Yeah Right

From The Evanescence Reference

All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Anywhere
Artifact/The Turn
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Better Without You
Bleed
Blind Belief
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Broken Pieces Shine
Call Me When You're Sober
Catherine
Cloud Nine
Demise
Disappear
End of the Dream
Erase This
Eternal
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Exodus
Far From Heaven
Farther Away
Feeding the Dark
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
Haunted
Hello
Hi-Lo
If You Don't Mind
Imaginary
Imperfection
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Lacrymosa
Lies
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lithium
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
Missing
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Oceans
October
Origin
Overture
Part of Me
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Sick
Snow White Queen
So Close
Solitude
Spanish
Surrender
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
Tourniquet
Understanding
Unknown Title
Unraveling
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Whisper
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

Yeah Right is the fourth track and fourth single from Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth. The title was registered on BMI repertoire in late June 2020.[1] It was one of the first four songs recorded for the album in early 2020. It was released on December 4, 2020 as a single, along with the album's pre-order.

The song was originally recorded on the 2010 Lillywhite sessions for the band's third album, but was scrapped by their then label, along with much of what they wrote and recorded for what would become their 2011 album, Evanescence. Amy explained it in an Instagram post and how it was revamped with a new perspective:

Vin1.jpg Yeah Right was a song I started 10 years ago with our good friend Will B. Hunt (the other one! Synthesis/DTM etc). After our self titled album went in a different direction and this song was set aside, I made a promise to myself that I wasn’t going to give up on it. I knew it was worth fighting for. Perspectives shifted, lyrics got a new twist, the stars aligned and it finally clicked into place for us as a band on this record. I couldn’t have imagined it like this back then, and I’m so glad we waited for it to become what it is now. I’m so proud! Thank you Will, thank you to my ferocious band for bringing the fire and to Nick Raskulinecz for pushing us to a whole new level.[2] Vin2.jpg


Amy was asked on Twitter whether the song was about her former label:

Vin1.jpg I wasn’t so much writing about my experience in the industry, but my experience being in a band. And in the spotlight. Part of success is that there’s always somebody who wants to tear you down. Somebody who feels like they deserve more and hates you for what you have. But real life is rarely what it looks like from the outside.[3][4] Vin2.jpg


In an interview with Kerrang! in December 2020, she discussed the song:

Vin1.jpg So far, I feel like each song that we put out is a very different colour of the spectrum and there are more colours yet to come, for sure. Yeah Right has been a long time coming; I started that song a decade ago. It was mostly there, it had been at the top of the pile for a really, really long time – we’ve always had a cool pile of extra scraps and pieces of unfinished songs. That’s just one that kept on not plugging in, and then something happened this year when we got together and started playing and pulling songs together in pre-production – I was like, ​‘I finally know how we can make it work!’ It’s one of those songs that we’re going to have to figure out how to do live because I don’t want to be glued to the moog the whole time. It might be a good time to whip out the keytar![5] Vin2.jpg

According to Amy, this is a difficult song to describe and go into detail about because it touches on some elements of her past that she's moved on, “but apparently there’s still some things that I needed to get off my chest.”[6] The original version was very electronic and its lyrics and the way the song sounded was a "joke" and sarcastic. The original lyrics were self-deprecating rather than empowered.[7] The bulk of it was written before the 2011 sessions for the self-titled album,[8] being part of a scrapped album referred to as "broken record" that was originally intended to be the third album.

