"Tourniquet" is a cover song by alternative metal band Evanescence, featured on their 2003 debut album, Fallen. It is originally by the Christian death metal band Soul Embraced, and was part of their 2000 debut album, For the Incomplete, on which it was titled "My Tourniquet".
When Soul Embraced guitarist Rocky Gray joined Evanescence as their drummer, Evanescence performed their own adaptation of the song, which added a second verse. Before arriving at the version present on Fallen, Evanescence recorded at least two demo versions, each slightly different. In the demo versions, a clip from Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet is played during the bridge and the line "I long to die!" can be heard. In the Fallen version, Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee changed the line slightly, screaming "I want to die!"
Amy Lee declared for VH1: "A lot of our songs are written in a way that you could take them to mean several different things. That one was written by our drummer Rocky [Gray], who was in a Christian death metal band before he joined us. He told me that it is coming from a Christian standpoint, but it's about suicide. It's from the perspective of someone who has just committed suicide and it's about the controversy in Christianity that if you commit suicide, will you go to heaven or hell? If all sins are forgiven after accepting Christ, why would there be an exception?"