Lose Control

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

Lose Control is the ninth track from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door.

Amy wrote the song about wanting to be less apprehensive and more "loose", and wanting to not have so much responsibility.[1] Amy on Terry's guitar playing:

Vin1.jpg Terry uses a lot of delay and noises. His guitar playing is really creepy! He also uses a lot of half-step two chords, which I love. I felt like I wasn't really allowed to use stuff like that before, because Ben didn't like it. But songs like 'Lose Control' go from C to a C sharp, back and forth. I love those. It's that Portishead influence.[2] Vin2.jpg

When asked about her commentary of The Open Door having "sensuality",[3] she mentioned Lose Control as an example of that:

Vin1.jpg “The song ‘Lose Control’ is what I was thinking of when I said that before, but then again I hate to say that because I don’t want people to think the album is some R&B-like sexed-up pop thing: it’s so hard to describe. I think that just comes from the fact that I’ve grown up and I’m not so insecure. And I’m not afraid to express every emotion – including feeling worthy and feeling like a woman and feeling good about myself; not that the album’s all happy and poppy. There are elements of everything.”[4] Vin2.jpg

In May 2007, the band began to play instrumental parts of the song as an intro to Weight of the World. In October, the full song began to be played at concerts.[5][6] It was brought back to the setlist 14 years later for their joint U.S. tour with Halestorm in Fall 2021.[7] Then in 2022 it was added as part of a 3-song medley with Part of Me and Never Go Back.


Studio versions:

Lose Control

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: The Open Door (track #9)
  • Length: 4:50

Live versions:

Lose Control [Intro instrumental]

  • Performing period: May - September 2, 2007
  • Example: Rock am Ring (June 3)

Lose Control [Live]

  • Performing period: October 23 - December 8, 2007; November 5, 2021 - January 21, 2022
  • Example: Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey (December 4, 2007); Portland, Oregon (November 5, 2021)

Lose Control [Live 2022 Medley][8]

  • Performing period: August 16 - September 16, November 9 - December 14, 2022; June 2 - September 2023
  • Example: Ball Arena, Denver, CO, USA (August 16, 2022)


You don't remember my name
I don't really care
Can we play the game your way?
Can I really lose control?

Just once in my life
I think it'd be nice
Just to lose control, just once
[With all the pretty flowers] in the dust

Mary had a lamb
His eyes black as coals
If we play very quiet, my lamb
Mary never has to know

Just once in my life
I think it'd be nice
Just to lose control, just once

If I cut you down to a thing I can use
I fear there'd be nothing good left of you

Just to lose control, just once

Guitar tabs & sheet music

Found in official songbooks of The Open Door.


  1. Mora, Angelo (September 2006). "Tre Metri Sopra il Cielo" (in Italian). Rock Sound 100 (60): 37. ISSN 1127-1337. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. http://web.archive.org/web/20160304192753/http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/TheOpenDoor/displayimage.php?album=517&pos=6. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  2. 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.
  3. Harris, Chris (April 26, 2006). "Amy Lee Says New Evanescence LP Has More Sensuality". MTV News. https://www.mtv.com/news/1529541/amy-lee-says-new-evanescence-lp-has-more-sensuality/.
  4. "Burning Angel (Kerrang)". EvanescenceWebsite.com. August 30, 2006. Archived from the original on November 18, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061118055601/http://lnx.evanescencewebsite.com/PressArchive/news.php?id=126.
  5. 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 29, 2013.
  6. Fox, Doug (November 20, 2007). "Evanescence steps through 'Open Door' at UVSC". Daily Herald. http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/evanescence-steps-through-open-door-at-uvsc/article_84ee1660-7e30-5796-956a-c10ecd888170.html. Retrieved September 29, 2013.
  7. "Evanescence Setlist at Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR, USA". Setlist.fm. November 5, 2021. https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/evanescence/2021/portland-memorial-coliseum-portland-or-2b8a80c2.html.
  8. This version was played as a medley along with Part of Me and Never Go Back.