"A Sailorman's Hymn" as written by Roy S. Khantatat and Thomas Youngblood....
Can you hear the sirens resound?
From the coastline of Ireland tonight
It's the song of a promising heart
Of the souls that the ocean unite

And she stands by the window alone
Staring into the rain
She is trying to guide his way home
From the waters that keep them apart

So she lights up a candle for hope to be found
Captive and blind by the darkness around
Firm as a mountain, she never will mourn
Timeless awaiting the break of dawn

Can you hear the sailor man's hymn?
As it comes with the rise of the tide
It is sung where the rainbow begins
As a comfort for the tears she has cried

She remains by the window alone
Staring into the rain
She is trying to guide his way home
Keeps on praying for god to protect him

She lights up a candle for hope to be found
Captive and blind by the darkness around
Each wave a promise, a new hope reborn
Sunrise consoles at the break of dawn

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"A Sailorman's Hymn" as written by Thomas Youngblood Roy S. Khantatat

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    Song Meaningi realize that the lyrics are rather straightforward but imma explain em anyways. idk if theres a background story or not like on epica and TBH but basically its a narrator speaking (really lamenting, but w/e) about a sailor who went out to sea and obviously didnt return for awhile. Not normally a big deal. But apparently he also left behind a lover (which, guys know, complicates things enormously)... so, the first verse is the narrator opening things by talking to the lover, referring to sirens which signaled the incoming of a ship and referring to this as "song of a promising heart" meaning that it could be her love returning. the second verse (with an EXCELLENT acoustic part in the background) is very obvious, the lover obviously waits and waits for the sailor and the mention of rain creates a great mental picture of her sadness. the next verse (really the chorus but w/e) starts with her lighting a candle (indicating that she'll be staying up longer into the night) and the next lines "firm as a mountain, she never will mourn, timeless awaiting the break of dawn" meaning that she wont cry or mourn him, she'll just "firmly and timelessly" await his return. the third verse refers to a hymn that her lover may have liked (?) and calling it a comfort to her as she cries. and thats pretty much it, the other two little verses mean the same things as their counterparts earlier in the song. enjoyyyy!!! :D
    Psychosociaticon March 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the obvious lyrics are what have prevented comment on this song. That being said, this song is just beautiful; lyrically, musically, and vocally.

    x Mr. Brinnon x
    Mr. Brinnonon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song means everything to me....
    Mushi_of_Dieuon March 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"A Sailorman's Hymn"
    The album's ballad. This song started out while Khan was visiting me in
    America. We were in the middle of writing Alexandria and the electricity
    went out in my house. So we lit some candles I started plucking the
    acoustic guitar with the main melody of the song. "Bright are the Candles
    that shineth tonight" was the original chorus. That inspired the
    connection between a Sailorman's loved one back home waiting for his
    return from the sea. Backup vocals by Icelander Rannveig Sif
    Sigurdardottir add the finishing touches to my favorite Kamelot
    ballad to date.
    "Hope springs eternal life"
    Ravenlordon May 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti read a tragic play in high school with the same of same background, also set in ireland if i remember correctly, only it is a mother who is waiting for her last son to return (she had lost the other men of her family to drowning over the years). that play is so heart wrenching, and this song is a great compliment to it. could not recall the title of the play though.
    auserlesensafiron September 13, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis reminds me a lot of The Odyssey, focusing more on Odysseus' wife than the adventurer himself.
    However, this obviously isn't /about/ the Odyssey because it says Ireland, though, it could be a similar story perhaps rooted in Irish folklore.
    grandfatherparadoxon July 24, 2011   Link

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