"For the Heart I Once Had" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen....
Heaven today is but a way
To a place I once called home
Heart of a child, one final sigh
As another love goes cold

Once my heart beats to the rhythm of the falling snow
blackened below
The river now flows - a stream on molten virgin snow

For the heart I'll never have
For the child forever gone
The music flows because it longs
For the heart I once had

Living today without a way
To understand the weight of the world
Faded and torn, old and forlorn
My weak and hoping heart

For the child, for the night
For the heart I once had
I believe and foresee
Everything I could ever be

Time will not heal a dead boy's scars
Time will kill


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"For the Heart I Once Had" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen

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    General CommentThis beautiful day has reminded me on feelings which I felt for all my life but secretly. It seemed like The Heaven has gone to my heart...and I think that the same thing I felt long ago when my heart was pure and innocent, heart of a child. One final sigh for the times which I have forgotten but loved. Once my heart beat to the rhythm of falling snow, rhythm of childish life. Now the river blackened below flows trough the mountain virgin snow. It is not anymore sparkling... It is a contrast to idyllic snow of childish dreams and innocence.
    For the heart I'll nevermore have,
    For the child in me, forever gone,
    Music which I play goes, like river through mountain virgin snow flows
    but it longs
    for the childish heart I once had.
    Today, I carry all the weight of life. My heart is faded and old. The heart of the child is torn and forlorn, weak but still hoping that child will never die within me. Hoping that the same old nights of dreaming awake near window will come again, everything what have I dreamed about and what I could ever be, I will one day fulfill.
    Time will never heal the wounds which world has ridged on me. The scars are too deep... Time will only kill all the beauty which childish heart cares.

    For the heart I'll nevermore have,
    For the child in me, forever gone,
    Music which I play goes, like river through mountain virgin snow flows
    because it longs
    for the childish heart I once had...
    Vladimiriouson August 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActual Lyrics:

    Heaven today is but a way
    To a place I once called home
    Heart of a child, one final sigh
    As another love goes cold

    Once my heart beat to the rhythm of the falling snow
    Blackened below, the river now flows
    A stream of molten virgin snow

    For the heart I`ll never have
    For the child forever gone
    The music flows, because it longs
    For the heart I once had

    Living today without a way
    To understand the weight of the world
    Faded and torn, old and forlorn
    My weak and hoping heart

    For the child, for the light
    For the heart I once had
    I`ll believe and foresee
    Everything I could ever be

    For the heart I`ll never have
    For the child forever gone
    The music flows, because it longs
    For the heart I once had

    Time will not heal a Dead Boy`s scars
    Time will kill

    For the heart I`ll never have
    For the child forever gone
    The music flows, because it longs
    For the heart I once had
    Satakielion September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"For the heart I`ll never have
    For the child forever gone"

    Tuomas comments in interviews a lot that childlike innocence is a big influence in some of his songs. I think it was for this one, definitely. Childlike innocence is gone, and one can never look at the world the same as when you are a child.
    kashteljson October 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCertainly a call back in time to Century Child, which is fine with me, it's my favorite Nightwish album, but it's odd to see and hear this song, one of innocence lost (though, notably, not as dark as his previous songs involving a similar theme), mixed into the newer works that are for more filled with hope, such as Amaranth.

    i must say i do love this song, one of my top 3 off DPP.
    thebigeman77on March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLike a lot of the Dark Passion Play songs, I think this is another reference to the split between Nightwish and Tarja. He was in love with her, yes, but not in a sexual way, I belive. As he says:
    "Let's say that we had a special and emotional relationship without any romantic attatchments. The fire was burning between her voice and my songs."
    I believe that in this one he feels lost without her guiding light... but maybe I'm just crazy.
    dolls x phoenixeson July 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@dolls..yes perhaps. Certainly the split was hard for him and, judging by the songs, he seemed to be quite upset.
    I think this song deals in general with the "self pitying" thing Tuomas likes so much lol. He doesn't like himself, he clearly stated it.
    And in this song he tells us he was better before and his heart is now cold and torn:
    "Faded and torn, old and forlorn
    My weak and hoping heart"

    The child means innocence, and what he was before.
    I like the lyrics of this song (not the music though), it's very sadl. My favourite part is:
    "Time will not heal a Dead Boy`s scars
    Time will kill"
    CrimsonTideon September 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a direct reference to "Dead Boy's Poem" and "Bless the Child", that convey a child and their childhood being "dead" when they reach adulthood because they have lost all innocence.

    Time will not heal a Dead Boy's scars.
    Time will kill.

    Is a statement saying that no one can go back to how they were in childhood, so the whole song is basically mourning what someone used to be like, and how they can't get it back due to the "weight of the world".

    There are also countless references to the past and the child, something Tuomas constantly uses in his lyrics as a motif.
    jennythemusicmakeron April 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about Tarja and Nightwish's breakup. It shows Tuomas is no longer happy with his life, because Tarja was turning away from the band, and he's saying he wants to turn to a child again, because when you're a child, you are innocent of all sin. I think he blames himself for turning Tarja into what she is now, and at the same time, he was glad to let her go, becaue as he said in the open letter to Tarja, they had all been feeling bad long enough. He's also saying how he's still writng music becasue he wants to find his heart again:"The music flows because it longs, for the heart I once had."
    priestessofthewhiteon July 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA beautiful song for certain, and so sad. I'm leaning towards the agreement that it is about a loss of childlike innocence, and when one person grows up they lose that innocence. A recurring theme in most Nightwish songs, however I think this one is most directed to someone who has just lost his/her innocence, whether it was from a sexual act, the viewing of a horrific crime, or even a different look at a simple day; the person in question is simply a child who lost their innocence and grew out of it, and they only wish they could get that unattainable innocence back.
    Greenflameon February 10, 2010   Link

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