"Starchild" as written by and Jari Tapani Maeenpaeae....
So mysterious is your world,
Concealed beyond the stars
Far away from the earth,
It flows one with time and dark as the night
Million shapes and colors
Are storming inside your mind
Creating endless dimensions
Forming universes without walls

Let go of the stars, the stars that fell into the sea
Let go of your thoughts and dreams,
What can you see now

(You cannot save them anymore)
Wanderer of time
It's too late now
Creator of Dimensions
Destroy the walls of time
Hands of the blind are holding your fate
Tides of life will take you away, will take you away

Starchild!
Visions are born from the unknown force
It dominates the way of time
The dream only ends, when the worlds come to an end,
When the world comes to an end
Starchild!
You cannot escape to the dark streams of the sea,
To suppress your dreams
Nothing can keep you away from the need to create
'Cause your path is free

I've hold the fire within myself
Years I've walked in the coldest winds
Through the deserts of sand and snow
The time is passing and I know
That I'm wasting my life, destroying my dreams
I'm diving into the bottomless sea
From sorrow and pain I find my strength
The more pain I feel, the more I see
Now I'm watching my life flowing in the dark
Like streams of fear running through my heart
And it's wearing me down until I'm gone
Soon I'll join the endless whirls of stars
And I fall deeper into the unknown voids (Something is dying, yet something is born)
And I fall into infinity like a burning star (When will I find my silent dawn)

I fall like a burning star!
I fall like a burning star!
I fall like a burning star!

The curtains of mist are fading
And the veils of star clouds are revealed
Storms of new energy
Flows in the depths of my mind
New constellations are born
In total harmony of perfection
And the dissonant unbalance was broken
As the colors fell straight from the light

I'm floating in the sea of stars,
I'm drifting away from the shore
I will be lost in the dream when the dark days come
But I will make the time run backwards
And I'll make the stars shine again
I will light up the sky to a bright crimson nights
And they'll shine together forever
With brilliant silver colors they'll shine forever

The whirls of stars takes you now far away
Away from the cold nightmare
Let go of your thoughts and dreams
And you will feel the warmth once again
Starchild, in the Sea of Stars you fall
You fall like a burning,
Starchild, in the Sea of Stars you fall
But there is no end to creation


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"Starchild" as written by Jari Tapani Maeenpaeae

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    General Commentto me, this sounds like it could be autobiographal. Maybe about Jari's tuberculosis, but probably about having to leave Ensiferum, or maybe a combination of the two. The first part is describing his mind, and how he makes such great music,and then he loses everything ("I fall like a burning star"). At the end of the song, when he says that there is no end to creation, that could be a reference to Wintersun, and how he can start to use his creativity again.
    ImAVikingon February 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentVery good song. I especially like Part II.
    Toadonpaon March 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with Toadonpa on this song. I heard this song a while back and recently got the album. Listening to this song was like a blast from the past..
    headbang666on January 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentReminds me to Flight of the Migrator by Ayreon.
    Anilandon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song kicks ass, I use it as my gaming music, ever since I found it I do way better, this song never gets old ;) Heck the whole CD never gets old
    Fubgaon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTaken in context with the rest of the album, this song is highly spiritual and mystical. There may be connection to Finnish mythology, but at any rate, the protagonist has chosen a life of mysticism which allows him to create worlds, but disconnects him from the human experience.

    Taken on its own, the song COULD be viewed as the memoirs of someone who uses very powerful drugs that allow him to create things in his mind, but of course, are also a waste of his life.
    Chain Nooseon September 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI just watched 2001: A Space Odyssey... let's leave my opinion of the film out of this.

    At any rate, the ending of that movie reminded m a lot of this song. *spoilers* The end of the movie seemed to refer to a universal power, an energy that has the power to do amazing things. The character at the end of this movie is put on his deathbed by this power, and then he becomes what many fans of the film have referred to as a "star child." This, coupled especially with the lines "Millions shapes and colors are storming inside your mind/Creating information/Forming universes without walls" seems to describe the latter portion of the movie and the power of this force well. Honestly, who know what the hell that movie's really about, but it definitely seems to be about life, death, and creation, like this song.
    TheBloodiestCadaveron April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe guitars on this song are exactly like Iron-era Ensiferum, but the synth is completely new and spacey. Fuckin awesome.
    twiikon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthmm, I guess I'm not the only one who thought this might have something to do with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    This song is decidedly about that cosmic stuff that shows up in science fiction all the time. I see some parallels with H.P. Lovecraft's stories, but that's probably just because I read Lovecraft far more often than is good for any sane mind.
    But still, If you've read "the Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath" or "Through the Gates of the Silver Key" this could almost be Randolph Carter (the protagonist of those two stories) speaking.
    "I fall like a burning star".
    Actually, the more I listen to this song the more I feel like it's about Randolph Carter. I know Jari's songs are personal but i can't help but wonder if Jari perhaps identifies with Randolph Carter the way I do..............
    Heh, I think if I could ask Jari one question it would have to be "have you ever read any H.P. Lovecraft" :)

    And just so you all know, I don't see anything in Finnish Mythology that parallels the themes in this song.
    elvin_wizardon September 02, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI feel like this song is talking about being a writer, or artist, or basically a "creator" of any (artistic) sort, and the loneliness/emptiness it can potentially cause. In that sense, it is likely quite autobiographical, since Jari definitely goes above and beyond the creative effort of most musical artists, and has likely 'created his own universe' out of it, both lyrically (all those space metaphors, lol), and in terms of style (although you could simplify Wintersun to 'melodeath with power metal elements,' he himself refers to their genre as something that no band besides Wintersun will ever conceivably inhabit). This may seem completely crazy at first, but bear with me. The song has a constant theme regarding creating universes, and unless Jari was just tripping balls the whole time and mad libbing his lyrics, there's not a whole lot else that this can mean, except in regards to imagination. The problem with the other theories (a homage to 2001 or H.P. Lovecraft, or his break-up with Ensiferum).

