Evanescence debuted this song during their short 2016 fall tour ahead of their vinyl box set, The Ultimate Collection. Singer Amy Lee told TeamRock:
"We got together for rehearsals and we really focused this tour on the fans and the history of the band. Kind of in light of this whole box set theme, we wanted to do everything that the fans want and not just what we felt like doing. It has been so fulfilling and so fun.
When we got together the guys were really strongly supportive of it, we had a song in the bank. And we were like, 'You know what the fans would really love is a new song. That's all they ever ask for.'
So we knocked the dust off an old song called 'Take Cover' that we had in the bank for a while and we loved it. It's one of our favorite moments every night on the tour."
Tom from BrazilThis song is a leftover track of the band's 2011 self-titled album. It belonged to the initial sessions for the album with Steve Lillywhite in 2010, but they were scrapped by their label. Amy on the song in a BUILD interview in 2017: "We made “Take Cover” before the last album. So as probably for the people in this room must to know that when we made Ev3, before we put it out, we were working on a project that was like another version of it that didn’t work out and then we went back and wrote a bunch of more songs and included some of those. But we mostly made a new record that was full-on rock. It was this other style thing. So in “Take Cover” you can probably hear that the style is a little bit different, it’s a little bit more attitude. I don’t know how to define it exactly, but it comes from that batch of songs, same as “Made of Stone” and “Swimming Home.” We have a little pile of songs that’s like, ‘This is gonna be awesome someday when we find the right home’ and “Take Cover” was on the top of the pile."