With or Without You

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Amy Lee Songs

A Single Tear
After
Alice
Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing *
Beacon for the Blind
Bee and Duck
Between Worlds
Bill's Wife Theme
Blind Opening Theme
Can't Stop What's Coming
Dark Water
Donkey and Chicken
Dream of Ice
Dream Too Much
Drifter
Eternity of the Remorse
Find a Way
First Kiss
Going to California *
Goodnight
Goodnight My Love *
Halfway Down the Stairs *
Hello Goodbye *
Honeypot
I'm Not Tired
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry **
If You're a Star
It's a Fire *
I Will Follow You into the Dark *
Little Bird
Lockdown
Love Exists
Mark's Theme
Push the Button
Remember to Breathe
Resurrection
Rubber Duckie *
Sally's Song *
Shaving
Speak to Me
Stand by Me *
The End of the Book
The Final Leap
Through Your Eyes
Voice in My Head
With or Without You *
White Out
You

* Cover versions
** Live cover versions

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General information

With or Without You is the second track and the second single from Recover, Vol. 1. It was released on Amy Lee's YouTube channel with an accompanying music video on November 10, 2015[1]. The song was originally by U2.

Amy posted this statement on Facebook about how this song came from a dream she had[2]:

Vin1.jpg Sometimes I dream in music. The dark version of U2's immortal song was playing in my head as I woke up one morning. I was lingering in that half-awake, half-asleep place, with no images - just darkness, this song, and huge emotions. As I was becoming conscious I just kept thinking 'Don't let it go, don't forget!' And I went straight upstairs and laid down the synth and basic vocal. I had the pleasure of seeing U2 live at MSG this year and it was powerful and inspiring. It made me excited to play live again! This track is still my favourite of theirs. Love is rarely simple, more often it's tearing your gut out. And I think that's why this song creeps into my dreams and haunts me. Enjoy! Vin2.jpg


Versions

Studio versions:

With or Without You

  • Recording date: 2015
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Recover, Vol. 1 (track #2)
  • Length: 4:08

Lyrics

See the stone set in your eyes
See the thorn twist in your side
I wait for you
Sleight of hand and twist of fate
On a bed of nails she makes me wait
And I wait for you

And I can live, with or without you
With or without you
With or without you

Through the storm we reach the shore
You give it all but I want more
And I'm waiting for you

With or without you
With or without you
I can't live
With or without you
With or without you

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give yourself away

Hands are tied
My body bruised
I've got nothing to win and
Nothing left to lose

And you give yourself away
And you give yourself away
And you give
And you give
And you give
Any you give

I can't live
With or without you
With or without you
With or without you

Video

The music video was made and directed by Eric Ryan Anderson, who also created the front cover of the EP. It shows Amy in her home studio recording the vocals and walking around New York, with various layered effects from one shot to another. The entire video is in black and white.

Note