asking, 'What should we do with the set list?' I forget who said it first, but someone said, 'You know what fans want the most is a new song!' So I was like, 'What about Take Cover?' It was one of the songs that totally could have made it to the last album, but there were too many good songs and it just didn't make it - it was right at the top of the pile. So we tried it, and it was one of the best moments of every night because it has major attitude. And I think that's cool, it's a nice way to experiment song-wise, see how the fans react, how we feel.[2]

Lillywhite confirmed on his Twitter that the song belonged to his sessions with the band that took place in a New York studio from February 22, 2010 to April that same year.[3] However, they were scrapped by the label because "they thought it didn't sound like Evanescence."[4] Amy also confirmed it in a BUILD Series interview in 2017[5]:

We made “Take Cover” before the last album. So as probably for the people in this room must to know that when we made Ev3, before we put it out, we were working on a project that was like another version of it that didn’t work out and then we went back and wrote a bunch of more songs and included some of those. But we mostly made a new record that was full-on rock. It was this other style thing. So in “Take Cover” you can probably hear that the style is a little bit different, it’s a little bit more attitude. I don’t know how to define it exactly, but it comes from that batch of songs, same as “Made of Stone” and “Swimming Home.” We have a little pile of songs that’s like, ‘This is gonna be awesome someday when we find the right home’ and “Take Cover” was on the top of the pile.


By the way that you talk to me
I can see the lie you're dreaming I'll believe
By the way, don't you forget who you are now
cause that's not your name

You'd better take cover
(Cause I'm on my way now)
I'm coming back to take your world down
Move over, if you can
Or you're gonna wish that you did

Slave to your insecurity
That's what drove you down in the first place
but you haven't learned a thing
Caught in your thick web of lies
Gonna be the bitch you make me out to be

Oh you'd better take cover
(Nothing you can say now)
You underestimated my wrath
Move over, if you can
I'm gonna give the love back

Take cover
(Cause I'm on my way now)
I'm gonna have to take you all down
Move over, if you can
Or you're gonna wish that you did



  1. Lach, Stef (November 16, 2016). "Evanescence inspired by reaction to new song Take Cover". LOUDER
  2. "It's a Kerristmas miracle!". December 2016. Kerrang!.
  3. Lillywhite, Steve (October 31, 2016). "it was !!!". Twitter
  4. Celebrity Interview Steve Lillywhite (2013)
  5. Amy Lee Discusses Her New Single, "Speak To Me". (March 20, 2017)

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