"Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean (feat. Tapio Wilska)" as written by and Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen....
A snowy owl above the haunted waters
Poet of ancient gods
Cries to tell the never ending story
Prophecy of becoming floods

An aura of mystery surrounds her
The lady in brightest white
Soon the incarnate shall be born
The Creator of the Night

Deep dark is His Majesty's kingdom
A portent of tomorrow's world
There shall the liquid give Him power
The red-eyed unborn lord

Fatal embrace of the blood red waters
The cradle of infinite gloom
The spell to master this Earth
Carvin' on an infant's tomb

"I will die for the love of the mermaid
Her seduction beauty and scorn
Welcome to the end of your life
Hail the Oceanborn!"

"Disgraced is my virginity
Death has woven my wedding dress
Oh Great Blue breathe the morning dew
For you are the cradle of the image of god"

"Brave now long rest is sweet
With me here in the deep"

"I prayed for pleasure wished for love
Prayed for your - "

"Never pray for me!"

"Who the hell are you for me
But a mortal dream to see?"

"This apathetic life must drown
Forever just for me"

"Leave me be
Leave me be
Leave me be

"From cradle to coffin
Shall my wickedness be your passion"

We shall come to set the dolphins free
We shall wash the darkened blood red sea
Our songs will echo over the mountains and seas
The eternity will begin once again in peace


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"Devil & the Deep Dark Ocean" as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen

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    General Commenti think i finally figured out the meaning of this great song!!
    its like all of you are saying: it is the birth of a bad evil cruel creature, mankind. mother nature vs evil man.
    Mother nature always tried to give birth to better creatures, finally creating a creature that can love "I wished for pleasure, wished for love...", that can think, man. But she was wrong about us... She just forgot about our cruelty, about all the pain we can create
    : wars, pollution, murders... Its like planet hell in a way...
    anyway, in the end, and like all tuomas songs, hope finally finds its way through: "we shall wash....": innocence will be reborn again, innocence of man, innocence of the oceanborn, innocence of nature... of the whole world...
    noufion April 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWell after sitting and listening through these lyrics 4 time in a row I think I have some interesting ideas, just tell me what you think of my lyrical breakdown.

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    A snowy owl above the haunted waters
    poet of ancient gods
    Cries to tell the neverending story
    prophecy of becoming floods

    (This is Tuomas, the snowy owl before his birth, the poet of ancient gods. He wished to become a man to tell his stories, to shout out his prophecies. But in doing so he became exactly what he hates about this world)

    An aura of mystery surrounds her
    the lady in brightest white
    Soon the incarnate shall be born
    The Creater of the night

    (this is yet another hint toward himself but as a human. The lady dressed in white, the innocence...his innocence will soon be lost to the man. The incarnate shall be born and his innocence will be gone)

    Deep dark is his Majesty's kingdom
    A portent of tomorrow's world
    There shall the liquid give Him power
    The red-eyed unborn lord

    (This is the ocean, with which Tuomas has always had a lifelong love affair. The ocean being deep and dark and unexplainable, the liquid shall give him power)

    Fatal embrace of the bloodred waters
    The cradle of infinite gloom
    The spell to master this Earth
    Carven on an infant's tomb

    (this is Tuomas now fully grown, harkening back to the time of his innocence. The bloodred waters being the ocean, but not the ocean that he is of, but instead the ocean of this world and the depravity of men.)

    "I will die for the love of the mermaid
    Her seduction, beauty and scorn
    Welcome to the end of your life
    -Hail the Oceanborn!"

    (He would die to gain back the love of the ocean, now fully a man and cast in the image of a man. Welcome to the end of his life as he is now mortal and will one day die. Hail the oceanborn!)

    "Disgraced is my virginity
    Death has woven my wedding dress
    Oh, Great Blue, breathe the morning dew
    For you are the cradle for the image of god"

    (virginity again being innocence here, death is all around him and he cannot fight it. He visits the sea often to try and reconnect with it like he once was, but he is a man not the image of god like he once felt.

    "Brave now, long rest is sweet
    With me here in the deep

    (the ocean telling him he will rejoin him one day, upon his death)

    "I Prayed for pleasure, wished for love
    Prayed for your..."

