At first you kindle life
You place it in a man
This man, he has a heart
That's filled with fire

The man will have a wife
The wife creates the home
They multiply and so
Their hearts are filled with fear

The man creates a wall
He arms, defends them all
This fear becomes his fall

"Blood is a bodily fluid in animals that
Delivers necessary substances such as
Nutrients and oxygen to the cells and
Transports metabolic waste products
Away from those same cells"

The color of life and arrow of fear made flow
Auburn rivers in the snow dance the death
Of fading peace of mind

Kept awake by the night
Of the twilight’s cold, sad weeps
What the child of Orion
Has sown his cubs will reap
The fire is out
And there's an ominous silence
But he can see them in the dark
Under the moon, the shadows find them

Wolf - stares in your eyes
Blink first and die
Beauty and fear, of wolves and of people

There's a cave on the hills,
In the woods not so far away
Never once had he seen the descent
Of majestic gray coming this way

Now he can see those blue eyes
Burning through the darkened night
"He knows the fur, he used to love her"

Ready or not, there will be blood!
Life is a gift you have no lease for anymore
There will be blood!
You will buy our blood with your own blood
You will buy our blood with your own blood
The last thing you'll see is a

Wolf - stares in your eyes
Blink first and die
Beauty and fear within

Who's more of a beast
A king or a priest
What do you believe?

Wolves or the people things we fear
Wolves or the people
Wolves fear the fear of the people
Think, how one fearful man can destroy this world

At first you kindle life, you place it in a man
This man, he has a heart, that's filled with fire

The man will have a wife, the wife creates the home
They multiply and so, their hearts are filled with fear

Maybe men cannot live when their hearts are not
Filled with fire instead of love
For fear is a powerful thing
Maybe only the might and
The power of fear maintains our life
We function when it's controlled by denial

The wolf in your eyes blinks first and dies
Beauty and fear, the wolves and the people

Those hills have no eyes, but they hear your cries
Beauty and fear, the blood, the wolves and the people



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    My InterpretationThis has quickly become one of my favorite Sonata Arctica songs. It's been stuck in my head for days now, I love the vocals and they way it tells a quick story.

    It makes me think about how we have a tendency to become comfortable in our lives and sometimes only act to change anything when ourselves, our loved ones, our lifestyle, etc. are threatened. To me the story of a man (and his family, maybe) confronted by this wolf in the wilderness shows how a man can become more powerful and perhaps in some cases even become frightening when overtaken by the fear of losing what they love.

    I love how the story builds up, and how it ends at "The wolf in your eyes blinks first and dies". To me this represents the man being overcome by his fear, but ultimately facing it and conquering it by drawing strength from his desire to protect what he holds dear.

    I think the line just above, "We function when it's controlled by denial", is either a representation of that moment when we deny our fear and overcome it or a comment about how we go about our normal lives and forget about what we fear until we are forced to face it.

    Those are my thoughts, anyway! Maybe I'm trying to read into it too much and that's not what they were going for at all, but I'm really enjoying this song and pondering the message of the lyrics. I'd love to hear what others think of it!
    Nashrewon April 24, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI've interpreted the song like this:

    At first you kindle life
    You place it in a man
    This man, he has a heart
    That’s filled with fire

    From the wolf's perspective. The wolf was the man's pet. (From the first two lines.) The man is young and fierce, his heart is filled with fire.

    The man will have a wife
    The wife creates the home
    They multiply and so
    Their hearts are filled with fear

    The man finds a wife, and they have children. Their parental instincts kick in, they think that: "No way, we can't have a beast like a wolf as a pet, we have children that could be hurt by it!"

    The man creates a wall
    He arms, defends them all
    This fear becomes his fall

    The man lets the wolf go, into the wilderness, and protects his community (I think the song evokes a feeling of a small mountain village, but this is just personal imagery I happen to think fits the song.)

    “Blood is a bodily fluid in animals that
    Delivers necessary substances such as
    Nutrients and oxygen to the cells and
    Transports metabolic waste products
    Away from those same cells.”

    I don't know if this definition of blood is here to sound cool, but you could look at it like this: We are afraid of everything unpredictable, wild (like wolves) and unknown. Therefore we categorize everything to make it more familiar. Blood is our life force, it's what keeps us alive, and here it is described objectively in a cold, calculated scientific manner.

