From The Evanescence Reference

Across the Universe*
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 and W. B. Hunt

Hi-Lo is the third track from Evanescence's fourth studio album, Synthesis. It was written in 2007 by Amy and Will "Science" Hunt, being it their first collaboration ever.[1] It was conceived when the two decided to write an original song after working on the cover song Sally's Song.[1] It was originally chosen to be released for the third, self-titled album,[1] but when recording sessions were stopped, the song was discarded and remained on the back burner for 7 more years. The song was first announced in a Spin interview in March 2010:

Vin1.jpg "Hi-Lo." It's a working title. It's going in an electro-pop direction -- there are no organic instruments. It's a Portishead or Massive Attack direction, and lyrically it's about moving on, but in a very non-confrontational, non-angry way. It's just, 'Hey, everything that happened, I'm over it and I'm not mad at you.'[1] Vin2.jpg

Hi-Lo was confirmed to be on Synthesis when the track list was revealed through the album's pre-order on September 15, 2017.

In an article by Revolver, they published that musician and violinist, Lindsey Stirling, makes a guest appearance on the song.[2] Amy Lee confirmed it was true in an Evanescence Q&A on Facebook, making it the second Evanescence song ever to feature an external artist (the first being Paul McCoy on Bring Me To Life).

Vin1.jpg Q: How was it working with Lindsey Stirling?

Amy: She is amazing. I can't WAIT for you to finally hear Hi-Lo, and the amazing new life she brought to the song!!! [3]


Once most of the song was recorded, Amy felt it would be a perfect moment to feature a guest solo in the "interesting long instrumental part without a lead focal point."[4] Instead of writing new lyrics for this part, she approached Lindsey Stirling to collaborate. Although she had other people in mind, she said Lindsey was "the obvious, natural choice."[4] Lindsey demoed her violin solo after Amy told her what she imagined, then she recorded it in Los Angeles and sent it to Amy, who was recording the album in Fort Worth, TX.[4]

Hi-Lo was premiered live at the first Synthesis Live show at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 14, 2017.

In the songbook/tour program given to those who purchased VIP packages and available at the merch booth, Hi-Lo is explained:

After 10 years in the vault it is our pleasure to finally bring this song into the light. It was the first creative collaboration with Will Hunt (Spaceway), Synthesis producer and programmer. After a decade of not quite fitting in, it finally found its rightful home on this project.

Episode four of Inside Synthesis features Lindsey Stirling in the studio recording Hi-Lo. Amy speaks about how she thought of Lindsey after talks of a guest featuring on the song took place:[5]

Vin1.jpg Amy: We had a piece in one of the new songs that felt like it could use one more thing, and we talked about the possibility of having a guest and I thought of Lindsey right away. She's the very definition of somebody who doesn't fit inside of a box. She really paved her own path. I respect that so much. It's very interesting that we've never, like, met, because I think creatively we have a lot in common. Vin2.jpg

Lindsey talks about her admiration for Amy Lee as an artist in the episode:

Vin1.jpg Lindsey: Not only do I love [Amy's] voice and her music, but I love that she is so incredibly- you can tell she's very creatively involved in her craft. You know, you can just feel that about certain artists, and I can feel that with Amy in the work that she does. Vin2.jpg

When asked about the song in an interview with Vanity Fair, Amy said:[6]

Vin1.jpg It's a brand new song, but I'd been keeping it for ten years. It's about a love that's been over for a while. Songs about exes are usually, ‘you broke my heart, I hate you.’ This, on the other hand, says, ‘hey, I forgave you, it's alright. Thinking about you doesn't make me angry because I moved on with my life.’ Vin2.jpg

In a Synthesis track-by-track on Facebook, Hi-Lo is given another little explanation:[7]

Vin1.jpg This is one of the two ‘new’ songs on the album. I first wrote it 10 years ago with [producer] Will [Hunt], it was the first thing we ever did together. We were friends who connected over our ideas on music and musical tastes, so we decided to go into the studio and spend a day or so to see if we had any chemistry, and that’s where this song comes from. I’ve loved it ever since. I’ve always had it at the top of my pile to release, but it never quite fit, it was never finished. The song is now finally home. I imagined it with strings and a full orchestra in that epic place. And it all came together. Then Lindsey Stirling played that beautiful violin solo. It really takes Will and I back to our own beginnings as collaborators. Vin2.jpg

Evanescence performed Hi-Lo with Lindsey Stirling during the Summer 2018 tour. Click here to watch a video of the performance.


Studio Versions

Hi-Lo (feat. Lindsey Stirling)

Hi-Lo (feat. Lindsey Stirling) [Radio Edit]

Hi-Lo [Lillywhite sessions][8]

Live Versions

Hi-Lo [Synthesis Live]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - April 9, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #11)
  • Length: 5:08

Hi-Lo [with Lindsey Stirling]

  • Performing period: July 6 - September 8, 2018
  • Example: Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO, USA


I don't know your heart
I don't know where to begin
But I could feel you erasing the rivers I'd drawn in
The more I stood still the faster you were running
You don't know how it feels crawling under your skin
so far, so far away
Don't you know we could be

High or Low, you never fell beneath me
And I gave up on you, but I never forgot you

I can't be your friend
Hold your hand while you bleed

There's nothing left to give you
Nothing more I need
Time to let it sleep
Oh, the damage was real
But nothing cut me so deep I could not heal

Don't you know we could be
High or Low, you never fell beneath me
And I gave up on you, but never forgot you

High or Low
You never fell beneath me
And I gave up on you
But I never forgot

Music Video

Hi-Lo music video.

The music video was announced to be released at midnight on June 8, 2018 EST.[9] However, when the video was published, it was only available to view in selected countries, which caused the band to take down the original and re-upload later in the day.

The layered shots were filmed by Paul R. Brown at Evanescence's two shows at the Royal Festival Hall in London, UK and the surrounding areas in the city. When the song comes to Lindsey's part, it cut to her dancing around and playing the violin. Lindsey confirmed that her shots were filmed at a studio in Los Angeles, CA.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Goodman, William (March 5, 2010). "Exclusive: Amy Lee on the New Evanescence Album". Spin. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
  2. Camp, Zoe (September 15, 2017). "Hear Evanescence's Emotionally-Charged New Song "Imperfection"". Revolver.
  3. Lee, Amy (September 15, 2017). "Evanescence Q&A". Facebook.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "EVANESCENCE: Interview with Amy". Stencil Magazine (46). December 2017. https://evthreads.proboards.com/thread/2507/interview-stencil-online-magazine-2017.
  5. Evanescence (October 27, 2017). "Watch a BRAND NEW episode of Inside Synthesis featuring Lindsey Stirling!". Twitter.
  6. Solaro, Alba (October 30, 2017). "Amy Lee torna con gli Evanescence: «Un figlio ti rende creativa»" (in Italian). Vanity Fair. https://www.vanityfair.it/music/storie-music/2017/10/30/evanescence-amy-lee-album-synthesis-hard-rock.
  7. Evanescence (November 20, 2017). "Each day this week we'll feature four songs off the new album...". Facebook.
  8. Mentioned by Amy on her Spin interview in March 2010 concerning the (later scrapped) Lillywhite sessions for the third album. It had an electro-pop direction with no organic instruments, described as sounding like Massive Attack and Portishead. In 2017, she said it had a "solo vibe idea, an electronic thing".
  9. "Our brand new video for Hi-Lo featuring Lindsey Stirling comes out tomorrow night!". Instagram.