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Collaboration between Seether and lead singer Amy Lee. Amy Lee co-produced the string arrangement with Double G. Broken was written years before Shaun Morgan met Amy Lee. When Seether was making Disclaimer in 2002, the band wanted Amy Lee to collaborate before the world ever knew about Evanescence. The label balked at the idea until two years later when The Punisher’s soundtrack was compiled.
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== General information ==
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''Written by: [[Shaun Morgan]]''
  
The video for the song is a live performance video filmed in an abandoned area of the Lancaster Desert in California. The video was filmed in mid-March 2004. The director was Nigel Dick, who is also known for directing the MTV Video Music Award winner “Hero.” There used to be a crystal meth lab there, before it blew up twice. They filmed the video on the scene as it was. This is the second single off of The Punisher soundtrack (Drowning Pool’s Step Up was the first) and the first single off of Seether’s remixed Disclaimer II.
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'''''Broken''''' is a song by the South African band, [[Seether]], that also features [[Amy Lee]], who was dating lead singer, [[Shaun Morgan]], at the time. The song was written about Shaun's daughter, Jayde. “She was just born and I had to come to the States (from South Africa) and I wrote the lyrics for her, it’s about leaving somebody behind, you know that is really painful to do, and ultimately you’re looking to the future saying ‘we’ll see each other again and everything will be fine.’”
  
Commercial Release: July 20, 2004
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Amy Lee co-produced the string arrangement with Double G.<ref name=disclamerII /> ''Broken'' was written years before Shaun had met Amy. When Seether was recording ''Disclaimer'' in 2002, the band wanted Amy to collaborate before the world even knew about [[Evanescence]]. The label balked at the idea until two years later when ''The Punisher''{{'}}s soundtrack was compiled.
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Shaun revealed it wasn't his idea to do a duet with Amy on the song and regretted it after they broke-up:<ref name=songfacts />
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{{Quote|It wasn't really my idea to do that. We had done it as a duet live a couple of times, and it was always something that I was willing to try. Originally we were open to try that and end up doing the acoustic version, but having it sort of be a milder, more mellow version of what eventually became the single. And our label, obviously, they smelled dollars. So they sent us into the studio and we did that version.
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There are times when I'm quite proud of that version, but other times when I feel like I should have just stuck with my guns and kept the original version of the way I prefer it. But in 2004 we didn't have any say at our record company, so it was mostly a lot of decisions were made for us and we just went with them.}}
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The video for the song is a live performance video filmed in an abandoned area of the Lancaster Desert in California. The video was filmed in mid-March 2004. The director was Nigel Dick, who is also known for directing the MTV Video Music Award winner "Hero". There used to be a crystal meth lab there, before it blew up twice. They filmed the video on the scene as it was. This is the second single off of ''The Punisher'' soundtrack (Drowning Pool's "Step Up" was the first) and the first single off of Seether's remixed album ''Disclaimer II''.
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== Versions ==
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'''Broken [Original version]'''
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*''Recording date:'' 2002
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*''Status:'' Released
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*''Released on:'' ''Disclaimer'' (track #12)
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*''Length:'' 4:17
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'''Broken [Latest version]'''
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*''Recording date:'' 2004
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*''Recording location:'' Hensen Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
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*''Status:'' Released
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*''Released on:
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:"Broken" single (track #1)
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:''The Punisher'' soundtrack (track #5)
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:''Disclaimer II'' (track #20 in the American version, #16 in the European version)
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*''Length:'' 4:21
  
 
== Lyrics ==
 
== Lyrics ==
 
 
I wanted you to know that I love the way you laugh<br>
 
I wanted you to know that I love the way you laugh<br>
 
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain away<br>
 
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain away<br>
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I wanna hold you high and steal your pain<br>
 
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain<br>
 
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‘Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome<br>
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'Cause I'm broken when I’m lonesome<br>
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away<br>
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And I don't feel right when you’re gone away<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
You’ve gone away<br>
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You've gone away<br>
You don’t feel me here... anymore<br>
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You don't feel me here... anymore<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
 
The worst is over now and we can breathe again<br>
 
The worst is over now and we can breathe again<br>
 
I wanna hold you high, you steal my pain away<br>
 
I wanna hold you high, you steal my pain away<br>
There’s so much left to learn, and no one left to fight<br>
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There's so much left to learn, and no one left to fight<br>
 
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain<br>
 
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m open<br>
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‘Cause I'm broken when I'm open<br>
And I don’t feel like I am strong enough<br>
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And I don't feel like I am strong enough<br>
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome<br>
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'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome<br>
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away<br>
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And I don't feel right when you're gone away<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m open<br>
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'Cause I'm broken when I'm open<br>
And I don’t feel like I am strong enough<br>
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And I don't feel like I am strong enough<br>
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome<br>
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'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome<br>
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away<br>
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And I don't feel right when you're gone away<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
‘Cause I’m broken when I’m lonesome<br>
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'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome<br>
And I don’t feel right when you’re gone away<br>
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And I don't feel right when you're gone away<br>
 
<br>
 
<br>
You’ve gone away<br>
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You've gone away<br>
 
