"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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    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...
    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
  • +1
    My InterpretationI listen to this song very often, because it reflects my feelings well.

    I read with a lot of interest the different explanations from everyone. Some people think the song is meaning what I also think it means.

    When I listen to Eva I think of a little child. The name Eva has something to do with innocense and little children are innocent. The importance of her innocence and sweetness is shown in the sentences "Kindest heart which always makes me ashamed of my own" and also "She walks alone, but not without her name" [innocence]

    She walks from home to school or daycare or something like that (thinking this because of the imagine with the bag).
    While walking she gots attacked by those older children, molesting her (and not for the first time) "Cruel Childrens game" "Mocked by men to depths of shame".

    She flees in a imaginairy world, because she's alone and broken and longs for affection but there's no one there to show her some or to tell her secret to.

    "The good in her will be my sunflower field" is about how she doesn't lose her kindness and sweetness by being through this which is an example for the singer. [no matter what she's been through, she stays that sweet sweet girl]

    "Little girl with life ahead
    For a memory of one kind word
    She would stay among the beasts"

    Reminds me of the spiral were victims of abuse often get into. While keeping their secret and mistrusting people, but also desperately longing for that someone to love them and heal them, they often end up in the same situation(s); violent relationships etc

    The last thing is about a suicide I guess "We kill with her own loving heart"
    It refers to Eva killing herself, while 'we' (all people) didn't do a thing to help this girl be protected and safe.

    Listening this gives me a sad sad feeling: It always reminds me of my own childhood and basically the same situation. I recognise the "dreaming the world away" part, because that's all you can do when there's no one there to help you
    FRdreamon March 17, 2013   Link

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