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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

Lithium is the fourth track and second single from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door. It's described on as a track "which embraces feeling over numbness".[1] Amy confirmed at the world premiere of The Open Door in London, England, that it's inspired by her soured relationship with ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan, the lead singer of Seether.

Before the release of The Open Door, some fans mistakenly believed Lithium to be a cover of the Nirvana song which bears the same name. However, the two songs are unrelated.

At The Open Door premiere in Milan, Amy said that Lithium would be the album's second single.

Amy's description of the song:

Vin1.jpg I wrote the chorus on the guitar when I was about 16. I always thought it was a cool chorus, but I never used it for anything. I started playing it on the piano and the verses came out. I have a pile of pieces stowed away in my mind that maybe I'll use some day. In a way it's an old song, but not really. It grew up.[2] Vin2.jpg

From MTV Italy:

Vin1.jpg It's not literal, it's not literal about the drug for me, I've never taken lithium before. It's sort of a metaphor about numbness and happiness and sort of like, it's me looking at happiness in a negative way because I've always been, you know, kind of afraid to be happy. Like with the band and the art and everything else, it's always like I'm never letting myself break through into the happiness it seems like, because it's not cool or something. And describing happiness is lithium, it's like saying 'that's numbness, I won't be able to be an artist anymore if I'm happy,' which is hilarious because that's just not true, I'm happy. So it's like this fight within the song of like 'do I do this and get out of here and get happy or do I wallow in it like I always do?' And it's cool because at the end of the song I say 'I'm going to let it go,' like I am going to be happy.[3] Vin2.jpg

Amy's description of the song in a interview with Songwriter Universe:

Vin1.jpg Lithium is definitely a metaphor. I felt like I was in love with my sorrow. I get into these moods where I write music. It’s not about so much about being depressed, it’s just the strange low that I ride. But at the same time I want to be free and break through and be happy. I think that was kind of me, getting ready to play [and saying], ‘That’s it, drop the ball and just change and move on.’[4] Vin2.jpg

In a interview in the November 2006 issue of Metal Edge, Amy said she uses her music as a therapy to solve her own problems and cited Lithium as an example of that:

Vin1.jpg I'm writing about my own life and trying to solve my own problems, and in the end, I think that helps some people solve their own. During that song ["Lithium"], I was definitely thinking about my personal life, which I always do. I'm trying to tell myself stuff, to tell myself to get out of it and let it go. I never really try to hurt myself. I try to get better.[5] Vin2.jpg

Lithium was added to the set list of The Open Door tour (2006-07).[6][7] It was performed at the Legends & Lyrics concert in Nashville on February 23, 2009,[8] followed by the New York secret show on November 4, 2009.[9] It was later added to the setlist of the Evanescence Tour (2011-12).[10][11]

Lithium 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.


Studio versions:

Lithium [The Open Door version]

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
The Open Door (track #4) - the second single off the album
All "Lithium" singles
  • Length: 3:44

Lithium [Synthesis version]

  • Recording date: May - August 2017
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Synthesis (track #11)
  • Length: 4:05

Live versions:

Lithium [2006-2007 live]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - December 8, 2007
  • Example: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas (December 10, 2006)

Lithium [2009 live]

Lithium [2011-2012 live]

  • Performing Period: August 17, 2011 - November 9, 2012
  • Example: War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (August 17, 2011)

Lithium [2015 live]

  • Performing Period: November 2015
  • Example: Ozzfest Festival, Japan (November 21)

Lithium [2016 live]

  • Performing Period: April - November 2016
  • Example: House Of Blues, Orlando, FL (April 30)

Lithium [2017 live]

  • Performing Period: April 2017
  • Example: NET Live Brasília, Brasília, Brazil (April 20)

Lithium [Acoustic]

  • Performing period: August - September 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Lithium Maxi CD single
  • Recording date: August 13, 2006
  • Recording place: Sony Studios
  • Length: 3:52
  • Performed by Amy Lee (piano, vocals), John LeCompt (acoustic guitar) and David Eggar (cello)

Lithium [Legends & Lyrics]

