Tracks

01. Shades Of Gray
02. Mission
03. The Wanderer
04. Narrow Path
05. Hopeless Days
06. Nightbird's Song
07. Into The Abyss
08. Enchanted By The Moon
09. A New Day
10. Dead Man's Dream
11. New Song
12. My Future



01. Shades Of Gray

Music & lyrics by Holopainen, Esa
Mountain tops and red, red clouds
Aflame with flaring gold
Silhouetted against the eastern sky like a God
The trees now blue under the dusk…
The cooling flood of evening shade
The lights recede, the sounds subdue
Predators emerge from their caves

[Chorus:]
Grayness holds my mind at stake
And the lake's golden mirror's dim
The last rays fall into darker shade
The night coils around the day
Shadows turn the light into the shades of gray
The sun bades the world farewell

The queen of the night, her attire aglow
Before her beauty I, too bow
These nights I should fear
These lights I should not follow
This road to nowhere leads
I wander around in circles

[Chorus:]
Grayness holds my mind at stake
And the lake's golden mirror's dim
The last rays fall into darker shade
The night coils around the day
Shadows turn the light into the shades of gray
The sun bades the world farewell

The lights recede, the sounds subdue
Predators emerge from their caves

[Chorus:]
Grayness holds my mind at stake
And the lake's golden mirror's dim
The last rays fall into darker shade
The night coils around the day
Shadows turn the light into the shades of gray
The sun bades the world farewell
It controls my mind
And the lake's golden mirror's dim
The last rays fall into darker shade
The night chokes the day
Shadows turn the light into the shades of gray
The sun bades the world farewell


02. Mission

Music & lyrics by Holopainen, Esa
Up high in the north
At the end of my rocky road
I heard the call
My feet had betrayed me
I was carried forth
To a place of healing
Where I was made again
Tnd they sang me my song
While they told me all the tales
Then they showed me my mission
And I heard it whisper my name

They took me to their side
And gave me back my life
Blew the sounds into my ears
And lit the light on my path


03. The Wanderer

Music & lyrics by Kallio, Santeri
Behold this man on the road
The burden that he holds
He lost it all but still he carries on
The dead are left behind
On the road of pain and grief
Promises have been broken
Once again he's been deceived

Homeless man he is
A wanderer without a hope
Why this heavy burden
What does he seek
Homeless man he is
Searching for his dreams
Why this heavy burden
Lost all his beliefs

The Spirit Roams

Behold today the face of this man
He smiles now as he knows
He's burden starts to slowly fade away
He laughs at himself
Now it's easy to let go, of futile and the needless
To let it lie, to let it go


04. Narrow Path

Music & lyrics by Kallio, Santeri
A narrow path
Now overgrown
Covered by grass
Almost gone

It whispers an invitation to me
Unveils a new direction

Around me the forest sings
The sun gilds the road

Here's my place
This is my world
Here's my future
I make my fire here

The trail leads me to the sea
The stones feel so familiar
On this cliff I've been before
And heard the song of the waves

The path turns to a road
The river flows into the sea
Around me the forest sings
The sun gilds the road


05. Hopeless Days

Music & lyrics by Holopainen, Esa
I never wanted
I never wanted to be born
Into this cruel world
Into this cruel world I was torn

Left behind with grief
Lacerated by life
Shackled into caves of grieves

From an union
From an union of force and fear
Arose my kin
Arose my kin enslaved

In hopelessness
In hopelessness and suspicion
The seed of eternal tomorrow

I was born a captive
A captive of the night
In between
Hopeless days

I was born on sleet
On sleet covered roads
I've been driven by howling winds

A beggar, a drifter
A refugee from my own life
And a companion
Companion of the ghostly lights

But still they came
They found the way to get to me
They beckoned me to follow

I was born a captive
A captive of the night
In between
Hopeless days

I was born on sleet
On sleet covered roads
I've been driven by howling winds


06. Nightbird's Song

Music & lyrics by Koivusaari, Tomi
Whispering of the trees
And nightbird's wistful song
My heart is growing still
The silent warriors arise

From beneath the shadows blue
From behind the shrouded veil
The ghosts step in front of me
The silent ones creep through me

They run beneath the stars
They rush on the road of night
They glide on the glass of time
They ride on a pale and frozen lake

