"Wildfire" as written by and Gary Wright....
"Oh, why are we so sad?
Are we feeling hurt by their evil lies
And all those empty words?
We are thirsty for payback?
What would we like to do with the town?
Would we like to make it dance? With the Animal?
Would we? WOULD WE?
Tell us what we would like to do.
Burn it, burn it all"

Burn, honey, (burn!, let the fire eat away)
I never liked the look of this town
Burn it down now.
I run, they all know what I've done
I fetch my gear and take my leave from this mountain

I never had a chance to prove I wasn't guilty,
I always seemed to get blamed for
Every little crime I didn't even have a name for

Still running, still defeated in my mind
I never even tried to defend my own pride
The father ain't always like the son
They claim I've purloined, I'm not the one

The story always goes, when the anger within
Builds up for too long
Takes us over
And we all are forced to obey

It was a match made in Hell
Now the whole mountain burns
And every man gets what no man deserves

Our beloved kin, never learned to fit in
Now I pay for my name, live my life in sin
How much lies can I ask from you people?
This town stays in disarray
Till the rules are the same for us all, hey

I've ran on the mountain with no guilt of my own,
The trees and the rocks, every cave,
Every hole I dropped them a line
"Beware this mountain will blow in your face.
My land saving grace"

Bells toll all over the town.
Burn, burn, until it's all gone
Game over, what was a bad joke
Is now a reality show!

We all are forced to obey,
We ALL are forced to obey

I climbed up the mountain
And dug a grave for each day of pain
It's in the past, this moment's so fail
I am what you've made me
With years of abuse. So burn!

This is a match made in Hell
Now the whole mountain burns
And every man gets what no man deserves

Our beloved kin, never learned to fit in
Now I pay for my name, live my life in sin
How much lies can I ask from you people?
This town stays in disarray
Till the rules are the same for us all, hey

Our beloved kin, never learned to fit in
Now I pay for my name, live my life in sin
How much lies can I ask from you people?
I hereby declare a martial law
And you all, we all are forced to obey!


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"Wildfire" as written by Gary Wright

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    General Commentthe speaking part is a really interesting addition to this song.. and the other singer and opera type part is really a novelty in sonata arctica's music, cause it's usually just him singing. beautiful song.
    pakistanimanon July 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI may be wrong, but I think this song is about a man who is always blamed for everything that happens at the town. He never puts up a fight, therefore losing his pride. Eventually it all builds up, and so he burns down the town. However in his madness he killed his family, so he then runs away into the mountains (or perhaps it was a mountain town??)
    And yea, suicide? perhaps?
    I don't know, I'm probably wrong btu that's what I got from it
    CaptainEmoon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSounds reasonable to me, cap'n.
    I got the burning down a town then running away part. Anyway great song with a great solo and, um, great lyrics. The talking/manic laughter at the beginning adds the general coolness.
    hopelessdosageon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is more about.. a level of government who is highly unfair. and, this guy taking it into his own hands, by blowing up the government? or something like that.
    "I hereby declare a martial law
    And you all, we all are forced to obey... hey!"
    alabamaon May 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. One of my favorites from Sonata Arctica. It's about this guy who has a son who has committed crimes ("The father ain't always like the son") and so people in the town blame him for random crimes. And so he burns the town down, and then flees. Or something like that.

    Love the beginning. It's pretty cool. Kinda reminded me of Gollum from Lord of the Rings, like he's speaking to himself. Well, the evil part of himself. Maybe that's what the song is about. A guy whose "evil side" is making him to horrible things that he doesn't think he did. But I doubt it. Just maybe.

    Anyway, this is an AMAZING song.
    Falcohon May 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion, this song isnt to be taken literally, but i get that the person bottles up his anger for too long and he either did, or imagined that he blew up at someone, maybe even killed someone in his anger built up over a long period of time. in a way it kind of reminds me of a school shootig and i dont know why. "i hereby declare a martial law" he is saying that theyre lives are in his hands and he has control over them. the "animal" in the spoken part is his fire. he took all kinds of abuse and blame for things he never done. he then blames it on them "when the anger within
    Builds up for too long...
    Takes us over...
    And we all are forced to obey" he says that he wont stop "'Til the rules are the same for us all" or that they 'know his pain'
    "Bells toll all over town, burn, burn until it's all gone
    Game over, what was a bad joke is now a reality show..." yay cool lines!
    and i think the line "With years of abuse" helps reinforce my points, i could be wrong but thats my take on it. it doesnt help that i just finished a book with a school shooting in it, good book "every fear" by rick mofina. i digress anyways go to this site cause its a great idea lost.eu/… lat0r!
    jason65on December 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about a man, probably a son of a thief or a murderer, who is trying to prove that he is not like his father. Ultimately failing and indeed becoming like him, by burning his home town and then escaping to the mountains
    captainrobbanon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI generally agree with every comment that talks of how this person was always getting blamed for everything that went wrong (he was the towns Scapegoat). He finally had enough and blew up basically. He didnt deserve to be blamed constantly but he blames everyone in the end : "And every man gets what no man deserves"

    i'd also like to ask if this song is suppossed to be followed by "White Pearl, Black Ocean" because of the ocean sound at the very end. It would be a good contrast (one person is blamed by everyone in wildfire, One person blames themself in ocean)
    evilMoWon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMost of the things about this song that I've thought of have been discussed pretty thoroughly... I have a couple of things to add however.

    I agree with jason65 in that the song shouldn't necessarily be taken so literally... the symbolism is laid on pretty thick.

    I think that it's pretty significant that the town is up on a mountain. When I think of a mountain, I think of something up high. Being up high can be associated with being overly self-righteous-- using the narrator as a scapegoat.

    On that note... I thought of the "Our beloved kin..." etc. verses could possibly be referencing some sort of lower class (or race) that is oppressed by a ruling class.

    evilMoW: Yes, the song following this one on the Reckoning Night album is White Pearl, Black Ocean.
    GrumbleGuyon September 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI may be way off, but then again, this is power metal. I think that it's about the end of Lord of the Rings, when whats-his-face is back with saruman to take over the shire (book, not movie) But then again, I'm probably full of shit.
    midnightsunrisingon January 17, 2008   Link

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