Sweet Sacrifice

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All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Call Me When You're Sober
Cloud Nine
End of the Dream
Erase This
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Farther Away
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
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?
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs

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General information

Written by: A. Lee and T. Balsamo

Described as a song about "a post-relationship catharsis that head-dives from an otherworldly intro into a hard-driving thrash of hard rock guitars and soaring rock vocals" by Evanescence.com. In an interview with EvanescenceVille, Amy was asked: "Which was the song on The Open Door that gave more trouble to you? Which was the song that needed more adjustments to obtain 'the final cut'?"

She replied:

Vin1.jpg Sweet Sacrifice took the longest to write. Terry and I began tracking it at the beginning of 2005, got stuck on it and sort of abandoned it, half-baked, for months. Then in September we pulled it out and finally had a breakthrough with it and it became one of our favorite songs on the album. Usually when I get stuck on a song like that it dies. If I can't get the idea out when its fresh and urgent, the feeling just goes away- but Sweet Sacrifice came back to life.[1] Vin2.jpg

Additionally, Amy made known to the fans through EvThreads that John LeCompt didn't take part in the production of the song and he should not be given credit:

Vin1.jpg You all know that Terry suffered a stroke right after tracking the guitars for The Open Door, and how much strength he's had to have to overcome the effects its had on his performance. This is part of the reason the nomination was so touching to us. This award is for those who performed on the track, and I want to give credit where credit is due. Terry composed and performed ALL of the guitars on this song, Will played bass, Rocky played drums, and I sang vocals. Wind-up records made an error when they listed the performers on the album back in 2006, and now that error is being taken advantage of. You are the fans, you deserve to know who you're listening to, and Terry deserves full recognition for his performance.[2] Vin2.jpg

Amy's description of the song:

Vin1.jpg It's the one song on The Open Door that's about the same abusive relationship which was the source of all the songs on Fallen. It was appropriate to put this song at the beginning, but it comes from a much stronger standpoint than Fallen. It's not saying, 'I'm trapped in fear and somebody save me.' It's saying, 'Fear is only in our minds ... I'm not afraid anymore.'[3] Vin2.jpg

Amy has said that she is the "sweet sacrifice" in the song. She said the song is about the time when Ben was still in the band, and that she hopes a similar situation won't happen again.[4] Officially chosen as the third single from The Open Door after requests from the band and fan reactions prompted the label to rethink ideas of releasing "All That I'm Living For" as the single.[5] The song was nominated for the Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy Award of 2008.[6]

The song was played regularly during The Open Door Tour (2006-07).[7][8][9] It was played live again for the first time in five years on March 28, 2012.[10]


Studio versions:

Sweet Sacrifice

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
The Open Door (track #1) - the third single off the album
All "Sweet Sacrifice" singles
  • Length: 3:03

Sweet Sacrifice [Radio mix]

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006, processed during April 2007
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Sweet Sacrifice Single (track #3) - Premium Maxi CD single
  • Length: 3:05

Live versions:

Sweet Sacrifice [2006-2007 Live]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - December 7, 2007
  • Example: Live @ KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2006

Sweet Sacrifice [2012 Live]

  • Performing Period: March 28 - March 31; August 6, 2012
  • Example: Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia


It's true, we're all a little insane
But it's so clear
Now that I'm unchained

Fear is only in our minds
Taking over all the time
Fear is only in our minds
but it's taking over all the time

You poor sweet innocent thing
Dry your eyes and testify
You know you live to break me - don't deny
Sweet sacrifice

One day I'm gonna forget your name
And one sweet day,
You're gonna drown in my lost pain

Fear is only in our minds
Taking over all the time
Fear is only in our minds
But it's taking over all the time

You poor sweet innocent thing
Dry your eyes and testify
And oh, you love to hate me
Don't you, honey?
I'm your sacrifice

I dream in darkness
I sleep to die
Erase the silence
Erase my life

Do you wonder [Our burning ashes]
Why you hate? [Blacken the day]
Are you still so weak [A world of nothingness]
To survive your mistakes? [Blow me away]

You poor sweet innocent thing
Dry your eyes and testify
You know you live to break me - don't deny
Sweet sacrifice


Sweet Sacrifice Video

The video was filmed on March 9 and March 10, 2007 and was directed by Paul Brown. For each day of production, one lucky EvClub member was given the chance to visit the set and take pictures while they watched the video being made (see Contest Details). CNN broadcast a segment featuring some behind-the-scenes footage of the video on March 16, 2007.

