"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" as written by and Marko Hietala Tuomas Holopainen....
Come on hop on let's take a ride
Come and meet the travelers who came to town
They have a tale from the past to tell
From the great dark between the stars

We are a special speck of dust
A fleeting moment on an ark
A celebration, a rest haven of life

Lay on a field of green with mother Eve
With father pine reaching high
Look at yourself in the eyes of aye-aye
Unfolding rendezvous

Deep into the past
Follow the aeon path
Greet a blade of grass
Every endless form most beautiful
Alive, aware, in awe
Before the grandeur of it all
Our floating pale blue ark
Of endless forms most beautiful

Beyond aeons we take a ride
Welcoming the shrew that survived
To see the Tiktaalik
Take her first walk witness the birth of flight

Deeper down in Panthalassa
A eukaryote finds her way
We return to the very first one
Greet the one we’ll soon become

Lay on a field of green with mother Eve
With father by reaching high
Look at yourself in the eyes of aye-aye
Unfolding rendezvous

Deep into the past
The lonely eon path
Greet a blade of grass
Every endless form most beautiful

A life of wearing on
Before the grandeur of it all
Our floating pale blue ark
Of endless forms most beautiful

Deep into the past
The lonely eon path
Greet a blade of grass
Every endless form most beautiful

A life of wearing on
Before the grandeur of it all
Our floating pale blue ark
Of endless forms most beautiful


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"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" as written by Tuomas Holopainen

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    General CommentSome notes off the top of my head, as an evolutionary biologist. I must say I enjoy this song very much as a card-carrying #ScienceIsMetal enthusiast...

    "The Great Dark Between The Stars": well, yeah, it means whatever you want it to mean ;]
    "aye-aye": a primate
    "floating pale blue ark": well, Earth
    "Shrew that survived": reference to small mammals in Mesozoic
    "Tiktaalik take her first walk": "transitional form" between fish and amphibians, a lot like a fish with legs, discovered in Canada, one of the first terrestrial (partially terrestrial) vertebrate organisms
    "Panthalassa": the counterpart to Pangaea. When there was 1 supercontinent, there was also 1 superocean!
    "eukaryote... the very first one": probably referring to LECA, last eukaryotic common ancestor. "the one we'll soon become" could refer to evolution in the future or in the past.
    RoyBoy432on June 03, 2017   Link
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    Song MeaningAdding to that which RoyBoy has already mentioned;

    The "floating pale blue ark", the Earth, is likely a reference to Carl Sagan's "pale blue dot" speech, as is the "special speck of dust"- considering the same album contains the track "Sagan", it seems very likely ;)

    "Look at yourself in the eyes of aye-aye" is a reference to Douglas Adams' travel book Last Chance to See, in which he describes himself looking, very briefly, into the eyes of an aye-aye before it disappears into the Madagascan jungle, saying "I was a monkey looking at a lemur". To Adams, the contact with the other branch of the primate family was a reminder of the strangeness of evolution, and a reminder of how by geographical happenstance, lemurs survived on Madagascar while their distant cousins the apes came to dominate the rest of the globe.

    It should be mentioned that the writer Douglas Adams was a close friend of Richard Dawkins (who reads the introductory text from Darwin), and a fellow atheist. While not a biologist like Dawkins, Adams (who died in 2001) was fascinated with evolution and quantum physics and the awful and yet beautiful randomness of the universe we live in.

    By referencing Sagan and Adams, Tuomas Holopainen and Nightwish are aligning themselves with this particular way of thinking, secular scientific belief in a deterministic, evolutionary universe that is macrocosmically and microcosmically overwhelming and reminds us of our own insignificance while teaching us that the Earth, while not chosen or special in a religious sense, is singular (as far as we know so far) in being a haven for life like ours, and that everything biological on it is not different from us, but actually related to us - and this in turn makes our petty squabbles with our fellow men ridiculously pointless by comparison. Nightwish's song and the album itself is therefore a tribute to these humanist, pacifist and scientific secular worldviews, combined with Nightwish's own quasi-pagan, pantheist spirituality (which appears in passages like "greet a blade of grass").
    Writpickeron December 09, 2017   Link

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