"Feel For You" as written by and M. Hietala T. Holopainen....
You were my first love
The earth moving under me
Bedroom scent, beauty ardent
Distant shiver, heaven sent

I'm the snow on your lips
The freezing taste, the silvery sip
I'm the breath on your hair
The endless nightmare, devil's lair

Only so many times
I can say I long for you
The lily among the thorns
The prey among the wolves

Someday, I will feed a snake
Drink her venom, stay awake
With time all pain will fade
Through your memory I will wade

Barely cold in her grave
Barely warm in my bed
Settling for a draw tonight
Puppet girl, your strings are mine

This one is for you for you
Only for you
Just give in to it never think again
I feel for you

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"Feel for You" as written by J. Nevalainen E. Vuorinen

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    My InterpretationEveryone I've read so far (and I haven't read everyone yet, but I love Nightwish and probably will eventually ;) ) seems to feel this song is from a girl's perspective, or from a girl AND a guy's perspective. I think the whole thing, from start to finish, is from a man's, and I've come to this conclusion for a couple reasons plus gut instinct.

    First, this song makes me think of PASSION before anything else, from the music to the lyrics themselves -- "Bedroom scent, beauty ardent/distant shiver, heaven sent". "Puppet girl your strings are mine" simply there on its own is a really cool, really creepy line -- but it's not passionate in a romantic sense at all, just kinda skeezy when you think about it. However, if the whole song is the same singer, suddenly these lines are adding to the rest rather than painting the other side of the romance. Suddenly these lines are more about possessing the object of dire affection rather than manipulating a victim.

    Second, who in all the world would refer to a man as "the lily among the thorns" without very special circumstances? "The prey among the wolves" is more feasible, but still unlikely. This makes me think the narrator is singing to a woman. Of course, if it is a she, she could easily be singing about herself-- "Only so many times/I can say I long for you" directly precedes "the lily among the thorns", and it is unclear whether this "lily" is "I" or "you". Here's where my gut comes into play, and I have to think the singer is talking about the other party. Finally, while we're talking about this stanza/verse/whatever ("Feel For You" really reads like a poem: speak it, aloud, and you'll see the lyrics spill perfectly even without melody. I love how, like a poem, it doesn't have a chorus or predictable structure. It's so awesome :D), what woman would limit the times she says "I love you"? Girls pronounce their affections all the time. It's men who say it once and see no need to say it again, since the message has already been put across. Once more this feels like a man, singing to a woman.

    Now, the breakdown. Verse one is declaring that the singer is new to matters of love, or at least true, deep infatuation (it makes me think this love is something real, something special). It then continues to paint pictures of passion with poetic diction ;) Verse two continues on this vein, ending with a darker twist by inserting scary words -- "Devil" and "Nightmare". The third stanza has a more a bitter taste. It reads to me much like "We've been through this before". This part also makes me think the female party in this song is innocent, too (lily among the thorns again) -- putting the pieces together, this seems like a young love, or a love between two peoples who have hardly loved before. While the singer, with all these lyrics, seems more chilling and a little bit crazy, the other lover is more delicate, more sweet -- but in her own way dangerous.

    Finally, these last two stanzas are repeated again and again, about as many times as a chorus would have been. Its as if the writer (who was, I'll add, a man! Another plus to my theory ;D) cut the chorus and bridge out of the song and slapped it on at the very end. It gives this wonderful feel of a crescendo to finish this already beautiful piece. As soon as Marco's part (it is Marco singing, no?) begins, the singer seems to switch into a scarier, darker, crazier side of himself (even when Tarja begins again, it is still much more intense). "Barely cold in her grave/barely warm in my bed" seems once more to speak of how distant and spacey and delicate the other person is, I don't think it literally means she is dead. "Puppet girl, your strings are mine" directly follows "settling for a draw tonight", which to me means the singer does NOT have total control over his love. No, she is his, and he has great influence over her -- but it is a game between the two of them. They work as both opponents and as a team, moving THROUGH each other and not just WITH. They are both part of the other.

