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== General Information ==
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== General information ==
  
''Written by: [[A. Lee]] and [[B. Moody]]''
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'''''Understanding''''' is the sixth track from [[Evanescence]]'s first EP, ''[[Evanescence EP]]''. It's the first song ever written by [[Ben Moody]] and credited as the second song ever written by Evanescence.
  
The first song ever written by Ben Moody and credited as the second song ever written by Evanescence. The audio clips in the song come from the movies [http://imdb.com/title/tt0051962/ My World Dies Screaming], also known as ''"Terror in the Haunted House"'' (1958)<ref>[http://files.getdropbox.com/u/727841/EvanescenceReference/Terror%20in%20the%20haunted%20house%203.mp3 Here] is the sample, recorded from the movie "Terror in the Haunted House"</ref>, except the line "We're supposed to try... that is real" and "God, just don't hate me.. because I'll die if you do" which are from [http://imdb.com/title/tt0111693/ When a Man Loves A Woman] (1994)<ref>[http://files.getdropbox.com/u/727841/EvanescenceReference/When%20a%20man%20loves%20a%20woman.mp3 Here] are the three samples, recorded from the movie "When a Man Loves A Woman"</ref>. Ben Moody on the song:
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In August 1999, ''Understanding'' was released again, along with a new version of the song, on the band's second EP, ''[[Sound Asleep EP]]''.
{{quote|"Many things developed in a little time." Moody remembers. "The second music we wrote was this 7-minute song, gothic hymn ridiculously called "Understanding". And for certain reasons, the local rock station decided to play it many times. We won in popularity around the city, though nobody knew where we were and and were to find us. That's because we couldn't afford a concert -- only Amy and me -- and we couldn't pay musicians."}}
 
  
The band began to play this song live again in October of 2007.
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The audio clips in the song come from the movies ''My World Dies Screaming'', also known as ''Terror in the Haunted House'' (1958), except the line "We're supposed to try... that is real" and "God, just don't hate me.. because I'll die if you do" which are from ''When a Man Loves a Woman'' (1994).
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Ben Moody on the song:
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{{quote|A lot of it developed by being elusive. The second song we ever wrote was this seven-minute, ridiculous Goth anthem called "Understanding." And for some reason, the local rock station decided to play it a lot. We gained this popularity around town, even though no one knew who we were or where to find us. It was because we could never afford to play a show -- it was just Amy and I -- and we couldn't pay any musicians.<ref name=netmusicount />}}
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Amy was asked about the song in a ''PowerPlay'' interview in 2003:
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{{quote|'''You had a song called "Understanding" in the beginning, which was seven minutes long. Is that available now?'''
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Of course not. I think when that was mentioned, it was a joke. That is a song that we did write together and it's very long; I believe it was eight minutes actually, but I mean I don't know how to describe it. It's something we wrote when we were 14 maybe. It's before we knew who we were. It's when we were first trying to experiment, so I don't even consider that one of our songs.<ref name=powerplay />}}
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This song, along with ''[[Solitude]]'', was on a [[Evanescence (Compact Cassette)|compact cassette]] which is said by Amy to be Evanescence's first "professional" recording.
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The band added ''Understanding'' to the setlist during their last leg of [[The Open Door Tour|The Open Door tour]] from October to December 2007.<ref name=pegasuslose /><ref name=dailyutah />
  
 
== Versions ==
 
== Versions ==
 
 
'''Studio versions:'''
 
'''Studio versions:'''
  
'''Understanding [Evanescence EP Version]'''
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'''Understanding [''Evanescence EP'' version]'''
 
*''Recording date:'' 1998
 
*''Recording date:'' 1998
 
*''Status:'' Released
 
*''Status:'' Released
 
*''Released on:''
 
*''Released on:''
:[[RIM v.beta|RIM v.beta compilation]] (track #8)
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:[[RIM v.beta|''RIM v.beta'' compilation]] (track #8)
:[[Evanescence EP]] (track #6)
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:''[[Evanescence EP]]'' (track #6)
:[[Sound Asleep|Whisper/Sound Asleep EP]] (track #5)
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:''[[Sound Asleep EP]]'' (track #5)
 
*''Length:'' 7:21
 
*''Length:'' 7:21
  
'''Understanding [Whisper/Sound Asleep EP Version]'''
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'''Understanding [''Sound Asleep EP'' version]'''
 
*''Recording date:'' 1999
 
*''Recording date:'' 1999
 
*''Status:'' Released
 
*''Status:'' Released
*''Released on:'' [[Sound Asleep|Whisper/Sound Asleep EP]] (track #3)
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*''Released on:'' ''[[Sound Asleep EP]]'' (track #3)
 
