Whisper

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For the Whisper EP, see Sound Asleep EP.

General information

Written by: A. Lee, B. Moody and D. Hodges

Originally recorded on the Sound Asleep EP in 1998. There are currently seven versions of this song available. The Post-Origin demo of "Whisper" contains sound clips from the William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet soundtrack. This version begins with a sample intro from "Death Scene" and "O Verona" and includes backing vocals by David Hodges on the chorus. There are a few versions of the song floating around the internet and various bootleg discs (see Fake). One version has a burst of noise before the vocals in the intro sample (at approximately 0:29). Another version does not have this burst of noise, but has distinct 'skipping' sounds that appear after the 0:30 mark.

At the beginning of the version on the Sound Asleep EP, there is an introduction which is actually a part of the song itself played backward that culminates in a sound clip from the movie My World Dies Screaming, also known as Terror in the Haunted House (1958), the same film some clips on Understanding are taken from.

"Whisper" was later released as the lead single from Evanescence's first demo album, Origin, where David Hodges sings backup vocals. It was the #1 most requested new single for more than two weeks on the radio station KLEC "Lick" 106.3 FM.[1]

The We The Living Vol. 3 version is the Sound Asleep EP version without the reversed intro and sound clip from the movie. It also has an extended drum outro. The Post-Sound Asleep demo is mostly the same as the We The Living version, only without the extended drum outro.

The Automata Magazine 3.0 version is the Origin version of "Whisper" and the song "Origin" merged into one track.

Pre-Release's of Origin's "Whisper", "Origin" and "Whisper" are separate tracks but there is no gap of silence between track 1 and 2, almost appeared merged as the same track.

In the Fallen version, at the ending the choir sings "Servatis a periculum, servatis a maleficum," which is roughly translated from Latin as "Save us from danger, save us from evil". Although not properly credited, the vocals were sung by the Millenium Choir, and recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood. The same choir voiced the rest of Fallen, and later Lacrymosa on The Open Door.[2]

While answering questions from fans in an EvClub interview, a question comes up that asks "Can you still relate to the songs you wrote years ago?" Amy's response about this song is:

Vin1.jpg Whisper is something that we still play on stage a lot and I love playing it, it's a great live song. But lyrically it doesn't hold a ton of meaning for me anymore 'cause I'm not really at a very dark place in my life at all right now. I'm at a pretty positive place. So unless I'm really angry, I don't totally relate to Whisper. Vin2.jpg


Versions

Studio Versions:

Whisper [Fallen version]

  • Recording Date: August - November 2002
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Fallen (track #11)
  • Length: 5:27

Whisper [Sound Asleep EP version]

  • Recording Date: 1998
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Sound Asleep EP (track #2)
  • Length: 4:06

Whisper [Post-Sound Asleep demo]

  • Recording Date: 1998
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 3:51

Whisper [We The Living Vol. 3 version]

Whisper [Origin version]

  • Recording Date: 1999
  • Status: Released
  • Released On: Origin (track #2)
  • Length: 3:56

Whisper [Automata Magazine 3.0 version]

Whisper [Post-Origin demo]

  • Recording Date: 2001-2002
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Length: 5:12


Live Versions:

Whisper [2000-2004 live]

  • Performing period: 2000 - August 14, 2004
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: October 17, 2003 (Everybody's Fool single); May 25, 2004 (Anywhere but Home)
  • Released on:
Anywhere but Home (track #13)
"Everybody's Fool" single (track #3)
  • Length: 5:27 ("Everybody's Fool" single); 5:43 (Anywhere but Home)

Whisper [2006-2007 live]

  • Performing period: October 5, 2006 - December 8, 2007
  • Example: Rock am Ring (June 3, 2007)

Whisper [2009 live]

Whisper [2011-2012 live]

  • Performing Period: August 17, 2011 - November 9, 2012
  • Example: War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (August 17, 2011)

Whisper [2015 live]

  • Performing Period: November 2015
  • Example: Ozzfest Festival, Japan (November 21)

Whisper [2016 live]

  • Performing Period: April - November 2016
  • Status: Unreleased

Whisper [Acoustic]

  • Performing period: 2003
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Example: The acoustic performance at Juanita's

Whisper [Live Sound Asleep EP version]

  • Performing Period: May 7th, 1999
  • Status: Unreleased
  • Example: Concert at Vino's Bar

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Lyrics

Fallen Version

Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drives me into madness
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes
Lying next to me, I fear

She beckons me shall I give in?
Upon my end shall I begin?
Forsaking all I've fallen for
I rise to meet the end [I rise to meet my end]

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

[Servatis a periculum] Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
[Servatis a maleficum] Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
[Servatis a periculum] Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
[Servatis a maleficum] Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

[Servatis a periculum] Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
[Servatis a maleficum] Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
[Servatis a periculum] Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
[Servatis a maleficum] Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Servatis a periculum
Servatis a maleficum
Servatis a periculum
Servatis a maleficum
Servatis a periculum
Servatis a maleficum
Servatis a periculum
Servatis a maleficum
Servatis a periculum
Servatis a maleficum
Servatis a periculum
Servatis a maleficum
Servatis a periculum

Sound Asleep EP version

Death in- Death in it's most hideous form

Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drive me into madness
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be
Blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes [death before my eyes]
Lying next to me, I fear

She beckons me shall I give in
Upon my end shall I begin
Forsaking all I've fallen for
I rise to meet my end [I rise to meet my end]
[I rise to meet my end]
Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Origin version

Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now [it's all over now]
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drive me into madness
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be
Blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes
Lying next to me, I fear

She beckons me shall I give in
Upon my end shall I begin
Forsaking all I've fallen for
I rise to meet the end
Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Post-Sound Asleep demo and We The Living Vol. 3

Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drive me into madness
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be
Blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes [death before my eyes]
Lying next to me, I fear

She beckons me shall I give in
Upon my end shall I begin
Forsaking all I've fallen for
I rise to meet my end [I rise to meet my end]
[I rise to meet my end]
Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Automata Magazine 3.0 version

I'm sure it's getting darker
Don't close your eyes
Don't make a sound
Don't make a sound

You hold the answer deep within your own mind
Death in it's most hideous form

Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now [it's all over now]
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth drive me into madness
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be
Blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes
Lying next to me, I fear

She beckons me shall I give in
Upon my end shall I begin
Forsaking all I've fallen for
I rise to meet the end
Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Post-Origin demo

Catch me as I fall
Say you're here and it's all over now
Speaking to the atmosphere
No one's here and I fall into myself
This truth [this truth] drives me into [into] madness [madness]
I know I can stop the pain
If I will it all away [will it all away]

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

I'm frightened by what I see
But somehow I know
That there's much more to come
Immobilized by my fear
And soon to be blinded by tears
I can stop the pain
If I will it all away [will it all away]

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Fallen angels at my feet
Whispered voices at my ear
Death before my eyes
Lying next to me I fear

She beckons me shall I give in
Upon my end shall I begin
Forsaking all I've fallen for
I rise to meet the end

Don't turn away [Don't give in to the pain]
Don't try to hide [Though they're screaming your name]
Don't close your eyes [God knows what lies behind them]
Don't turn out the light [Never sleep, never die]

Guitar tabs & sheet music

References

  1. "EVANESCENCE ANNOUNCES MAJOR LABEL RECORDING DEAL". Bigwigenterprises.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2003. http://web.archive.org/web/20030207073919/http://www.bigwigenterprises.com/announce.htm. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  2. [MIX Interview ret. 2015-12-27, 2004-08-12]