Toll no bell for me father
But let this cup of suffering pass from me
Send me no shepherd to heal my world
But the angel, the dream foretold
Prayed more than thrice for you to see
The wolf of loneliness in me
Not my own will but yours be done

You, wake up, where's the tomb?
Will easter come, enter my room?
The lord weeps with me
But my tears fall for you

Another beauty
Loved by a beast
Another tale of infinite dreams
Your eyes, they were my paradise
Your smile made my sun rise

Forgive me for I don't know what I gain
Alone in this garden of pain
Enchantment has but one truth
I weep to have what I fear to lose

You, wake up, where's the tomb?
Will easter come, enter my room?
The lord weeps with me
But my tears fall for you

I knew you never before
I see you never more
But the love, the pain, the hope, oh, beautiful one
Have made you mine 'till all my years are done

Without you (without you)
The poetry within me is dead


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Gethsemane Lyrics as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen

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  • +5
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    "without you the poetry within me is dead." whenever i hear something like this in one of their songs i always think its directed at tarja..
    and now tarjas gone... and i noticed that their new music isnt as good in my opinion.. its different... but it could just be annette... not that shes bad i like amaranth, bye bye beautiful, and eva.

    destined2failon May 14, 2008   Link
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    This is one of my favorite Nightwish songs. It combines a biblical story of suffering with a story of love. Tuomas has said in an interview that the lyrics are from him to a certain woman and that she knows what it is. In the Thank You's on the album he mentions "The Haunting Beauty of Gethsemane Garden" and later in Dead Boy's Poem he says "Died for the beauty/The one in the garden".

    This song is his way of telling the woman how he feels about her. Honestly, the line "Without you, the poetry within me is dead" almost makes me cry when I'm in the right mood.

    The song is brilliantly put together and deserves much more recognition.

    Hell, the band does too for that matter!

    Satakielion July 04, 2005   Link
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    Enchantment has but one truth: I weep to have what I fear to lose...

    How do they come up with such brilliant lyrics!!!!..it is so profound...it caught my attention so much i stayed up a whole night thinking of it....im new to Nightwish, and they RULE...

    bisoon September 17, 2006   Link
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    It's about love... It's about someone in deep love for someone else, but he thinks that it could be a mistake or a sin....

    AerithBRon December 12, 2004   Link
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    I absolutely LOVE this song... it embodies so well the emotions that love conveys, including those that make us suffer or doubt ourselves.... that which makes us go on, eventhough that love may never be reciprocated.

    [Fa]llen Angelon February 04, 2005   Link
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    Jesus in Gethsemane is an supremely powerful image - that of a man who knows he is going to die praying, crying to be saved. In the story he is alone as the others sleep, so it is about being alone and torturing yourself. This is unrequited love her... but adds that his ambition will forever be his by virtue of her being the cause of so much pain.

    Ferrus91on February 12, 2007   Link
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    i've said it before, i'll say it again, thank you Tuomas. even if not a Christian band by any means, i love the songs that i can relate to that. i have yet to find a Nigtwish song i don't like though... they are my newfound passion.

    thebigeman77on March 25, 2008   Link
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    ah geez, will people stop believing that nightwish plays gospel rock???? yes there are references to the bible, the same way poets like Blake used biblical references in their poetry There are also references to greek and egyptian myth, and with this i reaffirm my stand that tuomas is a poetic lyricist its very typical of poets to make references to ancient mythology and the bible and take your knowledge of these for granted in order to express what they actually want to

    Imenaon April 10, 2009   Link
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    My first boyfriend bought me Oceanborn for my birthday and I fell in love with this song. 'Your eyes they were my paradise, your smile made my sun rise' has got to be my favourite part.

    BedOfRazorzon November 06, 2009   Link
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    Gethsemane was the garden in which Jesus suffered. The references to Easter quite anchor the fact that this song is about Jesus Christ.

    AsItBeganon March 29, 2005   Link

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