"Death And The Healing" as written by and Jari Tapani Maeenpaeae....
Death And The Healing

A windstorm dropped a bird from the sky
It fell to the ground and it's wings broke and died
But when the time got by, back to sky it flied
'cause the wings healed in time and the bird was I

Time is the death and the healing
Take your last breath, 'cause death is deceiving
Time is the past, now and tomorrow
Days fly so fast and it leaves me so hollow

A snowstorm blew inside a wolf's eyes
And the frozen tears covered all the mountainsides
But then the time got by and the wolf died
And someday that wolf would be I


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"Death and the Healing" as written by Jari Tapani Maeenpaeae

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    General Comment"Gotta love grammer from finland."

    It's 'grammar'. With two 'a's. The line is expressed that way because it fits the rhyme scheme, and is technically not incorrect (allowing of course for poetic licence).
    Innominateon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"...and someday that wolf would be I."
    Actually, this grammar is not only completely acceptable, it's also how English language poets have phrased things since the dawn of Modern English :) If you want to laugh at English being Jari's second language, listen to how he pronounced the word "visions" in Starchild. "Wisions", it's hilarious.

    As for the meaning of this one, I didn't know it was about leaving Ensiferum, but I suppose that fits as well as any (I'll have to go find that interview somewhere). The theme of not quite dying runs through not only the entire Wintersun album, but also most of the good stories from the Eddas onwards. It's kind of a universal theme and it's one I really enjoy.
    elvin_wizardon September 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAs for the "bird was I" phrase, you can essentially break grammar rules as long as you know what you're doing and have a good reason for breaking it. Grammar is not set in stone; it is flexible and inconstant. But if we want to talk about a case that is not justified in breaking grammar rules, what about the line, "But when the time got by, back to sky it flied"? If we want to be technical, "flied" is not the proper past tense form of "to fly," and "the time got by" is a very awkward phrase. This whole line could have been done in a different way so that it will both convey the meaning and fit the poetic form. I understand that these guys are not native English speakers, so I won't hold it against them.

    As for the meaning of the lyrics, the song title conveys a bit of a contradiction--if one dies, one cannot be healed because death is the end of life. Healing means that one is hurt and made better, and no death is involved. This contradiction is a good thing because it gets us thinking about the nature of death. What I draw from all this is that the death of our bodies is not actually the end of all, but the end of a segment. We then heal and begin a new segment, just as we might within our own lives by breaking our arm and then having it heal, or even losing a loved one and moving on from the experience. All of this could be related to reincarnation; it's however you want to look at it. Furthermore, it says "'cause death is deceiving," which I take to mean that people misunderstand death as the end of all, but it is simply the end of one form of existence, one segment. The healing then moves you into another form of existence, and you really never die along the way because your spirit/energy endures. The line "Time is the past, now and tomorrow," conveys the circular way of viewing time, not the linear way. When we view time on a line, we often see a marked beginning and end. Nothing is before, and nothing is after. But when we view time as a circle and saying that time is all past, present, and future in one, existence is everlasting and death never truly happens. The line that doesn't seem to fit into this whole interpretation is "Days fly so fast and it leaves me so hollow" because it is the only negative line in the midst of this seemingly positive song. Why does time flying fast leave him hollow? I just can't understand how it fits with the rest of the lyrics. I would like to know what anyone else thinks about this entire interpretation, because there are still blanks to be filled in.

    Overall, this song is absolutely awesome to listen to--musically it's one of my favorites ever.
    aurienaldaronon November 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview Jari said that the song is a metaphor for his leave of Ensiferum and his entering of Wintersun. Leaving Ensiferum was the death, while the healing is Wintersun.
    AcesHigh616on June 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn an interview Jari said that the song is a metaphor for his leave of Ensiferum and his entering of Wintersun. Leaving Ensiferum was the death, while the healing is Wintersun.
    AcesHigh616on June 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMmm... An epic, memorable song from them. I hope they write more like this.
    Toadonpaon April 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it doesn't fit into the album that well, cause there are no harsh vocals on this. But then again, the melodies and Jari's clean vocals are simply amazing. Too bad for Ensiferum, that guy left them and was "healed" by Wintersun.
    Flaggon May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song, I doubt anyone could resist singing along to the chorus. I didn't know it was a metaphor for leaving Ensiferum, I just thought it was a song about how time heals all wounds but we are all obviously heading to our deaths. Thanks for the info
    Tokon May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song. Shame Jari left Ensiferum, cuz they're a really decent band. But hey, so is Wintersun.

    And while we're on the subject, the album cover (as well as this song) symbolises Jari leaving Ensiferum and starting Wintersun. Look it up on Wikipedia or something,
    Crujebsulon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song. The beginning sounds so epic.
    Apollyon.on July 18, 2008   Link

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