You don’t feel me here... anymore<br>
 
You don’t feel me here... anymore<br>
  
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== Video ==
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[[Image:Broken2.jpg|thumb|left|200px|An image from the video]]
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The song's video was filmed in March, 2004. It consists in an exibition of the band filmed in an abandoned are of the Lamkaster desert, California. The director is Nigel Dick, known for having directed the "Hero" video, winner of the MTV Video Music Award.
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== Commercial release ==
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[[Image:Seether ft Amy Lee - Broken.jpg|thumb|190px|right|"Broken" single]]
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=== ''The Punisher'' soundtrack ===
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The album was released March 23, 2004, by [[Wind-up Records]] and it is the official soundtrack of the film ''The Punisher''.
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=== Broken single ===
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#"Broken" (feat. Amy Lee) - 4:21
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#"69 Tea" - 3:31
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#"Something in the Way" ("Live X" Session at 99X, Atlanta) - 3:09
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#"Out of My Way" - 3:51
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:Some UK versions also include "Got It Made" - 5:10.
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== References ==
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<ref name=songfacts>{{cite web|title=Shaun Morgan of Seether: Songwriter Interview|url=https://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/shaun-morgan-of-seether|work=Songfacts|date=May 6, 2013}}</ref>
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<ref name=disclamerII>{{cite web|title=Seether - Disclaimer (2004, CD)|url=https://www.discogs.com/pt_BR/Seether-Disclaimer-II/release/383779|work=Discogs}}</ref>
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{{Amy Lee}}
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[[Category:Collaborations]]
 
[[Category:Related songs]]
 
[[Category:Related songs]]

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General information

Written by: Shaun Morgan

Broken is a song by the South African band, Seether, that also features Amy Lee, who was dating lead singer, Shaun Morgan, at the time. The song was written about Shaun's daughter, Jayde. “She was just born and I had to come to the States (from South Africa) and I wrote the lyrics for her, it’s about leaving somebody behind, you know that is really painful to do, and ultimately you’re looking to the future saying ‘we’ll see each other again and everything will be fine.’”

Amy Lee co-produced the string arrangement with Double G.[1] Broken was written years before Shaun had met Amy. When Seether was recording Disclaimer in 2002, the band wanted Amy to collaborate before the world even knew about Evanescence. The label balked at the idea until two years later when The Punisher's soundtrack was compiled.

Shaun revealed it wasn't his idea to do a duet with Amy on the song and regretted it after they broke-up:[2]

Vin1.jpg It wasn't really my idea to do that. We had done it as a duet live a couple of times, and it was always something that I was willing to try. Originally we were open to try that and end up doing the acoustic version, but having it sort of be a milder, more mellow version of what eventually became the single. And our label, obviously, they smelled dollars. So they sent us into the studio and we did that version.

There are times when I'm quite proud of that version, but other times when I feel like I should have just stuck with my guns and kept the original version of the way I prefer it. But in 2004 we didn't have any say at our record company, so it was mostly a lot of decisions were made for us and we just went with them.

Vin2.jpg


The video for the song is a live performance video filmed in an abandoned area of the Lancaster Desert in California. The video was filmed in mid-March 2004. The director was Nigel Dick, who is also known for directing the MTV Video Music Award winner "Hero". There used to be a crystal meth lab there, before it blew up twice. They filmed the video on the scene as it was. This is the second single off of The Punisher soundtrack (Drowning Pool's "Step Up" was the first) and the first single off of Seether's remixed album Disclaimer II.

Versions

Broken [Original version]

  • Recording date: 2002
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Disclaimer (track #12)
  • Length: 4:17

Broken [Latest version]

  • Recording date: 2004
  • Recording location: Hensen Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
"Broken" single (track #1)
The Punisher soundtrack (track #5)
Disclaimer II (track #20 in the American version, #16 in the European version)
  • Length: 4:21

Lyrics

I wanted you to know that I love the way you laugh
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain away
I keep your photograph; I know it serves me well
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

'Cause I'm broken when I’m lonesome
And I don't feel right when you’re gone away

You've gone away
You don't feel me here... anymore

The worst is over now and we can breathe again
I wanna hold you high, you steal my pain away
There's so much left to learn, and no one left to fight
I wanna hold you high and steal your pain

‘Cause I'm broken when I'm open
And I don't feel like I am strong enough
'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

'Cause I'm broken when I'm open
And I don't feel like I am strong enough
'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

'Cause I'm broken when I'm lonesome
And I don't feel right when you're gone away

You've gone away
You don’t feel me here... anymore

Video

An image from the video

The song's video was filmed in March, 2004. It consists in an exibition of the band filmed in an abandoned are of the Lamkaster desert, California. The director is Nigel Dick, known for having directed the "Hero" video, winner of the MTV Video Music Award.

Commercial release

"Broken" single

The Punisher soundtrack

The album was released March 23, 2004, by Wind-up Records and it is the official soundtrack of the film The Punisher.

Broken single

  1. "Broken" (feat. Amy Lee) - 4:21
  2. "69 Tea" - 3:31
  3. "Something in the Way" ("Live X" Session at 99X, Atlanta) - 3:09
  4. "Out of My Way" - 3:51
Some UK versions also include "Got It Made" - 5:10.

References