Secret Door

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 W. B. Hunt

Secret Door is the sixteenth and final track from the deluxe edition of Evanescence's third studio album, Evanescence. It is one of the three songs that got reworked from the 2010 Lillywhite sessions (along with Made of Stone and Swimming Home)[1].

In an interview with Spin, Amy announced the name of three new songs included in the third album, among them is "Secret Door", a ballad played with the harp.[2]

On June 19, 2011, Amy posted a video on twitvid titled "...Secret Door..." in which she is playing a slow, calming piece on the harp.[3]

In a track-by-track interview on Evanescence's deluxe edition bonus DVD, Amy discussed the song:

Vin1.jpg I took harp lessons for half a year and they felt really good. And, you know, not that I can play a lot, I'm not an amazing harpist. But it's fun to be able to do.

Secret Door is the one song on the album that's really different. It's just harp and orchestra, basically. It's like when you're in a dream and there's this magical place and you wake up and you don't want to wake up and just like always trying to get back into that same dream. That was what it was inspired by.[4]


In a Spotify fan interview on July 18, 2012, Amy revealed the inspiration behind "Secret Door":[5]

Vin1.jpg I was having a recurrent dream. When I woke up every time all I could remember was this round door, overgrown with ivy and a really strong feeling of love- for something through the door. I wrote the song about love within a dream and the idea that reality is only the one you choose. Vin2.jpg

The song was included on the b-side album, Lost Whispers, for The Ultimate Collection LP set that was released on December 9, 2016.

Secret Door 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.

Kirsten Copely, Amy's harp teacher, played the harp on the Synthesis reworking of the song.[6][7]


Studio versions:

Secret Door [Evanescence version]

Evanescence (deluxe edition) (track #16)
Lost Whispers (track #12)
  • Length: 3:53

Secret Door [Lillywhite sessions]

  • Recording date: February 22 - April 2010
  • Status: Unreleased, Unfinished
  • Released On: Broken Record (scrapped)

Secret Door [Synthesis version]

  • Recording date: May - August 2017
  • Status: Released, Available
  • Released on: Synthesis (track #10)
  • Length: 3:48

Live versions:

Secret Door [Acoustic]

  • Performing dates: December 7, 2011; March 8, 2014
  • Performed at: Octane Artist Confidential, SiriusXM Radio (December 7); McMinnville, Tennessee (March 8)

Secret Door [Synthesis Live]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - September 8, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #10)
  • Length: 3:46


Turn out the lights
Feed the fire 'til my soul breaks free
My heart is high as the waves above me
Don't need to understand
Too lost to lose

Don't fight my tears 'cause they feel so good
And I, I will remember how to fly
Unlock the heavens in my mind
Follow my love back through the same secret door

Look past the end
It's a dream as it's always been
All life lives on if we've ever loved it

And I, I will remember how to fly
Unlock the heavens in my mind
Follow my love back through the same secret door

I, I will remember how to fly
Unlock the heavens in my mind
Follow my love back through the same secret door


  1. "You're getting it in pieces, and there are a few good bits left to go. Made of Stone, Secret Door and Swimming Home were from the broken record, and they went on the Ev self titled album. Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing was from that project and you've heard that now too, in Recover. I have a few left to show you when the time is right... Hi-lo is still one of my favorites. Love Will! We are working on another project right now!" - Amy Lee on Facebook
  2. Goodman, William (April 13, 2011). "Amy Lee Talks Evanescence's Comeback LP". Spin. Retrieved April 28, 2011.
  3. Lee, Amy (June 19, 2011). "...Secret Door...". TwitVid. Archived from the original on June 23, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  4. "On the Songs". Evanescence (Deluxe Edition). October 11, 2011.
  5. "Evanescence Spotify Interview:". EvThreads Reborn. 2012.
  6. "EVANESCENCE - Inside Synthesis: Episode 3 - Harp". YouTube. October 13, 2017.
  7. Agresta Copely, Kirsten (May 16, 2018). "Thank you so much for these kind words, @amandabear1990! I loved recording that song! #SecretDoor #Synthesis". Twitter.