"Get away from me!
Take heed to thyself and see my face no more!
for in the day Thou see my face
Thou shalt die!"
Exodus 10:28

A constellation of divine architecture built on Earth
A holy harbour - Orion
Nautical ascension to the firmament

Ship-shaped barrows open my heart to the wisdom of this land
Sailing with the Serpent Chimera of a fiendish sandman

The Unicorn arrives with the west wind to dream my funeral
"Thou art born for Horus dwells in Thee"

Slumbering with the ebb and the flow of this foaming tomb
"Thou art born for Seteh dwells in Thee"

Reveal your face to me, guide me though the Stygian fields
Enthral my soul to Sepedet's beams to serve Your will

Sailing on the distant seas from darkness to deliverance
Tales like the ocean written to the Draco's glance

Ruling with the scythe of death you tear out philosophies apart
An ancient starwalk to merge into the stars

"Open thy veins for my venom
Kiss the cobras with thy twisted tongue
So shalt thou join the Empryrean circus
Where beggars mourn and seraphs dance
In this twilight cathedral
Shall I wed thee,
O Bride of the Netherworld"

Sailing on the distant seas from darkness to deliverance
Tales like the ocean written to the Draco's glance

Ruling with the scythe of death you tear out philosophies apart
An ancient starwalk
Join my soul the Hunter in the sky


Lyrics submitted by Fistan, edited by lizziel91, KhOTtO

The Pharaoh Sails to Orion (feat. Tapio Wilska) song meanings
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    My InterpretationI think everyone's digging to deep.
    Continuing on what numerous people have said, Horus stands for good and Seteh stands for evil, but, in my opinion, they're just saying that humans have both good and evil in them.
    When it says, "Thou art born for Horus dwells in thee," then "Thou art born for Seteh dwells in thee," I personally see it meaning, basically, that, yes, you are human because you are good and evil.
    The rest is probably just a dictation of what the journey to the afterlife is like. Notice how they brought up a Unicorn? Because Unicorns are widely believed extinct/fictional, perhaps that represents the Pharaoh's arrival in the place of dead things for, even if the Unicorn was never real, it is still a fantasy that died somewhere along the line.
    This is my interpretation, I mean no offense by it.
    xXthatXcreepyXkidXinXtheXcornerXon February 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThere are various references in this song to different cultures and their terminology for death and going on to the afterlife.

    The Unicorn arrives with the west wind to dream my funeral - western wind, a reference to death (the reaper) and paganism?

    Ship-shaped barrows open my heart to the wisdom of this land - various cultures buried their elites in ship burials (barrow mounds)

    Reveal your face to me and guide me though the Stygian fields - greek mythology and the river styx (also in one of their songs on their once album?)
    the land of the dead.

    A song perhaps about the journey from this life to the afterlife?
    Deathstalkeron January 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThhis song rules. But I don't really get it. It seems to be a pharoah's journey to the afterlife or something. But what has that got to do with a bible passage at the beginning. That part from exodus is about how if you saw god's face, you would die. I don't see how that relates to the rest of the song
    bongoon May 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentin exodus it isnt about god but the pharaoh who oesnt wanna let the jews out of egypt and he says to moses that he shouldnt see his face again, or he shall die.get it?anyway this song i very creepy, with marco's voice and all...
    Alucardaon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think there is a very deep meaning in it that's not that easy to see. I don't know that much about egypt mythology but I think Horus and Seth are the most prominent gods of good and evil. There's probably quite an important meaning behind it, but without knowing more about these backgrunds it's really hard to get.
    Neithanon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalucarda, marco dosen't sing it. it's some guy that worked for the nightwish crew but he got fired.
    waynestock17on July 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd the Pharaoh siad unto him (moses)

    Get thee from me take heed to thyself and see my face no more for the day thou see my face thou shalt die

    ps. the guy that get fired is Wilska from Finntroll =)
    paghon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIs that who sings it on the "From Wishes to Eternity" video?
    Zughiaqon September 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRight, Wilska does the guest vocals on FROM WISHES TO ETERNITY...
    Awesome song, one of my NIGHTWISH favorites....Just perfect.
    By the way, it's "O Bride of the Netherworld", of course
    Ocean Soulon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Neithan. Horus and Seth are like good and evil. Seth was the brother of Orion (Horus' father) but Orion got the part of Egypt Seth wanted. Seth was jealous and to put the story in a nutshell, Seth killed his brother. Horus wanted vengeance for his father's death but Seth ripped out his eye (hence the eye of Horus in Egyptian mythology) So yeah ^^ that's kinda the start of the story- hope it helps anyone work out the meaning.
    Musta_Susion May 18, 2007   Link

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