The Other Side

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The Other Side
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You Got a Lot to Learn
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General information

Written by: A. Lee and T. Balsamo and T. McCord

"The Other Side" is a song on Evanescence's self-titled album, Evanescence. It is described as song that has "thunderous mix of double-bass drums, churning, chunky guitars" and "Lee's ethereal, widescreen vocals" in an MTV article.[1] A sample of the track was shared with fans on July 13, 2011 on MTV's website.[1] On August 22, 2011, Amy went to Toronto's Liberty Studios to preview 5 mastered songs from Evanescence to a selected crowd of thirty people. "The Other Side" was one of the five previewed songs.[2][3]

During the interview in which the track was previewed, Amy talked about the song saying:

Vin1.jpg I wrote it with the guys. It was real collaborative. That was a hard one for me to write the lyrics for, because I had the chorus — it's very epic and dramatic; 'Counting the days to meet you on the other side' — but then, the verses, again, that element of fun is coming back in, you know, the band, it's grooving... so I'm like, 'How do I sing about death in a way that's sort of bitchy?' Like, it's not really possible ... it's hard to explain. But it's harder than it sounds.[1] Vin2.jpg


In a track-by-track with NME.com she added:

Vin1.jpg This is one that evolved over time too. We had the start for it from one session a few month before and it wasn't finished. Then we worked on it with the band and it really grew into something.

This is a cool song that we all really love, I think as a group it's one of our favorites, on the record and to play too, it's a really fun song to play. It's about loss, but not so much mourning for the dead as much as comitting yourself to being together again in another life.[4]

Vin2.jpg


On August 17, 2011 "The Other Side" was premiered live at Evanescence's Nashville show.[5] It was also played at the 2011 Rock in Rio festival on October 2.[6] The song was later added to the set-list to support Evanescence in 2011 and 2012.[7][8][9]

Versions

Studio versions:

The Other Side

  • Recording Date: February 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Evanescence (track #5)
  • Length: 4:05

The Other Side [Radio edit]

  • Recording date: February 2011 - July 2011
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: "The Other Side" promotional single
  • Length: 3:59

Live versions:

The Other Side [Live]

  • Performing period: August 17, 2011 - November 9, 2012; November 2015; April - November 2016
  • Example: War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville (August 17, 2011)

Lyrics

Make me whole again
Open your eyes
Taunted by the shadows of your light
Cold and far away
like you're not even mine
Undo everything and take me higher
Never believing what they say cause I’m

Counting the days to meet you on the other side
I will always be waiting
until the day that I see you on the other side
Come and take me home

I’m not giving in
I want you back
holding together by the shards of our past
Stole my heart away
I can’t let you go
Break these chains and let me fly to you
high above the world below
Over and over in my mind

Counting the days to meet you on the other side
I will always be waiting
until the day that I see you on the other side
Come and take me home

I am so lost without my place inside your heart
I won't survive I need to know you hear me
Awaken and release my love

Counting the days to meet you on the other side
I will always be waiting
until the day that I see you on the other side
Come and take me
Counting the days to meet you on the other side
I will always be waiting
until the day that I see you on the other side
Come and take me home

Lyric video

"The Other Side" lyric video

A lyric video of "The Other Side" was released on August 30, 2012 on Evanescence's VEVO channel. The video can be watched on YouTube here.

Radio release

"The Other Side" was confirmed by Amy to be released to Active Rock radio in an interview with Fuse, also stating that no music video would be made for it.[10] It impacted Modern Rock radio on June 11, 2012,[11] and Alternative radio on June 12, 2012.[12]

US Radio Promo

Status: Out of Print
Label: Wind-Up
Cat.no: WUJC 20280-2

  1. "The Other Side" [Radio edit] (3:59)

Like the "Made of Stone" single, it comes in a full sized jewel case with no front insert, and identical artwork. It features a radio edit, which is almost the same as the album version, with the only difference being that the drum intro is cut.

Chart performance

On the US Mainstream Rock Songs chart, "The Other Side" peaked at number 36. The song was on the chart for nine weeks.[13]

Chart (2012)
Peak
position
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[13] 36

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Montgomery, James (July 13, 2011). "Evanescence's 'The Other Side': Hear A Preview!". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1667172/evanescence-the-other-side-album-preview.jhtml. Retrieved July 15, 2011.
  2. Bliss, Karen (August 23, 2011). "Amy Lee Previews New Evanescence Songs". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/amy-lee-previews-new-evanescence-songs-20110823. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  3. Bliss, Karen (August 25, 2011). "Backbeat: Amy Lee Attends EMI Canada's Evanescence Listening Party". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/community/backbeat/1173093/backbeat-amy-lee-attends-emi-canadas-evanescence-listening. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  4. "Evanescence 'embarrassed' by new single - video". NME. September 28, 2011. http://www.nme.com/news/evanescence/59472. Retrieved September 29, 2011.
  5. "Evanescence Plays First Show In Almost Two Years; Video Available". Blabbermouth.net. August 18, 2011. http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/evanescence-plays-first-show-in-almost-two-years-video-available/. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
  6. Ribeiro, Guilherme (October 2, 2011). "EVANESCENCE TOCA O BOM BÁSICO NO ROCK IN RIO" (in Portuguese). MTV Brasil. http://mtv.uol.com.br/musica/evanescence-toca-o-bom-basico-no-rock-in-rio. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  7. Schillaci, Sophie (October 12, 2011). "Evanescence at the Palladium: Concert Review". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/evanescence-taylor-momsen-concert-review-247487. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  8. "Review: Evanescence Melbourne Concert, Rod Laver Arena - 24th March 2012". Take 40 Australia. March 25, 2012. http://www.take40.com/news/30103/review:-evanescence-melbourne-concert,-rod-laver-arena---24th-march-2012. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  9. Finatto, Paulo, Jr. (October 10, 2012). "Resenha - Evanescence (Pepsi on Stage, Porto Alegre, 04/10/12)". Whiplash.net. http://whiplash.net/materias/shows/165121-evanescence.html. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  10. Goodman, William (May 6, 2012). "Evanescence Talk No. 1 Debut, Next Album". Fuse. http://www.fuse.tv/2012/05/evanescence-talk. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  11. "Available for Airplay: Modern Rock". FMQB. Archived from the original on June 20, 2012. http://web.archive.org/web/20120620161540/http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=16770. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  12. "Future Releases - Alternative". All Access. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. http://www.webcitation.org/67l90FRUo. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Evanescence – Chart History". Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Evanescence. http://www.billboard.com/artist/301942/Evanescence/chart?f=376. Retrieved March 16, 2014.