Use My Voice

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All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Anywhere
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Bleed
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Call Me When You're Sober
Catherine
Cloud Nine
Demise
Disappear
End of the Dream
Erase This
Eternal
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Exodus
Farther Away
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
Haunted
Hello
Hi-Lo
If You Don't Mind
Imaginary
Imperfection
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Lacrymosa
Lies
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lithium
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
Missing
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Oceans
October
Origin
Overture
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Sick
Snow White Queen
So Close
Solitude
Spanish
Surrender
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
Tourniquet
Understanding
Unknown Title
Unraveling
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Whisper
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs


General Information

Written by: A. Lee, J. Majura, T. McCord, T. McLawhorn, W. Hunt and D. Jakoub

Use My Voice is the third single from Evanescence's fifth studio album, The Bitter Truth, that was released on August 14, 2020.[1] The title was originally published on the music repertoire website, ASCAP, before the band confirmed its release.[2] It's one of the four songs the band worked on with Nick Raskulinecz in early 2020. The song features backing vocals from Lzzy Hale, Deena Jakoub, Lindsey Stirling, Taylor Momsen, Sharon den Adel, Amy McLawhorn (Troy's wife), Jen Majura, and Amy's sisters, Lori and Carrie.[3] They lent their voices to create the tidal wave of girl power on the track.

The song was originally intended to be the first single from The Bitter Truth, but Wasted on You was released instead due to the coronavirus pandemic.[4]

Amy explained the song:

Vin1.jpg This is an era of awakening and full of powerful beauty. I hope to inspire others to seek truth, find their own voices and use them as I step up to use mine. Don’t let anybody speak for you. Only you can do that.[5] Vin2.jpg


Amy told MTV News that the song was inspired by how she’s been “feeling about the state of our country”:

Vin1.jpg “As we were recording it, I was listening back to my own words and started asking myself, ‘What can I do to use my voice? How can we use our platform for good and empower people?’ I believe that this is a very important, revolutionary time,” she shares. “Things are messed up. I’ve never been political publicly — I’ve kept that part of myself private because I see music as a place to get away from our differences and find unity. We need to be unified now more than ever, but I finally feel in my heart that if I’m going to be true to my word. It’s time to use my voice to help promote our future.”[6] Vin2.jpg


She told Rolling Stone:

Vin1.jpg That song has been bubbling in the background for me for a couple of years. As life went on and as the state of our country and world went on, over that course of time, just every once in a while I’d have another line and something else that I needed to say, and it just kept being a place where I would pour that into. And then finally, when we got it all wrapped up and we got to come together as a band, right before everything shut down [due to COVID-19], it just became this beautifully empowering and seemingly important moment for me personally and for all of us a band.

I’ve never really at all, in any small form, really, spoken politically or made any real statement about what I believe and what’s going on there because I don’t like to divide the fans. I want the music to be our free place where we can all have something in common. But sometimes things are just right and wrong, and you have feelings that can’t be held back, and if I’m gonna be true to myself and my music like I always have been, then I have to say what’s heavy on my heart.

We need to empower people to use their voices literally and vote. That’s the amazing privilege that we have living here, the fact that our voices matter, and that can guide and should guide and will guide what comes next. And this year more than ever, I think we’re all just asking, over and over, the question just, “What is next?” And we can be a part of that, and we need to be a part of that. So I feel very grateful. The people at HeadCount are awesome. They are totally non-partisan and all about empowering the voice of the people.[7]

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She discussed the recording process of the guest female voices on the song:

Vin1.jpg “We all live all over the place, so mostly the girls just recorded themselves, sent the audio to me and we piled it all up together. Just to feel their support in a song that is different thematically for me and for us as a band. It’s stepping out and up in a new way – just feeling that support in that music feels so great. I’m so grateful to them.”[8] Vin2.jpg


Amy was inspired by a statement written by Chanel Miller, the survivor of a 2015 sexual assault in Stanford University, to write Use My Voice:[9]

Vin1.jpg “Some of the things they said in the case against her to let him off lit a huge fire in me. But what lit the biggest fire wasn’t the negative, it was the positive. After he was let off with a very light sentence, she stood up and read her truth, her story, to her attacker. It was the most inspiring, powerful thing. It sparked something in me. I was so hit by the fact that the clear, simple, uncomplicated truth of her experience was stronger than any weapon they could have used against her. She used her voice. After all that time, struggle, money and fighting, the most powerful thing were the words she said. I literally took that statement, read it like three times, and then put pen to paper.”

“This is, in my heart, a battle of truth and love vs. lies and hate,” says Amy of how the song evolved to take on a broader personal meaning for her. “In my life, band, career and personal life, I’ve had to fight for my voice to be heard and not be ignored, or taken out of my mouth and put out of context. It’s very close to my heart that our voices matter and need to be heard.

Vin2.jpg


Fans who pre-saved the song on Apple, Spotify and Deezer were entered for a chance to attend a Zoom call with Evanescence and hear the song a day before its release.[10]

It is rumored that the song will be used for Eric D. Howell's graphic novel project, The Revolution of Cassandra. Amy Lee worked with Eric before on his movie Voice from the Stone, where she wrote a song for the closing credits called Speak to Me. Veridia frontwoman, Deena Jakoub, also has songwriting credits on this track.

