Lacrymosa

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General information

Written by: A. Lee and T. Balsamo

Lacrymosa is the seventh track from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door.

Recorded in a chapel[1] at Seattle, Washington,[2] the song was originally written for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, but was scrapped by the director. "I thought it would be awesome for the opening scene, but they wanted something original," Amy stated.[3] However, the producers of the movie later stated that neither Lee nor Evanescence were approached to compose music for Narnia.[4]

It features elements of W.A. Mozart's Lacrimosa from his Requiem in D Minor. The name of the song is a corruption of the Latin term lacrimosa, which means "tearful".[5] This word is also the scientific name for a species of moth, Catocala Lacrymosa, also known as the 'Tearful Underwing'. This species of moth features on the cover of The Open Door's booklet and on the cover for the "Sweet Sacrifice" radio promo CD. Amy stated that she wanted to make Mozart's Requiem "metal" since she listened to it as a teenager.

Vin1.jpg This was the time for that, for trying things I hadn't been brave enough to try before. I think Mozart would have loved it. He was a rebel.[6] Vin2.jpg


A 22-cord orchestra led by David Campbell (with whom Evanescence had already worked for their performance at the Billboard Awards 2004) starts off the song in order to introduce a choir, which serves as back up for Amy's vocals.

Vin1.jpg Dave Campbell is an enormous inspiration source for me. He's so talented. The way he arranges orchestral parts is remarkable. It's the element of our music that makes me cry![2] Vin2.jpg


Amy's description of the song:

Vin1.jpg I saw Amadeus when I was nine years old and fell in love with Mozart. The part of Mozart's Requiem called "Lacrimosa" is my favorite piece of music ever. I always wished we could cover it, but with programming and guitars and make it cool. It's our moment to try all the things I wanted to and couldn't, so I started messing with it in Protools. Terry wrote some riffs and turned it into this awesome metal epic.[7] Vin2.jpg


A 30-seconds clip of this song was used in the trailer for The Open Door.[8][9]

In the chorus, the choir sings Lacrimosa...dies illa... lacrimosa... dona eis requiem, which roughly translates to "tearful that day... tearful... grant them rest." Though the full lyrics from Mozart's Lacrimosa is: Lacrimosa dies illa /Qua resurget ex favilla /Judicandus homo reus/Huic ergo parce, Deus/Pie Jesu Domine/Dona eis requiem. Amen, which means Tearful that day/on which will rise from ashes/guilty man for judgment/So have mercy, O Lord, on this man/compassionate Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen.

Evanescence added Lacrymosa to the setlist of their The Open Door tour (2006-07).[10][11] It was later played at the New York secret show on November 4, 2009.[12][13] It was also played for the first time in three years in Brazil on October 4, 2012.[14]

Lacrymosa was confirmed to be on Synthesis when the tracklist was revealed through the album's pre-order on September 15, 2017. The song length was published on iTunes as 3:42 on October 10, 2017, a month before the album's release date, leaving many fans speculating that it could be the third single from Synthesis. This version was performed live for the first time at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 14, 2017 for the Synthesis Live tour.

In the Synthesis tour program/songbook, it is explained that Mozart is one of Evanescence's early influences and their version is their homage to great classical piece and composer.

This song, from our second album, The Open Door, is built around the classic Lacrimosa from Mozart's Requiem K.626. Mozart's music is one of the inspirations of our sound, and this is our homage.

The Synthesis version of Lacrymosa was released on October 27, 2017 and is available to be bought and streamed on all digital music platforms. This song has not been officially announced as the third single form the album as of yet.

Versions

Studio versions:

Lacrymosa [The Open Door version]

Lacrymosa [Synthesis version]


Live versions:

Lacrymosa [New guitar solo]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - January 18, 2007
  • Examples: Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City (October 9, 2006); Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands (November 6, 2006)

Lacrymosa [Original guitar solo]

  • Performing period: January 25 - December 8, 2007; November 4 - November 8, 2009; October 4 - October 11, 2012
  • Examples: Sydney Enterteinment Centre, Australia (February 17, 2007); Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, Brazil (October 4, 2012)

Lacrymosa [ Synthesis Live ]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - TBC
  • Example: Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV (October 14, 2017)

Lyrics

The Open Door Version

Out on your own
Cold and alone again
Can this be what you really wanted, baby?

