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The Last Song I'm Wasting on You

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Written by: A. Lee

The Last Song I'm Wasting on You is an outtake from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door. This was the first post-Fallen song that fans heard about. Its title was revealed in the April 2004 issue of Blender:

  Two nights ago, she finished a new song during sound check in Auckland, New Zealand. The track is tentatively called 'The Last Song I'm Wasting on You.' She utters a giggly laugh. She won't say who it's about.[1]  


Contrary to popular belief, Amy Lee did not write this song as a joke.[2] The reason people thought Amy wrote this song as a joke is because Renée Gray (Rocky Gray's wife) commented on the song, saying:

  They did write a song This is the Last Song I'm Wasting On you , but it was more for a joke. I will let Amy post all this stuff as it gets closer to the album coming out...  


In an interview with Spin, she hinted that the song was dedicated to Ben Moody.[3] In a later interview with Metal Edge, it was revealed that the song was a planned B-side.[4] It features Amy's solo, un-layered, vocals with a very simple piano track. Some very experimental vocal work is heard throughout this song. This is Evanescence's longest song title.

The song was released as a bonus track on iTunes when The Open Door album was released (the album had to be pre-ordered from the website) and was soon spread around the internet. The song was also released as a B-side on the "Lithium" single.

According to Amy, the real lyrics for the second line are "they're my own veins" and not any other variations of lyrics that some people used to believe.[5]

The Last Song I'm Wasting on You was included on the b-side album, Lost Whispers, for The Ultimate Collection LP set that was released on December 9, 2016, and then digitally on February 17, 2017.

In the light of the release of the boxset, Amy explained the song:

  This song came out of a moment where I had to be very strong and very independent. I was in the middle of a tour and felt so inspired to write that I recorded in the bathroom on this huge analog recording device. It’s definitely one of those personal, hard moments, when beauty is born out of pain.[6]  


Versions

Studio versions:

The Last Song I'm Wasting on You

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
All "Lithium" commercial singles
Japanese editions of Evanescence
Lost Whispers (track #8)
  • Length: 4:07

Lyrics

Sparkling grey
They're my own veins

Any more than a whisper
Any sudden movement of my heart
And I know
I know I'll have to watch them pass away

Just get through this day

Give up your way
You could be anything
Give up my way
And lose myself

Not today
That's too much guilt to pay

Sickened in the sun
You dare tell me you love me
But you held me down and screamed you wanted me to die
Honey you know
You know I'd never hurt you that way

You're just so pretty in your pain

Give up my way
And I could be anything
I'll make my own way
Without your senseless
Hate
Hate
Hate
Hate

So run
Run
Run
And hate me
If it feels good
I can't hear your screams anymore

You lied to me
But I'm older now
And I'm not buying baby

Demanding my response
Don't bother breaking the door down
I found my way out

And you'll never hurt me again

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