"End Of All Hope" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen....
It is the end of all hope
To lose the child, the faith
To end all the innocence
To be someone like me
This is the birth of all hope
To have what I once had
This life unforgiven
It will end with a birth

No will to wake for this morn
To see another black rose born
Deathbed is slowly covered with snow

Angels, they fell first but I'm still here
Alone as they are drawing near
In heaven my masterpiece will finally be sung

Wounded is the deer that leaps highest
And my wound it cuts so deep
Turn off the light and let me pull the plug

Mandylion without a face
Death wish without a prayer
End of hope
End of love
End of time
The rest is silence


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"End of All Hope" as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen

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    General Comment"The rest is silence."
    Hamlet, Act V, scene II. Hamlet's last words.
    ale5875on October 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn my opinion, bits of it sound like the break up the band went through just before Century Child was recorded.

    The Child in the song could very well be Nightwish, which Tuomas killed for a short time after Over The Hills was recorded.

    Tony Kakko from Sonata Arctica helped convince Tuomas to reform the band, but with the new bassist, Marco, leaving Sami Vanska behind.

    Which can be easily fit to the first chorus:

    "It is the end of all hope,
    To lose the child, the faith,
    To end all the innocence,
    To be someone like me..."

    "No will to wake for this morn
    To see another black rose born
    Deathbed is slowly covered with snow"

    The next line and part of the chorus could be very well relating to the rebirth of the dead child:

    "This is the birth of all hope
    To have what I once had
    This life unforgiven
    It will end with a birth"

    "Angels, they fell first but I'm still here
    Alone as they are drawing near
    In heaven my masterpiece will finally be sung"

    In it, he's probably refering to their first album "Angels Fall First", saying that they're still here, even if they died, and they will eventually be heard.

    "Wounded is the deer that leaps highest
    And my wound it cuts so deep
    Turn off the light and let me pull the plug

    Mandylion without a face
    Deathwish without a prayer
    End of hope
    End of love
    End of time
    The rest is silence"

    Just summing up and repeating what is already said about the band's breakup and reformation. Deathwish, again, could very well be a play on words for Nightwish.
    Asuyukaon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason, I think the song is purely metaphorical. He (Tuomas) isn't talking about someone who's actually dying, he's talking about himself.

    "The child" refers to his innocence. "The faith" refers to a naive belief that the world is purely good.

    The first verse is saying that he doesn't want to see another day, "black rose born" could mean another cruelty, the "deathbed slowly covered with snow" could mean that someone who was good and has died is being forgotten.

    "Angels, they fell first, but I'm still here" means that the people he thought were good left, whether by death or a loss of illusion, but he's still there, "alone" while death is "drawing near".

    "Wounded is the deer..." could be saying that those who are hurt emotionally are the quickest to flee from 'life'. The reference to his "wound" places him in that category. "Turn out the lights and let me pull the plug" is his plea that people around him ignore him and allow him to wither away in peace.

    "Mandylion without a face" refers to the cloth with the image of Christ, but is, again, a metaphor. The cloth is meaningless without the face, he feels he is meaningless without his innocence. "Deathwish without a prayer" is honestly a bit confusing, perhaps he wants death but doesn't feel 'worthy' to pray for it. "End of hope, End of love, End of time, The rest is silence" is saying that once you lose hope, you lose love, without love, there isn't a point to life, 'time' has run out, once time runs out, every thing else is silence.

    The section "This is the birth of all hope, To have what I once had, This life unforgiven, It will end with birth" is hopeful. It's saying that he is regaining hope by striving to regain innocence and that this pathetic period will end with the "birth" or, perhaps more appropriately, the 'rebirth' of his inner child or innocence.

    I don't know, I'm just going off of what I get from it as well as a few statements that Tuomas was hugely depressed during this period, that some of the lyrics come directly from his diary or his life, and that the band was very, very concerned about him when they first read over the lyrics for the album.
    Satakielion March 02, 2006   Link
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    My Interpretationi think is about being human, and different stage man pass his life, child, puberty, maturity, old.... (all stage are pretty similar`s)...and finally you die(End of hope, End of love, End of time, The rest is silence(atheistic ending of life)) about Mandylion salvation that never come from God
    piky2001on September 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song rlzzz! the best part if after the first chorus! I luv NIghtwish! they r the best band ever with Sonata Arctica
    surreal_dreamon August 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is bloody amazing.
    Need I say more?

    Probably yes because you can't just take this sort of thing on the word of a stranger. But try to trust me on this one, it is one of the best pieces of power metal that you'll ever hear.
    Rider_of_the_Sunon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all my soul. Nightwish is undoubtedly one of the best power-metal bands of our time. You aren't likely to find much better.
    BlackTippedWingson November 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother band vaguely like them is After Forever, although I prefer Nightwish. After Forever - Beautiful Emptiness is alot like this song in the style in which it is written. There is less emotion in this song though.
    vampirella666on December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmm my online friend introduced me to this band and it kicks so much ass it's not even funny! that woman has such a beautiful voice and they are all talented musicians.
    KirstenDanielleon January 02, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthmmm my online friend introduced me to this band and it kicks so much ass it's not even funny! that woman has such a beautiful voice and they are all talented musicians.
    KirstenDanielleon January 02, 2005   Link

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