  • Performing date: February 23, 2009
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Performed at: Legends & Lyrics, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Length: Unknown

Lithium [2011-2012 acoustic]

  • Performing period: December 7, 2011 and May 30, 2012
  • Performed at: Octane Artist Confidential, SiriusXM Radio (December 7, 2011) and BigFM, Wiesbaden, Germany (May 30, 2012)

Lithium [Synthesis Live]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - September 8, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #6)
  • Length: 3:59


Lithium - don't wanna lock me up inside
Lithium - don't wanna forget how it feels without
Lithium - I wanna stay in love with my sorrow
Oh, but God, I wanna let it go

Come to bed, don't make me sleep alone
Couldn't hide the emptiness you let it show
Never wanted it to be so cold
Just didn't drink enough to say you love me

I can't hold on to me
Wonder what's wrong with me

Lithium - don't wanna lock me up inside
Lithium - don't wanna forget how it feels without
Lithium - I wanna stay in love with my sorrow

Oh! Don't wanna let it lay me down this time
Drown my will to fly
Here in the darkness I know myself
Can't break free until I let it go
Let me go

Darling, I forgive you after all
Anything is better than to be alone
And in the end I guess I had to fall
Always find my place among the ashes

I can't hold on to me
Wonder what's wrong with me

Lithium - don't wanna lock me up inside
Lithium - don't wanna forget how it feels without
Lithium - I wanna stay in love with you
Oh, I'm gonna let it go

Music video

From The Lithium Video

Directed by Paul Fedor,[12] the video features two Amys, one in the water (assuming the "sadness" role) in a black dress singing to her alter ego in white (assuming the "happiness" role) who, through a process of internal torment, conquers her sadness. The video also features prominent shots of the rest of the band, including new member Tim McCord, all dressed in black.

Vin1.jpg There's the me in all white and it's really wintry, and then there's the all-in-black Amy under the surface of the water of this lake in the forest. So it's the happiness and the sorrow and we're almost singing to each other, trying to figure out how both of us can work.[12] Vin2.jpg

Shot in Los Angeles in late October of 2006, and released some time late in November. The video leaked on Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving). Due to unknown issues, apparently caused by the label, the video was released internationally late in November, however the US had to wait almost 2 weeks for stations to start playing it.

  • Watch the video on here.

In May 2016, a Director's Cut of the music video surfaced the internet, with several alternate takes and considerably lighter scenes. It differs in many moments from the version officially released in 2006, mainly due to the abundance of the underwater scenes. Watch here.

Commercial release

Exquisite-kfind.png Main article: Lithium Single

The "Lithium" single was commercially released on December 15, 2006 in Germany, January 8, 2007 in the UK, and January 15 in Australia.

Songs released with this single include:

Chart performance

On the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (which ranks the top 25 songs below #100 that have not yet appeared on the Billboard Hot 100), "Lithium" peaked at number 24. It was on the chart for two weeks.[13] "Lithium" also peaked at number 39 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart,[14] and number 37 on Alternative Songs.[15] "Lithium" also peaked at number 32 on the UK Singles Chart,[16] and was on the chart for two weeks.[17] It also reached the top position on the Rock Chart in the same country and remained at this position for two weeks.[18][19] On the Australian Singles Chart, "Lithium" debuted and peaked at number 26 on January 28, 2007. It stayed on the chart for eight weeks and it was at number 49 on its last week on the chart.[20] The only country where "Lithium" reached the top 10 on the main chart is Italy, in which it debuted and peaked at number 2. The song stayed in the top 10 for three weeks and in the top 20 for four weeks.[21]

Chart (2006–07)
Australia (ARIA)[20] 26
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[22] 41
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[23] 13
Czech Republic (IFPI)[24] 18
Germany (Media Control AG)[25] 44
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 30
Italy (FIMI)[21] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[27] 16
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[28] 55
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 40
UK Rock (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 32
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[13] 24
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[14] 39
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 37

Guitar tabs & sheet music

Guitar tab at GuitarWorld
Guitar Tab by Norin at
Piano sheet music - arranged by Kelly Thomas


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