"Fiddler On The Green" as written by and Jon/kuersch Schaffer....
Sad voices they're calling
Our precious girl she can't be gone
How bitter this morning
When daddy's darling
Went out and started her day

Wasn't there a dream last night
Like a spring never ending
Still the water runs clear
Through my mind
On the field I can see a fiddler
The fiddler on the green and the sad boy
I took him too early
Would you mind
Would you mind
Would you mind
If I take you

To be with you
To be with you
To be with you
To be with you

The sun seemed bright
The air was clear
The air was clear
A trick of light
Turned red into green
She saw the light
Her face was pale
Her body smashed
Her beauty's gone

Isn't it a shame
The reaper said
He is quite alone here
And still waiting for you
Oh I really did fail for the first time
Spoke the fiddler, poor old fiddler
The fiddler on the green
The fiddler on the green
It would be niceâ?¦

Take my hand

Just hold my hand
I'll take you there
Your pain will go away


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"Fiddler on the Green" as written by Jon Schaffer Hans Juergen Kuersch

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  • +4
    General CommentI've heard this has a deeper meaning than just being about Death.

    I heard that Hansi wrote it when he saw 2 car accidents in one week. The first taking the life of a young boy and the second the life of a young girl. Basically it's how death took the life of the boy by mistake and to make up for it he took the life of who his soulmate would have been in life (the young girl).
    RexBanneron July 03, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMainly, in this song, the Fiddler (figure of Death, Reaper, whatever you wanna call it) took the life of the boy by accident, and now he wants to make it up for him by getting him a companion. Most of the song is written on the girl's point of view, at the moment of the car crash that takes her life away. First, she hears mundane voices calling, and recalls the dream she had last night about a fiddler with a sad boy. The fiddler told her that the boy was taken too early, and asks her if she is willing to be taken too. The accident is then described (where I have two theories: one, she is old enough to drive and crossed a red light, or she is a young girl and crossed the street on a red pedestrian light). The reaper then comes to take her, saying the poor old boy is still waiting for her. He once again pities his misdoing, and then he tells her to hold his hand so she be taken away from her pain.
    Only sentence I have yet not been able to break down: What does that "It would be nice" before the drums kick in mean?
    I also like it that the fiddler, while a frightening figure (confirmed by the album cover, which has a skeleton playing a violin in front of a boy and a girl), is not necessarily evil in this song.
    titonon May 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhere I come from, we have old legends about a fiddler that reveals himself to actually be the Devil. He wasn't exactly evil or anything, just a fiddler. But if you weren't offering him hospitality in exchange for a song, he would take your soul.

    The Fiddler here is the grim one. He isn't evil either. He want to correct a mistake by getting the boy company, for eternity...

    (The "it would be nice" I think is a small plea. It would be nice if you would take my hand so he could get company...)
    mopion June 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has got it all!
    Just the music can make you cry, and then, when you dig into the lyrics....
    It's deep, it's sad, and it's the most amazing music experience I can have!

    I mostly agree with Titon, but I don't believe that the Fiddler just found her and wondered if she would join the boy. I think he wanted to take her, because she and the boy were meant to be together in life, and he had to make up for his mistake, by not keeping them apart for a lifetime.

    Poor Hansi to witness such tragic accidents!
    The best piece of music ever written!
    .ChildOfTheNight.on December 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe album cover is a drawing about this song, I think. At least, looks pretty much like the theories you guys put here.
    The Reaper, the boy, the girl, a graveyard...
    Tavoson October 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell i think this song has four different point of views, the girl the fiddler/reaper, the boy, and an omnicient point of view. the first verse i think is an omnescient point of view, describing how the girl went out on her own, and her parents calling for her. the second verse has 2 different point of views, the lines '

    Wasn't there a dream last night
    Like a spring never ending
    Still the water runs clear
    Through my mind
    On the field I can see a fiddler
    The fiddler on the green and the sad boy'

    that is the little girls point of view, and the lines,
    I took him too early
    Would you mind
    Would you mind
    Would you mind
    If I take you

    is the fiddlers aka reapers point of view, and when it repeats 'to be with you' over and over, i think that is the little boys point of view. and the lines,

    The sun seemed bright
    The air was clear
    The air was clear
    A trick of light
    Turned red into green
    She saw the light
    Her face was pale
    Her body smashed
    Her beauty's gone
    Isn't it a shame
    The reaper said
    He is quite alone here
    And still waiting for you
    Oh I really did fail for the first time
    Spoke the fiddler, poor old fiddler
    The fiddler on the green
    The fiddler on the green

    is the omnicient again, and the final lines

    It would be nice:

    Take my hand

    Just hold my hand
    I'll take you there
    Your pain will go away

    i think the reason he said it would be nice, is because the girl is in immense pain, but not dead, and it would be nice if she joined the boy, and i think shes crossing the street, because, i dont think that she would be old enough to drive because of the very first lines with her parents and what not, and...yeah, i think everybody interpreted very well :) i just thought i would point out the point of views cus it was kinda confusing :)
    Valkyrie_Of_Odinon October 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStraight out of a Demons and Wizards interview:

    "Together, the imaginative magic between these two uncommon individuals confidently exhibits itself on no better place than "Fiddler on the Green" and "Winter of Souls". "I just wrote that music [for "Fiddler on the Green"] and sent it over to Hansi. The whole concept is his and it's based on a true story", Jon elaborates. "[Hansi] was out walking his dog and he saw a little boy get killed on a bicycle -- hit by a car. Well, it happened again, like a week later -- same spot, same place in his neighborhood in a place where something like that would never happen. Over in Germany, the Fiddler is like what we call the Reaper." Sounds like the Demons & Wizards album cover, wouldn't you agree? In summary, the Fiddler makes a mistake and takes this little boy's life too soon. Thusly, he promised the boy he'll create this paradise for him. The girl in this scenario would have been this little boy's future wife, so the deal is that the Fiddle makes a heaven for this pair as part of the bargain. In case you were wondering, this is Jon Schaffer's favorite track."

    chroniclesofchaos.com/articles/chats/…
    anony1on April 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is quite a lovely song about the enigmatic figure of Death. If you don't know of him, he's the taker of souls, he who waits for the end of life and takes the souls home.
    One of the best ballads I've ever heard.
    DragonXero666on June 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs of all time, really brilliant.
    Aduson April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta true masterpiece.
    schaffersmygodon May 09, 2003   Link

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