Tracks

01. Stargazers
02. Gethsemane
03. Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean
04. Sacrament of Wilderness
05. Passion and the Opera
06. Swanheart
07. Moondance
08. The Riddler
09. The Pharaoh Sails to Orion
10. Walking in the Air
11. Nightquest
12. A Return To The Sea
13. Sleeping Sun



01. Stargazers

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
A grand oasis in the vastness of gloom
Child of dew-spangled cobweb, mother to the Moon
Constellations beholders of the 3rd vagrant
Theater for the play of life

Tragedienne of heavens
Watching the eyes of the night
Sailing the virgin oceans
A Planetride for Mother and Child

Floating upon the quiet hydrogen lakes
In this ambrosial merry-go-round they will gaze
Ephemeral life touched by a billion-year-show
Separating the poet from the woe

Tragedienne of heavens
Watching the eyes of the night
Sailing the virgin oceans
A Planetride for Mother and Child

Oracle of the Delfian Domine
Witness of Adam's frailty
Seer of the master prophecy
The stellar world her betrothed

Wanderers in cosmic caravan
Universal bond, The Starborn

A son in search for the truth
Following the pages of Almagest
Discovering the origin of dreams
Stargazers ride through the ancient realms

Tragedienne of heavens
Watching the eyes of the night
Sailing the virgin oceans
A Planetride for Mother and Child


02. Gethsemane

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
Toll no bell for me, Father
But let this cup of suffering pass from me
Send me no shepherd to heal my world
But the Angel, the dream foretold
Prayed more than thrice for you to see
The wolf of loneliness in me
...not my own will but yours be done...

You wake up, where's the tomb?
Will Easter come, enter my room?
The lord weeps with me
But my tears fall for you

Another beauty
Loved by a Beast
Another tale of infinite dreams
Your eyes they were my paradise
Your smile made my sun rise

Forgive me, for I don't know what I gain
Alone in this garden of pain
Enchantment has but one truth:
I weep to have what I fear to lose

You wake up, where's the tomb?
Will Easter come, enter my room?
The lord weeps with me
But my tears fall for you

"I knew you never before
I see you never more
But the love, the pain, the hope, O beautiful one
Have made you mine, 'till all my years are done"

Without you
The poetry within me is dead


03. Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
A snowy owl above the haunted waters
Poet of ancient gods
Cries to tell the neverending story
Prophecy of becoming floods

An aura of mystery surrounds her
The lady in brightest white
Soon the incarnate shall be born
The Creator of the Night

Deep dark is His Majesty's kingdom
A portent of tomorrow's world
There shall the liquid give Him power
The red-eyed unborn lord

Fatal embrace of the bloodred waters
The cradle of infinite gloom
The spell to master this Earth
Carven on an infant's tomb

"I will die for the love of the mermaid
Her seduction beauty and scorn
Welcome to the end of your life
Hail the Oceanborn!"

"Disgraced is my virginity
Death has woven my wedding dress
Oh Great Blue breathe the morning dew
For you are the cradle of the image of god"

"Brave now long rest is sweet
With me here in the deep"

"I prayed for pleasure wished for love
Prayed for you"

"Never pray for me!"

"Who the hell are you for me
But a mortal dream to see?"

"This apathetic life must drown
Forever just for me"

"Leave me be
Leave me be
Leave me be"

"From cradle to coffin
Shall my wickedness be your passion"

We shall come to set the dolphins free
We shall wash the darkened bloodred sea
Our songs will echo over the mountains and seas
The eternity will begin once again in peace


04. Sacrament of Wilderness

Music by Tuomas Holopainen
Lyrics by Emppu Vuorinen and Tuomas Holopainen
Naked in midwinter magic
Lies an angel in the snow
The frozen figure crossed by tracks of wolves
An encounter symbolic yet truthful
With a hungry choir of wolves
An agreement immemorial to be born

Dulcet elvenharps from a dryad forest
Accompany all charming tunes
Of a sacrament by a campfire
A promise between the tameless
And the one with a tool
Tonight the journey from a cave begins

