"The Kinslayer" as written by and Jukka Antero Nevalainen Tuomas Lauri J. Holopainen....
For whom the gun tolls
For whom the prey weeps
Bow before a war
Call it religion

Some wounds never heal
Some tears never will
Dry for the unkind
Cry for mankind

Even the dead cry
Their only comfort
Kill your friend, I don't care
Orchid kids, blinded stare

Need to understand
No need to forgive
No truth no sense left to be followed

Facing this unbearable fear
like meeting an old friend

"Time to die, poor mates,
You made me what I am!"

In this world of a million religions
everyone prays the same way

"Your praying is in vain
It'll all be over soon"

Father help me, save me a place by your side!

"There is no God Our creed is but for ourselves"
"Not a hero unless you die Our species eat the wounded ones"

Drunk with the blood of your victims
I do feel your pity-wanting pain,
Lust for fame, a deadly game

"Run away with your impeccable kin!"

"Good wombs hath borne bad sons"

Cursing, God, why?
Falling for every lie
Survivors' guilt
In us forevermore

Fifteen candles
Redeemers of this world
Dwell in hypocrisy:
"How were we supposed to know?"

Four pink ones
Nine blue ones
Two black ones


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"The Kinslayer" as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Tuomas Lauri J. Holopainen

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  • +2
    My InterpretationAs was said many times, it was mainly written for the Columbine shooting, but they do make some refrences to religion throughout.
    MikeVargason March 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think all metalheads can empathize with the killers of Columbine, at least a little. There isn't one of us who hasn't been the subject of some sort of bullying by jocks. And there isn't one of who hasn't dreamed about some type of vengeance/revenge on them(deny it all you want), whether it's just telling them off, punching one, or something more grandiose, like what the Redeemers planned.
    Zughiaqon August 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI just love this lyrics :)
    and I don't tend to like lyrics!
    I like how it's so different from other Nightwish lyrics. No wishes, angels, ocean or little boys.
    Brombiton February 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"In this world of a million religions everyone prays the same way"
    "Your praying is in vain It'll all be over soon"
    "There is no god Our creed is but for ourselves"
    15 candles-Redeemers of this world

    I think that this song say that Religions of the world have not any value.

    I don't like this lyric..

    "Time to die, poor mates, You made me what I am!"

    Time to die,if said time to leave will was better and shows the bad relationship with an old friend.
    evangelos1on April 26, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is the best tribute to any school shooting to date. It's a cry to mankind, a complaint, and the dialogue (allegedly taken from actual words between students at the Columbine shooting) totally fits the song. The emotions in the singer's (Tarja Turunen) voice work really well with the heavy music. What I like most about this tribute is that it looks at it from both sides, instead of just the "good" side.
    Kworbon June 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTarja sounds like shes orgasming when she sings this live. Well, at least in the video of the Kinslayer live anyway.

    And yes this song is about the Columbine shooting. The song actually ends after "How were we supposed to know" The candles part is just added as a tribute.
    Armon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song and am grateful that there is such a song contributed to the Columbine shooting directly. Especially because it's for both sides as Kworb already said =)
    Jenna099on May 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn Emotional song. Shows the fear from the victims as the lines:
    Facing this umbearable fear like meeting an old friend"
    "Time to die, poor mates. You made me what I am"
    "In this world of a million religions everyone prays the same way"
    "Your praying is in vain. It'll all be over soon"
    "Father help me, save me a place by your side!"
    "There is no god
    Our creed is but for yourselves"
    "Not a hero unlees you die
    Our species eat the wounded ones"
    "Drunk with the blood of your victims
    I do feel your pity-wanting pain,
    Lust for fame, a deadly game"
    "Run away with your impeccable kin!"
    - Good wombs hath borne bad sons..."

    Are quotes from what the victims and sinners said.
    Nightwishon July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMan, this song is proof that classical instrumentation and vocals can make a song heavier, when done right.
    Death Discoon March 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Time to die, poor mates. You made me what I am," fellow classmates bullied him creating a killer is what that implys.
    al`on April 09, 2005   Link

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