Arise, the silent warriors arise
Arise, from the black soil
Arise, from the nightbird's song and screams

From the solar winds of my soul
From the moonlit matter of my bones
From shivering of my flesh
From leaden weights of my memory

The ghost of time are born
Step forth the immortals
Emerge the envoys of the depths
Silently the warriors arise


07. Into The Abyss

Music & lyrics by Kallio, Santeri
This long road
Paved with victories
These monuments
Named after heroes
On this spring-like night
When the trees are blooming
I languish upon this road
I perish on the icy path

Who are you
Why have you called me here
(And the wind steals the sound)
And this long road
Where are you leading me
(And the snow erases the tracks)

It leads the way
Tireless through the dusk
Forces me to carry on
Flowers wither… lights and stars go out
I blindly fall down
Into the abyss of sleep and death

Why I'm the one
The chose one… When I'm no one

I strain to, to hear the call
But the wind steals the sound
I strive to, to keep on trail
And the snow erases the tracks


08. Enchanted By The Moon

Music & lyrics by Holopainen, Esa
Upon by birth came close to death
I wore the night
Dark skies tucked me in
Stranded in the mire of sorrows
The lightless caves in ravines

The power rushed over me
The serpent ran me through
A moment stole my time
A might surged over me

My passage enchanted my the moon
The light with shadows blended
My delusion imprisoned me
My enemy destroyed me

A sword cleaved my skull
An arrow pieced my heart
A sword cleaved my skull
And the wind took my soul

Somebody broke my bones
Somebody tore my flesh
Somebody broke my bones
Somebody crushed my chest

The power rushed over me
The serpent ran me through
A moment stole my time
A might surged over me


09. A New Day

Music & lyrics by Holopainen, Esa
The Sun will rise again
When darkness can't get any darker
Shadows will retreat
When night has filled the cup of time

When pearls start to glow
When morning dewdrops glister
When the wind waves the blade of grass
The Sun will rise again

When eagles have descended by my side
When I no longer need to flee
When mountain has accepted me, I will stay
And rest for a while

This is the moment
I have always feared
Afraid of an ending night
Afraid of a closing road
This is how it feels to die
On a most beautiful day
When the clouds so white and light
Sail across the sky


10. Dead Man's Dream

Music & lyrics by Kallio, Santeri
On opening my eyes…
The world dark as my soul…
Nothing moves, nothing flows
A dream of a dead man

The moss of thoughts fill my mouth…
Lichen grows on my bones… Vertebrae detach…
Teeth lost in the grit

The night has swallowed my name…
Taken my time, taken my place
The dusk has covered my trace…
The rain has washed my memories away

I have disappeared…
I am no more… Turned into voice of storm
The roaring song of space…
Behold the waves… They roll over themselves
Behold the waves… There lies the lap of time


11. New Song

In the light
Light of the fire
Blaze of my life flame
I watch the sunrise

I watch the moon
It's passing by
I watch the sparkling stars
Lights of the sky

Sing me a new song
Sing the ancient warriors' song
On this cliff
On the seashore
I am born again

Sing me a new song
(The ancient warriors' song)
Sing me a new song
(The ancient warriors' song)

I hear
The waves of time
I hear the questions
And answers of tide

I hear the voice
Voice of your soul
I listen to you
I reach for you

Sing me a new song
Sing the ancient warriors' song
On this cliff
On the seashore
I am born again

Sing me a new song
(The ancient warriors' song)
Sing me a new song
(The ancient warriors' song)

Ride

This is the shared moment
Of the living and the dead
Of all ages and times
Ages and times

Rise

The sun rises
The moon rides
The stars sown
Across the sky


12. My Future

I was invited
Upon this shore
Where the past
Meets the future

So it found me
So it reached my mind
Helped me find the way
That leads to right place

I heard the call
I knew the form
It reached my mind
On this timeless shore
I heard the call
I knew the form
I ran no more
From what I can't escape

This is our moment
This is the past
This is our moment
This is our future

I heard the call
I knew the form
It reached my mind
On this timeless shore
I heard the call
I knew the form
I ran no more
From what I can't escape

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(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh, oh-oh)
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh)

I heard the call
I knew the form
It reached my mind
On this timeless shore
I heard the call
I knew the form
I ran no more
From what I can't escape