Why Evanescence Singer Amy Lee’s ‘Chronicles Of Narnia’ Song Was Rejected

Evanescence’s lead singer Amy Lee is no stranger to the film industry, as she crafted the soundtracks for ‘War Story’ and ‘Indigo Grey: The Passage.’ She also contributed the song ‘Speak to Me’ to the movie ‘Voice from the Stone.’ The vocalist would almost appear in another film if her song had been approved.

Lee wrote a song for the 2005 film ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’ However, it did not make it into the soundtrack. Speaking of why the producers didn’t include her song in the movie during a 2007 Q&A with Westword and the rejection had any negative effect on her perception of Hollywood, Lee said:

“Well, I’m already permanently soured on Hollywood. I lived there for five years, and I just never, ever want to go back. I think it wasn’t anybody’s fault. I was just a little misguided about what they wanted. I did write music for the movie, and I still have a song in my back pocket that hasn’t been released that I love, which was originally intended for that movie.”

Detailing the movie maker’s reaction to her work, the rocker continued:

“But it was darker than what they wanted. They wanted to not scare kids, and I can understand that now after seeing the movie. But when we were talking about it beforehand, I think they were telling me a little bit about what I wanted to hear – that it was going to be very dark and very ‘Lord of the Rings’ and all this stuff, and it turned out to be a lot more childlike.”

Still, Amy would want things to turn out differently, as she noted:

“The way I was writing was a lot bigger and more epic and dark than all that. I still think it would have been a beautiful song in the movie, but it didn’t make me bitter. It’s just one song in the bank.”

The name of the song the vocalist initially wrote for the film was ‘Together Again.’ Later, it was recorded and released as a B-side for the Evanescence album ‘The Open Door.’ In 2010, it was offered as a free digital download to support the United Nations Foundation’s Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

You can listen to the song below.