"Understanding" is the sixth song on Evanescence EP.
The song is accredited to being Ben Moody's first song ever written, and the second song ever written by Evanescence. The audio clips in the song come from the movies My World Dies Screaming, also known as Terror in the Haunted House (1958), except the line "We're supposed to try... that is real" and "God, just don't hate me.. because I'll die if you do" which are from When a Man Loves a Woman (1994). Ben Moody on the song:
A lot of it developed by being elusive. The second song we ever wrote was this seven-minute, ridiculous Goth anthem called "Understanding." And for some reason, the local rock station decided to play it a lot. We gained this popularity around town, even though no one knew who we were or where to find us. It was because we could never afford to play a show -- it was just Amy and I -- and we couldn't pay any musicians.
A remixed version of the song with strings was to be released on a scrapped debut album titled Vanish in late 1998, but the idea was ultimately scrapped and merged into Origin.
Evanescence EP version
Sound Asleep EP version