"Slaying The Dreamer" as written by and E. Vuorinen T. Holopainen....
I'm a priest for the poorest sacrifice
I'm but a raft in a sea of sorrow and greed
You bathed in my wine
Drank from my cup, mocked my rhyme
Your slit tongues licked my aching wounds

Put a stake through my heart!
And drag me into sunlight
So awake for your greed
As you're slaying the dreamer

Swansong for the Wish of Night
God it hurts, give a name to the pain
Our primrose path to hell is growing weed

Blame me, it's me
Coward, a good for nothing scapegoat
Dumb kid, living a dream
Romantic only on paper

Tell me why you took all that was mine!
Stay as you lay don't lead me astray!

Wake up, mow the weed
You'd be nothing without me
Take my life if you have the heart to die

You bastards tainted my tool
Raped my words, played me a fool
Gather your precious glitter and leave me be
The Great Ones are all dead
And I'm tired, too

I truly hate you all!

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"Slaying the Dreamer" as written by J. Nevalainen E. Vuorinen

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  • +2
    General CommentMaybe he just modified his profanities to give them a more poetic value...
    dubonbaconon July 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe edited the profanity for good reason. Profanity would greatly weaken the song, and he knew this. I don't think its so much to be poetic, but to be sophisticated. Talented music doesn't need profanity to express emotion, and this song is a perfect example of such a point. All the rage is there in its purity, but is even more meaningful without the uncivilized profanities to taint its dark beauty. I don't feel like typing the word 'profanity' again, so I'll end there with that half-baked rant.
    BlackTippedWingson November 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Tuomas, Nightwish's songwriter, wrote this one night in a fit of rage, and had to edit it later on to get rid of all the profanity. It's an angry song directed toward the greed of mankind, and their stupidity.
    Kworbon July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy get rid of the profanity? Nightwish is a bad-ass metal band not some family friendly pop group.
    Armon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah thats goth musicians for ya. Always trying to be poets.
    Armon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd it works very well in the songs I think you'll find Arm.
    Nightwish are one of my favourite bands. Tarja's voice works the lyrics very well and I think it gives the band a very original sound
    Nightwishon July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmakes sense to me....
    KirstenDanielleon January 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI WANNA MARRY TARJA!!!
    a_fake_plastic_treeon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree totally with blakctippedwings...and arm i think you should let artists be artists..being able to express yourself through poetry is a gift nightwish isn't just trying to be like every other "goth musician" try to look past steroetypes.

    one of my points of this song is how humanity shuts out things they don't understand..it makes us feel vuneranle.. some people even try to control people for believing in something strong and new that is true fact proven by everyday living.

    that's my opinion anyway
    lovemetalon April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEh no stereotyping. But the wanna be poet does fit Toumas quite well.

    Not that I care much for Nightwishes lyrics anyway. They rock harder than nearly every other band without needing to resort to a bunch of screaming and cussing (I'm looking at you Phil Anselmo). But I still dont care for their lyrics. Horrably repetitive and they can get quite cheesy sounding at times.
    Armon May 05, 2005   Link

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