"Hand Of Sorrow" as written by Martijn Spierenburg, Sharon Den Adel and Robert Westerholt....
The child without a name grew up to be the hand
To watch you, to shield you or kill on demand
The choice he'd made he could not comprehend
His blood a grim secret they had to command

He's torn between his honor and the true love of his life
He prayed for both but was denied

So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed
Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind?
So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?

The curse of his powers tormented his life
Obeying the crown was a sinister price
His soul was tortured by love and by pain
He surely would flee but the oath made him stay

He's torn between his honor and the true love of his life
He prayed for both but was denied

So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed
Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind?
So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?

Please forgive me for the sorrow, for leaving you in fear
For the dreams we had to silence, that's all they'll ever be
Still I'll be the hand that serves you
Though you'll not see that it is me

So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed
Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind?
So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?


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"Hand Of Sorrow" as written by Sharon Den Adel Martijn Spierenburg

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  • +3
    General CommentFOr some the reason, the song to me is about Severus Snape from Harry Potter..haha
    zEEdaneon August 14, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt strongly reminds me of the Assassin books by Robin Hobb. Fitz is the obvious 'child without a name', made into a royal assassin with his royal blood hidden, made to take an oath to the King when too young to comprehend, denied his true love for Molly, etc. Robin Hobb is thanked in the Silent Force booklet for 'inspiration'.
    SunlightDon June 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery time I listen to this song, I always thought this would be a good Nightwish cover (Pre Tarja, not with annette) it to me looks like something they would sing. it fits best with most of their stuff
    The Red Pyramidon August 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about Fitz from the 'Assasins Apprentice' and 'Tawny Man' books by Robin Hobb.
    Sharon said so in an interview.
    Its about Fitz who grew up as a Royal Bastard and became an assasin. And the whole powers part is about him having the wit bond.
    rogue_soulon September 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about a young soldier going off to war and leaving his love/family behind - at least that's what I think.
    MinisterOfWinteron May 28, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song fits really well to star wars's main hero/antagonist: ANAKIN SKYWALKER!!!!

    he was a child that nobody expected to realize his dream (become a jedi) 'cause he was a slave... until he was discovered by a jedi master (Qui-gon Jinn) who was amazed of his potential and for a "secret commended to his blood" (his virgin birth)

    in his journey to become a jedi he met Obi-Wan (his master), Padme (the love of his life) and also Palpatine (darth sidious) who would be the one that turned him into his own HAND OF SORROW (darth vader)

    when he became a jedi he had to make a choice: choose between his honor (the jedi code that forbided marrige) and the love of his life (padme), he choose both when he married padme in secret and they were about to have child... but was denied when he became Darth Vader (his dark part that consumed him).

    He was tricked by "the crown" (palpatine) to do his will and made him believe that padme would die in childbirth and the only way to save her was achieving a dark power (that cursed him and tormented his life). His soul was cursed by love and pain 'cause the lose of the love of his life would hurt him the most. He knew that achieving the dark power wasn't correct, but the oath made him stay (he swore padme that he wouldnt let her die).

    When Obi-Wan discovers this he faces him in a lightsaber duel, and it ends with anakin being dismembered and burned alive, but he survives... but Padme dies in childbirth (she gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl) because his new dark-numb-radical personality broke her heart and she lost the will to live... his "dreams were broken and so much was sacrified" (he betrayed and killed many jedi, from a liberator turned to a slaver, his wife died and his children were splitted up and given to other families, he was confined to a life supporting system armor) ...

    more than 20 years pass, and he has trully became a hand of sorrow, his former-master Obi-Wan is killed by him in a second duel, the galaxy is under control by him and his new master (Darth Sidious), everything is chaos and darkness, and he stills carries the burden of the memories of his past... then a rebellion raises against his empire, and two of the key-figures of that rebellion were: Luke Skywalker and his lost twin sister Leia Organa (Skywalker)! HIS OFFSPRING!!

    He faces Luke (who was trained in the jedi arts by Obi-Wan and other jedi master (Yoda)) in two lightsaber duels, in the first one he cuts off luke's hand and reveals him he is his father... then in the second and final shodown his son hurts him really bad, and then Palpatine tells Luke to end with his father's life, but Luke refuses and is attacked by an enraged emperor... then Anakin (the good part) arises watching his son being tortured, and vanishes Darth Vader, he probably thinked in Padme and this part fits well to Anakin's sacrifice:
    "Please forgive me for the sorrow
    For leaving you in fear
    For the dreams we had to silence
    That's all they'll ever be
    Still I'll be the hand that saves you
    Though you'll not see that it is me"

    then still with his armor damaged he attacks and kills Palpatine and saved his son, and also destroyed the leaders of the empire: His dark part (Darth Vader) and Palpatine (Darth Sidious)... but he dies moments later, but he is redemed by his son, and then he joins the force (goes to heaven in therms of Earth).
    LadyVader66on January 12, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpretty sure this is in reference to a song of ice and fire, and the "hand of the king" title
    ProfGlitchon June 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMinor corrections to the chorus:
    So many dreams [were] broken and so much [was] sacrificed
    Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind
    So many years have [passed] toward a noble land of lies
    Will all our sins be justified?

    My favorite song from the album.
    neoflameon March 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for your help...Corrected
    P30on March 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, in the chorus it is

    So many years have passed [who are the noble and the wise]


    But this song reminds me a lot of the book Daggerspell, and one of the characters in it. Jillian was written about the same book...So I wonder if it is a kind of continuation.
    Either way, it is an awesome song.
    the.hellkiteon March 21, 2007   Link

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