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 and T. Balsamo

Lacrymosa is the seventh track from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door. The song was first mentioned by Amy during a Blender interview in May 2006: "It's part of the Requiem called 'Lacrimosa'. In the end it gets heavy and huge and metal. It's fun!"[1]

The song features elements of W.A. Mozart's Lacrimosa from his Requiem in D Minor.[2] The name of the song derives from the Latin term lacrimosa, which means "tearful".[3] 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.

The song was created by looping an old typewriter that Amy bought.[4]

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.[5] Vin2.jpg

Recorded in a chapel[2] at Seattle, Washington,[6] the song was partially written for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, but was scrapped by the producers. "I thought it would be awesome for the opening scene, but they wanted something original," Amy stated.[7] However, the producers of the movie later said that Evanescence wasn't approached for the Narnia soundtrack.[8]

A 22-piece orchestra led by David Campbell starts off the song. The choirs are performed by the Millenium Choir.[9]

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![6] 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.[10] Vin2.jpg

A 30-second clip of this song was used in the trailer for The Open Door.[11][12]

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).[13][14] It was later played at the New York secret show on November 4, 2009.[15][16] It was also played for the first time in three years in Brazil on October 4, 2012.[17]

Lacrymosa was confirmed to be reworked and included on the orchestral album, Synthesis, when the track list was revealed through the album's pre-order on September 15, 2017. This version was performed live for the first time on October 14, 2017 at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Synthesis Live tour. Watch a performance of the song here.

In the Synthesis tour program/songbook, it is stated:

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.

In a track-by-track post on Evanescence's Facebook, Amy explained why the song was a natural choice to be reworked on Synthesis:[18]

The original was based on Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and the movie Amadeus, which is why it was a natural choice to include. It was something I’d wanted to do for a long time before we did it on The Open Door album. ‘Lacrymosa’ is one of my favorite pieces of classical music. I’ve always been proud of the song. To do it now, and get to pump up the orchestra and classical music aspect of it, feels really good. I threw in a little bit of opera in there instead of the choir in the original. I feel like it’s a cool piece of who I am. Not on a corny level, just a teeny-tiny taste.

The song was released on October 27, 2017, even though it was never officially announced as a single.[19]


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 - September 8, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #3)
  • Length: 3:40

Lacrymosa [Worlds Collide live version][20]

  • Performing period: November 9 - December 14, 2022
  • Examples: Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany (November 9, 2022)


The Open Door Version

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

Blame it on me
[Dies illa]
Set your guilt free
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...

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

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

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


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...

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

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


  • The bridge had different lyrics as seen in the handwritten lyrics of the song on The Open Door journal. Early lyrics were "there's no time to waste on digging my own grave" instead of "giving up- my love wasn't enough".

Guitar tabs & sheet music


  1. Eells, Josh (May 2006). "In the studio: "There's been some drama"". Blender. ISSN 1534-0554.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harrington, Richard (October 6, 2006). "Another 'Door' Opens for Amy Lee". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. Cawley, Kevin, ed. "Lacrimosus". Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  4. Leivers, Dannii (May 2023). "The Hammer Interview: Amy Lee". Metal Hammer UK (374): 67. ISSN 0955-1190.
  5. "Amy Lee gets it off her chest". The Sydney Morning Herald. October 16, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Listen To Two New Tracks From Evanescence's Album 'The Open Door'". September 19, 2006. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  7. Reesman, Bryan (November 2006). "The Essence of Evanescence". Metal Edge 52 (11): 5–10. ISSN 1068-2872. Archived from the original on 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  8. "Wardrobe closed to Evanescence singer". The New Zealand Herald. November 27, 2004. Retrieved February 2, 2008.
  9. The Open Door (2006), liner notes.
  10. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
  11. "Evanescence: 'The Open Door' Trailer". Ultimate Guitar. July 18, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  12. "Evanescence: 'The Open Door' Trailer Available". July 17, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  13. Harris, Chris (October 10, 2006). "Evanescence Live In NYC: Amy Lee Headbangs, Serenades Her 'New Hometown'". MTV News. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  14. Smith, Kenneth (October 31, 2007). "Concert review: Evanescence at Nokia Theater". Pegasus News. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  15. "Evanescence Returns To Live Stage, Taps Finger Eleven Guitarist". November 5, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  16. Harris, Chris (November 5, 2009). "Evanescence Return to the Stage at 'Secret' New York Gig". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  17. Finatto, Paulo, Jr. (October 10, 2012). "Resenha - Evanescence (Pepsi on Stage, Porto Alegre, 04/10/12)" (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  18. "Here's four more songs off the new album, Synthesis". Facebook. December 7, 2017.
  19. "Listen to our new track, “Lacrymosa”, off our new album, Synthesis, now!". Twitter. October 27, 2017.
  20. This version starts with the Synthesis version intro.