They came for him one winter's night.
Arrested, he was bound.
They said there'd been a robbery,
his pistol had been found.
They marched him to the station house,
he waited till the dawn.
And as they led him to the dock,
he knew that he'd been wronged.
"You stand accused of robbery,"
he heard the bailiff say.
He knew without an alibi,
tomorrow's light would mourn his freedom.
Over the hills and far away,
for ten long years he'll count the days.
Over the mountains and the seas,
a prisoner's life for him there'll be.
He knew that it would cost him dear,
but yet he dare not say.
Just where he'd been that fateful night,
a secret it must stay.
He had to fight back tears of rage.
His heart beat like a drum.
For with the wife of his best friend,
he spent his final night of freedom.
Over the hills and far away,
he swears he will return one day.
Far from the mountains and the seas,
back in her arms again he'll be.
Over the hills and far away.
Over the hills and,
over the hills and,
over the hills and far away.
Each night within his prison cell,
he looks out through the bars.
He reads the letters that she wrote.
One day he'll know the taste of freedom.
Over the hills and far away,
she prays he will return one day.
As sure as the rivers reach the seas,
back in his arms again she'll be.
Over the hills and far away,
he swears he will return one day.
As sure as the river reach the seas,
back in his arms is where she'll be.
Over the hills and far away,
she prays he will return one day.
As sure as the rivers reach the sea,
back in her arms is where he'll be.
Over the hills,
over the hills and far away.
Over the hills,
over the hills and far away.



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"Over the Hills and Far Away" as written by Gary (gb Moore

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    General Commentnightwish are just amazing - i haven't heard the original of this song but i can't believe it'd be any better than this version. it's my favourite nightwish song (i think....) and tarja just has an amazing voice and look-
    For with the wife of his best friend
    He spent his final night of freedom
    -ooh scandal!!!! lol
    pandoras_boxon September 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUmm, this is like one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. Nightwish did a seriously fantastic job of it, I love it. This is one of the few songs I'm willing to sing in front of people. That says something.
    RainbowDemonon February 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best songs ever, it's unbelievable how crappy the original is and what Nightwish did to it.
    Kworbon August 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI head the original version of this song. They are both good. The Nightwish version has better chorus and is harder but the Gary Moore version is good too.
    Armon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, since no one is bothering with trying to say what the fuck the song is about, I will. I THINK, from what I have read, that the song is a musical interpretation of The Count of Monte Cristo. We all know the song is great, so stop saying it and offer your opinion of what the song MEANS.
    Mordredon June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's something to do with adultery..
    "For with the wife of his best friend
    He spent his final night of freedom"

    It's all about love..
    "He knew that it would cost him dear
    But yet he dare not say
    Where he had been that fateful night
    A secret it must stay"
    fearing for what may happen to the woman he was having an affair with and obviously the friendship he's already risked. This is all I can come up with at the moment, and for the record Nightwish are amazing :)
    Itsmenesson September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me it sounds like... a crime was commited, he was the suspect, and he goes to jail rather than risk losing his wife because he had been with his friends wife the night the robbery happend. Amazing song.
    BullzEye101on November 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think that he (unmarried) is having an affair with his friends wife, his friend finds out and frames him, he takes the blame to protect his friends wife (so she wouldn't be found guilty of adultery) and it's about them wishing and praying that they'll meet again
    binnion January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    blackliston March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with binni on the meaning, and yeah, it's a great song!
    Probably my favorite bu Nightwish, either this or She Is My Sin.
    Shadowbitchon May 27, 2005   Link

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