"Sahara" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen....
A ballad of dark queen echoes through night
As he flees the curse of gods, the pharaoh`s wrath

1001 nights unseen
The philosopher and the queen

Ancient mariner in a sea of sand
The burning beauty his tomb to die for

1001 nights unseen
The philosopher and the queen
Horizon`s swarming with death

Heaven has a darkened face
Dunes are soaring, as on a chase
Caravan of the cursed
Chasing him across the waves

May he now rest under aegis of mirage
As the sands slowly turn to Elysian fields

1001 nights unseen
The philosopher and the queen

1001 nights unseen
The philosopher and the queen

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"Sahara" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen

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    General CommentHuh....
    Could "1001 nights" refer to the Tales of the Arabian Nights?
    The Philosopher and Queen, perhaps on layer could they be the same (in reference to Schezerazade, the princess who entertained the Sultan with the 1001 tales?) It seems Tuomas likes to layer his meanings with literary allusions...could this be one? The title somewhat fits the theme...
    TheMathNerd111on October 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes this make anyone think of a relationship between Tarja and Tuomas?
    The philosopher = Tuomas
    The queen = Tarja

    "May he now rest under aegis of mirage
    As the sands slowly turn to Elysian fields"

    He's now without her, may he be under some form of protection
    the experiences and places they've been (sand leaves traces)
    now turn to Elysian fields. Elysium was a sort of form of Heaven, in christianity.

    I'm just trying to find what made Tuomas write this song. It just sounds like some unknown relationship Tarja and him had. Either way, one of my favourite songs on the album. =D
    ApplesOfTheDeadon September 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree (once again) with LastoftheWilds.
    This song does not make me think of Tuomas and Tarja at all.

    Sounds to me like a Philosopher ran away with the Queen (because he loves her ^^)
    The pharaoh's wrath, is the curse that he's been given for running of with the Queen.

    "The burning beauty his tomb to die for."
    The philosopher realizes his love will be his death, but he doesn't give up.

    "Horizon`s swarming with death
    "Caravan of the cursed
    Chasing him across the waves"

    This stands for the army that is chasing them, send by the Pharaoh.
    WormJuiceon October 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the Sahara Desert and life there. The song makes references to pharaohs and queens and evokes an Egyptian mood through its use of the harmonic minor scale.The song also weaves in allusions to Greek mythology, mentioning "aegis of mirage" and the "Elysian Fields" in the lyrics
    bayern1on March 04, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with the comments about the connections to the desert life and greek mythology. I enjoy these times where ancient mythology has been placed in Nightwish songs. I am not an expert with mythology, and had to look up what Elysian Fields were, they are a place where heros and virtuous rest in death. To me this song is about someone running from the violence and problems a person faces in the world (horizons swarming with death) to a far away remote place (the desert) and even as he tries to flee his problems they tend to follow him, and in the end this person finds rest in death. Thats what it means to me.
    pcnateon January 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTuomas said in aninterview that he wants to forget about Tarja, that he's being fed up with always answer the same question about their relationship and hat only ONE song from the album is about Tarja and this is "bye bye beautiful". Someone on "songmeanings" said that most of the songs are about Tarja that's complete nonsense, just read/watch the interviews or go to the offical site. thanks, I don't know what this song is about, maybe one more little tale about "1001 nights" ... sry about my english, I sit in on learning it...
    LastoftheWildson October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with math nerd. I think it's about Scheherazade, and her tales of 1001 nights
    midnightsunrisingon November 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont know if its just about old stories because they refer to the ancient mariner which is from the poem the rime of the ancient mariner and his whole crew dies while he is at sea because they have no water to drink and it becomes super hot and they die of dehydration. so i think thats what the sea of sand refers to.
    Lace42on January 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI personally really like the Scheherazade theory, since I love the story in general. But I also see the point that bayern1 is making. I like how Tuomas layers multiple allusions onto his songs, so they're never about just one thing.
    Artemis17on April 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what the song is about, but simply by reading the lyrics, it reminds me of the Mummy...seeing as Tuomas is a (well, at least like to be) a film music composer...so I am just thinking it may be one of the inspirations of this piece...
    Natason September 14, 2008   Link

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