"Meadows of Heaven" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen....
I close my eyes, the lantern dies
The scent of awakening, wild honey and dew
Childhood games, woods and lakes
Streams of silver, toys of olden days

Meadows of Heaven
Meadows of Heaven

The flowers of wonder
And the hidden treasures
In the meadow of life
My acre of heaven
A five year-old winterheart
In a place called home
Sailing the waves of past

Meadows of heaven
Meadows of heaven
Meadows of heaven
Meadows of heaven

Rocking chair without a dreamer
A wooden swing without laughter
Sandbox without toy soldiers
Yuletide without the Flight

Dreambound for life

Flowers wither, treasures stay hidden
Until I see the first star of fall
I fall asleep
And see it all
Mother’s care
And color of the kites

Heaven, oh oh oh
Heaven
Meadows of heaven, oh oh oh
Meadows of heaven
Heaven (heaven)
Meadows of Heaven
Meadows of Heaven, oh oh oh
Meadows of Heaven
Meadows of Heaven
Heaven, heaven, heaven
Heaven, heaven, heaven


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"Meadows of Heaven" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen

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    General CommentWell, since no one else is going to comment, I will. This is one of the very few songs that makes me cry whenever I hear it. It seems to be about the things that you miss horribly but can never have back.
    Personally, though, it reminds me of my grandfather. He died a few years back, just before Christmas. Probably why the stanza beginning with 'Rocking chair without a dreamer' is so powerful for me.
    Satakielion September 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLet's see... the first time I heard this song I thought it is about Childhood,too, like "For the heart I once had", and the "Meadows of Heaven" are only a symbol for the good things you live to see when you're young. So in the beginning the narrator closes his eyes and think of all the experiences he had in his childhood, than at "Dreambound for life" he realizes that he'll never having this feelings/experiences again and the flowers wither, the treasures stay hidden, but when he sees the first star falling, he can dream again... this theory is very simple but maybe support for the others, I don't think it's about love for a girl like loserkidsrock, but someway it's about things you miss but can never have back
    LastoftheWildson October 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with LastoftheWilds.
    This is song is more about the experiences of childhood that never come back again.
    'Dreambound for life'. Quite self-explanatory.

    This song did make me cry, at:

    "Rocking chair without a dreamer
    A wooden swing without laughter
    Sandbox without toy soldiers
    Yuletide without the Flight"

    I'll always love Tuomas for this song. For ALL his songs.

    I like how in the end it sort of goes into one of those Gospel Choirs. And Anette is doing one hell of a good job! Great voice.
    WormJuiceon October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActual Lyrics:

    I close my eyes
    The lantern dies
    The scent of awakening
    Wildhoney and dew

    Childhood games
    Woods and lakes
    Streams of silver
    Toys of olden days

    Meadows of heaven

    The flowers of wonder
    And the hidden treasures
    In the meadow of life
    My acre of heaven
    A 5-year-old winterheart
    In a place called home
    Sailing the waves of past

    Meadows of heaven

    Rocking chair without a dreamer
    A wooden swing without laughter
    Sandbox without toy soldiers
    Yuletide without the Flight

    Dreambound for life

    Flowers wither, treasures stay hidden
    Until I see the 1st star of fall

    I fall asleep
    And see it all:
    Mother`s care
    And color of the kites

    Meadows of heaven
    Satakielion September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the "Memories of Childhood" pretty much sums up this song.

    I think, personally, this is the best song on the CD, followed by "Bye, Bye Beautiful"
    evilMoWon October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so beatiful and i cant beleive more people havent commented on it! I agree with lastofthewilds, its about a lost childhood, how when we grow up we lose all the wonderful thigns we had when we were young, and now we can only dream of them, hence 'I fall asleep and see it all'. This is such a sad and beautiful song, it makes me cry =) Im not sure about the godpel at the end though, that spoils it for me slightly. However, agree with wormjuice that Anette really is doing the band justice =)
    meadowsofheavenon January 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is believed to be about a Childhood Utopia.There are references to child memories, such as the lyrics ("Sandbox without toy soldiers.") Also the album illustration is of a farm house in a grassy meadow. It is the memory of the Childhood of someone who lived as a farmer and remembers the fields as "Meadows of Heaven", but has left the fields after their childhood.This is arguably the most passionate and emotional song on Dark Passion Play.It is also made reference to in "The Poet and the Pendulum", ("My home was there 'n then / Those meadows of heaven / Adventure-filled days / One with every smiling face"), perhaps the Poet (Tuomas Holopainen) being the one who is remembering the Childhood.This would make sense because, Tuomas, along with all of the members of Nightwish (except Marco Hietala and Anette Olzon) came from the rural village of Kitee, Finland.
    bayern1on March 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song
    i.love.NIGHTWISHon April 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOf course it is about Tuomas. Most of his songs are personal, with him as the lyrical self. Only a few are fictional.

    This song makes me cry, too. Though "The poet and the pendulum", "Eva" and "Bye, bye Beautiful" are great songs, for me this one is the very best of the whole album. It just touches me, and as i read from your comments, those of you who grasped it's meaning are touched, too. This is because there is a childhood-utopia in everyone. As a child everything is new and magical, but when we grow up we dont see things, but see again. We learn to thing in standards, and the magic is gone. Although i really try to keep the "child within me" alive, most of the things are no longer magical to me. And this is very, very sad to recognize.
    Picajoon June 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI used to think this song just reflected on childhood memories, and I never really understood the third verse/bridge but to me and I think everyone has mentioned this... It's about adulthood too.

    After really taking noticing of the lyrics, the narrator obviously falls asleep and awakens in his dream of his childhood. I love the reference to 'sailing the waves of past' - very emotive. The third verse from "Rocking chair without a dreamer" I think refers to older life and as adults the joys we experienced as children has lots its magic.

    For example, wooden swing without laughter. When we're children this is a place of joy but as we're older some of us go to the swings to sit and think or reflect.. hence how adulthood is more complex. Yuletide without the flight refers to how the magic of christmas fades after experiencing it year after year.

    A beautiful song. I agree that the gospel choir AT FIRST seemed out of place, but I think its an amazing addition to the power and emotion behind the song, and I think the gospel makes the song more dream-like.
    Empathicaon July 03, 2008   Link

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