"Gethsemane" as written by and Richard Thompson....
Toll no bell for me father
But let this cup of suffering pass from me
Send me no shepherd to heal my world
But the angel, the dream foretold
Prayed more than thrice for you to see
The wolf of loneliness in me
Not my own will but yours be done

You, wake up, where's the tomb?
Will easter come, enter my room?
The lord weeps with me
But my tears fall for you

Another beauty
Loved by a beast
Another tale of infinite dreams
Your eyes, they were my paradise
Your smile made my sun rise

Forgive me for I don't know what I gain
Alone in this garden of pain
Enchantment has but one truth
I weep to have what I fear to lose

You, wake up, where's the tomb?
Will easter come, enter my room?
The lord weeps with me
But my tears fall for you

I knew you never before
I see you never more
But the love, the pain, the hope, oh, beautiful one
Have made you mine 'till all my years are done

Without you (without you)
The poetry within me is dead


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"Gethsemane" as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Nightwish songs. It combines a biblical story of suffering with a story of love. Tuomas has said in an interview that the lyrics are from him to a certain woman and that she knows what it is. In the Thank You's on the album he mentions "The Haunting Beauty of Gethsemane Garden" and later in Dead Boy's Poem he says "Died for the beauty/The one in the garden".

    This song is his way of telling the woman how he feels about her. Honestly, the line "Without you, the poetry within me is dead" almost makes me cry when I'm in the right mood.

    The song is brilliantly put together and deserves much more recognition.

    Hell, the band does too for that matter!
    Satakielion July 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentEnchantment has but one truth:
    I weep to have what I fear to lose...

    How do they come up with such brilliant lyrics!!!!..it is so profound...it caught my attention so much i stayed up a whole night thinking of it....im new to Nightwish, and they RULE...
    bisoon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti've said it before, i'll say it again, thank you Tuomas. even if not a Christian band by any means, i love the songs that i can relate to that. i have yet to find a Nigtwish song i don't like though... they are my newfound passion.
    thebigeman77on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"without you the poetry within me is dead." whenever i hear something like this in one of their songs i always think its directed at tarja..
    and now tarjas gone...
    and i noticed that their new music isnt as good in my opinion.. its different... but it could just be annette... not that shes bad i like amaranth, bye bye beautiful, and eva.
    destined2failon May 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about love...
    It's about someone in deep love for someone else, but he thinks that it could be a mistake or a sin....
    AerithBRon December 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely LOVE this song... it embodies so well the emotions that love conveys, including those that make us suffer or doubt ourselves.... that which makes us go on, eventhough that love may never be reciprocated.
    [Fa]llen Angelon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGethsemane was the garden in which Jesus suffered. The references to Easter quite anchor the fact that this song is about Jesus Christ.
    AsItBeganon March 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis was the first nightwish song i ever herd and i have loved them from that moment.
    Factory3on December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts sad that majority of people listening Nightwish usually praises really lousy/crappy songs they made after Wishmaster album while pearls like this always stay aside.
    Trynon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat did Jesus do in the Garden of Gethsemane?

    maybe if I knew, I'd know how his time in there relates to the rest of the song,

    as for the rest of the song...this song is so obviously about being in hopeless love with someone, its about loving them so much that they were your everything, you know, like the reason you'd get up in the morning and all that, but they're not there anymore for some reason, and now you feel like you have nothing to live for anymore
    black angelon February 05, 2006   Link

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