"Alpenglow" as written by and Marko Hietala Tuomas Holopainen....
Once upon a time a song was heard
Giving birth to a child of earth and verse

Together we slay another fright
Every jubjub bird, spooks of the past
Close your eyes and take a peek
The truth is easy to see

We were here
Roaming on the endless prairie
Writing an endless story
Building a Walden of our own
We were here
Grieving the saddened faces
Conquering the darkest places
Time to rest now and to finish the show
And become the music, one with alpenglow

Hand in hand, guiding me into light
You, the fairytale guise in blue and white

Together we slay another fright
Every jubjub bird, spooks of the past
Close your eyes and take a peek
The truth is easy to see

We were here
Roaming on the endless prairie
Writing an endless story
Building a Walden of our own
We were here
Grieving the saddened faces
Conquering the darkest places
Time to rest now and to finish the show
And become the music, one with alpenglow

You are my path, my home, my star
A beautiful tale within the tale
And when the dust needs to move on
I will tuck us in on a bed of snow
Painting white, silencing the valley we built
Together we'll sleep devoured by life

We were here
Roaming on the endless prairie
Writing an endless story
Building a Walden of our own
We were here
Grieving the saddened faces
Conquering the darkest places
Time to rest now and to finish the show
And become the music, one with alpenglow

We were here
Roaming on the endless prairie
Writing an endless story
Building a Walden of our own
We were here
Grieving the saddened faces
Conquering the darkest places
Time to rest now and to finish the show
And become the music, one with alpenglow


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"Alpenglow" as written by Tuomas Holopainen

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    Song MeaningThere are a couple of references in these lyrics, that give a hint about what the song is about.

    * Jub Jub Bird

    This is a creature that appears in Lewis Carol's 'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass'. It refers to a creature that lives in a dark and depressive valley and is described as desperate and endlessly passionate.
    In the context of the song, it is used to describe a childhood fright.

    * Walden

    This is a reference to a literature classic by Henry Thoreau, namely 'Walden' or 'Life in the Woods' that deals with escaping into the woods to experience a sort of pure life.
    In the context of the song, it is most likely used to describe a sort of hideaway from the troubles and worries of the world.

    Tuomas Holopainen revealed in a finnish interview, that 'Alpenglow' is a love song. He explained, that there are enough terrible songs like for a example 'Always' by Bon Jovi and the secret is, to approach universal themes like love or death from a different perspective and to translate this into music.

    Here my notes for every line:

    Once upon a time a song was heard
    Giving birth to a child of earth and verse

    Earth – reality, here and now
    Verse – poetry, expression of emotions and thoughts
    child – innocence, connects earth and verse within
    Once upon a time – phrase usually at the beginning of a fairytale

    Together we slay another fright
    Every Jubjub Bird*, spooks of the past
    Close your eyes and take a peek
    The truth is easy to see

    Protagonist and loved one agressively kill frights
    These are fairytale creatures like a Jub Jub Bird who haunted the protagonists childhood
    Close your eyes – dreaming → take a peek beyond the veil of reality
    This reveals a simple truth

    We were here
    Roaming on the endless prairie
    Writing an endless story
    Building a walden* of our own

    We were here → Events happened in the past
    Endless prairie → They were within an endless seeming world and went on with exploring an infinite and unknown area without guide
    Story → The story of their love
    Walden → Place to hide from the troubles of the world

    We were here
    Grieving the saddened faces
    Conquering the darkest places
    Time to rest now and to finish the show
    And become the music one with alpenglow

    We were here → In bad times as well
    Grieving the saddened faces → They felt a lot of empathy for suffering
    Conquering the darkest places → They overcame bad times in the relationship

    Time to rest now and to finish the show → Time to finish the story and prepare for death
    Show → Life
    Music → Beautiful. graceful. nostalgic, something to listen and dream to, timeless
    Alpenglow → Natural phenomenon, special sentiment, Sunrise and sundown (→Life)


    Hand in hand guiding me into light
    You, the fairytale guise in blue and white


    Hand in hand – Together
    Fairytale guise → unreal, beautiful, special, protagonist of a story
    Blue → Graceful, royal, powerful, beautiful
    White→ Innocent, gentle ref. to the child mentioned in the second verse
    → graceful, special, yet gentle and innocent, thus a fairytale guide, because those terms are usually used as opposites


    You are my path my home my star
    A beautiful tale within the tale
    And when the dust needs to move on

    My path, my home, my star → The only thing protagonist thinks about
    Where the loved one is, there the protagonist feels at home
    Beautiful tale within the tale
    Life → Story
    Love → beautiful tale, is written within a lifetime
    When the dust needs to move on
    → When the time comes, this could be a hint to a coming death

    I will tuck us in on a bed of snow
    Painting white, silencing the valley we built
    Together we'll sleep
    Devoured by life
    Bed of snow → Cold, frosty, natural
    Painting white → Invisible, imagination
    Silencing the valley we built → Finish the story
    Together we'll sleep → Dreaming, dying
    Devoured by life → Overwhelmed, shaped by life

    Roughly summarized:

    The song tells the story of two lovers who spent a lifetime together.
    As both are about to leave this world, they take a look back at the beautiful times they shared, beginning with the time they fell in love with each other and concluding how they prepare for death.
    They experienced awe at the face of the vastness and beauty of the world and were happy only being with each other and thus they escaped from the world to come closer to the pure life. They felt a lot of empathy if someone suffered, realizing that this is a terrible emotion to have and even though they had hard times they always overcame them together, never losing their love for each other.
    As they decide to leave it be, they prepare to die, realizing how beautiful it is, that they got to experience life and that they got to share their stories together.

    This is how I experience the song coupled with the lyrics. Obviously, there probably are other perspectives to approach the song from so don't take this like it's written in stone; especially since this is far from being a professional interpretation.
    AdrianBetz2810on January 02, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitely about humanity's time in the sun.
    YandereChanon April 30, 2015   Link
  • 0
    QuestionWhat is the very first line she sings, softly?
    'We were here...' ?
    DarkBlueon January 04, 2016   Link

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