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SummaryEdit

The Poet and the Pendulum is the first song in Nightwish's 6th Album, Dark Passion Play. This song is one of Tuomas' most personal songs, dealing with Tarja Turunen leaving the band and his feelings of it. The song at its time was the longest Nightwish song in duration,and is now the second longest song only to The Greatest Show on Earth. Clocking at around 14 minutes. The song is divided into 5 sections, each with different themes and styles being applied: White Lands of Empathica, Home, Pacific, Dark Passion Play, and Mother and Father. There is a demo version by Marco Hietala, with even darker lyrics.


LyricsEdit

[I. White Lands Of Empathica]


The end


The songwriter's dead

The blade fell upon him

Taking him to the white lands

Of empathica

Of innocence

Empathica

Innocence


[II. Home]


The dreamer and the wine

Poet without a rhyme

A widowed writer torn apart by chains of hell


One last perfect verse

Is still the same old song

Oh Christ how I hate what I have become


Take me home


Getaway, runaway, fly away

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world


Forgive me

I have but two faces

One for the world

One for God

Save me

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world


My home was there 'n then

Those meadows of heaven

Adventure-filled days

One with every smiling face


Please, no more words

Thoughts from a severed head

No more praise

Tell me once my heart goes right


Take me home


Getaway, runaway, fly away

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

Forgive me

I have but two faces

One for the world

One for God

Save me

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

(Whore for the cold world

Whore for the cold world)

[III. The Pacific]


Sparkle my scenery

With turquoise waterfall

With beauty underneath

The Ever Free


Tuck me in beneath the blue

Beneath the pain, beneath the rain

Goodnight kiss for a child in time

Swaying blade my lullaby


On the shore we sat and hoped

Under the same pale moon

Whose guiding light chose you

Chose you all


"I'm afraid, I'm so afraid

Being raped again, and again, and again

I know I will die alone

But loved


You live long enough to hear the sound of guns

long enough to find yourself screaming every night

long enough to see your friends betray you


For years I've been strapped unto this altar

Now I only have three minutes and counting

I just wish the tide would catch me first and give

me a death I always longed for."


[IV. Dark Passion Play]


2nd robber to the right of Christ

Cut in half - infanticide

The world will rejoice today

As the crows feast on the rotting poet


Everyone must bury their own

No pack to bury the heart of stone

Now he's home in hell, serves him well

Slain by the bell, tolling for his farewell


The morning dawned, upon his altar

Remains of the dark passion play

Performed by his friends without shame

Spitting on his grave as they came


Getaway, runaway, fly away

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world


Forgive me

I have but two faces

One for the world

One for God

Save me

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

(Whore for the cold world

Whore for the cold world)


"Today, in the year of our Lord 2005

Tuomas was called from the cares of the world

He stopped crying at the end of each beautiful day

The music he wrote had too long been without silence


He was found naked and dead,

With a smile in his face, a pen and

1000 pages of erased text"


Save me


[V. Mother and Father]


Be still, my son

You're home

Oh when did you become so cold?

The blade will keep on descending

All you need is to feel my love


Search for beauty, find your shore

Try to save them all, bleed no more

You have such oceans within

In the end

I will always love you


The beginning

[I. White Lands Of Empathica]


The end


The songwriter's dead

The blade fell upon him

Taking him to the white lands

Of empathica

Of innocence

Empathica

Innocence


[II. Home]


The dreamer and the wine

Poet without a rhyme

A widowed writer torn apart by chains of hell


One last perfect verse

Is still the same old song

Oh Christ how I hate what I have become


Take me home


Getaway, runaway, fly away

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world


Forgive me

I have but two faces

One for the world

One for God

Save me

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world


My home was there 'n then

Those meadows of heaven

Adventure-filled days

One with every smiling face


Please, no more words

Thoughts from a severed head

No more praise

Tell me once my heart goes right


Take me home


Getaway, runaway, fly away

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

Forgive me

I have but two faces

One for the world

One for God

Save me

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

(Whore for the cold world

Whore for the cold world)

[III. The Pacific]


Sparkle my scenery

With turquoise waterfall

With beauty underneath

The Ever Free


Tuck me in beneath the blue

Beneath the pain, beneath the rain

Goodnight kiss for a child in time

Swaying blade my lullaby


Sparkle my scenery (On the shore we sat and hoped)

Under the same pale moon

Whose guiding light chose you

Chose you all


"Would you like to rape my rotting carcass?

Dissect my heart.

And desecrate the rest?

It would make you come, wouldn't it?


You live long enough to hear the sound of guns

long enough to find yourself screaming every night

long enough to see your friends betray you


For eleven years I've been strapped unto this altar.

Now I only have 3 minutes and counting.

I just wish the tide would catch me first and give


me a death I always longed for ".


[IV. Dark Passion Play]


2nd robber to the right of Christ

Cut in half - infanticide

The world will rejoice today

As the crows feast on the rotting poet


Everyone must bury their own

No pack to bury the heart of a worm

Now he's home in hell, serves him well

Slain by the bell, tolling for his farewell


The morning dawned, upon his altar

Remains of the dark passion play

Performed by his friends without shame

Spitting on his grave as they came


Getaway, runaway, fly away

Lead me astray to dreamer's hideaway

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world


Forgive me

I have but two faces

One for the world

One for God

Save me

I cannot cry 'cause the shoulder cries more

I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

(Whore for the cold world

Whore for the cold world)


"Today, in the year of our Lord 2007

Tuomas was called from the cares of the world

He stopped crying at the end of each beautiful day

The music he wrote had too long been without silence


He was found naked and dead,

With a smile in his face, a pen and

1000 pages of erased text"


Save me


[V. Mother and Father]


Be still, my son

You're home

Oh when did you become so cold?

The blade will keep on descending

All you need is to feel my love


Search for beauty, find your shore

Try to save them all, bleed no more

You have such oceans within

In the end

I will always love you


The beginning

VersionsEdit

Original

Original

Demo Version

Demo Version

Live Version (By Floor Jansen )

Live Version (By Floor Jansen )