Erase This

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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Genneral information

Written by: A. Lee, T. Balsamo, T. McCord, T. McLawhorn and W. Hunt

Erase This is the sixth track from Evanescence's third studio album, Evanescence. Working titles for the song were "Vanilla"[1] and "Sharkfin Backpack".[2] On April 12, 2011, Amy uploaded a video on TwitVid titled "Will Shreds" in which Will plays the last drum part of "Erase This".[3][4]

In a track-by-track interview with, Amy said:

Vin1.jpg "Erase This" used to be called "Vanilla", also we're getting used to that name. This was one of the very last ones to finish. I was writing the lyrics throughout the recording process, like I'd always have homework at night. Would be working in the studio and going for it and I'd be going home and finishing lyrics to songs before we got there, which was crazy. I'm not really like that, there's always a little bit of writing going on in the studio but for me I usually have the songs really mapped out vocally before we go in.

But since we did so much writing in that pre-production phase, I had a lot of lyrics to write. The lyrics take me the longest, like, we'd come up with the music and the melodies but then I have to really spent some serious deep thinking time alone.[1]


In a live Q&A, Amy stated that she started writing this song with Terry around June 2010. She further said that they couldn't come up with a chorus for a song, and Nick Raskulinecz had the idea to combine the verse and chorus from two separate songs together, making Erase This.[5]

In an interview with Italian Metal Hammer in October 2011, Amy talked about working on the song:

Vin1.jpg Take into account that up to a certain point in the recordings, we had a structure for that song, but we still didn't have the chorus. We basically rehearsed and rehearsed it in at least four different sessions, between September 2010 and March of this year, and finally managed to record it just a few days before the end of recordings. Why didn't we turn it into an outtake? Well, because the band believed in it.... We felt there was something worthwhile in that harmony and so we racked our brains to the last![6] Vin2.jpg

In another interview, it was revealed the song had three different demos before being finished.

Vin1.jpg It went through three different demos with three different titles; it was born in June 2010 with a duet between me and Terry, but we couldn't get out of it. We put it aside in September, when we brought it back together with the rest of the band. We went on for a long time, but we couldn't finish it. We picked it up at least two more times and only finished it in pre-production... I think it was March of this year! It was a real work of construction: take the chorus, change the key, attach that other piece to it... and in the end a great beautiful song came out, whose best aspect is precisely the glimpse of the patchwork from which it was born.[7] Vin2.jpg

The song was performed live for the first time on January 13, 2012 at the Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC during the Evanescence Tour. Watch a performance of the song here.


Studio versions:

Erase This

  • Recording Date: April 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Evanescence (track #6)
  • Length: 3:52

Live versions:

Erase This [Live]

  • Performing period: January 13 - January 28, 2012; November 2015; May 2, April 30, 2016
  • Example: Tabernacle, Atlanta, Georgia (January 14)


It’s too late to change your mind
Even though this fragile world
Is tearing apart at the seams
I can’t wash these sins away
This sinking feeling every day
I’m waking up in someone else’s life

Is it so hard for you?
‘Cause it’s so hard for me
To believe that what we dreamed
Could ever come to life again
‘Cause I cannot erase this lie

I’m not gonna let this day go by
I’m gonna save this wasted life
And nothing can stand in my way
Not enough to say goodbye
Burn it 'til there’s nothing left
I'm drowning in the mess that I have made

Is it so hard for you?
‘Cause it’s so hard for me
To believe that what we dreamed
Could ever come to life again
‘Cause I cannot erase this darkness in me

The water’s rising around us
There is no other way down
I only have myself to blame
For it all, all

Is it so hard for you?
‘Cause it’s so hard for me
To believe that what we dreamed
Could ever come to life again
If I could just erase my mind
But I cannot erase this lie


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Evanescence 'embarrassed' by new single - video". NME. September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  2. Lee, Amy (November 5, 2012). "Reminiscing with @Tim_McCord on the way to...". Twitter. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  3. "Will Shreds twitvid". April 12, 2011. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  4. "Evanescence Studio - @AmyLeeEv 'Will Shreds' - Abril 2011". YouTube. April 2011.
  5. "Evanescence Live Q&A: Watch Archived Video". Billboard. October 11, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
  6. Sacco, Simone (October 2011). "Non Riaprite Quella Porta" (in Italian). Metal Hammer (10/2011): 26. ISSN 1591-8742.
  7. "Never Go Back!" (in Italian). Metal Maniac: 27. October 2011.