    Finally, the very end, by far the most intense and heart-pounding moment of the song. "This one is for you/for you, only for you" is, to me, proof of the devotion and passion between these two people. They're both a little crazy, but they are only for each other. For you, for you, only for you-- the way it's sung is so intense and so passionate and emblazoned, you can't help but feel this love. The same person who sang "Puppet girl, your strings are mine" now calling "this one is for you" is somehow so utterly enthralling, and part of why I must believe this song was written as one whole monologue rather than a duet between two people.

    "Just give in to it, never think again/I feel for you" is a hard line for me to understand. "I feel for you" doesn't sound like "I pity you" to me right here. The way my heart thrums at this point, it sounds like, "I FEEL for you", as in "You make me feel", not quite "I care for you", but I FEEL for you. However, my sis pointed out it could also mean, "Don't think: I'll do it for you, I'll even feel for you." And this is where I'm stumped. Suggestions?

    Overall, I think this song is about an impassioned, blazing love between two slightly crazy peoples who are absolutely enthralled with one another. It's a dance between the shy one, with hooks in her eyes, and the fierce one, with wild ways and a possessive nature. Whatever the song means, though, it's beautiful, and I'm sure we all agree on THAT.
    SheWhoShineson August 02, 2011   Link
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    General Commentshe is desperately in love with him, he is her first love, and she feels very strange, a srange happiness, and with his lover all pain will fade, and they will be together forever
    Alucardaon December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshe basically desires this mistory figure and is sort of in hiding about it
    XxcherryxXon April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell he really. The person who writes the lyrics and music for Nightwish is a guy after all ya know.
    Armon May 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanother one of my fave Nightwish songs, I cud listen 2 this one ova nd ova its so pretty, i dnt really understand what exactly its about, probz love nd how she feels about sum1 nd how he feels back, it rocks anywayz!!!!
    razorbladechickon July 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is again for a woman's point of view, though we know Tuo wrote it.

    Yes, she loves him desperately. really badly. He was her first "real", "strong" love. He broke up with her.
    And she tries to tell him and the world that she doesn't want him any more, that she doesn't need him. But he knows very well that he still has the control over her.
    Lothmírilon September 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dunno... I think she's like deeply in love with the guy, but he doesn't love her, and in spite of her feelings he "uses" her the way he wants ("puppet girl your strings are mine"), he's so mean!

    Since I'm chilean I don't really understand the line "I feel for you". It's like "I'm sorry for you" or most like "I love you (have feelings for you)?"

    saludos a los latinos :D
    Elarienon May 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAll rfight... Call me crazy (and you probably will), but I have quite a different idea for this song...

    I thik that yes, she was in love with him, but then he killed her and went all... Necrophiliac.

    "Barely cold in her grave
    Barely warm in my bed"

    "Puppet girl, your strings are mine"

    "Just give in to it never think again
    I feel for you"

    While that last line usually does mean something like 'I feel sorry for you,' I'm thinking that in this case, he actually means 'You don't have to feel anything; I'll do it for you.'

    I think he's a little nuts (Not Tuomas, just in the song).
    Ravenwolfon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentScarily, I can see the necrophiliac thing.

    However, I always thought it was more he used her and she genuinely loved him. Perhaps he wanted to drive her to suicide, perhaps not: either way, she killed herself because of him. Thus, he had the ultimate control over her, but as he can no longer physically control her, it's a 'draw'.

    The last part can be seen from both sides: she is telling him that what she is doing is completely for him and that he doesn't need to worry about her because she loves him. Meanwhile he is lying to her, saying that everything is for her while he feels no love for her.

    The final two lines can be taken both ways depending on the emphasis. "Just give in to it, never think again: I feel for you," comes from her side, telling him to give into what they have because she loves him. "Just give in to it. Never think again I feel for you," comes from his side, telling her to give into death/his manipulation, but that she should never have believed that he loved her.

    Whichever is true (the necrophiliac version or this) Tuomas is just a little bit disturbed. Still an awesome song, though....
    Satakielion January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust a side note to the necro thing - don't forget that this song comes after Slaying the Dreamer, which has definite Vamp overtones - listen to it again with that image in mind.
    rhennaon March 08, 2007   Link

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