Broken Pieces Shine

From The Evanescence Reference

Across the Universe*
All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Artifact/The Turn
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Better Without You
Blind Belief
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Broken Pieces Shine
Call Me When You're Sober
Cloud Nine
End of the Dream
Erase This
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Far From Heaven
Farther Away
Feeding the Dark
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
If You Don't Mind
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Part of Me
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Snow White Queen
So Close
Sweet Sacrifice
Swimming Home
Take Cover
Taking Over Me
The Chain*
The Change
The End
The Game is Over
The In-Between
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Unknown Title
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Yeah Right
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs

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General Information

Written by: A. Lee, J. Majura, T. McCord, T. McLawhorn, W. Hunt

Broken Pieces Shine is the second track from Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth. The song was conceived by Amy Lee and Jen Majura during a spot of grocery shopping in Canada in 2019, as explained by Amy on her Kerrang! cover story in March 2021:[1]

Vin1.jpg “We were in Canada on a writing camp trip out in the woods in 2019,” recalls Amy, before noting how the hunter-gatherer duties in the band were split. ​“The men went to go get music stuff that we forgot, like a snare stand and whatever else, and the women went to the grocery store (laughs). On the way back, we were just showing each other ideas in the car on our phones, little pre-recorded demos and stuff. Jen had this really cool idea that turned into that chugging verse music. I just started rewinding it and singing on it over and over.

I see Broken Pieces Shine as an anthem for us and our fans. From the beginning, I visualised us onstage in that ​‘together moment’. It’s about letting yourself fall apart, letting those flaws become the things that we not only accept about ourselves, but also embrace. To be your true self rather than holding it in is truly freeing. We have things about us that we may see as flaws, but just change your perspective a little bit – our flaws can be our superpowers. That’s what makes us different. That’s what makes us unique.”

It’s a song about the pain and beauty of survival, the wisdom bred from suffering, the grace that can be found in the acceptance of what is. In so many ways, Amy Lee has learned these lessons the hard way…


This song was heard in Amy Lee's CBS This Morning interview on August 26, 2020 when it showed her working on Pro Tools in her home studio.[2]

Vin1.jpg "I think something that I've learned over time with our fans is that our music represents a free place to allow yourself to fall apart. ['Broken Pieces Shine'] is a celebration of that. It's about allowing all the parts of yourself to shine, and remembering and embracing the parts of your life that have been hard so that we can truly appreciate the beauty and not lose the things that we've learned."[3] Vin2.jpg

In an interview with Loudwire, Amy explained the first line of the song:

Vin1.jpg "It's like I see somebody face-down on the ground standing back up again and dusting off, clawing back up and then starting to walk forward and refuse to just lay there and die."[4] Vin2.jpg

On July 14, 2021, the band released a live performance on YouTube. Watch it here.


Studio Version

Broken Pieces Shine

BPS #7.1 [The Bitter Truth Evolution][5]

Live Version

Broken Pieces Shine (Driven to Perform Livestream Concert by Cooper Tire)

  • Performing period: May 13, 2021
  • Example: Driven to Perform Livestream Concert by Cooper Tire, Nashville, TN, USA

Broken Pieces Shine [Live]

  • Performing period: November 5, 2021 - December 11, 2021; January 14 - December 14, 2022; 2023
  • Example: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, USA (November 5, 2021)


Three, two, one, zero

There is no way back this time
What is real and what is mine?
Oh, survival hurts

Lose myself or lose my mind
Every time I close my eyes
Oh, survival hurts

But I keep breathing in

I'm alive
I'm not fine
I don't know if I will be alright
But I have to try
I know you're with me, so what if we do fall apart?
Give into all that we are
And let all the broken pieces shine (Shine, shine, shine...)

Shuttered inside, looking out
Everything's turned upside down
Oh, we're not the first

How can we ever be us?
Wondering who we can trust
Oh, survival hurts

But I'm not giving in

I'm alive
I'm not fine
I don't know if I will be alright
But I have to try
I know you're with me, so what if we do fall apart?
Give into all that we are
And let all the broken pieces come alive

I don't know if I will ever be alright
But I have to try...
And I know you're with me
So what if we do fall apart?
Shamelessly be who we are
And let all the broken pieces shine

Oh, oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh (I'm alive)
Let all the broken pieces shine
Let all the broken pieces shine
Let all the broken pieces shine
Let all the broken pieces shine
Let all the broken pieces... shine

The Bitter Truth Evolution demo

Going out of time
Can you still hear me?
Or is this in my mind?
I need you near me
I can't get you out of my head
Still singing songs for the dead
Baby, 'cause broken champs still shine

Let all the bro-, let all the broken pieces shine
Let all the broken pieces shine