I wrote most of the lyrics back then, 10 years ago. And I definitely was going through a period of time where I didn't know what I wanted to do next. And I was sick of the cartoon version that was being reflected back at myself and also just feeling misunderstood on the outside and part of that has been keeping some of those dragon slaying stories to myself to rise above it and go, "okay, all right, well I'm not gonna let that drive my narrative and we're gonna move on" kind of vibe, but that song came out of a lot of just angst and frustration and a big middle finger to people that have been a part of this and tried to rip it apart.[8]

Versions

Studio Version

Yeah Right

  • Recording date: January - February 2020
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: The Bitter Truth (Track #4)
  • Length: 3:32

Yeah Right (Radio Edit)[9]

  • Recording date: January - February 2020
  • Status: Released for radio stations only
  • Length: 3:22

Yeah Right [Instrumental]

Yeah Right [The Bitter Truth Evolution][10]

Yeah Right [Lillywhite sessions][11]

  • Recording date: February - April 2010
  • Status: Unreleased

Lyrics

I’m the widow
On the tip tippy toppy of the highest high of low
And I’m the shadow
of the first little flower on the brightest patch of snow
Happiness can be hard to find
I’m so slap silly happy everybody wants to take mine

Yeah right
That sounds nice
Everything we ever wanted and more
Someday we’ll get paid
More than it was worth to sell our souls
Yeah right

Yeah I’m a rock star
I’m a queen resurrected just as messed up as before
twist the knife hard
just makes it easier to tell you I don’t need you anymore

Life’s a game, till you lose- then what?
I’m reaching a new level of not giving a fuck

Yeah right
That sounds nice
Everything we ever wanted and more
Someday we’ll get paid more than it was worth to sell our souls

Tell me how is the real world treating you?
Is that my fault too?
My one mistake was giving more and more and more

More and more and more, hey yeah

Yeah right
Baby that sounds nice
Everything we ever wanted and more
Someday we’ll get paid
More than it was worth to sell our souls, sell our souls

Yeah right
That sounds nice
More than it was worth to sell our souls…

Commercial Release

"Yeah Right"
Single by Evanescence
Released December 4, 2020
Format Digital single
Recorded January - February 2020; Rock Falcon Studio (Nashville, TN)
Length 3:30
Label BMG
Producer Nick Raskulinecz
Evanescence singles chronology
"Use My Voice"
(2020)
"Yeah Right"
(2020)
"Better Without You"
(2021)

The song was released as a promotional single to coincide with the album's pre-order on December 4, 2020.[12] On Spotify it was released as a four song EP titled Songs From The Bitter Truth, including the three previously released singles.

References

  1. "Yeah Right (Legal Title)". BMI. http://repertoire.bmi.com/DetailView.aspx?detail=titleid&keyid=43835422&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&blnAltTitles=True. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  2. "Yeah right was a song I started 10 years ago with our good friend Will B. Hunt". Instagram. December 4, 2020. https://www.instagram.com/p/CIZAGsxnywH/.
  3. Lee, Amy (December 5, 2020). "I wasn’t so much writing about my experience in the industry". Twitter. https://twitter.com/AmyLeeEV/status/1335262016941027329.
  4. Lee, Amy (December 5, 2020). "2/2 ...But real life is rarely...". Twitter. https://twitter.com/AmyLeeEV/status/1335262176144216064.
  5. Garner, George (December 22, 2020). "Evanescence’s Amy Lee: ​“I have total hope… but it’s important to be ready to fight when it’s time”". Kerrang!. https://www.kerrang.com/features/evanescence-amy-lee-my-year-2020/.
  6. Garner, George (March 10, 2021). "“I needed to face the abyss head on”: Evanescence’s Bitter Truth laid bare". Kerrang!.
  7. "BBC World Service - 'Songwriting Made Me Who I Am' with ICE T, AURORA, AMY LEE and OLI SYKES". June 6, 2021. YouTube.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Evanescence - Amy Lee On 'The Bitter Truth', "Better Without You" & More!!!". April 21, 2021. YouTube.
  9. https://twitter.com/thefactionlive/status/1345142824170364930
  10. An audio of the band working on the song.
  11. This version has different lyrics, is more electronic and fuses both organic and synthetic instruments, as the sound of the Lillywhite sessions was described in early 2010 interviews. It remains unreleased to date.
  12. "Evanescence Debut New Song, Announce Album Release Date". Revolver. December 4, 2020. https://www.revolvermag.com/music/evanescence-debut-new-song-announce-album-release-date.