Better Without You

From The Evanescence Reference

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, J. Majura, Nick Raskulinecz, T. McCord, T. McLawhorn and W. Hunt

Better Without You is the seventh track from Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth. The title was first known in August 2020 when producer Nick Raskulinecz posted a Instagram photo of Will Hunt's drum snare with this title and Take Cover written on it.[1] It was released on March 5, 2021 as the fifth and last single in advance of the album.[2]

Instead of releasing a 30-second preview of the song, the band previewed it through a puzzle in which fans had to solve it and enter for a chance to be the first fan in the world to hear the song during a private Q&A with Amy Lee.[2] Everyone who solved the puzzle also received a free ringtone on their e-mail.[3]

Amy explained that the song "is about overcoming. Refusing to be held down and making my own way."[4] Many fans interpreted the wind-up toy used in the beginning and throughout the song as a reference to the band's former label, Wind-Up Records, known for controlling Amy's artistry.

Amy made an Instagram post explaining in detail what the song means:

Vin1.jpg This song is about my journey, and some of what I had to overcome to get where I am, and where our band is, today. I’ve fought many battles for my self and my music which are very intertwined (some of them internal). Each verse is for a different obstacle along the way, starting in the past and ending in the present. There are parts of my story you don’t know unless you know me, and yes, verse 2 is for some of my experiences in the industry, but don’t get it twisted- this is deeper and darker than that. Obviously I still have some things from way back to get off my chest. I hope it serves to empower others who have been made to feel powerless.

Don’t let the voices telling you you’re not good enough live in your head. Don’t let them write your story. Don’t ever let fear stop you from being who you were born to be. That fear... I am. We are. Better without you.[5]


In her Kerrang! cover story in March 2021, Amy told this song touches on some elements her past that she's moved on, “but apparently there’s still some things that I needed to get off my chest”, adding:

Vin1.jpg “The song is really hard… I can’t lie in the music. And over time, that’s become truer and truer. I’m peeling away more of the layers of imagery and really being specific at times just saying what I really need to get off my chest. Some of what I’m saying are things that I’m not comfortable breaking down and explaining, because I don’t want to bring up old drama. Better Without You is a difficult song to describe and go into detail about. And so is Yeah Right, actually.”

Better Without You, that’s real and in-the-moment. It’s not like there’s one big secret [person] to blame. Better Without You talks about all the obstacles along the way, moving from the past into the present time. I have different parts of the song that are assigned to different people and entities in my mind. But I don’t think calling people out when I’ve already defeated all my monsters along the way is really something I want to do.”[6]



Studio Version

Better Without You

  • Recording date: July - November 2020
  • Status: Released on March 5, 2021 as the fifth single from The Bitter Truth
  • Released On: The Bitter Truth (Track #7)
  • Length: 4:05

Better Without You [Ringtone]

  • Recording date: July - November 2020
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: sent on e-mail for those who solved the puzzle
  • Length: 0:30

Better Without You [Radio Edit][7]

  • Recording date: July - November 2020
  • Status: Aired on SirusXM Octane
  • Length: 3:37

Better Without You [Instrumental]

Red Stickers [The Bitter Truth Evolution][8]


Stand in the front but shut up till I tell you to go
Don't get caught up and pretend 'cause you're not in control
'Cause this is my world, little girl, you'd be lost on your own
Just hating and waiting and saving up

I'll do you a favor and save you if you sign on the line
Don't worry your pretty little head about the future, it's all fine
Whether you're wrong or you're right,
Doesn't matter, you're not up to the fight
Keeping my head down
'Cause they don't know what I know now

As empires fall to pieces
Our ashes twisting in the air
It makes me smile to know that
I'm better without you

Now look around and remember your friends if you can
Feeding the flames till there's no one to blame, it's on your hands
Lost in your lies, pay the price with our lives, you've gone mad
And there's no way out
'Cause we all know you're hollow

As empires fall to pieces
Our ashes twisting in the air
It makes me smile to know that
I'm better without you

Not enough, not enough
Not enough to throw it all away
We'd still be falling
We're fallen
Turn it up, turn it up
Never gonna shut me up again
Your time is over
It's over now

As empires fall to pieces
Our ashes twisting in the air
It makes me smile to know that
I'm, I'm better without you

Music Video

In a fan Zoom call for the listening party of The Bitter Truth on March 23, 2021, Amy confirmed that a music video for Better Without You is planned and will be directed by Eric D. Howell.[9] Production and set construction began on March 25[10] and filming wrapped on March 28.[11][12] On April 15, it was announced the music video will premiere on April 16 at 12PM PST, with the band taking part of a Q&A 30 minutes prior to the premiere.[13]

  • Director: Eric D. Howell
  • Producer: Jillian Nodland
  • Director of Photography: Bo Hakala
  • Production Designer: David Weiberg
  • Art Director: Mark Wojahn
  • Editor: Nate Maydole
  • Production Company: Picture Factory, Inc.

Watch it here.


  1. Raskulinecz, Nick (August 10, 2020). "The aftermath of tracking 9 songs with the “man of steel” Will Hunt!!!". Instagram. Archived from the original on August 11, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "OUR NEW SINGLE Better Without You drops this Friday". Twitter. March 1, 2021.
  3. "EVANESCENCE To Release 'Better Without You' Single On Friday". March 1, 2021.
  4. Lee, Lee (March 5, 2021). "Actually this song is about something very different". Twitter.
  5. Lee, Lee (March 5, 2021). "This song is about my journey". Instagram.
  6. Garner, George (March 10, 2021). "“I needed to face the abyss head on”: Evanescence’s Bitter Truth laid bare". Kerrang!.
  7. "EVANESCENCE - 'Better Without You' (RADIO EDIT)". YouTube.
  8. An audio of the band working on the song. "Red Stickers" is probably a working title for the song.
  10. "Setup/construction/fitting day"
  13. "It’s time. Are you ready? Join us for the premiere of our official music video for “Better Without You” tomorrow, April 16th at 12PM PST.". April 15, 2021. Twitter.