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Published on Jan 30, 2010
Artist: Evanescence Title: Lacrymosa Album: The Open Door Release: 2006
Infos: Recorded in a chapel near Seattle, the song was originally written for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, but was scrapped by the director. "I thought it would be awesome for the opening scene, but they wanted something original," says Lee of the Mozart cover. However, the producers of the movie later stated that neither Lee nor Evanescence were approached to compose music for Narnia.
It features elements of W.A. Mozart's "Lacrimosa" from his 'Requiem in D Minor.' More info on that composition can be found here. Terry's guitar solo in the middle of the song adds to its sheer epic sound before the choir closes with a stunning decrescendo. The name of the song comes from the latin word "Lacrimosa", which means 'tearful', 'mournful'. This word is also the scientific name for a species of moth, Catocala Lacrymosa, also known as the 'Tearful Underwing'. This species of moth features on the cover of The Open Door's booklet and on the cover for the Sweet Sacrifice radio promo CD.
A 22-cord orchestra led by David Campbell (with whom Evanescence had already worked for their performance at the Billboard Awards 2004) starts off the song in order to introduce a choir, which serves as back up for Amys vocals.
Out on your own Cold and alone again Can this be what you really wanted, baby?
[Lacrimosa] Blame it on me [Dies illa] Set your guilt free [Lacrimosa] Nothing can hold you back now [Dona eis requiem]
Now that you're gone I feel like myself again Grieving the things I can't repair and willing
[Lacrimosa] To let you blame it on me [Dies illa] And set your guilt free [Lacrimosa] I don't want to hold you back now love [Dona eis requiem]
I can't change who I am Not this time, I wont lie to keep you near me And in this short life There's no time to waste on giving up My love wasn't enough
[Lacrimosa] And you can blame it on me [Dies illa] Just set your guilt free, honey [Lacrimosa] I don't want to hold you back now love [Dona eis requiem]