I want to hunt with the tameless heart
I want to learn the wisdom of mountains afar
We will honor the angel in the snow
We will make the streams for our children flow

Wrapped in furs beneath the northern lights
From my cave I watch the land untamed
And wonder if some becoming season
Will make the angel melt in shame

I want to hunt with the tameless heart
I want to learn the wisdom of mountains afar
I want to hunt with the tameless heart
I want to learn the wisdom of mountains afar
We will honor the angel in the snow
We will make the streams for our children flow


05. Passion and the Opera

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
Princess of lust
Dignity put to dust
A virginal sight
Their apple to bite

Drink from my thighs
The rain of lies
A sight so cursed
Breasts which never nursed

An Aphrodite for mortal souls
Playing hide and seek in lecherous roles
Their erotic hour, my tearless weep
Their satisfaction, my infinite sleep

Naked limbs reflecting from the moon
I'll be there for you soon
First wish for this night:
Let me be your delight

Body of a virgin
Soul to the Devil's kin
Your God is me
In all that you see

An Aphrodite for mortal souls
Playing hide and seek in lecherous roles
Their erotic hour, my tearless weep
Their satisfaction, my infinite sleep


06. Swanheart

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
All those beautiful people
I want to have, I want to have them all
All those porcelain models
If only I could, if only I could make them fall

Be my heart a well of love
Flowing free so far above

A wintry eve
Once upon a tale
An Ugly Duckling
Lost in a verse
Of a sparrows carol
Dreaming the stars

Be my heart a well of love
Flowing free so far above

In my world
Love is for poets
Never the famous balcony scene
Just a dying faith
On the heaven's gate

Crystal pond awaits the lorn
Tonight another morn for the lonely one is born


07. Moondance

Music by Tuomas Holopainen
Instrumental


08. The Riddler

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
Riddler, riddler ask me why
The birds fly free on a mackerel sky
Ask me whither goes the wind
Whence the endless tick-tick stream begins

Make me guess if the earth is flat or round
Set a guessing if fantasies are unbound
If tales aren't just for children to see
That it's peace if sleep walks with me

As you wish
For kingdom come
The one to know all the answers
You think you dwell in wisdom's sea
Still sweet ignorance is the key
To a poet's paradise
Challenge the riddler and you will see...

Riddler, riddler ask me why
All mothers beneath the Earth and sky
Hold their children's hands for a while
Their hearts forever, yours and mine

Make me wonder what's the meaning of life
What's the use to be born and then die
Make me guess who's the one
Behind the mask of Father and Son

As you wish
For kingdom come
The one to know all the answers
You think you dwell in wisdom's sea
Still sweet ignorance is the key
To a poet's paradise
Challenge the riddler and you will see...

For nature hates virginity
I wish to be touched
Not by the hands of where's and why's
But by the oceans' minds

As you wish
For kingdom come
The one to know all the answers
You think you dwell in wisdom's sea
Still sweet ignorance is the key
To a poet's paradise
Challenge the riddler and you will see...


09. The Pharaoh Sails to Orion

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
"Get away from me!
Take heed to thyself and see my face no more!
For in the day thou see my face
Thou shalt die!"
Exodus 10:28

A constellation of divine architecture built on Earth
A holy harbour, Orion
Nautical ascension to the firmament

Ship-shaped barrows open my heart to the wisdom of this land
Sailing with the serpent chimera of a fiendish sandman

The unicorn arrives with the westwind to dream my funeral
"Thou art born for Horus, for Horus dwells in thee"

Slumbering with the ebb and the flow of this foaming tomb
"Thou art born for Seteh, for Seteh dwells in thee"

Reveal your face to me and guide me through the Stygian fields
Enthral my soul to Sepedet's beams to serve your will

Sailing on the distant seas from darkness to deliverance
Tales like the ocean written to the Draco's glance

Ruling with the scythe of death you tear our philosophies apart
An ancient starwalk to merge into the stars

