"Nightquest" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen, Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen, Jukka Antero Nevalainen, Sami Tuure Petteri Vaenskae and Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen....
Born to the false world, the wanderer,
Storyteller, The Pied Piper
On a quest for immortality
Gathering a troop to find the fantasy

Led by a maid - Queen of the night
Voice of angels, such a divine sight
An Amazon to fight and cure
This reality with her feline lure

Patriotic to the promised land of Neverwaking Dream

Nightquest - quest not for the past
But for tomorrow to make it last
Simply the best - way to walk this life
Hand in hand with the dreamers'minds

Enter the realm, don't stay awake
The dreams remain, they only brake
Forget the task, enjoy the ride
And follow us into the night

A merry minstrel with his fingers fast
Playing his lute, charming every lass
Joins the troop with a glitter in his eye
" Shall I find fame or shall I die"

A warrior of power along the path
A hammerheart, his gallantry to last
Rhythm of sirens, enemies, take heed
For in this war laws are a silent sleep

Patriotic to the promised land of Neverwaking Dream

"Come to the elfland" the eldest said,
"In my guidance you shall not be afraid,
I am the mastermind, the wizard to show the way"

First ones to guard this path of night
Lady in black, Lady in white
Followed by legions of night-time wanderers

Guardians of the halls of heart
When we from our homeland depart
To challenge the gods of emptiness
May the quest begin


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

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    General Commentgreat song this is..i just got it and it sounds really great...i thing it is a bout the eternal search of ppls for youth or immortality or smt like that...well, anyway, its good..
    Alucardaon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about gaining imortality by being remembered after you are dead.
    Amoebathegrateon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthat I thought was they started out questing for immortality, but maybe along the way they realized they should just enjoy life while they have it. That's what I got from the line, "Forget the task, enjoy the ride," anyway. The more I think about it, though, the more I agree with Amoebathegrate.
    Ravenwolfon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's just a cute song without any deeper meaning (but f course it's not senseless either)

    And it's about band members - each part is abutone of them:
    Storyteller, The Pied Piper is Tuomas
    Led by a maid - Queen of the night is Tarja
    A merry minstrel with his fingers fast obviously Emppu
    A warrior of power along the path - um... could be Wilska or Sami? no not marco, he wasn't with the band
    I am the mastermind, the wizard to show the way is Tero, their manager
    Lothmírilon December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"A warrior of power along the path" is obviously Jukka, drummer. I think that Tuomas wrote this song even before Sami joined the band.
    Anticitizen-Oneon December 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIT's so cool
    isacon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHmm...I'm going out on a limb here...I dunno that much about Nightwish so I'm probably wrong...self-proclaimed crackpot theory made by combining other theories mentioned:

    Maybe it's called Nightquest because it was Nightwish's original goal when they started: Immortality (maybe like Amoebathegrate said, through being remembered when they're gone? For their music? (similar to how the Beatles will probably be remembered for much, much MUCH longer). Like Lothmiril said, each part represented a band member-the questers who were setting out for the immortality, and maybe Ravenwolf was right-maybe they decided to enjoy the ride-to enjoy what it is that they do instead of aiming for the immortality part of it.

    In short: it's about them, their mission, and perhaps a learned lesson.

    But I'm probably wrong. XD
    stoneclawon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs of theirs (musically), although I know I am in the minority for thinking that. Its just a fun song with fun lyrics. Tuomas is obviously a fantasy literature geek, and this song is about him building his band as if it were a dungeons and dragons party. Every fellowship is build to fulfill a quest, and their quest is immortality. Historically (and in fantasy literature) one achieves immortality by having their life deeds remembered by means of a song (or their own songs in this case).

    As mentioned above, certain lines are tied to certain members. Pretty straightfoward and refreshing compared to the self-pitying slop in the following albums.
    freboion December 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst ones to guard this path of night- (time to sleep)
    Lady in black, Lady in white (mourn or bride?)
    Followed by legions of night-time wanderers (many people?)

    Guardians of the halls of heart (mother? love? whatever?)
    When we from our homeland depart (going somewhere?)
    To challenge the gods of emptiness (kill anxiety? boredom?)
    May the quest begin
    EverDreamon April 23, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationTuomas is the storyteller-he started Nightwish.Tarja is the 'Queen of the night'-you can tell by the 'voice of angels' part.
    'Patriotic to the promised land of Neverwaking Dream':refers to Tuomas' love of fantasy
    'Simply the best - way to walk this life
    Hand in hand with a dreamers`mind'-is saying that the band's way of life is a good one.
    'Enter the realm, don`t stay awake
    The dreams remain, theyonly break
    Forget the task, enjoy the ride
    And follow us into the night'-Tells you to listen and enjoy the music and follow the band on their journey.
    The 'merry minstrel' is Emppu and the 'warrior' is Jukka.
    'Come to the elfland the eldest said,In my guidance you shall not be afraid,
    I am the mastermind, the wizard to show the way':references Tuomas-the oldest bandmember at the time-who writes the lyrics(guidance/mastermind).
    'First ones to guard this path of night-
    Lady in black, Lady in white
    Followed by legions of night-time wanderers'-They are leaders of their genre.'Night-time wanderers' refers to the fans. am not sure about the Lady in black, Lady in white part though.
    'Guardians of the halls of heart
    When we from our homeland depart':-This refers to leaving Finland on their first overseas tour.
    'To challenge the gods of emptiness
    May the quest begin'-Beginning their journey to overtake all the musicians who lack depth or substance,as well as gaining immortality through their music.
    Mel287on March 18, 2010   Link

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