Lacrymosa

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All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Anywhere
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Bleed
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
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
Farther Away
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
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 Change
The End
The In-Between
The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
The Only One
The Other Side
Together Again
Tourniquet
Understanding
Unknown Title
Unraveling
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Whisper
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star


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General Information

Written by: A. Lee and T. Balsamo

Recorded in a chapel[1] at Seattle, Washington,[2] the song was originally written for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, but was scrapped by the director. "I thought it would be awesome for the opening scene, but they wanted something original," says Lee on the Mozart cover.[3] However, the producers of the movie later stated that neither Lee nor Evanescence were approached to compose music for Narnia.[4]

It features elements of W.A. Mozart's "Lacrimosa" from his 'Requiem in D Minor.' More info on that composition can be found here. Terry's guitar solo in the middle of the song adds to its sheer epic sound before the choir closes with a stunning decrescendo. The name of the song is a corruption of the Latin term lacrimosa, which means "tearful".[5] This word is also the scientific name for a species of moth, Catocala Lacrymosa, also known as the 'Tearful Underwing'. This species of moth features on the cover of The Open Door's booklet and on the cover for the Sweet Sacrifice radio promo CD.

A 22-cord orchestra led by David Campbell (with whom Evanescence had already worked for their performance at the Billboard Awards 2004) starts off the song in order to introduce a choir, which serves as back up for Amy’s vocals.

Vin1.jpg Dave Campbell is an enormous inspiration source for me. He's so talented. The way he arranges orchestral parts is remarkable. It's the element of our music that makes me cry![2] Vin2.jpg


Amy's description of the song:

Vin1.jpg I saw Amadeus when I was nine years old and fell in love with Mozart. The part of Mozart's Requiem called "Lacrimosa" is my favorite piece of music ever. I always wished we could cover it, but with programming and guitars and make it cool. It's our moment to try all the things I wanted to and couldn't, so I started messing with it in Protools. Terry wrote some riffs and turned it into this awesome metal epic.[6] Vin2.jpg


A 30-seconds clip of this song was used in the trailer for The Open Door.[7][8]

In the chorus, the choir sings Lacrimosa...dies illa... lacrimosa... dona eis requiem, which roughly translates to "tearful that day... tearful... grant them rest." Though the full lyrics from Mozart's Lacrimosa is: Lacrimosa dies illa /Qua resurget ex favilla /Judicandus homo reus/Huic ergo parce, Deus/Pie Jesu Domine/Dona eis requiem. Amen, which means Tearful that day/on which will rise from ashes/guilty man for judgment/So have mercy, O Lord, on this man/compassionate Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen.

Versions

Studio versions:

Lacrymosa

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: The Open Door (track #7)
  • Length: 3:37

Live versions:

Lacrymosa [New Guitar Solo]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - January 18, 2007
  • Example: Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lacrymosa [2007 Original Guitar Solo]

  • Performing period: January 25 - December 8, 2007
  • Example: Live @ Sydney Enterteinment Centre Sydney, Australia (February 17, 2007)

Lacrymosa [2009 Live]

Lacrymosa [2012 Live]

  • Performing Period: October 4 - October 11, 2012
  • Example: Pepsi On Stage, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Lyrics

Out on your own
Cold and alone again
Can this be what you really wanted, baby?

[Lacrimosa]
Blame it on me
[Dies illa]
Set your guilt free
[Lacrimosa]
Nothing can hold you back now
[Dona eis requiem]

Now that you're gone
I feel like myself again
Grieving the things I can't repair and willing

[Lacrimosa]
To let you blame it on me
[Dies illa]
And set your guilt free
[Lacrimosa]
I don't want to hold you back now love
[Dona eis requiem]

I can't change who I am
Not this time, I wont lie to keep you near me
And in this short life
There's no time to waste on giving up
My love wasn't enough

[Lacrimosa]
And you can blame it on me
[Dies illa]
Just set your guilt free, honey
[Lacrimosa]
I don't want to hold you back now love
[Dona eis requiem]

Amen

Guitar Tabs & Sheet Music

Notes and References

  1. Harrington, Richard (October 6, 2006). "Another 'Door' Opens for Amy Lee". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Listen To Two New Tracks From Evanescence's Album 'The Open Door'". SonyBMG.com.au. September 19, 2006. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  3. Reesman, Bryan (November 2006). "The Essence of Evanescence". Metal Edge 52 (11): 5–10. ISSN 1068-2872. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  4. "Wardrobe closed to Evanescence singer". The New Zealand Herald. November 27, 2004. Retrieved February 2, 2008.
  5. Cawley, Kevin (ed.). "Lacrimosus". Latin Dictionary and Grammar Aid. University of Notre Dame. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  6. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1.com. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
  7. "Evanescence: 'The Open Door' Trailer". Ultimate-Guitar.com. July 18, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  8. "EVANESCENCE: 'The Open Door' Trailer Available". Blabbermouth.net. July 17, 2006. Retrieved July 18, 2013.