"Higher Than Hope" as written by and Tuomas Lauri Johannes/hietala Holopainen....
Time it took the most of me
And left me with no key
To unlock the chest of remedy
Mother, the pain ain't hurting me
But the love that I feel
When you hold me near

The hopes were high
The choirs were vast
Now my dreams are left to live through you

Red Sun rising
Drown without inhaling
Within, the dark holds hard
Red Sun rising
Curtain falling
Higher than hope my cure lies

Passion tide
An angel by my side

But no Christ to end this war
To deliver my soul from the sword
Hope has show me a scenery
Paradise poetry
With first snow I'll be gone

The hopes were high

Red Sun rising

Your death saved me

Red Sun rising


Lyrics submitted by Equilan, edited by Nmlgc

"Higher Than Hope" as written by Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen Marco Hietala

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    General CommentThe fan that Tuomas wrote the lyrics about was Marc Brueland. You can hear him in the track, speaking. ("I would just like to think that....Not why did it happen to me, but why was I saved...What else can I do now?" "Being in the dark about something, I can't even tell you how scary it is. You don't know what's inside, you don't know what's going to happen to you. The best way to put somebody at ease is to inform them...Even if it's the grim truth...") Marc was a close friend of Tuomas and a huge fan of the band, they had him onstage at one point and dedicated 'Walking in the Air' to him. So it really wasn't just about 'somebody dying of cancer', it was about a close friend struggling with the knowledge that he would be dead soon, although it seems to me that part of it is Tuomas' own feelings about the situation.
    Satakielion March 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit'a about a close friend of the band, that was suffering from cancer (or some another terminal disease) sadly, he didn't live to hear the song...

    I think it's very beautiful, and touching, and the metaphores in it are great
    binnion March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWoah that makes the song so much more beautiful. I had always assumed it was about someone dying...I'm not sure but I'd be guessing that the part with the man talking in the middle is him talking. this song is very powerful
    Spykeon September 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt was written in memory of a Nightwish fan who died of cancer. I love this song, Marco can write some good music (Marco and Tuomas both wrote the song, but Marco did the majority of the music and Tuomas did the lyrics).-Hayley
    dark-artemison September 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't know that it was about a specific person. That makes the song so powerful (especially if the diseased was a Nightwish fan), it's amazing. Thanks for the info.
    FullMetalWolfon September 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit was about a dying fan?
    that's really sweet , and pretty cool... i kinda thought this song had something to do with Jesus or something religious like that...
    black angelon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song to me seems to be more about someone who knows he's dying physically (or maybe he isn't, could go both ways), and feels like he has a deeper sickness. he knows there's a cure for his sickness ("...chest of remedy", "...my cure lies", "deliver my soul from the sword"), but for some unexplained reason he believes that the cure is unattainable ("left me with no key to unlock the chest of remedy", "no Christ to end this war", "higher than hope my cure lies"). and so giving up hope of being cured, he relenquishes himself to death.
    stratguitariston February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe lyrics seem way too deep to only be about someone dying of cancer
    stratguitariston February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe fan that Tuomas wrote the lyrics about was Marc Brueland. You can hear him in the track, speaking. ("I would just like to think that....Not why did it happen to me, but why was I saved...What else can I do now?" "Being in the dark about something, I can't even tell you how scary it is. You don't know what's inside, you don't know what's going to happen to you. The best way to put somebody at ease is to inform them...Even if it's the grim truth...") Marc was a close friend of Tuomas and a huge fan of the band, they had him onstage at one point and dedicated 'Walking in the Air' to him. So it really wasn't just about 'somebody dying of cancer', it was about a close friend struggling with the knowledge that he would be dead soon, although it seems to me that part of it is Tuomas' own feelings about the situation.
    Satakielion March 02, 2006   Link
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    General Comment@stratquitarist:

    You want something more deeper than unavoidable and sure death, that's still days, weeks or even months away?

    I think no song could be to deep to be "just" about that.
    Neithanon April 04, 2006   Link

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