[Lacrimosa]
Blame it on me
[Dies illa]
Set your guilt free
[Lacrimosa]
Nothing can hold you back now
[Dona eis requiem]

Now that you're gone
I feel like myself again
Grieving the things I can't repair and willing

[Lacrimosa]
To let you blame it on me
[Dies illa]
And set your guilt free
[Lacrimosa]
I don't want to hold you back now love
[Dona eis requiem]

I can't change who I am
Not this time, I wont lie to keep you near me
And in this short life
There's no time to waste on giving up
My love wasn't enough

[Lacrimosa]
And you can blame it on me
[Dies illa]
Just set your guilt free, honey
[Lacrimosa]
I don't want to hold you back now love
[Dona eis requiem]

Amen

Synthesis Version

I can't change who I am

Out on your own
Cold and alone again
Can this be what you really wanted, baby?
Now that you’re gone
I feel like myself again
Grieving the things I can’t repair and willing

(Lacrimosa)
To let you blame it on me (Dies illa)
And set your guilt free (Lacrimosa)
I don’t want to hold you back now, love

I can’t change who I am
Not this time, I won’t lie to keep you near me
And in this short life,
There’s no time to waste on giving up
My love wasn’t enough

(Ahhhh)
To let you blame it on me
And set your guilt free
I don’t want to hold you back now, love

Ahhhhh oohhhhhh ahhhhhh

Guitar tabs & sheet music

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Listen To Two New Tracks From Evanescence's Album 'The Open Door'". SonyBMG.com.au. September 19, 2006. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070907134616/http://www.sonybmg.com.au/news/details.do?newsId=20030829003659. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. Reesman, Bryan (November 2006). "The Essence of Evanescence". Metal Edge 52 (11): 5–10. ISSN 1068-2872. http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/TheOpenDoor/displayimage.php?album=503&pos=4. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  4. "Wardrobe closed to Evanescence singer". The New Zealand Herald. November 27, 2004. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=7000569. Retrieved February 2, 2008.
  5. Cawley, Kevin, ed. "Lacrimosus". Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid. University of Notre Dame. http://catholic.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=lacrimosus. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  6. "Amy Lee gets it off her chest". The Sydney Morning Herald. October 16, 2006. http://www.smh.com.au/news/music/amy-lee-gets-it-off-her-chest/2006/10/15/1160850802401.html?page=2. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  7. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061016104811/http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1540914/story.jhtml. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
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  9. "Evanescence: 'The Open Door' Trailer Available". Blabbermouth.net. July 17, 2006. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=55169. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  10. Harris, Chris (October 10, 2006). "Evanescence Live In NYC: Amy Lee Headbangs, Serenades Her 'New Hometown'". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1542773/evanescence-live-amy-lee-rocks-new-hometown.jhtml. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  11. Smith, Kenneth (October 31, 2007). "Concert review: Evanescence at Nokia Theater". Pegasus News. http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2007/oct/31/evanescence-nokia-theater/. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  12. "Evanescence Returns To Live Stage, Taps Finger Eleven Guitarist". Blabbermouth.net. November 5, 2009. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-returns-to-live-stage-taps-finger-eleven-guitarist. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  13. Harris, Chris (November 5, 2009). "Evanescence Return to the Stage at 'Secret' New York Gig". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/evanescence-return-to-the-stage-at-secret-new-york-gig-20091105. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  14. Finatto, Paulo, Jr. (October 10, 2012). "Resenha - Evanescence (Pepsi on Stage, Porto Alegre, 04/10/12)" (in Portuguese). Whiplash.net. http://whiplash.net/materias/shows/165121-evanescence.html. Retrieved September 16, 2013.