Memories (Within Temptation song)

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Within temptation memories.jpg
Single by Within Temptation
from the album The Silent Force
B-side "Destroyed" "Aquarius"
Released 31 January 2005
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Symphonic Rock, Gothic Rock
Length 3:51 (album version)
3:28 (single version)
Label Roadrunner
Songwriter(s) Robert Westerholt, Sharon den Adel, Martijn Spierenburg
Producer(s) Daniel Gibson
Within Temptation singles chronology
"Stand My Ground"
"Stand My Ground"
Music video
"Memories" on YouTube

"Memories" is a ballad-song by Dutch symphonic metal/rock band Within Temptation from their third studio album, The Silent Force. It was released as the second single from the album on 31 January 2005 also accompanying a music video. The song was covered by American classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho for her third studio album, Awakening.[1]

Track Listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Memories"
  2. "Aquarius" (Orchestral Version)


The band playing inside an old manor on the "Memories" music video (2005)

The Memories video tells the story of an aged Sharon den Adel who returns to her old house, which is now for sale. As she enters her old home, she is transformed into her younger self and the house is restored to how it is in her memories. In some scenes, den Adel walks around the house, haunted by memories of her old lover and in others, she is in a room with other band mates singing. Jeroen, the bands bassist, plays a double bass in one of the scenes from the past, while Martijn, their keyboard player, plays the piano.

As she leaves the house towards the end, she becomes her aged self again, and the house falls back into its current disrepair.

Charts reception[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 44
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 26
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[4] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 18
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 45