Vin1.jpg "It's mostly live performance," singer Amy Lee said recently on the set of their "Sweet Sacrifice" video. "It's not so much fluff and flying and tricks and wolves and stuff. It's more really just about the song, and that is unique for us. We usually do crazy stuff." The video does have a "cool twist," which Lee refused to reveal, but it will mainly feature the band performing on a set inspired by 2000's psychotherapist thriller "The Cell." "Like we're in the walls of our minds, sort of," Lee said.

Paul Brown, who has directed videos for Audioslave and Matisyahu, helmed the project, which will feature scenes of the live footage projected onto a wall. "It's gonna be sort of like a video within the video," Lee said. "Since the song is our heaviest single, we really wanted to focus on mostly performance but still have something about it that's really unique. And I think [Paul] really hit the nail on the head."[11]

Sweet Sacrifice Video

The video was officially released at launch.yahoo.com on April 5th, however iTunes North America had accidentally made it briefly available for purchase the day before.

Commercial release

Exquisite-kfind.png Main article: Sweet Sacrifice Single

The Sweet Sacrifice single was commercially released in Germany on May 25, 2007.

Tracks released with the single include:

  1. "Sweet Sacrifice" [Album version]
  2. "Weight of the World" [Live in Tokyo]
  3. "Sweet Sacrifice" [Radio version]
  4. Interview with Amy Lee and John LeCompt [enhanced video]

Guitar tabs & sheet music

not available


  1. "An Interview With Amy Lee". EvanescenceVille. http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/SITE/?page_id=214. Retrieved October 28, 2007.
  2. Lee, Amy (February 6, 2008). "Making sweet sacrifice". EvThreads.com. http://evthreads.com/showthread.php?t=10625. Retrieved February 6, 2008.[dead link]
  3. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1.com. 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.
  4. Mora, Angelo (September 2006). "Tre Metri Sopra il Cielo" (in Italian). Rock Sound 100 (60): 37. ISSN 1127-1337. http://www.evanescencewebsite.com/TheOpenDoor/displayimage.php?album=517&pos=6. Retrieved June 27, 2013.
  5. Lee, Amy (January 29, 2007). "Change of heart". EvThreads.com. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. http://web.archive.org/web/20120206010232/http://www.evthreads.com/showpost.php?p=136272&postcount=204. Retrieved January 29, 2007.
  6. "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV News. February 10, 2008. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1581272/grammy-2008-winners.jhtml. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  7. "Evanescence Live In NYC: Amy Lee Headbangs, Serenades Her 'New Hometown'". MTV News. October 10, 2006. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1542773/evanescence-live-amy-lee-rocks-new-hometown.jhtml. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  8. 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 August 16, 2013.
  9. "Evanescence: Rock Am Ring Concert Footage Posted Online". Blabbermouth.net. June 4, 2007. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-rock-am-ring-concert-footage-posted-online/. Retrieved August 18, 2013.
  10. Reid, Poppy (March 30, 2012). "Live Review: Evanescence". The Music Network. http://www.themusicnetwork.com/reviews/live/2012/03/30/live-review-evanescence/. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  11. Moss, Corey (March 26, 2007). "Evanescence's Lee Laughs At 'Idol,' Promises Less Fluff In 'Sweet' Clip". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1555450/20070323/id_0.jhtml. Retrieved March 27, 2007.