"Open thy veins for my venom
Kiss the cobras with thy twisted tongue
So shalt thou join the empyrean circus
Where beggars mourn and seraphs dance
In this twilight cathedral
Shall I wed thee,
O bride of the netherworld"

Sailing on the distant seas from darkness to deliverance
Tales like the ocean written to the Draco's glance

Ruling with the scythe of death you tear our philosophies apart
An ancient starwalk to merge into the stars

Join my soul, the hunter in the sky


10. Walking in the Air

Music & lyrics by Howard Blake
We're walking in the air
We're floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

I'm holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like trees
The rivers and the hills
The forests and the streams

Children gaze, open mouth
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We're surfing in the air
We're swimming in the frozen sky
We're drifting over icy mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low on an ocean deep
Arousing of a mighty monster from its sleep

We're walking in the air
We're floating in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

I'm holding very tight
I'm riding in the midnight blue
I'm finding I can fly so high above with you


11. Nightquest

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
Born to the false world the wanderer
Storyteller, the pied piper
On a quest for immortality
Gathering a troop to find the fantasy

Lead by a maid queen of the night
Voice of angel such a divine sight
An amazon to fight and cure
This reality with her feline lure

Patriotic to the promised land
Of never-waking dream

Nightquest, a quest not for the past
But for tomorrow to make it last
Simply the best way to walk this life
Hand in hand with a dreamer's mind
Enter the realm, don't stay awake
The dreams remain, they only break
Forget the task, enjoy the ride
And follow us into the night

A merry minstrel with his fingers fast
Playing his lute, charming every lass
Joins the troop with a glitter in his eye
"Shall I find fame or shall I die?"

Warrior with power along the path
A hammerheart, his gallantry to last
Rhythm of sirens enemies take heed
For in this war laws are in silent sleep

Patriotic to the promised land
Of never-waking dream

Nightquest, a quest not for the past
But for tomorrow to make it last
Simply the best way to walk this life
Hand in hand with a dreamer's mind
Enter the realm, don't stay awake
The dreams remain, they only break
Forget the task, enjoy the ride
And follow us into the night

Come to the Elfland, the eldest said
In my guidance you shall not be afraid
I am the mastermind, the wizard to show the way...

Nightquest, a quest not for the past
But for tomorrow to make it last
Simply the best way to walk this life
Hand in hand with a dreamer's mind
Enter the realm, don't stay awake
The dreams remain, they only break
Forget the task, enjoy the ride
And follow us into the night

First ones to walk this path of night
Lady in black, lady in white
Followed by legions of night-time wanderers

Guardians of the halls of heart
When we from my homeland depart
To challenge the gods of emptiness
May the quest begin!


12. A Return To The Sea

Lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
A star falls down from the darkened sky
Where new worlds born and die
Kingdom Animalia watches its approaching glow
What it means is soon to be known

Beneath the lovely birch honeymakers build their nest in peace
On the savannah a lion licks a wounded gnu
To honor this moment even the heavens cease
Giant spiders learn how to swim
With whales they form a united kin

Snakes say hello to the rats on the ground
In the meadows play merrily the fox and the hound

Trilobite & Anymalocharis
The prey and the hunter
Survival of the fittest
Fall of Man

Seadrops foam all empty human skulls
Those on the shores of Atlantis
Darwin's resurrection is witnessed
By turtles he used to play with

Healed and happy She oversees
The Mother
The tyrant's return to the sea


13. Sleeping Sun

Music & lyrics by Tuomas Holopainen
The sun is sleeping quietly
Once upon a century
Wistful oceans calm and red
Ardent caresses laid to rest

For my dreams I hold my life
For wishes I behold my night
The truth at the end of time
Losing faith makes a crime

I wish for this night-time
To last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
Sleeping
Weeping
With you

Sorrow has a human heart
From my god it will depart
I'd sail before a thousand moons
Never finding where to go

Two hundred twenty-two days of light
Will be desired by a night
A moment for the poet's play
Until there's nothing left to say

I wish for this night-time
To last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
Sleeping
Weeping
With you