The Heart Asks Pleasure First is a song from the soundtrack of the movie The Piano written by Michael Nyman. A cover version of this song was recorded by Nightwish for the album Dark Passion Play but as Nyman did not grant permission for its release in time to be included for the album, it was not included. On December 15, 2009, Jarmo Lautamäki, a Nightwish crew member, confirmed on his Facebook page that the band had been given permission to release the song and it will be included as a B-Side on the single for The Crow, the Owl and the Dove on March 2, 2012.

The song features lyrics written by Tuomas Holopainen and was played as the outro of the final concert of the Dark Passion Play World Tour on September 19, 2009.[1]