Versions

Studio version

Use My Voice

  • Recording date: January - February 2020
  • Status: Released, Available
  • Released On: August 14, 2020 as the third single from The Bitter Truth
The Bitter Truth (Track TBC)
  • Length: 4:02

Use My Voice [Radio Edit][note 1]

Lyrics

Cover my ears and close my eyes
Just long enough to stop the noise
Go on take everything and throw it away
But I will use my voice

Drown every truth in an ocean of lies
Label me bitch because I dare to draw my own line
Burn every bridge and build a wall in my way
But I will use my voice

Whether you like it or not, you're gonna take what I got
If we can't talk about it, we'll just keep drowning in it
Give me credit or not
I give a lot, give a lot
But don't you speak for me

No, don't you speak for me

Never mind me, I'm a waste of your time
I'm never gonna fit in the box that you need
And I can read between the lines, yeah
Gather your friends and wave your gun in my face
But I will use my voice

Whether you like it or not, you're gonna take what I got
If we can't talk about it, we'll just keep drowning in it
Give me credit or not
I give a lot, give a lot
But don't you speak for me

But don't you speak for me

Whether you like it or not
Whether you like it or not
Whether you like it or not
Whether you like it or not

One day soon, it's gonna fall back on you
No more lies, we're gonna break right through
Like it or not

If we can't talk about it, we'll just keep drowning in it
Give me credit or not
I give a lot, give a lot
But don't you speak for me

No, don't you speak for me

Don't you speak for me!

Video

Still from the Use My Voice video

A music video was filmed for the song on the weekend of the 25th and 26th of July, as Eric D. Howell posted that he was in Nashville filming and used the song title as a hashtag.[11][12][13] The music video was previewed during Amy's CBS This Morning interview on August 26, 2020.[14] The next day, it was announced the video will premiere on August 28, 2020 at 9am PT/12pm ET, with Amy taking part of a live Q&A.[15] The video follows Amy Lee, her bandmates and a variety of other activists armed with flags, flares and signs in protest.

Vin1.jpg This video was shot in 3 separate shoots. One in Nashville with the guys and me, one in Germany with Jen, and one in Minneapolis where Eric (our director) is from. — Amy on the live Q&A Vin2.jpg


Eric posted the following on his Instagram:

Vin1.jpg This project started over a year ago when Amy shared it with me. Since then we have been trying to come up with the best way to express her words with visuals. By surrounding myself with phenomenal collaborators like @jillian.nodland @bohakala @west0fthesun we managed to make something very special. Thank you you our crews in #Nashville #Germany and #Minneapolis[16] Vin2.jpg


Directed By Eric D. Howell
Produced By Jillian Nodland
Director of Photography: Bo Hakala
Production Design: David Weiberg
Editor: Nate Maydole
Production Company: Picture Factory, Inc.

  • Watch the music video here.

A behind the scenes video was uploaded to the band's YouTube account on September 9, 2020. Watch it here.

Commercial Release

Exquisite-kfind.png Main article: Use My Voice Single

The digital single was released on August 14, 2020.

Tracks released with the single include:

  • "Use My Voice"

Notes

  1. This version was streamed on Loudwire Night live stream and begins with the guest female voices. Listen it here.

References

  1. "COVID has made everything more challenging this year". Facebook. August 5, 2020. https://www.facebook.com/Evanescence/videos/381111059522780/.
  2. "Use My Voice (Title)". ASCAP. https://www.ascap.com/repertory#ace/search/workID/908010731.
  3. "One of the most exciting parts of making our new song was getting a little help from our friends.". Twitter. August 11, 2020. https://twitter.com/evanescence/status/1293230242346070016.
  4. Kaplan, Ilana (August 19, 2020). "Evanescence's Amy Lee on the Band's New Album, 'The Bitter Truth'". Marie Claire. https://www.marieclaire.com/culture/a33590771/evanescence-amy-lee-new-album-the-bitter-truth/.
  5. "Evanescence Release New Single, Use My Voice, Featuring Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen And More". Kerrang!. August 14, 2020. https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/evanescence-release-new-single-use-my-voice-featuring-lzzy-hale-taylor-momsen-and-more/.
  6. Russell, Erica (August 14, 2020). "How Evanescence's Amy Lee Became A Voice For The Unheard". MTV News. http://www.mtv.com/news/3168757/evanescence-amy-lee-interview-use-your-voice/.
  7. "Evanescence's Amy Lee Urges Fans to Vote on New Single "Use My Voice"". YouTube. August 14, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bnDWSihcPg.
  8. Cingrana, Joe (August 14, 2020). "Amy Lee of Evanesence on Performing and Parenting: 'Not Easy Being a Mom in Quarantine'". RADIO.COM. https://www.radio.com/music/rock/watch-evanescence-in-an-exclusive-radio-com-live-fandemic.
  9. Garner, George (September 9, 2020). "Evanescence: Why Amy Lee Is Done Being Silent". Kerrang!. https://www.kerrang.com/features/evanescence-why-amy-lee-is-done-being-silent/.
  10. "Our new single “Use My Voice” is coming Aug 14th". Twitter. August 7, 2020. https://twitter.com/evanescence/status/1291769401151115264.
  11. Howell, Eric D (July 26, 2020). "#prep #ComingSoon". Twitter. https://twitter.com/EricDHowell/status/1287073714845212673.
  12. "I get to work with very smart and talented people". Instagram. July 27, 2020. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDJPAClnwVs/.
  13. https://twitter.com/EricDHowell/status/1287840094611746817
  14. "Lead singer @AmyLeeEV of Grammy-winning rock band @Evanescence is getting political for the first time with her band's new single "Use My Voice."". Twitter. August 26, 2020. https://twitter.com/CBSThisMorning/status/1298606769690816513.
  15. "Our new video for #UseMyVoice drops TOMORROW...". Twitter. August 27, 2020. https://twitter.com/evanescence/status/1299018208473575424.
  16. Howell, Eric D (August 28, 2020). "This project started over a year ago...". Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/CEcO4c0HBhl/.