    The color of life an arrow of fear made flow,
    Auburn rivers in the snow dance the death
    Of fading peace of mind

    The thesis of the song is first introduced here. Life is an ever flowing arrow of fear. The fear keeps us going. The villagers see blood in the snow, left by the wolves preying on wild animals. The community grows more restless and fearful.

    Kept awake by the night
    Of the twilights cold, sad weeps
    What the child of Orion
    Has sown his cubs will reap
    The fire is out,
    And there’s an ominous silence
    But he can see them in the dark
    Under the moon, the shadows find them

    The people can hear the wolves howling at night. The next two lines are from the wolf's perspective, again. Orion was a great hunter, that's what the wolf thinks about our protagonist. His cubs are obviously his children. The man can feel and see glimpses of the wolves in the woods around the village.

    Wolf - stares in your eyes
    Blink first and die
    Beauty and fear, of wolves and of people

    This is the here and now. The man and the wolf are face to face, staring at each other, the first one to hesitate dies.

    There’s a cave on the hills,
    In the woods not so far away
    Never once had he seen the descent
    Of majestic gray coming his way

    The wolf lives in a cave nearby the village, and has seen the man many times when he has been outside the villages walls. Only this night, the wolf doesn't just observe the man. It confronts him.

    Now he can see those blue eyes
    Burning through the darkened night
    “He knows the fur, he used to love her…”

    They are now face to face. The man recognizes the wolf, his pet from a time when he was younger.

    Ready or not, there will be blood!
    Life is a gift you have no lease for anymore.
    There will blood!
    You will buy our blood with your own blood
    You will buy our blood with your own blood
    The last thing you’ll see is a

    Wolf's perspevtive. It wants revenge. The people of the village have probably killed its friends or family members, because they were afraid of them. ("You will buy our blood with your own blood", and the wolf thinking the man is "Orion" from before)

    Wolf - it stares in your eyes
    Blink first and die
    Beauty and fear within

    The chorus again, the wolf and the man are face to face.

    Who’s more of a beast
    A king or a priest
    What do you believe?

    Priests are usually peaceful and docile beings, who on the surface seem not too dangerous. Kings, on the other hand, often wage wars, execute people and so on. So the obvious answer would be a king is more of a beast. But when you think about it, priests have historically been pretty corrupted.They can cause more damage, because we trust them. We know to fear people with power, but a wolf in sheep's clothing...

    Things we fear… wolves or the people
    Wolves fear the fear of the people
    Think, how one fearful man can destroy this world

    We fear everything, be it wolves or the people. Wolves are simple beings, they only fear our fear. The villagers have hunted wolves, because they were afraid of them causing harm to the people. This in turn makes the wolves fear people, and make them more likely to attack them. I think the last line says that in the age of nuclear weapons, one push of a button can destroy this world.

    At first you kindle life, you place it in a man
    This man, he has a heart, that’s filled with fire

    The man will have a wife, the wife creates the home
    They multiply and so, their hearts are filled with fear

    The wolf remembers the past it shares with the man.

    Maybe men cannot live when their hearts
    Are not filled with fire instead of love
    For fear is a powerful thing
    Maybe only the might and
    The power of fear maintains our life
    We function when it’s controlled by denial

    This is the grand statement of the song, that appeared briefly earlier in the song. I'm not sure I agree with it completely, but here is how I see it: fear is what makes us tick. We can't function if we fear everything. So we deny all the things that could kill us. For example every time you drive a car, you are denying the fear of getting in an accident. We simply couldn't function if we didn't face our fears. Fear of something happening to our loved ones motivates us to protect them, to work for their health and safety.

    The wolf in your eyes blinks first and dies
    Beauty and fear, the wolves and the people

    The wolf hesitates first. The supposed "beast" it the first one to hesitate to attack an old friend. It recognizes him and it's instincts say: "He's a friend." The human, the "civilized" one, is afraid. He doesn't know if his old pet that he loved oh so long ago, is going to attack him. So he thinks logically. It's beast. A wild animal. Unpredictable. He can't take any chances, he must survive, for his family. So he kills the wolf. Before, I said the king would be the obvious beast, but the priest could be way more sinister. Now, the wolf is the obvious beast, but the man is the first one to rely on violence.

    Those hills have no eyes, but they hear your cries
    Beauty and fear, the blood, the wolves and the people

    The man realizes what he's done, and he starts crying.

    That's what I think about it anyhow. There is some speculation there, but I think my interpretation is pretty well grounded in the lyrics. Hope I helped you understand the song better or at least give you a different point of view.
    Th0r1on December 07, 2014   Link

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