Written by: Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord
Produced by: Nick Raskulinecz
Release date: November 11, 2011
Genre: Alternative metal
Running time: 4:29 (album version) 3:40 (radio edit)
“My Heart Is Broken” is a song by American rock band Evanescence. It was released on October 31, 2011, as the second single for their eponymous third studio album (2011). An alternative version appears on the band’s fourth studio album Synthesis (2017). The track was written by Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord, Will Hunt and Zach Williams, while production was handled by Nick Raskulinecz. Musically, “My Heart Is Broken” is an uptempo rock ballad, whose instrumentation consists of piano, guitars and drums. Lee revealed that the song was written after seeing victims of sex trafficking. The recording received favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the combination between Lee’s vocals and piano playing, as well as its fellow instrumentation; several of them chose it as a highlight on the album. On music charts, “My Heart Is Broken” reached number 36 on the Austrian Singles Chart, number 92 on the German Singles Chart and number 34 on the US Adult Top 40.
An accompanying music video for the song was filmed in December 2011 in Los Angeles by Dean Karr. It makes use of fiber optics and was inspired by dark fantasy horror film Paperhouse (1988). The video was released online on January 24, 2012 after it was leaked several hours prior to its release; its concept revolves around a girl creating a world in her dreams which later becomes a nightmare. Upon its release, it received positive reviews by critics, who generally praised the “dark” scenes. “My Heart Is Broken” was part of the band’s set list for their third worldwide tour, Evanescence Tour (2011-2012), and it was also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.