The What You Want Songfacts reports that Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee penned the song at her house in New York with bassist Tim McCord and guitarist Terry Balsamo. She told MTV News: "We were just jamming, like, recording demos, and obviously the song has grown a lot since then, with everyone else. For me, it was — and I need to remember this, so I can apply it in the future — it wasn't trying so hard to be some epic, massive chorus. I was just doodling around on the piano and the guys were like, 'Do that. .