"In Perfect Harmony" as written by Oscar C. Holleman, Gerarda I.p. Matheeuwsen, Rene J. Merkelbach and Sharon J. Den Adel....
In a world so far away
At the end of a closing day
A little child was born and raised
Deep in the forest on a hidden place
Mother never saw his face

Ancient spirits of the forest
Made him king of elves and trees
He was the only human being
Who lived in harmony
In perfect harmony

The woods protected, fulfilled his needs
Fruit by birds, honey by bees
He found shelter under the trees
He grew up in their company
They became his family

Ancient spirits of the forest
Made him king of elves and trees
He was the only human being
Who lived in harmony
In perfect harmony
Ancient spirits of the forest
Made him king of elves and trees
He was the only human being
Who lived in harmony
In perfect harmony

A thousand seasons, they passed him by
So many times have said goodbye
And when the spirits called out his name
To join forever, to forever to stay
A forest spirit he became

Ancient spirits of the forest
Made him king of elves and trees
He was the only human being
Who lived in harmony
In perfect harmony

Ancient spirits of the forest
Made him king of elves and trees
He was the only human being
Who lived in harmony
In perfect harmony


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"In Perfect Harmony" as written by Oscar C. Holleman Gerarda I.p. Matheeuwsen

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    General Commenti love this song. it just like a fairytale. a child born in the forest its as beautiful as sharon's voice.
    angels_fall_firston March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAlthough I'm sure that the meaning WT intended for this song is as simple as what everybody else has said, I interpret this song in a different way. I spend a lot of time thinking about the ethics of human existence in relationship to the other life forms around us (e.g. animal rights, eco-friendliness, whether to be vegetarian/vegan, et cetera), and the sad truth of it is that as one thing lives, it causes others to die. You could live nude in the woods and refrain from eating meat, but when you eat berries or fruit or vegetables, you may be depriving another herbivorous animal of food, or perhaps damaging the plant life; and every time you take a step you're probably killing an insect. The only way to truly cause no harm to any living thing would be to cease existing.

    When I listen to this song, I think of it as a symbol of this idea. A boy dies soon after his birth; only by being dead can he exist in perfect harmony with the non-human world, because then he is causing absolutely no harm, and his decomposing body feeds the flora and fauna around him, causing him to become one with the woods.
    DozenEchinacea_xon November 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSounds like a disney song. I love this. It's so innocent.
    Andrew Evenstaron March 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a sweet song, i love this band, i love this song, the music is amazing, and her voice, the lyrics everything about it is just wonderful
    Sweet_666on July 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow this song remind me of the Nintendo 64 game Zelda: Ocarina of Time... "child in the forest", "ancient spirits of the forest" it seems very similar to Link and his history.
    I love the fact that Within Temptation are very...spiritual...in their music!
    Amylisciouson March 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe way she sings it reminds me of how Loreena McKennitt sings The Lady of Shalott. Beautiful either way.
    AquilaCaton October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAre you sure that it is 'elves' and trees? When I first listened to this song, I heard 'owls' and now listening again, I can't tell, could be either... I think 'owls' works better.
    Anyway as far as the song meaning goes, I think it is straightforward with no symbolism. Its a fairytale about an orphan boy who grows up in the forest apart from other humans, similar to The Jungle Book or Tarzan. There are slightly more suble points: "He was the only human being
    Who lived in harmony", in other words the rest of the human race is not. As a race, we are constantly at war with nature, most of our actions damage it, we feel the need to destroy, subdue, push away, or bend it to our own design. (Deforestation, damming and levying of rivers, killing of preditory aminals because they compete with us in hunting game or they might happen to kill the occational livestock... etc, etc)
    While I find the lyrics interesting, this is actually one of my least favorite WT songs, I guess it is too slow, and something about the sound or rhythm annoys me. It does fit in with the "mother earth" theme though.
    mhortonon November 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou were correct, it is "elves", I found the lyrics on their site.
    mhortonon March 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDozenEchinacea x... Wow that is soooo true. I'm shocked at those words. You'd get an A in English Literature and 1st place at poem interpretations!!!!!!1
    terminaterjohnon February 22, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of a little known Christmas special (The Life an Adventures of Santa Claus) that came out in the mid 80's. Had a wonderful message. Rather Pagan and beautiful.
    elfharpiston March 21, 2009   Link

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