*''Length:'' 4:55
 
*''Length:'' 4:55
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'''Understanding [Acoustic]'''
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*''Recording date:'' 1997–1998
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*''Status:'' Unreleased
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*''Extra:'' Supposedly performed live on radio, however this version was actually pre-recorded.
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*''Length:'' 3:14
  
  
 
'''Live versions'''
 
'''Live versions'''
  
'''Understanding [Live Acoustic]  
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'''Understanding [Live Whisper/Sound Asleep EP Version]'''
*''Recording date:'' 1997 - 1998
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*''Performing date:'' May 7th, 1999
 
*''Status:'' Unreleased
 
*''Status:'' Unreleased
*''Example:''An acoustic version performed live on radio
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*''Example:'' Concert at Vino's Bar in Little Rock, Arkansas
*''Length:'' 3:14
 
  
'''Understanding [Live Whisper/Sound Asleep EP Version]'''
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'''Understanding [2004 Live Acoustic]''' <ref name=evboard /> <ref>[http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/evanescence/2004/zepp-tokyo-tokyo-japan-2bd8f0b2.html "Evanescence Concert Setlist at Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo on January 24, 2004"]. ''Setlist.fm''</ref>
*''Performing period:'' May 7th, 1999
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*''Performing date:'' January 24, 2004
 
*''Status:'' Unreleased
 
*''Status:'' Unreleased
*''Example:'' Concert at Vino's Bar
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*''Example:'' Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  
'''Understanding [Live]'''<ref>This live version sounds most like the Evanescence EP version.</ref>
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'''Understanding [2007 live]'''<ref name=live2007 group=note />
*''Performing period:'' October 23, 2007 - December 8, 2007
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*''Performing period:'' October 23 - December 8, 2007
 
*''Status:'' Unreleased
 
*''Status:'' Unreleased
*''Example:'' Live at Nissan Live Sets
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*''Example:'' Nissan Live Sets, West Los Angeles (November 12), and in other concerts in USA and Mexico<ref>[http://www.setlist.fm/stats/songs/evanescence-43d6bfc7.html?song=Understanding "Understanding by Evanescence Song Statistics"]. ''Setlist.fm''</ref>
  
 
== Download ==
 
== Download ==
 
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*[http://www.evanescencereference.info/music/#Evanescence_EP Understanding (Evanescence EP and live acoustic)]
* [http://evanescencereference.info/music/50g6EuSX/Evanescence_-_Evanescence_EP_-_06_-_Understanding.mp3 Understanding (Evanescence EP)]
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*[http://www.evanescencereference.info/music/#Sound_Asleep_EP Understanding (Sound Asleep EP)]
 
 
* [http://evanescencereference.info/music/50g6EuSX/Evanescence_-_Sound_Asleep_EP_-_03_-_Understanding_-_Sound_Asleep.mp3 Understanding (Sound Asleep)]
 
 
 
* [http://evanescencereference.info/music/50g6EuSX/Evanescence_-_Evanescence_EP_Outtake_-_Understanding.mp3 Understanding (Live Acoustic)]
 
  
 
== Lyrics ==
 
== Lyrics ==
 
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=== ''Evanescence EP'' version ===
=== Evanescence EP Version ===
 
 
 
 
''You hold the answer deep within your own mind''<br>
 
''You hold the answer deep within your own mind''<br>
 
''Consciously you've forgotten it''<br>
 
''Consciously you've forgotten it''<br>
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=== Sound Asleep EP Version ===
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=== ''Sound Asleep EP'' version ===
 
 
 
''You hold the answer''<br>
 
''You hold the answer''<br>
 
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''I love you, I love you, and I want you to stay''<br>
 
''I love you, I love you, and I want you to stay''<br>
  
===Acoustic Version===
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=== Acoustic version ===
 
 
 
The pain that grips you<br>
 
The pain that grips you<br>
 
The fear that binds you<br>
 
The fear that binds you<br>
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Can't hope it all away<br>
 
Can't hope it all away<br>
  
===Live Version===
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=== Live version ===
 
 
 
Can't wash it all away<br>
 
Can't wash it all away<br>
 
Can't wish it all away<br>
 
Can't wish it all away<br>
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Ooh, releases life in me<br>
 
Ooh, releases life in me<br>
 
In our mutual shame we hide our eyes<br>
 
In our mutual shame we hide our eyes<br>
To blind them from the truth that finds a way for who we are<br><br>
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To blind them from the truth that finds a way for who we are<br>
  
 
Please don't be afraid<br>
 
Please don't be afraid<br>
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Can't wish it all away, oh<br>
 
Can't wish it all away, oh<br>
 
Can't fight it all away<br>
 
Can't fight it all away<br>
Can't hope it all away<br><br>
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Can't hope it all away<br>
  
 
Lying beside you<br>
 
Lying beside you<br>
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Oh! It all away<br>
 
Oh! It all away<br>
 
Oh! It all away, yeah, yeah<br>
 
Oh! It all away, yeah, yeah<br>
Oh, ooh.<br>
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Oh, ooh.
  
