Call Me When You're Sober

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General information

Written by: A. Lee and T. Balsamo

The official first single off of The Open Door by Evanescence. Amy's sisters, Carrie and Lori, performed background vocals for the song (I've made up your mind). "Call Me When You're Sober" officially went for radio adds on August 7, 2006,[1] but the song had been leaked on July 30, 2006 forcing radio stations to play the song early.[2] According to John Lee, this song wasn't originally intended to be on the album.[3]

The song is about the relationship of Amy Lee and Shaun Morgan had. Around when the single was out on the radio, Shaun Morgan announced that he is going into rehab. Amy also said that the song is about other things in her life, "it was also about the people I was working with that were kind of holding me down and manipulating me and betraying me. I had to put my foot down and walk out the door."[4]

Amy's description of the song:

Vin1.jpg It's very obvious who it's about. I know that people would read between the lines and think it's about my ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan [of Seether], but I wanted to be completely clear. I needed so bad to say exactly what I was feeling for so long. Music is therapy for me. It's my outlet for every negative thing I've ever been through. It lets me turn something bad into something beautiful.[5] Vin2.jpg


Amy talked about the song in a 2011 interview with Spin:

Vin1.jpg It's mostly a chick anthem: 'You only want me when you're drunk. You only want me because I'm not there.' I definitely get a lot of girls who are like, 'That's my song. I assigned that ringtone to my ex-boyfriend.'[6] Vin2.jpg


Rumors said that the song's final melody was modified by Wind-up Records because the record company wanted it to be the first single and be special. According to the rumors, this was the reason why the album was released some months later than the first release date that became known to the audience. Amy referred to that on EvBoard.com:

Vin1.jpg Wind up didn't choose this single- I did, and I had to fight for it. I love this song. Also, they didn't change anything about it. This is the way we made it. We fought over the guitar part but eventually just got the mix right.[7] Vin2.jpg


"Call Me When You're Sober" was added to the setlist in The Open Door Tour during 2006 and 2007.[8][9][10] It was later performed at the Legends & Lyrics concert in Nashville on February 23, 2009.[11] It was also added to the setlist in 2011-12 to support Evanescence.[12][13][14]

Versions

Studio versions:

Call Me When You're Sober

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
The Open Door (track #2) – the first single off the album
All "Call Me When You're Sober" singles
  • Length: 3:34


Live versions:

Call Me When You're Sober [Live]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - December 8, 2007; November 4 - November 8, 2009; August 17, 2011 - November 9, 2012; November 2015; April - November 2016; April 2017
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Examples: KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas (December 10, 2006); War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee (August 17, 2011)

Call Me When You're Sober [Acoustic]

  • Performing dates: August - September 2006; February 23, 2009
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: All "Call Me When You're Sober" singles
  • Recording date: August 13, 2006
  • Recording place: New York City
  • Length: 3:37

Lyrics

Don't cry to me
If you loved me
You would be here with me
You want me
Come find me
Make up your mind

Should I let you fall?
Lose it all?
So maybe you can remember yourself
Can't keep believing
We're only deceiving ourselves
And I'm sick of the lie
And you're too late

Don't cry to me
If you loved me
You would be here with me
You want me
Come find me
Make up your mind

Couldn't take the blame
Sick with shame

Must be exhausting to lose your own game
Selfishly hated, no wonder you're jaded
You can't play the victim this time
And you're too late

Don't cry to me
If you loved me
You would be here with me
You want me?
Come find me
Make up your mind

You never call me when you're sober
You only want it cause it's over
It's over!

How could I have burned paradise?
How could I?
You were never mine!

So don't cry to me
If you loved me
You would be here with me
Don't lie to me
Just get your things
I've made up your mind

Video

Call Me When You're Sober

The video for "Call Me When You're Sober", produced by Marc Webb,[15] was filmed in Hollywood, California, and was officially released on August 7th, 2006 on MTV.[16] It features a theme that is loosely based on Little Red Riding Hood.

