Sweet boy, come in
I am the dark side of you
Die for my sins
Like the One once did

Cinnamon bed
For your unashamed appetite
A figurante
This dance will hurt like hell

Oh, bare grace misery
Just a child without a fairytale am I
Dark but so lovely
A Little Match Girl freezing in the snow

Love lying, enticing
(Bare grace misery)
Crowning the moment
(Bare grace misery)

This is what I am
Bare grace for the end of days
Romantic scent
Spoiled Lucrece lies warm for you

There's no such priest
That can pray me to heaven
When done with me
Forget if you think I feel ashamed

A wild thing
Never felt sorry for anything
Love lying...

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Bare Grace Misery Lyrics as written by Jukka Antero Nevalainen Erno Matti Juhani Vuorinen

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    "cinamon bed" i thinks she's refferring here to the story of hansel and grettle. also, "This dance will hurt like hell" this is from andersons little mermaid when she dances for the prince she loves and feels as if she's stepping on razor sharp blades. and finally the "little match girl " is also from andersons just as themathkid says but why all the fairy tale stories?? does it mean she's talking to a child?

    zubbazon July 16, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    I love the contrasts between "This dance will hurt like hell" and "that can pray me to heaven" how heaven and hell fall on the same time in the verses(I know theres some sort of musical term for this, but i have no musical knowledge)

    ExalterofGodon December 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment

    To me at least, the line "Die for my sins/like the one once did" made me think of Jesus before anything else.

    Seika-chanon January 03, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    I think that this song is about a woman telling a story of how she seduced a certain one boy.

    The line 'Die for my sins' is very powerful and can mean a number of things, but i look at it as though she is saying, "I know what harm this will cause"

    "Like the one once did" suggests there has been another boy, Statutory rape.

    "For your unashamed appetite" i think means that the boy wants to have sex with her, he doesnt see the harm in it because he is blinded by his lust for her.

    'A little match girl freezing in the snow' she is refering to herself, being treated poorly, but she thinks that doing this to boys will give her the upper hand and fix her past problem/s.

    I think that the women has no regrets of what she has done, because she see's what was done to her worse.

    i.love.NIGHTWISHon November 16, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I have a little different interpretation.

    I think the song is about a lady that wants a loving man in her life but failes, because all the man just want sex - nothing more.

    She is looking for the real romantic love - but doesn't understand she didn't get it this way.

    So -->

    Sweet boy, come in I am the dark side of you Die for my sins Like the one once did

    --> she is looking for someone. Found a "boy" (well I think this is meant for a young and inexperienced man), who's lusting for her (I am the dark side of you). She is agreeing (die for my sins), I think "die" means something like a orgasmn here (Le petit mort). But it also means he will have to sacrifice at least a part of him, "like the one once did" --> jesus died for the sins of men. So the "boy" will also offer something to the lady, perhaps some time or his virginity.

    Cinnamon bed For your unashamed appetite

    --> I also think this refers to Hansel and Gretel - just a line, that the boy really wants her.

    A figurante This dance will hurt like hell

    --> But she is only a mute (span. figurante) in his life, just like the meremaid in the life of the prince. She will "dance" for him - hoping he will love her, even if it hurts - but he won't fall in love with her.

    Oh, bare grace misery Just a Child without a fairytale am I Dark but so lovely A Little Match Girl freezing in the snow

    --> The lady knows, that the man will not love her for this night, she is just like the little match girl --> hoping everything gets better, lighting some matches and dreaming of a better world - but she knows in reality she is freezing to dead.

    Love lying, enticing (Bare grace misery) Crowning the moment (Bare grace misery) This is what I am Bare grace for the end of days

    --> she's just lying there, just for being enticing and for crowing the moment (sex/orgasmn for the man) Bare grace misery means she is a desperate naked beauty. She knows she will stay like this.

    Romantic scent Spoiled Lucrece lies warm for you

    --> She is dreaming again (romantic scent), but in reality she is just a playmate for the man. spoiled lucrece means - she would love to be like lucrece - well she isn't.

    There's no such priest That can pray me to heaven

    --> in the end of the fairytale "the match girl" a priest helps the match girl - and the match girl will never suffer again, because she's in heaven. (well dead - but in heaven^^) The lady knows this will not happen, the man will not fall in love with her - so there is no heaven for her.

    When done with me Forget if you think I feel ashamed A wild thing Never felt sorry for anything

    --> in the end she knows, she won't feel ashamed just because the man left her with nothing. perhaps she will try this another time ;)

    I also have a REAL different interpretation :D

    She could also be a nymphomaniac.^^ Seducing some man, everytime hoping for satisfaction she can't get. In the end she doesn't feel ashamed because she's just a little evil^^.

    Zaubererinon July 06, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    This song, has such a haunting, and deep sound. I can't believe no one's commented on it. While, it's meaning doesn't sound so... well. It sounds to me like this song's meaning is best left to your imagination.

    Anyhow, I love it's sound. I listen to it regularly. And, anyone who loves this group.. should take a closer listen to the song. Just because the lyrics might make you think of something you'd rather not think about, doesn't mean the song isn't worth it. Mn.

    AngelicAnimeon June 25, 2003   Link
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    Spoiled Lucrece lies warm for you

    I love this line. Although it is kind of nasty. I think it refers to Lucretia, a Roman noblewoman, who was famous for her purity and grace. She was raped by the son of the last king Rome, Sextus Tarquinius and killed herself after that (those events are said to have lead to the end of the Roman monarchy). So if the speaker refers to herself as "spoiled Lucrece" it tells us that she was pure once - now she is the complete oppsite.

    And if we read then "cinnnamon bed for your unashamed appetite" and so on... well, I don't think I have to comment any further, as AngelicAnime said above.

    MissApocalypticon December 14, 2005   Link
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    This song is VERY cool/haunting, and -in the first verse only- sounds like Tarja is talking to a boy she's gonna molest. Sorry tarja i love you, but thats the first thing that came to my head and now realize that thats rediculos. once again, Sorry. but do try and see what I mean!!

    laxbosson April 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    P.S. especially the "dance will hurt like hell part."

    laxbosson April 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    That's sick....but funny. This song always gave me the impression that it was about a girl that realized that the world was coming to an end, so she became a whore, or was forced to. Lines like "this is what I am/bare graced for the end of days" support my idea.

    black angelon April 17, 2006   Link

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