Your Star

From The Evanescence Reference

Across the Universe*
All That I'm Living For
Anything for You
Artifact/The Turn
Ascension of the Spirit
Away from Me
Before the Dawn
Better Without You
Blind Belief
Breathe No More
Bring Me to Life
Broken Pieces Shine
Call Me When You're Sober
Cloud Nine
End of the Dream
Erase This
Even in Death
Everybody's Fool
Far From Heaven
Farther Away
Feeding the Dark
Field of Innocence
Forever You
Forgive Me
Give Unto Me
Going Under
Good Enough
If You Don't Mind
Instrumental 1
Instrumental 2
Instrumental 3
Instrumental 4
Like You
Listen to the Rain
Lose Control
Lost in Paradise
Made of Stone
Me & You
My Heart Is Broken
My Immortal
My Last Breath
Never Go Back
New Way to Bleed
Part of Me
Perfect Dream
Say You Will
Secret Door
Snow White Queen
So Close
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
Unknown Title
Use My Voice
Wasted on You
Weight of the World
What You Want
Where Will You Go?
Yeah Right
You Got a Lot to Learn
Your Love
Your Star
* Cover songs

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General information

Written by: A. Lee and T. Balsamo

"...the mechanical lights of Lisbon...... ;)"
(AmyLeeEV - Twitter)[1]

Your Star is the eleventh track from Evanescence's second studio album, The Open Door. Amy's inspiration for writing the song:

Vin1.jpg A couple of years ago, I felt so alone that I was dreading going on tour. We had just arrived in Lisbon and I was in my room feeling jet-lagged, weird and tired. I had just been home where I could see the stars at night. But when I looked out the hotel window in Lisbon, I couldn't see anything because we were in this big city. That was the last straw. I felt so depressed, I just started singing this song.[2] Vin2.jpg

In an interview with, Amy said the song was mostly written during the Fallen Tour:

Vin1.jpg Most of Your Star was written sitting in a hotel window sill in Portugal during the Fallen tour, just singing to myself.[3] Vin2.jpg

From a The Sun interview:

Vin1.jpg “I remember sitting at five in the morning and we’re laughing and writing Your Star . . . “It’s got this dual piano/guitar solo thing going on. It’s so fun and so hard to play.”[4] Vin2.jpg

During the bridge, the background choir sings "Alma surdo, loucura, o­nde está seu alma? Loucura, todo sozinho" (Portuguese with some grammatical mistakes) which tries to mean "Deaf soul, madness, where is its soul? Madness, all alone" in English. In correct Portuguese it would be "Alma surda, loucura, onde está sua alma? Loucura, toda sozinha."

It's guitarist Terry Balsamo's favorite song on the album.[5]

Your Star was confirmed to be reworked and included on the orchestral album, Synthesis, when the track list was revealed through the album's pre-order on September 15, 2017. Four months prior to that, the band posted a video to their Instagram account in which the orchestra was recording the song.[6] This version was performed live for the first time on October 14, 2017 at the Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Synthesis Live tour. Watch a performance of the song here.

The song was chosen to be reworked for Synthesis because it was one of the songs of the band's catalog that has "epic moments" that Amy wanted to expand on, mentioning it "has that very classically-inspired piano arpeggio that goes into this crazy place."[7]

About the Synthesis reworking of the song, Amy said:

Vin1.jpg Synthesis is said to merge orchestral elements and electronic elements- what is the weirdest instrument/ object that you used in the reimagining of the tracks?

Will was using a vintage Roland vocoder (SVC- 350) for some beat processing and it accidentally began picking up some distorted and very otherworldly sounding Mexican radio station’s frequency at the end of “Your Star”. It added a subtle level of authentic creepiness to the song that we couldn’t have if we had been trying to. Some mistakes are my favourite parts.[8]


In December 2017, CBC Music posted a tutorial video of Amy on how to play Your Star on piano. Watch it here.


Studio versions:

Your Star [The Open Door version]

  • Recording date: September 2005 - March 2006
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: The Open Door (track #11)
  • Length: 4:43

Your Star [Synthesis version]

  • Recording date: May - August 2017
  • Status: Released
  • Released on: Synthesis (track #13)
  • Length: 4:38

Live versions:

Your Star [Live]

  • Performing period: January 5 - December 8, 2007; November 4 - November 8, 2009; August 17, 2011 - November 8, 2012; April - November 2016; April 20 - July 9, 2017; November 9 - December 14, 2022; June 7, 2023
  • Examples: Zepp Tokyo, Japan (January 31, 2007); Palladium Ballroom at Dallas, Texas (October 19, 2011); Olympiahalle, Munich (November 9, 2022)

Your Star [Synthesis Live]

  • Performing period: October 14, 2017 - September 8, 2018
  • Status: Released
  • Recording date: November 3, 2017
  • Released on: Synthesis Live (track #13)
  • Length: 4:44


I can't see your star
I can't see your star
Though I patiently waited, bedside,
For the death of today
I can't see your star
The mechanical lights of Lisbon
Frightened it away

And I'm alone now
Me and all I stood for
We're wandering now
All in parts in pieces, swim lonely
Find your own way out

I can't see your star
I can't see your star
How can the darkness feel so wrong?

And I'm alone now
Me and all I stood for
We're wandering now
All in parts in pieces, swim lonely
Find your own way out

So far away
It's growing colder without your love
Why can't you feel me calling your name?
Can't break the silence
It's breaking me

[Alma surda, loucura] all my fears [onde está sua alma?]
[Loucura, toda sozinha] turn to rage

And I'm alone now
Me and all I stood for
We're wandering now
All in parts and pieces, swim lonely
Find your own way out now

And nothing worth fighting for
We're wandering now
All in parts and pieces, swim lonely
Find your own way out

Guitar tabs & sheet music


  1. Lee, Amy (May 24, 2012). "The mechanical lights of Lisbon". Twitter. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  2. Bottomley, C. (September 18, 2006). "Evanescence: Amy Lee Explains the New Songs". VH1. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2006.
  3. "An Interview With Amy Lee". 2007. Archived from the original on October 25, 2007.
  4. Cosyns, Simon (October 6, 2006). "Amy Lee: I'm my own therapist". The Sun.
  5. "Evanescence - Live and Intimate In Australia 2007 (Full Show)". YouTube. Retrieved June 23, 2013.
  6. "#synthesis". Instagram. May 27, 2017.
  7. Law, Sam (October 2017). "Symphonic Possession". Kerrang! (1694): 27. ISSN ‎0262-6624.
  8. "Amy Lee Of Evanescence reflects on the band’s career and influence ahead of their Australian tour". Don'tBoreus. December 19, 2017. Archived from the original on August 20, 2020. Retrieved September 17, 2019.