Vin1.jpg These live wolves came in, and they each had trainers and it was really fun. I thought it was really cool, but then when they came in, they were 150 pounds. So I was like, 'Wow, if I got on all fours, I'd be about the same size as this huge animal.' But it was me and the wolves in the room, and it was all cool. It was awesome. My allergies kicked in, but I powered through. And then we shot the scene at the vanity with the Big Bad Wolf coming over my shoulders and trying to seduce me. The song is so literal, the lyrics and everything — I mean, obviously, just by the title — that we felt like the video would have the freedom to go in a less literal direction. So it's [a modern re-imagining of] Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf and sort of a more cool, superhero, rock and roll Little Red Riding Hood.[16] Vin2.jpg


The Big Bad Wolf in the video, Oliver Goodwill, is from the UK. He has been playing drums for 17 years. He posts on EvBoard under nickname realwolf, though EvBoarders affectonately call him 'Wolfie'.

Watch the video on YouTube.com.

Commercial release

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The "Call Me When You're Sober" single was released to most of the world on September 18, 2006, and to the UK on September 25, 2006.

Tracks released with this single include:

  1. Call Me When You're Sober [Album version]
  2. Call Me When You're Sober [Acoustic version]
  3. Making Of Call Me When You're Sober [Enhanced CD feature] (05:23)
  4. Call Me When You're Sober Video [Enhanced CD feature]
  • The 'Making Of' clip is a shortened version of the program broadcast by MTV. The full version can be found on YouTube in two parts here and here.

Guitar tabs & sheet music

References

  1. "Evanescence: 'The Open Door' Track Listing Revealed". Blabbermouth.net. July 6, 2006. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-the-open-door-track-listing-revealed. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
  2. "Evanescence’s New Single 'Call Me When You’re Sober' Made Available to US Radio via Digital Distribution". Vocus. August 1, 2006. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2006/8/prweb418990.htm. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  3. Lee, John (December 7, 2006). "Daddy Lee's Evanescence article". EvBoard. http://www.evboard.com/daddy-lees-evanescence-article-35809.html. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  4. Harris, Chris (August 10, 2006). "Evanescence Set For Fall Tour; Amy Lee Reveals Inspiration Behind 'Sober'". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1538267/amy-lee-reveals-inspiration-behind-sober.jhtml. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  5. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061016104811/http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1540914/story.jhtml. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
  6. Dodero, Camille (October 4, 2011). "Tough Questions for Evanescence's Amy Lee". Spin. http://www.spin.com/articles/tough-questions-evanescences-amy-lee/. Retrieved June 8, 2013.
  7. Lee, Amy (August 3, 2006). "Call Me When You're Sober". EvBoard. http://www.evboard.com/call-me-when-youre-sober-31363-79.html#post936328. Retrieved November 21, 2007.
  8. Harris, Chris (October 10, 2006). "Evanescence Live In NYC: Amy Lee Headbangs, Serenades Her 'New Hometown'". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1542773/evanescence-live-amy-lee-rocks-new-hometown.jhtml. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  9. "Lee of Evanescence connects at Saltair". The Salt Lake Tribune. October 27, 2006. http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/ci_4551883. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  10. Massimo, Rick (April 5, 2007). "Amy Lee cements her status as the core of Evanescence". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080514012353/http://www.projo.com/music/content/QEVANREV_04-05-07_64548TM.3846ec9.html. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  11. "Amy Lee Plays Legends And Lyrics". UpVenue.com. http://www.upvenue.com/music-news/blog-headline/1032/amy-lee-legends-and-lyrics.html. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  12. Schillaci, Sophie (October 12, 2011). "Evanescence at the Palladium: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/evanescence-taylor-momsen-concert-review-247487. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  13. "Evanescence Plays First Show In Almost Two Years; Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. August 18, 2011. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-plays-first-show-in-almost-two-years-video-available. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  14. Finatto, Paulo, Jr. (October 10, 2012). "Resenha - Evanescence (Pepsi on Stage, Porto Alegre, 04/10/12)" (in Spanish). Whiplash.net. http://whiplash.net/materias/shows/165121-evanescence.html. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  15. "Booked: Evanescence - Marc Webb, director". Video Static. July 2006. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. http://web.archive.org/web/20130203020139/http://www.videostatic.com/vs/2006/week27/index.html. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Moss, Corey (November 20, 2006). "After Facing Big Bad Wolf, Amy Lee Faces Herself In Evanescence Clip". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1544656/amy-lee-confronts-herself-lithium-clip.jhtml. Retrieved July 20, 2013.