    "Never pray for me!"

    (Tuomas begging the sea, the ocean for things that he once had, but when he tries to pray for the ocean itself the ocean rejects him as he is only a man)

    "Who the hell are you for me
    But a mortal dream to see"

    (Tuomas questioning his faith in the ocean, as he has been a man far too long)

    "This apathetic life must drown
    Forever just for me"

    (The ocean waits to reclaim him as he will die one day)

    "Leave me be
    Leave me be
    Leave me be..ee eeee... e"

    (Tuomas hating the ocean for rejecting him, but still wishing to return to his position of innocence from so long ago)

    "From cradle to coffin
    shall my wickedness be your passion

    (Simply the truth, men cannot help but be passionate for wickedness, the ocean being the progenitor of both)

    We shall come to set the dolphins free
    We shall wash the darkened bloodred sea
    Our songs will echo over the mountains and seas
    The eternity will begin once again in peace

    (Resolution, Tuomas will one day prove the ocean wrong and regain his innocence, even as a man)

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    In the end the story is of tuomas before he was birthed being a blamless soul and after his birth into the oceans of the world, his innocence is darkened. The ocean represents the evils of the world but also what used to be the goods of the world, more like "Tainted Innocence" and this is what I get from the term "Ocean Soul."

    A soul that represents the oceans, and the in turn represents the world. At one time so clean and untainted, but now is darkened and black...stained with the wickedness of mankind. Tuomas wanted to become a man to tell his stories and his poetry but in doing so he lost the innocence. Unable to get it back to the position that it once was he has resigned himself to spend time with the sea and plans to one day return to it and hopes to regain his innocence once more before he dies so that he may return to the position he once held.

    Just my opinion, probably not right...just kinda what I get after cross referencing some of his other songs that deal with similar subjects.
    Ashemeon August 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite Nightwish song. I don't quite understand the lyrics yet, but I get the impression that it's about an anti-religious event. Yes, broad interpretation, I know.
    LaDiabloon May 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI havent quiet interpeted this song yet but I dont think it has to do with religion at all. Gimme time and I shall decipher it
    Yin_Yang_Boion June 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm... Well, not really religion or anti-religion, but more a creature-of-the-dark type thing. I can't wait to see an interpretation ;).
    LaDiabloon June 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentObviously, this is where the inspiration for the name of the CD came in. I also get the feeling that the cover picture is based on this song by the line "the lady in brightest white", but that's extremely taboo. I've thought of the song and come to the conclusion (very widely based) that the song is sort of describing the plans for domination between a Siren and an "evil" creature, such as a vampire, or maybe just a very evil person. Somehow "world domination" sounds like a cliched phrase, but that's about what I'd say they're discussing.

    *not the brightest crayon in the box* Not that you've received an in-depth interpretation of my view of this song, you are free to chuck blunt objects at my head...
    LaDiabloon September 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentit sounds to me like an innocent woman is in love with some sort of evil being. she says "i prayed for pleasure, wished for love, prayed for your-" and is cut off by the male voice saying "never pray for me".

    maybe its about a woman with stolkholm syndrome lol
    spacepirateon May 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt always gives me a sense of the antichrist sort of thing being born... Or something to do with sacrifice...

    ...anyways the the heck is this "Oceanborn" kid neways? They keep sticking that in their lyrics...
    Xcepticon June 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Oceanborn.... he born from the Ocean (the Oceanborn) is the one destined to be an Ocean Soul (how Tuomas describes himself)
    Aloselon September 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, it sounds very theatrical - I can almost picture it as an opera onstage. There were quite a few references to the cover art - "a lady in the brightest white" and "a snowy owl above the haunted waters." The cover art hit the feel of this song right on the mark. There's sort of a Phantom of the Opera thing going on with a woman falling for some sort of demonic-type being and then realizing how terrible he is. I really don't get the last verse though, it doesn't seem to have much to do with the song, unless the demon and the woman both died and everyone else is rebuilding or something...maybe I've just seen too much theatre.
    blackwingxweavingon October 20, 2006   Link

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