"Shatter Me With Hope" as written by and Ville Hermanni Valo....
The girl who cried "Love, won't you come and play with me?"
You can be Cassandra, underneath the sword of Damocles
We'll tear this baby apart wise like Salomon

Run, come shatter me now, shatter me with hope
Crawl, come breathe me in, bleed out all sorrows
Scream me a dream, untouched by shadows
Baby, shatter me now, shatter me now
Shatter me with hope

She'll be the witness to the repose of Evelyn
Push the needles into the of canticles of ecstasy
Turn to page forty three
And you'll know how I feel

Run, come shatter me now, shatter me with hope
Crawl, come breathe me in, bleed out all sorrows
Scream me a dream, untouched by shadows
Baby, shatter me now, shatter me now
Shatter me with hope

Swear on your heart's grave I'm wrong
And run like your life's depending on it
'Cause it is!

We'll tear this baby apart, wise like Solomon
Turn to page forty three, and you'll know how I feel

Run, come shatter me now, shatter me with hope
Crawl, come breathe me in, bleed out all sorrows
Scream me a dream, untouched by shadows
Baby, shatter me now, shatter me now
Shatter me with hope

Shatter me now, shatter me now, shatter me now
Oh, you oh
Shatter me now shatter me now shatter me now
Oh, you oh
Scream me a dream
Shatter me now shatter me now shatter me now
Scream me a dream
(Shatter me now, shatter me now, shatter me now)


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"Shatter Me with Hope" as written by Ville Hermanni Valo

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    General CommentIt's actually:

    "She'll be the witness to the repose of Evelyn
    Push the needle in
    to the canticles of ecstasy.
    Turn to page 43 and you'll know how I feel."

    The now infamous "page 43" is the clue Ville put into the song and was reluctant to give it away. It refers to a 1947 issue of "Life Magazine", on the page 43 of which was a photograph of Evelyn McHale in death. Evelyn leaped from the top of the Empire State building shortly after having met with her fiance one day. She fell on top of a limousine and moments after had a picture of her dead body immortalized by a photography student. The picture was later featured on page 43 of Life Magazine.
    It was later reported that Miss McHale had a scribbled note in her pocket - which said that her fiance was "better off without her" and she'd "never make a good wife to anyone".

    This also pretty much reveals how Ville himself is feeling when instructing us to turn to page 43 - that try as he might, he would make the one he loved unhappy. In a sense unworthy of love. It could also be referring to the emotions the picture itself stirs: love and tragedy combined (a frequent leitmotif in Ville's music) as well as the grace and the sadness it invokes on first sight.
    Ellunaon April 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJust a few corrections...

    in the chorus, instead of
    cold, come rip me rid out of sorrows

    it sounds more like
    crawl, come breathe me in, bleed out all sorrows


    and then at the 2nd chorus, i think its
    She'll be the witness to the ropose os Nevelen
    push the needle in..
    ...

    pretty sure thats it...
    great song, lots of mythological referances, really well written..

    anyone got a clue as to the page 43 referance?
    thats the only part thats still got me puzzled...
    Keritheanimalon March 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song!.. I think what Ville is saying, is turn to page 43 of his book. Which I would say is, Love In Theory and Practice: Chapters 1-13.. Turn to that page, and you'll know how he feels.
    wisemanhimselfon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentin deed the lyrics actually say on the chorus:
    crawl, come breath me in bleed out all sorrow

    then is:
    she'll be the witness to the repose of Evelyn
    push the needle in to the canticles of ecstasy


    and on the part of swear on your heart's grave i'm wrong, it is "and love life your life depended on it, cause it does"

    I know it for sure I have the album and I'm telling this based on the booklet with the lyrics...
    KradThgilon April 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentanyone know the meanings/backstory or origins 2:

    Cassandra


    Solomon


    canticles of ecstasy


    page 43


    google doesnt give me anything relatd to HIM lol. Its a great song. strange. at first, wasnt my most fave. now, im listening to it all the time.
    deathvalleyon July 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPush the kneeling sounds like push the needle in
    deathvalleyon July 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand love like your life's beginning sounds like and love like your life's dependin on it
    deathvalleyon July 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe sword of Damocles?
    deathvalleyon August 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCassandra- Greek myth ' she who entangles men', she had the gift of foresight.
    Solomon-biblical, i believe he was the king who said to cut the baby in half. There was two women fighting over who was the real mother of the child, and when he said cut them baby in half so they can each have it the real mother said no, the other women could have the child. thus, that's how they found out who the real mother was.
    Canticles of Ecstasy- medievel style music from the 12th cent. by Hildegard.
    Sword of Damocles is from greek mythology. basicly in here he's meaning impending doom, or constant worry.
    as for page 43 i have noooo clue
    xscarletxstarxon October 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI agree with xscarletxstarx. I think he's expressing devotion as to anchor his trust for her love and support(loyalty and respect). Maybe as if he's praying to her to make him virtuous as she's virtuosa.
    Xenoghostlikecynicon November 27, 2010   Link

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