The Change

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, T. McLawhorn and W. Hunt

The Change is the third track from Evanescence's third studio album, Evanescence. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic chose The Change as a highlight on the album, along with My Heart Is Broken and What You Want.[1] The Change premiered live during Evanescence's show in Nashville on August 17, 2011.[2] It was later performed live during the 2011 Rock in Rio festival on October 2.[3] The band added it to the set-list of the Evanescence Tour (2011-12).[4][5][6]

On August 22, 2011, Amy went to Toronto's Liberty Studios to preview five mastered songs from Evanescence to a selected crowd of thirty people. The Change was one of the five previewed songs.[7][8]

In a Q&A session in Milan in September 2011, Amy explained the song is about that moment in a relationship where you know you have to break up. She added it's not about her relationship with Josh, and they are perfectly fine.

In a track-by-track interview, Amy Lee talked about the song saying:

Vin1.jpg The song for a long time was called 'Purple' so we're all still getting used to calling it The Change.

Yeah, uh, this song came together with the band when we were at pre-production, just really writing as a band. We, this is a cool story, we lived in two apartments in Nashville when we were making the record for like 6 months, cause we were writing down there, and then recording and blah blah blah. Tim and I were in one apartment, and Will and Troy and Terry were in the other apartment. And we wanted to work on some ideas both of us separately and then bring things to the table in the morning and try to write a new song. And I was like 'Let's take the same tuning guitar home' so that maybe if we both come up with some cool ideas it would work together who knows. At least we would be in the same key. So we did, and Tim and I were working on something really cool and got this net thing going which is really the verse, and I came up with the chorus melody idea and stuff. And we came in the next day and the other guys had this very net guitar part. And weirdly enough that guitar part they were working on and the verse that we had that we were so into, totally worked together. And it's like these two contrasting net guitar parts that work together. I mean we tweaked them a little bit to make it work right but that's it. Cool happy accident there.[9]


When asked in an interview on February 2012 which song on the self-titled album the band wrote the fastest, Amy replied with The Change, further explaining how the song was composed:

Vin1.jpg You know what, it has to be The Change! It started as an idea that Tim had. And it was a completely sounding song at first. We all work from home and make demo recordings and then we bring them together. And Tim had this demo idea that was slow but it was like that verse. We were living in an apartment in Nashville at the time – Tim and I were in one apartment and the other three guys were in another apartment next door. And we all said, let’s just go home tonight and everybody take home the same guitar tuning, so that when we show up tomorrow, you know, maybe whatever we’ve been working on will all be in the same key and turn out to be the same song. It’d be funny if that happened. So they wrote in their room and Tim and I wrote in our room. And I loved the idea that he had for the verse and I wrote the chorus’ chord progression. And so we brought it the next day and the other guys had written this chord progression that totally went – it was different, but it totally went with what we had. So the verse guitar parts are actually the two songs on top of each other. That was really inspiring. That whole song I think came together in a day, and then I went home and wrote all the lyrics all in one day. And that usually doesn’t happen. I usually spend a week or two on the lyrics. So that was a fast one.[10] Vin2.jpg


Studio versions:

The Change

  • Recording Date: April 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Evanescence (track #3)
  • Length: 3:42

The Change (Evanescence Pre-Master)[note 1]

  • Recording Date: April 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 3:48

Live versions:

The Change [Live]

  • Performing period: August 17, 2011 - November 9, 2012; November 2015; April - November 2016; April - July 2017; May - September 2019; November 5 - December 11, 2021; January 14 - 21, 2022; May 9-10, 2024
  • Example: Rock in Rio 2011

The Change [Acoustic]

  • Performing date: May 30, 2012; June 2017; September 2019
  • Performed at: BigFM, Wiesbaden, Germany (May 30, 2012); Voronezh, Russia (September 23, 2019)



Thought that I was strong
I know the words I need to say
Frozen in my place
I let the moment slip away

I’ve been screaming on the inside
And I know you feel the pain
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?


Say it’s over, yes it’s over
But I need you anyway
Say you love me
But it’s not enough

Never meant to lie
But I’m not the girl you think you know
The more that I am with you
The more that I am all alone

I’ve been screaming on the inside
And I know you feel the pain
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?


Say it’s over, yes it’s over
But I need you anyway
Say you love me
But it’s not enough

Not that I’m so different
Not that I don’t see the dying light of what we used to be
But how can I forgive you
You changed!
And I'm a liar by your side
I’m about to lose my mind

Cause I’ve been screaming on the inside
And I know you feel the pain
Can you hear me?
Can you hear me?

You’ve been dreaming if you’re thinking
That I still belong to you
And I’ve been dying
'Cause I’m lying to myself


Say it’s over, yes it’s over
But I need you anyway
Say you love me
But it’s not enough


  1. This track is the same as the album version but this have an extended outro using the faded part of the beginning in "My Heart Is Broken".


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  4. Schillaci, Sophie (October 12, 2011). "Evanescence at the Palladium: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
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  8. Bliss, Karen (August 25, 2011). "Backbeat: Amy Lee Attends EMI Canada's Evanescence Listening Party". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  9. "Evanescence 'embarrassed' by new single - video". NME. September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  10. Toh, Christopher (February 22, 2012). "The unexpurgated Amy Lee (of Evanescence)". Retrieved June 15, 2013.