"7 Days to the Wolves" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes/hietala Holopainen....
The wolves, my love, will come
Taking us home where dust once was a man
Is there life before a death?
Do we long too much?
(And never let in)

Howl! Seven days to the wolves
Where will we be when they come?
Seven days to the poison
And a place in heaven
Time drawing near us
They come to take us

This is my church of choice
Last drinks and death in last sacrifice
For the rest, I have to say to you
I will dream like the god
(And suffer like all the dead children)

Howl! Seven days to the wolves
Where will we be when they come?
Seven days to the poison
And a place in heaven
Time drawing near us
They come to take us

This is where heroes and cowards part ways

Light the fire, feast
Chase the ghosts, give in
Take the road less traveled by
Leave the city of fools
Turn every poet loose

Howl! Seven days to the wolves
Where will we be when they come?
Seven days to the poison
And a place in heaven
Time drawing near us
They come to take us

Howl! Seven days to the wolves
Where will we be when they come?
Seven days to the poison
And a place in heaven
Time drawing near us
They come to take us

Hero
Coward
No more


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"7 Days to the Wolves" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen Marco Hietala

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    General CommentThe title is taken from a King's novel called “Wolves of the Calla”. But the conception of the book has nothing to do with the text behide the song, it is far more inspired by the film "Dead Poets' Society". The main idea is - one must live his life the best he can, to strive for his aims, because the wolves are always 7 days behind you and they will cath you if your life is not of full value... and then you will be only dead meat.
    That's what Tuomas said in one interview couple of days ago. :)
    *sorry for my english*
    antimentalon August 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually tuomas really has a thing for wolves...
    azurelilyon September 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthehehhe,yes,Tuomas really likes wolves,but not in this song...then,I think antimental is right...we must live our lifes the best way we can...that's the meaning of the song

    one more thing...Marco and Annete sound perfect togetther
    originon September 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThey've posted the lyrics on the webpage. The correct lyrics are:
    The wolves, my love, will come
    Taking us home where dust once was a man

    Is there Life before a Death?
    Do we long too much and never let in?

    Howl
    7 days to the wolves
    Where will we be when they come
    7 days to the poison
    And a place in heaven
    Time drawing near as they come to take us

    This is my church of choice
    Love`s strength standeth in love`s sacrifice

    For the rest, I have to say to you
    I will dream like the God
    And suffer like all the dead children

    Howl
    7 days to the wolves
    Where will we be when they come
    7 days to the poison
    And a place in heaven
    Time drawing near as they come to take us

    This is
    Where heroes
    And cowards
    Part ways

    Light the fire, feast
    Chase the ghost, give in
    Take the road less traveled by
    Leave the city of fools
    Turn every poet loose
    Satakielion September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey youre right, they do sound perfect together... only notice it now that you mention it.
    Feytaliston September 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is the best in all the album along with the poet and the pendulum. i agree with you guys on the meaning. i think what tuomas is saying is that everyone whos willing to live his life to the fullest must break out of the chains of fear, of norms, of prejudices... nd that he must accept all that happens with an open heart and hope. even suffering is a gr8 part of life. andi ts all that that makes you a human being (a hero).
    noufion December 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould it not also reference a coming invader? Scandinavian armies at one time employed fighters called berzerkers, who went into battle on adrenaline rush and would not stop until they were killed, or the enemy obliterated. They were said to be imbued with the spirit of bears or wolves when they fought, and often times they wore their pelts into battle. To me it seems as if he's waiting for an invasion. "Seven days to the wolves" Seven days until the enemy arrives and we're all killed. "This is where heroes and cowards part ways". Some will stay and fight, while others will flee.
    dreamer_of_evilon January 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhile the above ideas are very well thought out, I believe this song to actually be a reference to Ragnarok, the "Twilight of the Gods", in Norse mythology. Ragnarok is preceded by the Fimbulvetr or "Great Winter", a period of three years of perpetual winter with no summer between. Snow will fall from all directions with great frosts and biting wind, and the sun will lend no warmth to the earth. During this time great battles will be fought throughout the world, humanity will descend further into violence and depravity, laws of kinship will be broken, and fathers, sons and brothers will rise up against one another.
    The wolves Sköll and Hati will then finally devour Sól (the Sun) and her brother Máni (the Moon) respectively after a perpetual chase, and the stars will burn out and vanish from the sky, plunging the earth into darkness.
    What is unique about Ragnarok is that the gods know through prophecy what is going to happen — when the event will occur, who will be slain by whom, and so forth. They even realize that they are powerless to prevent it but nevertheless bravely and defiantly face their bleak destiny.
    In the song, Tuomas is symbolizing someone's knowledge and acceptance of their own demise, much like the Norse Gods, as seen in the lines:
    "The wolves, my love, will come
    Taking us home where dust once was a man."
    and
    "7 days to the poison
    And a place in heaven."

    The person knows his end is coming, but has no fear of it. Rather, embraces it:
    "I will dream like the God"

    "Light the fire, feast
    Chase the ghost, give in
    Take the road less traveled by
    Leave the city of fools
    Turn every poet loose"

    The above passage is a message to everyone, saying that one should embrace the end, as it is a natural part of the cycle. The "feast" is a celebration of one's end, "chase the ghost, give in" means to give up on trying to live past one's time, and "take the road less traveled by / Leave the city of fools" means to break free from the societal norm of thinking that the end is something negative.

    (Note: Sorry if some of this seems a bit disjointed and also sorry that I didn't put it in better order. But its 2am and I'm tired. lol xD)
    Mistress_Of_Cyanideon January 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song I think in a way was also influenced by the Red Riding Hood interpretation 'Company of Wolves' by Angela Carter.

    "The wolves, my love, will come
    Taking us home where dust once was a man."

    Rosaline refused to be confined to the norms of her society, and she was curious about her own sexuality. The wolf is seen as a symbol for a man's sexual nature, in the end when she throws her clothes into the fire and embraces it.

    "Light the fire, feast
    Chase the ghost, give in
    Take the road less traveled by
    Leave the city of fools
    Turn every poet loose"

    She leaves behind her old life and becomes a wolf, she strays from the path to take her own awakened journey.
    WrathChuon February 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was think this was like about the Garden of Eden. Because of this line

    Taking us home where dust once was a man
    LordOfLighton February 06, 2008   Link

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