"A Return To The Sea" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen, Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen, Jukka Antero Nevalainen, Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen and Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen....
A star falls down from the darkened sky
Where new worlds born and die
Kingdom Animalia watches its approaching glow
What it means is soon to be known

Beneath the lovely birch honeymakers build their nest in peace
On the savannah a lion licks a wounded gnu
To honor this moment even the heavens cease
Giant spiders learn how to swim
With whales they form a united kin

Snakes say hello to the rats on the ground
In the meadows play merrily the fox and the hound

Trilobite & Anymalocharis
The prey and the hunter
Survival of the fittest
Fall of Man

Seadrops foam all empty human skulls
Those on the shores of Atlantis
Darwin's resurrection is witnessed
By turtles he used to play with

Healed and happy She oversees
The Mother
The tyrant's return to the sea


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"A Return to the Sea" as written by Turkka Tapio Vuorinen Rami Erich Martin Keraenen

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    General CommentIn my opinion this song is about how no matter what humankind does, nature will prevail. Human species, as arrogant as it is, is at the mercy of "mother earth" and there is nothing we can do to change that.
    [Fa]llen Angelon February 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about a darkened and bad world where humans destroyed everything but in the end everything turns to good and mother earth is relieved once again
    Alucardaon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcould be...
    Alucardaon February 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the first two comments --

    I think that this song is saying that whatever humans do (create or destroy), the world will continue on as it had done since the beginning of time. I'm not sure if this song compares "good" or "evil," but I definitely think that after humans (hence, the empty human skulls) taint this world and end up ultimately dying out, the purity that was once pure and savage nature will reign and endure.

    But then, ineveitably, some persons will taint this world once more, judging by the "tyrant's return to the sea."
    Studmuffinon March 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe tyrant could be Mother Nature. The natural world is harsh and cruel and humans try to civilise it. Or the sea could represent death. I think Tuomus uses the sea like this in other songs like the term "ocean soul" and stuff. So it could mean the human speicies dying or returning to the sea in the sense that we evolved from sea creatures... this would make sense because of the reference to Darwin in the song.
    Amoebathegrateon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWith reference to what I wrote above about humans trying to civilise nature:
    I think the second and third verses are about humans civilsing nature. I remember reading something about "the fox and the hound" I think it was a disney film or something....
    Amoebathegrateon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentActually, I think the tyrant is the humankind.

    "Healed and happy She oversees
    The Mother
    The tyrant's return to the sea"

    Life evolved from the sea? Humans too, in the end. So mother nature'll be happy to see us returning to the sea &stop terrorizing everything.
    red_over_whiteon April 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a "de-evolution" in a beautiful kind of way, the arrival of an utopic world in wich we all can live and let live.
    The water is definitly life, we have all this "Evolution of species" reminders -in wich water is the craddle of life-, it talks about the fittest, and I think here the fittest is whomever is willing to respect life, the tyrant is anyone that attempts it's destruction. When it talks about seadrops foaming empty skulls it refers to true (utopic) wisdom -in the phillosophic way, where noone that gets to know REAL goodness could never do any wrong- overflowing the materialistic minds at last. I guess the reference to Atlantis means that the Utopy is reached, Atlantis was originially used by greeks as an anti-ideal realm, was later used in modern literature to describe an utopic society, but the important part is that both versions agree that Atlantis was destroyed (in ay case, Utopy undone) and along with Darwin's resurrection, it means life for every being...
    Or "some sort" of life, not the life we know from everyday (let's not forget allusions to death characters) reminds me of the "Evangelion" anime's ending.
    And I think "Fox and Hound" reminds us that Tuomas loves Disney's movies, as "Giant spiders" alludes to Tolkien's LOTR.
    Hedelexon May 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFox and the Hound is a great movie.
    [Service to busy]on July 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites songs ever because it's what Nightwish is all about. To me, Tuomas is trying to say that no matter how different people and animals are we all come from the ocean. Our souls are born from the ocean and when we die, our souls becomes part of the ocean.

    This is a religions view on it but also with the mention of Darwin it becomes a scientifique view as well because of his theory that we are decendants of sea creatures, soo it shows both sides, religious and scientique.

    The tyrant is humanity. Meaning that we all end up in the ocean no matter what choices we make in our lives, good or bad.
    EpicNight13on March 03, 2010   Link

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