"Eva" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen....
6:30 winter morn
Snow keeps falling, silent dawn
A rose by any other name
Eva leaves her Swanbrook home
A kindest heart which always made
Me ashamed of my own
She walks alone but not without her name

Eva flies away
Dreams the world far away
In this cruel children's game
There's no friend to call her name
Eva sails away
Dreams the world far away
The Good in her will be my sunflower field

Mocked by man to depths of shame
Little girl with life ahead
For a memory of one kind word
She would stay among the beasts
Time for one more daring dream
Before her escape, edenbeam
We kill with her own loving heart

Eva flies away
Dreams the world far away
In this cruel children's game
There's no friend to call her name
Eva sails away
Dreams the world far away
The Good in her will be my sunflower field


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"Eva" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen

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  • +4
    General CommentDid you know that Tarja suffer from bullying when she was a little girl in her school by the others girls because she had high grades and she sang in school parties? In my oppinion i think this song is about her. By that time, Tuomas was her classmate and he saw what happened to her, and he felt sorry respect, affection and love for her. I Think he has loved her since then. "The Good in her will be my sunflower field" This mean that this lovely little girl that he had loved so much will be always in his memory, in his heart and that she will always represent everthing that is good and pure in this life for him.
    anacristmatoson May 02, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAbout innocence, about hope - as always, it seems. About a little girl abused by people around her, but still having faith in life, in her dreams, in good side of human nature. She sets on her journey to find the better side of life, to find the humanity in people probably. That's the overall meaning, it seems. I don't think Tuomas ever tried to be very specific with his lyrics, trying to tell some specific story or something. Instead he always was able to express emotions like no one else can. I mean, it's a whole life in a song. It's so full of pure beauty, innocence and hope... It's unbelievable. That's what art was always supposed to be.
    You don't need Tarja's strong vocals to deliver this song to people. The words are strong enough.

    Honestly, the more I read the lyrics AND listen to this one, the more I think this is probably one of the best Tuomas' works to date.
    ShakespeareWon May 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHere's what Tuomas says about the song(from an interview):
    Q: Is Eva about a dead child?
    A: The song is about a child that might be dead soon if nothing is done about it. The end of the song is left to the interpretation of the listener.
    ShakespeareWon May 31, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwell, actually the mastermind behind nightwish it's Tuomas. So in this band the pianist it's everything.
    Tarja had an amazing voice, it's true, very unique. But i also like Anette voice, very pretty. It's not better or worse than Tarja, it's just different...
    Cheers
    Duduzinhuhon May 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTarja's voice was amazing, you can't deny that.
    But I love the new singer, as different as she is.

    Before Eva came out, and they announced the new singer, I was half-hoping she'd sound just like Tarja, half-hoping she'd be different.

    It's cooler this way, though.
    If she sounded like Tarja, there'd really be nothing to be too excited about.
    xxx_Rottenon May 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUm... wow. Okay, I loved Tarja, I really did. I respected her for her voice and everything, but this song is so... beautiful.
    I like Anette's voice better. Her voice is softer, I like it. It makes the songs more beautiful. Of course, Tarja's voice was wonderful and all but... nope. Anette takes the cake here.
    Anyways, about the song. To me it sounded like a song about a child leaving innocence behind. You know, that time in life when you no longer have that childish innocence. I dunno, that's how I interpreted it.
    anime_freak2000on June 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI relate very deeply to this song on a personal level, it's totally beautiful, don't shoot me for this but I like Anette's voice so much more than Tarja's x
    ladyamaranthon April 26, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor once! I wish that I could listen or read about the meaning of a Nightwish song without people bashing Anette or arguing about who was better! You cannot compare the 2 since they both have a different singing style, and plus, Tarja's gone and Anettes the new singer...so get over it.
    SiCoticon July 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionEvery time I hear this song, I think of the WWII novel, "Requiem". It's about a little girl (named Eva) and how she tries to survive during the Holocaust. Eventually, she befriends a soldier of the SS whom protects her for as long as he can, while she teaches him that she believes there is good in everyone. Just the line "the good in her will be my sunflower field" alone reminds me of the soldier's thoughts after Eva passes on. (Sunflowers were also very sought after by the Germans in WWII, the oils to keep their guns working, etc.)

    A beautiful song. A great book. They just remind me so much of each other... I wonder if the song had anything to do with the book.
    nightraven26on November 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationA young girl, so kind and loving. Her kindness leads her to abuse and mistreatment. Too kind to change, she escapes the harsh reality into a fantasy world in her mind.
    AngelSwordAFon January 22, 2011   Link

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