"Not What You See" as written by and John N./o'neill Oliva....
No life's so short it can't turn around
You can't spend your life living underground
For from above you don't hear a sound
And I'm out here, waiting
I don't understand what you want me to be
It's the dark you're hating, it's not who I am
But I know that it's all that you see

No life's so short that it never learns
No flame so small that it never burns
No page so sure that it never turns
And I'm out here, waiting
I don't understand what you want me to be
It's the dark you're hating, it's not who I am
But I know that it's all that you see

Can you live your life in a day, putting every moment in play?
Never hear a word that they say as the wheels go around

Tell me if you win would it show in a thousand years, who would know?
As a million lives come and go on this same piece of ground

Can you live your life in a day
I've been waiting
Putting every moment in play?
Never hear a word that they say
I don't understand what you want me to be
As the wheels go around
Tell me if you win would it show
It's the dark you're hating
In a thousand years, who would know?
As a million lives come and go
It's not who I am, but it is what you see
On this same piece of ground

I've been waiting
I don't understand what you want me to be
It's the dark you're hating
It's not who I am, but it is what you see

Can you live your life in a day
Putting every moment in play?
Never hear a word that they say
As the wheels go around
Tell me if you win would it show
In a thousand years, who would know?
As a million lives come and go
On this same piece of ground

Tell me would you really want to
See me leave this night without you
Would you ever look about you
Wondering where we might be
New York is so far away now
Tokyo, Berlin and Moscow
Only dreams from here but somehow
One day that world we will see

I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand
I don't understand

What I see.

I swear on tomorrow, if you take this chance
Our lives are this moment, the music the dance
And here in this labyrinth of lost mysteries
I close my eyes on this night and you're all that I see

You're all that I see


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"Not What You See" as written by John N. Oliva John Oliva

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    General CommentNo life's so short that it never learns
    No flame so small that it never burns
    No page so sure that it never turns


    I love this part. This song is sensational...
    roses_r_4everon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think they're brilliant, i'd have never heard this song without randomly searching savatge on metacrawler mp3 search.
    it's better than all the others i've heard.
    SMUSER17069464on September 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is off of the dead winter dead album its about the Bosnian War in the nineties; its clearly from someone who feels misunderstood:
    "(I) don't understand what you want me to be
    It's the dark you're hating, it's not who I am
    But I know that it's all that you see"
    It was basically a civil war involving ethnic groups (and such crimes as you'd expect: allegedly there was rape, concentration camps, genocide)
    I think the band was trying to preach tolerance. Theres a love story on the album about a Serb boy and a Muslim girl. I don't really know much about this war so if I have it wrong Please correct it.
    Anyway i think the lyrics are pretty and isn't this a rondella? (4 "people" singing and overlapping) Thats not easy to do. Also I like the guitar bit in the middle.
    DoroteaRojaon December 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, I have to say this album and this band are just phenomenal and it's a shame that 95% of Trans Siberian Orchestra will never know how they came about, or ever know of this album to appreciate it.

    That said, this album was a concept that tells the story of a Siberian boy and a Bosnian girl who fall in love during the Yugoslavia war. I can't quite put my finger on the full meaning of this song, but it is painfully beautiful. Knowing what we know of that war, and heard stories of that time period from some once-refugees of that country, it's safe to say that relationship between the two was impossible. I think this song, being the last of the album and going over the lyrics, is the boy telling the girl to run away with him to another country. Right up to the last line in the song, we don't know if she agrees or not. All that's told is that they're madly in love and I think the boy is fleeing the country, with or without her.
    Floyd4Lifeon December 06, 2015   Link
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    General Commentthis band sucks arse
    ~anner~on January 29, 2006   Link

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