Don't give me love, don't give me faith.
Wisdom not pride, give innocence instead. Don't give me love, I've had my share. Beauty not rest, give me truth instead. A crow flew to me, kept its distance. Such a proud creation. I saw it's soul, envied it's pride. But needed nothing it had. An owl came to me, old and wise. Pierced right through my youth. I learned its ways, envied it's sense.
But needed nothing it had.
Don't give me love, don't give me faith.
Wisdom not pride, give innocence instead.
Don't give me love, I've had my share. Beauty not rest, give me truth instead. A dove came to me, had no fear. It rested on my arm. I touched its calm, envied its love.
But needed nothing it had.
A swan of white, she came to me. The lake mirrored her beauty sweet. I kissed her neck, adored her grace. But needed nothing she could give.
Got to grieve her, got to wreck it.
Got to grieve her, got to wreck it.
Got to grieve her, got to wreck it.
Got to grieve her, got to wreck it.
Got to grieve her, got to wreck it.
Got to grieve her, got to wreck it.
Don't give me love, don't give me faith.
Wisdom not pride, give innocence instead. Don't give me love, I've had my share. Beauty not rest, give me truth instead.
Don't give me love, don't give me faith.
Wisdom not pride, give innocence instead. Don't give me love, I've had my share. Beauty not rest, give me truth instead.
Don't give me love, don't give me faith.
Wisdom not pride, give innocence instead. Don't give me love, I've had my share. Beauty not rest, give me truth instead.



Lyrics submitted by joca13, edited by werewolfnr

"Crow, The Owl and the Dove" as written by Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala, Erno Vuorinen, Jukka Nevalainen

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  • +2
    My Opinion:I find it interesting that the first verses end with "needed nothing it had" but with the swan "needed nothing she could give" implying that she had something needed but wasn't able to give it. I wonder what it could be?
    Kataliaon January 23, 2014   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction:The part chanted by Troy is actually as follows:

    Gar tuht river
    Ger te rheged

    I think the meaning of the song is very clear without need for extra interpretation; the lyrics supply their own meaning. We will get extra context when the film comes out, however, in terms of the part played by the various birds in the story. After all, the three birds can be seen in the Imaginaerum symbol, so they must be important. ;-)
    Estelindison December 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:If what I've found on the Internet is right, the two verses sung by Troy are in Cumbrian language and they mean something like "go to the river, you'll find a fairyland".

    Then the song is structured like a ballad, with repeated verses and a protagonist who comes across different characters, that are the 4 birds represented in the song: the crow, symbol of pride (in Mr. Holopainen's opinion, at least); the owl, symbol of wisdom; the dove, symbol of peace and love (especially in Christian culture); the swan (which doesn't appear on the CD and whose lines are sung in a different way), symbol of beauty. All these elements are in the chorus, too, among the characteristics that Tuomas refuses, preferring innocence and truth (which are universal themes in his works).

    I won't try to guess whether the 4 birds represent kinds of human beings.
    ale5875on May 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:My favorite song from their new album i think. :D
    malciteon December 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning:And the fact that those 2 lines are sung in Cumbrian language might suggest that they are a sort of magic words. I like to think of them being pronounced by a Celtic druid in the middle of a forest. :-) their repetition strengthens this idea, in my opinion.
    ale5875on May 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:"I think the meaning of the song is very clear without need for extra interpretation"

    Are you kidding me? This song probably has more possible hidden meanings than any other on the album. Maybe you would like to share your 'very clear meaning' with us?
    Rommieon July 25, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I think this is about someone (well, probably the old composer) who looks back on his love life. He realizes that he didn't look for a woman that would just give him love, or pride etc, but truth and innocence. I think that each bird mentioned here is one love of his life. Each of them was lovely in her own way, but in the end he refused them all, because they couldn't give him truth or innocence, but only love.
    I'm not entirely sure, though.
    TDGRoachon January 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:I was going over this song with a friend today and I think we came up with a pretty good conclusion.

    The song is about a kid who meets all of these amazing people with different traits. It also goes about saying how the child is aware of how amazing each creature is and that he would like to be like them. He envied the crows pride, the owls sense, and the dove's love. However, although the child envied all of this, he didn't want to take it upon himself to learn all of the traits the animals had to offer. He just "wanted" innocence. As in the type of innocence that a baby has because he doesn't know anything. So I think that the main message of this song is to not throw away amazing opportunities by not wanting to take it upon yourself to learn new things because you have enough already.
    Goemonon December 26, 2013   Link

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