    It's a lot harder to articulate this with words than it is in my head. It feels like I'm obfuscating the hell out of a pretty simple thought. But let me try to break it down with lyrics.

    First verse refers to the mind of the artist. "So mysterious is your world, concealed beyond the stars." The world of imagination. Considering that I aspire to be a novelist someday, this is a metaphor that fits very easily for me (you create your own worlds when you write), but I think it works for anything; painting, poetry, music, anything you can create from nothingness and potentially lose yourself into.Your imagination has no limits ('forming universes without walls').

    Next verse:

    "Let go! of the stars, the stars that fell into the sea

    Let go of the [ideas] that fell by the wayside, lost inspiration, lost viability, etc. Don't get stuck on things that can never exist. The sea metaphor gets revisited later in a pretty melancholy way, so this fits with this, even if it looks like I'm talking out my ass right now.

    "Let go of your thoughts and dreams,
    what can you see now?"

    If you let go of all your ideas, what does your world look like without them? Based on the tone of the lyrics, the unspoken question is 'would you be happy with it?'

    "You cannot save them anymore
    Wanderer of time
    It's too late now
    Creator of Dimensions
    Destroy the walls of time
    Hands of the blind are holding your fate
    Tides of life will take you away, will take you away"

    Coming from the above, most of this verse seems obvious. The narrative constantly has this dichotomy of talking about imagination and switching up and talking about life. It's all a little easier to swallow if you follow the progression of the album (in my experience, Wintersun is infinitely better if you listen to entire albums at once), where this song is sandwiched between the cathartic song about death and rebirth (Death and the Healing), and the depressed song about escapism (Beautiful Death), which incidentally also has dream and 'world inside' imagery like this song.

    Anyhow, running with the theme I'm on, most of that verse is pretty clear. The end however, references that, as much power as you have in your imagination, you're still getting older, and life is passing you by (this WILL be referenced again as well).

    "Starchild!
    Visions are born from the unknown force
    It dominates the way of time
    The dream only ends, when the worlds come to an end
    Starchild!
    You cannot escape to the dark streams of the sea,
    to suppress your dreams
    Nothing can keep you away from the need to create
    'cause your path is free..."

    Visions are what you create. The unknown force is whatever you think gives them to you (muses, god, whatever). You can't stop creating, even if you want to. It's like an addiction (which anyone with a relevant hobby of this sort will probably be able to attest). Following, the Starchild is, functionally, 'you.'

    Oh snap. Hard mood switch.

    "I've hold the fire within myself
    Years I've walked in the coldest winds
    Through the deserts of sand and snow"

    'You' hold the fire of creation within yourself. You've spent years traveling through worlds of your own making.

    Now here's where this whole song sort of came together for me. This was the part that really got to me, where before I never put much thought into this song. Continuing directly, we have:

    "The time is passing and I know
    that I'm wasting my life, destroying my dreams"

    Just because you have an active imagination and create a lot doesn't mean you're doing anything with it. You might be wasting your life procrastinating, whatever. Wasting your life and destroying your dreams. Life is passing you by, mention #2.

    "I'm diving into the bottomless sea"

    Remember the sea from earlier? That metaphor with the same meaning fits just as well here as it did there. You're lost in the unnavigable vastness of everything.

    "From sorrow and pain I find my strength
    the more pain I feel, the more I see"

    Nothing inspires you artistically like things that make you feel shitty. Both the escapism aspect of doing it, and the appeal of 'getting it out' make the perfect mixture, such that, even if my idea of this song's meaning is totally off, this area of the song could mean literally nothing else.

    "Now I'm watching my life flowing in the dark
    like streams of fear running through my heart
    And it's wearing me down until I'm gone
    Soon I'll join the endless whirls of stars
    And I fall deeper into the unknown voids"

    Thinking about your life passing you by and being depressed. This metaphor works for both depression and outright death.

    "Something is dying, yet something is born
    And I fall into infinity like a burning star
    When will I find my silent dawn
    I fall like a burning star!"

    You can take this to mean 'the worlds inside,' or being about how life (all life) goes on, even as you age and eventually die.

    The rest of the song basically continues this theme. if you're on this wavelength, then you probably won't have trouble relating it. If you think I'm totally nuts, you probably haven't gotten this far anyway.

    Suffice it to say that this song is very special to me. :) Even if I'm totally wrong, I think this has a lot of merit, and I enjoy thinking of it this way. If it's not autobiographical to him, it's definitely reasonably accurate with me, haha. Either way, you've got to give mad props to Jari for coming up with a song you could dive this deep into the meaning of.

    Cheers.
    LEAmaryllison August 03, 2013   Link

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