Evanescence Is Back to the ‘Original Idea’ for ‘Bring Me to Life,’ Says Amy Lee

Story by Charles Ken

Evanescence’s first hit, “Bring Me to Life,” features a good dollop of rap during the chorus, in which vocalist Paul McCoy sings, “Wake me / I can’t wake up,” on repeat. As it turns out, that rap component wasn’t part of what Lee envisioned for the track in the beginning.

Now, on Lee has a new version of “Bring Me to Life,” sans the rap. Evanescence’s new album,” Synthesis,” features the group’s older material with a full orchestra and electronics, including a version of “Bring Me To Life” without the rap.

“God bless the rap, it’s part of what got us on the radio, I guess,” Lee said in an interview with Australia’s News.com.au. “At least according to all the rules of radio that I don’t agree with or understand. The rap wasn’t part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great.”

Lee says she “wanted people to understand” who Evanescence was early on. “That’s a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again, then nobody would understand who we were.”

“We’ve made it past that point, so the rap doesn’t make me angry anymore. I’m so glad to put a new version out there without the rap, though.”

Evanescence will release “Synthesis” on Nov. 10.

Evanescence photo credit: P.R. Brown

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