"Bye Bye Beautiful" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen....
Finally the hills are without eyes
They are tired of painting a dead man`s face red
With their own blood

They used to love having so much to lose
Blink your eyes just once and see everything in ruins

Did you ever hear what I told you
Did you ever read what I wrote you
Did you ever listen to what we played
Did you ever let in what the world said
Did we get this far just to feel your hate
Did we play to become only pawns in the game
How blind can you be, don`t you see
You chose the long road but we`ll be waiting

Bye bye beautiful


Jacob`s ghost for the girl in white
Blindfold for the blind
Dead siblings walking the dying earth
Noose around a choking heart
Eternity torn apart
Slow toll now the funeral bells

I need to die to feel alive?



Did you ever hear what I told you
Did you ever read what I wrote you
Did you ever listen to what we played
Did you ever let in what the world said
Did we get this far just to feel your hate
Did we play to become only pawns in the game
How blind can you be, don`t you see
You chose the long road but we`ll be waiting

Bye bye beautiful

It`s not the tree that forsakes the flower
But the flower that forsakes the tree
Someday I`ll learn to love these scars
Still fresh from the red-hot blade of your words

How blind can you be, don`t you see
That the gambler lost all he does not have

Did you ever hear what I told you
Did you ever read what I wrote you
Did you ever listen to what we played
Did you ever let in what the world said
Did we get this far just to feel your hate
Did we play to become only pawns in the game
How blind can you be, don`t you see
You chose the long road but we`ll be waiting

Bye bye beautiful


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"Bye Bye Beautiful" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is about Tarja.I guess Tuomas felt something for her (on End of an era concert,he almost started cryin while they were playing ''Ever dream,I guess even that song is about her...and Marcello,Tarja's huseband said in an interview that Tuomas was jelous when he married Tarja)In this song he's asking her did she ever felt something for the time they spent togetther in the band .''Did you ever read what I wrote you'',this line is probably about the lyrics of the songs.He used to writte beautiful songs,hoping that she might understand them one day and see how big is his love for her....poor Tuomas.I want a guy just like him.I guess Tarja was blind
    originon August 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOops, sorry, "Red with their own blood".

    I know this song is about Tarja, but I don't think this song is necessarily about Tuomas _loving_ Tarja, more about how her attitude toward the music had apparently changed, etc.
    neoflameon August 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthehe owned. i must say i like anette's voice more and more. its hardly country-rock... i also dont believe tuomas actually romantically loved tarja, this is just a farewell song plain and simple. we all know there was a bit of a bad feeling between tarja and the res of the band at the end, it comes through in these lyrics i guess. its a bit ironic that anette sings it though... hehe. im also enjoying marco's voice much more. he can actually sing pretty damn well.
    Feytaliston September 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"It's not the tree that forsakes the flower , but the flower that forsakes the tree," is a line from Monte Cristo. Obviously, it was "borrowed" by Nightwish and not the other way around.

    In context, it was used by the Count himself and was in reference to a beautiful young slave who he treated as a daughter and friend, not really romantically.
    starwandereron April 08, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThat's bullshit. Toumas did not love Tarja. Even if he did, this song is not about loving or not loving someone. It's about wanting to know that the years they spent together were NOT a waste. "Did you ever read what I wrote you? Did you ever listen to the words we played?" Does all of it mean NOTHING to you?
    I think he gets so angry and asks the questions in such an angry way because he wants to spark her into an answer. He wants her to get so angry back that she yells, "Of course it meant something to me!" He's asking a question he already knows the answer to, just for the comfort of hearing her say it.
    That's what I think anyway.
    It's also interesting to note that the line "it's not the tree that forsakes the flower, but the flower that forsakes the tree" is from the book The Count of Monte Cristo and what the count actually says is "I will never go away from you but you are free to leave me at any time. It's not the tree that forsakes the flower but the flower that leaves the tree." Why Toumas would include that in his ANGRY song is beyond me.
    Johannahleeon August 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow sad! Why couldn't Toumas just tell tarja that the songs was written for her (if they are) instead of hoping that she would realise? I know all the nightwish lyrics by heart, and have been listening to them ever since i i bought my first CD, but i would never have guessed!
    That would be a much happier ending! MAybe a nightwish wedding instead of crappy-countryrock-voiced Anette...
    Fucocon August 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove the rythem and the power it gives, but not the "bye, Bye Beautiful" spoken part (sounds different then what "i'm" expecting)

    Still a great song

    Tarja will be missed; but im liking Annettes' voice
    evilMoWon September 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhile i believe bye bye beautiful is certainly about tarja, it's not necessarily about him "loving" tarja, as neoflame said; it's more about how tarja failed to understand what he and the other guys cherish the most and chose a road (commercial?) that he and other guys cannot take. it's about all the guys towards tarja, just like in the open letter. come to think about it, in the documentary that came with 'end of an era', jukka was so bitter about having to cancel the US second-leg tour just because tarja thought it made no commercial sense...
    azurelilyon September 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow is all i have to say this album is amazing. i like anette just as much as tarja because she is different, and i mean good different. she isnt trying to replace her cuz that would be stupid tarja is an amazing vocalist but so is anette. i wish ppl would stop bashing her but thats just my opinion.
    JJ_20on October 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the lyrics don't just say "bye bye beautiful." Nightwish's website only lists the line once, but you can clearly hear "bye bye beautiful, die die beautiful" at the end of the chorus.
    DixieJon October 30, 2007   Link

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