== Guitar Tabs & Sheet Music ==
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== Guitar tabs & sheet music ==
 
*[http://evanescencereference.info/music/sheet/Understanding%20-%20Acoustic%20Intro.pdf Piano sheet music (acoustic version intro) - arranged by Cris]
 
*[http://evanescencereference.info/music/sheet/Understanding%20-%20Acoustic%20Intro.pdf Piano sheet music (acoustic version intro) - arranged by Cris]
== Notes and References ==
 
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== Notes ==
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== References ==
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<ref name=netmusicount>{{cite web|title=Evanescence|url=http://www.netmusiccountdown.com/inc/artist.php?artist=Evanescence|work=Net Music Countdown|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20170325131627/http://netmusiccountdown.com/inc/artist.php?artist=Evanescence|archivedate=March 25, 2017|accessdate=May 17, 2013}}</ref>
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<ref name=pegasuslose>{{cite news|last=Smith|first=Kenneth|title=Concert review: Evanescence at Nokia Theater|url=http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2007/oct/31/evanescence-nokia-theater/|accessdate=September 29, 2013|work=Pegasus News|date=October 31, 2007|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20071109162945/http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2007/oct/31/evanescence-nokia-theater/|archivedate=November 9, 2007}}</ref>
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<ref name=dailyutah>{{cite news|first=Doug|last=Fox|url=http://www.heraldextra.com/lifestyles/evanescence-steps-through-open-door-at-uvsc/article_84ee1660-7e30-5796-956a-c10ecd888170.html|title=Evanescence steps through 'Open Door' at UVSC|newspaper=Daily Herald|date=November 20, 2007|accessdate=September 29, 2013}}</ref>
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<ref name=evboard>{{cite news|last=|first=|title=Evanescence Bootlegs...|url=http://www.evboard.com/evanescence-bootlegs-39691.html|work=[[EvBoard]]|date=August 28, 2009|archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20090903145857/http://www.evboard.com/evanescence-bootlegs-39691.html|archivedate=September 3, 2009}}</ref>
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<ref name=powerplay>{{cite journal|last=Oei|first=Roland|date=August 2003|url=http://galeria.evanescence.com.br/thumbnails.php?album=1547|title=Evanescence|journal=PowerPlay|page=10|issn=|accessdate=}}</ref>
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[[Category:Sound Asleep EP songs]]
 
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Latest revision as of 14:25, 11 January 2020

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General information

Understanding is the sixth track from Evanescence's first EP, Evanescence EP. It's the first song ever written by Ben Moody and credited as the second song ever written by Evanescence.

In August 1999, Understanding was released again, along with a new version of the song, on the band's second EP, Sound Asleep EP.

The audio clips in the song come from the movies My World Dies Screaming, also known as Terror in the Haunted House (1958), except the line "We're supposed to try... that is real" and "God, just don't hate me.. because I'll die if you do" which are from When a Man Loves a Woman (1994).

Ben Moody on the song:

Vin1.jpg A lot of it developed by being elusive. The second song we ever wrote was this seven-minute, ridiculous Goth anthem called "Understanding." And for some reason, the local rock station decided to play it a lot. We gained this popularity around town, even though no one knew who we were or where to find us. It was because we could never afford to play a show -- it was just Amy and I -- and we couldn't pay any musicians.[1] Vin2.jpg


Amy was asked about the song in a PowerPlay interview in 2003:

Vin1.jpg You had a song called "Understanding" in the beginning, which was seven minutes long. Is that available now?

Of course not. I think when that was mentioned, it was a joke. That is a song that we did write together and it's very long; I believe it was eight minutes actually, but I mean I don't know how to describe it. It's something we wrote when we were 14 maybe. It's before we knew who we were. It's when we were first trying to experiment, so I don't even consider that one of our songs.[2]

Vin2.jpg


This song, along with Solitude, was on a compact cassette which is said by Amy to be Evanescence's first "professional" recording.

