Never Go Back

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, T. Balsamo, T. McCord and W. Hunt

Never Go Back is the eleventh track from Evanescence's third studio album, Evanescence. The working title for it was "Orange".[note 1] Amy revealed the official title of the song in a MTV interview.[1]

In the same interview, Amy said:

Vin1.jpg It wasn't about my life so much. ... When we first got into pre-production, the earthquakes and tsunami happened in Japan, and we were all just totally glued to paying attention to it, all these incredibly heartbreaking images, and we just [thought], 'Wow.' And I was thinking about it a lot. It was consuming my mind, and we were working on that song at the same time. I was kind of working on lyrics at night; we'd practice all day, and I'd go home at night and be working on lyrics by myself. And I came in the next day and was like, 'Guys, I'm going to make this song about the tsunami.'[1] Vin2.jpg

In an earlier interview, Amy said this about the song:

Vin1.jpg There's this beautiful song that — it's definitely going to make the album, or I will kill someone — it's not like a single or anything, it's just this epic album track that's about loss from the perspective of someone losing someone in a tragedy, and it's really cool to listen back to that, too.[2] Vin2.jpg

In a track-by-track interview with, Amy added:

Vin1.jpg "Never Go Back" was actually inspired by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. While we were writing a bunch of music at pre-production that was going on. And I just remember, you know, we were just watching the news and looking at all these pictures on the internet, and just like... I was just inspired and feeling a lot of feelings, just of empathy and sympathy, and just sort of like 'wow, what would that be like'... you know. Putting myself in the situation in my head.

Sort of accidently I guess, when I do the thing where I go home and do my homework, and work on the lyrics. I just sort of was writing without thinking about why and after a minute I was like 'oh okay, I'm thinking about Japan, and I'm singing about Japan'. Like, why not just let this song be that story. So, it's about losing everything, you know, and about life beyond your control.[3]


The second verse had the lyric "I will find you by the beat of your heart" before Amy changed it to "I can feel you in my heart, just show me the way."[4]

The song was performed live for the first time on October 6, 2011 at the Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Watch a video of the performance here.

Never Go Back was confirmed to be reworked and included on the orchestral album, Synthesis, when the track list was revealed through the album's pre-order on September 15, 2017. This version was performed live for the first time on October 14, 2017 at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Synthesis Live tour. Watch a video of the performance here.

This is what Evanescence posted about Never Go Back in a Synthesis track-by-track on Facebook;

Vin1.jpg We were writing the song as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami was hitting Tohoku, Japan. We needed some lyrics for a very dramatic, very heavy-sounding song. Watching those images on the news, we had this empathy, so those feelings just came out of me, wondering what I would feel like in that position. The reason it’s on this album is because of its nature. That bridge piano part is one of the most dramatic classical elements in our music, and I always visualized it as a piece. To take it, accentuate it, and go all the way with that idea was really satisfying. We took that piano bridge part and used it as the intro to this new version, then allowed the orchestra to really take over, just as I always heard it in my head. It wasn’t supposed to be the first song on the album, but I realized using that one piano note was the simplest place to start. It gave the album so much room to grow, sonically and musically. And the vocal, singing from a dark place, leading to the light, was exactly the right way to start. That was a last-minute choice, instead of what we’d planned originally, using the Unraveling intro into Imaginary.[5] Vin2.jpg

The song's verses melody was ripped off by Bring Me the Horizon on their 2019 song nihilist blues, and the writing credits were offered to Evanescence after both bands got in touch.[6]


Studio Versions

Never Go Back [Evanescence version]

  • Recording Date: April 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Evanescence (track #11)
  • Length: 4:27

Never Go Back [Synthesis version]

  • Recording Date: February - August 2017
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Synthesis (track #2)
  • Length: 4:50

Live Versions

Never Go Back [Live]

  • Performing period: October 6, 2011 - November 9, 2012; November 2015; April 30 - May 2, 2016
  • Example: Coliseo José Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico (October 6, 2011)

Never Go Back [Live 2022 Medley][note 2]

  • Performing period: August 16 - December 14, 2022; June 2 - 9, 2023
  • Example: Ball Arena, Denver, CO, USA (August 16)

Never Go Back [Synthesis Live][note 3]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - September 8, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #2)
  • Length: 6:03


Everything is so dark
And I know there's something wrong
But I can't turn the light on
In that split second change
When you knew we couldn't hold on
I realized I live to love you

Save yourself
Don’t look back
Tearing us apart until it's all gone
The only world I've ever known
Sleeps beneath the waves
But I remember

I won't give up on you
I can feel you in my heart
Just show me the way
I don't belong here alone
I can still see your face
Where it's burned into my mind
I die every time I close my eyes
You're always there

Save yourself
Don’t look back
Tearing us apart until it's all gone
The only world I've ever known
Sleeps beneath the waves
But I'm the one who’s drowning
Without your love I am lost
And I can never go back home

All across the ocean
We are calling, calling
Are, are, are you there?
Nothing left for me 'til I find you

Because it's all gone
The only world I've ever known
Sleeps beneath the waves
But I'm the one who’s drowning
Without your love I am lost
And I can never go back
I can never go back home


  1. "Orange" is registered as an alternate title for the song on ASCAP. Check here.
  2. This version was played as a medley along with Lose Control and Part of Me.
  3. This version is titled "Overture / Never Go Back" as it contains the opening song Overture.