The band added Understanding to the setlist during their last leg of The Open Door tour from October to December 2007.[3][4]

Versions

Studio versions:

Understanding [Evanescence EP version]

  • Recording date: 1998
  • Status: Released
  • Released on:
RIM v.beta compilation (track #8)
Evanescence EP (track #6)
Sound Asleep EP (track #5)
  • Length: 7:21

Understanding [Sound Asleep EP version]

  • Recording date: 1999
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Sound Asleep EP (track #3)
  • Length: 4:55

Understanding [Acoustic]

  • Recording date: 1997–1998
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Extra: Supposedly performed live on radio, however this version was actually pre-recorded.
  • Length: 3:14


Live versions

Understanding [Live Whisper/Sound Asleep EP Version]

  • Performing date: May 7th, 1999
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Example: Concert at Vino's Bar in Little Rock, Arkansas

Understanding [2004 Live Acoustic] [5] [6]

  • Performing date: January 24, 2004
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Example: Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Understanding [2007 live][note 1]

  • Performing period: October 23 - December 8, 2007
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Example: Nissan Live Sets, West Los Angeles (November 12), and in other concerts in USA and Mexico[7]

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Lyrics

Evanescence EP version

You hold the answer deep within your own mind
Consciously you've forgotten it
That's the way the human mind works
Whenever something is too unpleasant
Too shameful for us to entertain we reject it [We wash it all away]
We erase it from our memory
But the imprint is always there [we wish it all away]
[We hope it all away]
[Can't cry it all away]

The pain that grips you
The fear that binds you
Releases life in me
In our mutual shame we hide our eyes
To blind them from the truth that finds a way for who we are

Please don't be afraid
When the darkness fades away
The dawn will break the silence
Screaming in our hearts

My love for you still grows
This I do for you
Before I try to fight the truth
My final time

We're supposed to try and be real
And when you feel alone, you are not together
And that is real

Can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away
Can't cry it all away
Can't scratch it all away

Lying beside you
Listening to you breathe
The light that flows inside of you
Burns inside of me

Hold and speak to me
Of love without a sound
Tell me you will live through this
And I will die for you

Cast me not away
Say you'll be with me
For I know
I cannot bear it all alone

You're not alone, honey
Never, never

Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't scream it all away
It just won't fade away, no

Ooh, can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away
Can't cry it all away
Can't scratch it all away

Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't scream it all away
Oh! It all away
Oh! It all away

But the imprint is always there
Nothing is ever really forgotten

God, just don't hate me
Because I'll die if you do
'Cause I'll die if you do
'Cause I'll die if you do
'Cause I'll die if you do
Because I'll die if you do

Sound Asleep EP version

You hold the answer

The pain that grips you
The fear that binds you
Releases life in me
In our mutual shame we hide our eyes
To blind them from the truth that finds a way for who we are

Please don't be afraid
When the darkness fades away
The dawn will break the silence Screaming in our hearts

My love for you still grows
This I do for you
Before I try to fight the truth
My final time

Can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away
Can't cry it all away
Can't scratch it all away

Lying beside you
Listening to you breathe
The light that flows inside of you
Burns inside of me

Hold and speak to me
Of love without a sound
Tell me you will live through this
And I will die for you [I'll die for you]

Cast me not away
Say you'll be with me
For I know
I cannot bear it all alone

Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't scream it all away
It just won't fade away

I've tried so hard [I have tried super hard]
Tried to be without you for so many years
No, no, no
And I have cried [So many words I have saved for someone, for sometime]
I love you, I love you, and I want you to stay

Acoustic version

The pain that grips you
The fear that binds you
Releases life in me
In our mutual shame we hide our eyes
To blind them from the truth that finds a way for who we are

Can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away
Can't cry it all away
Can't scratch it all away

Lying beside you
Listening to you breathe
The light that flows inside of you
Burns inside of me

Cast me not away
Say you'll be with me
For I know
I cannot bear it all alone

Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't scream it all away
It just won't fade away

Can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away
Can't cry it all away
Can't hope it all away

Live version

Can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't cry it all away

The pain that grips you
The fear that binds you
Ooh, releases life in me
In our mutual shame we hide our eyes
To blind them from the truth that finds a way for who we are

Please don't be afraid
When the darkness fades away
The dawn will break the silence
Screaming in our hearts

My love for you still grows
This I do for you
Before I try to fight the truth
My final time

Can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away, oh
Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away

Lying beside you
Listening to you breathe
The light that flows inside of you
Burns inside of me

Hold and speak to me
Of love without a sound
Tell me you will live through this
And I will die for you

Cast me not away
Say you'll be with me
For I know
I cannot bear it all alone

Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't scream it all away
It just won't fade away, yeah, no

Ooh, can't wash it all away
Can't wish it all away, yeah, no
Can't cry it all away
Can't scratch it all away

Can't fight it all away
Can't hope it all away
Can't scream it all away
Oh! It all away
Oh! It all away, yeah, yeah
Oh, ooh.

Guitar tabs & sheet music

Notes

  1. This live version sounds most like the Evanescence EP version.

References