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Nightwish-Angels Fall First (1996)

Nightwish

Tarja Turunen – lead vocals
Tuomas Holopainen – synthesizers, keyboards, piano, male vocals
Emppu Vuorinen – lead guitar, acoustic guitar and bass guitar
Jukka Nevalainen – drums and percussion

Additional musicians

Esa Lehtinen – flutes

Production

Tero Kinnunen – engineer, mixing, arrangements with Nightwish
Mika Jussila – mastering at Finnvox Studios
Garry Black – cover photo
Toni Härkönen – band photography

1.”Elvenpath”

(In the sheltering shade of the forest
Calling calming silence
Accompanied only by the full moon
The howling of a night wolf
And the path under my bare feet…
…The Elvenpath)

Hearing music from the deepest forest
Songs as a seduction of sirens
The elf-folk is calling me

Tapio, Bear-king, Ruler of the forest
Mielikki, Bluecloak, Healer of the ill and sad
Open the gate and let me follow the uncurving path

The way to the lands
Where as a hero I stand
The path where Beauty met the Beast
Elvenpath
It’s the honesty of these worlds
Ruled by magic and mighty swords
That makes my soul long for the past
Elvenpath

The moonwitch took me to a ride on a broomstick
Introduced me to her old friend home gnome
Told me to keep the sauna warm for him

At the grove I met the rest – the folk of my fantasies
Bilbo, Sparhawk, goblins and pixies
Snowman, Willow, trolls and the seven dwarves
The path goes forever on

The way to the lands
Where as a hero I stand
The path where Beauty met the Beast
Elvenpath
It’s the honesty of these worlds
Ruled by magic and mighty swords
That makes my soul long for the past
Elvenpath

(Long ago,
In the early years of the second age,
The great elven-smiths forged the Rings of Power.)

As I return to my room
And as sleep takes me by my hand
Madrigals from the woods
Carry me to neverland
In this spellbound night
The world’s an elvish sight
In this spellbound night
The world’s an elvish sight

(But then the dark lord learned the craft of ring-making,
And made the Master Ring.)

2.”Beauty and the Beast”  

Remember the first dance we shared?
Recall the night you melted my ugliness away?
The night you left with a kiss so kind
Only a send of beauty left behind

Ah, dear friend I remember the night
The moon and the dreams we shared
Your trembling paw in my hand
Dreaming of that northern land
Touching me with a kiss of a beast

I know my dreams are made of you
Of you and only for you
Your ocean pulls me under
Your voice tears me asunder
Love me before the last petal falls

As a world without a glance
Of the ocean’s fair expanse
Such the world would be
If no love did flow in thee
But as my heart is occupied
Your love for me now has to die
Forgive me I need more than you can offer me

Didn’t you read the tale
Where happily ever after was to kiss a frog?
Don’t you know this tale
In which all I ever wanted
I’ll never have
For who could ever learn to love a beast?

However cold the wind and rain
I’ll be there to ease your pain
However cruel the mirrors of sin
Remember beauty is found within

Forever shall the wolf in me desire the sheep in you


3.”The Carpenter”

Who are you? Man condemned to shine a salvation
Throughout the centuries

Why? Was the wine of the grail
Too sour for man to drink

The carpenter
Carved his anchor
On the dying souls of mankind
On the tomb of this unknown soldier
Lay the tools of the one who for us had died
Tools of the carpenter

The one they lick
The same old sick
Dream of their precious saviour

Kiss them deep
And make them weep
Over promises of eternal peace

The carpenter…

I hear you
Through the symphonic voices of nature
The purity I could never doubt
They tell me to lie on the grass
And observe my saviour
The one crucified to the chirping of birds

The carpenter…

4.”Astral Romance”

A nocturnal concerto
Candlelight whispers me where to go
Hymn of gathering stars as my guide
As I wander on this path of the night

Embroidery of the stars
Undress my feelings for this earth
Send me your salva to heal my scars
And let this nakedness be my birth

Macrocosm poured its powers on me
And the hopes of this world I now must leave
The nightwish I sent to you centuries ago
Has been heard by those
Who dwelled in a woe

The distance of our bridal bed
Await for me to be dead
Dust of the galaxies take my hand
Lead me to my beloved’s land

Departed by the guillotine of death
I received a letter from the depth
The dream of my lover it carried inside

Caressed by the sharpest knife
I asked you to be my wife
Rays of the setting sun
Where my tears wept upon promises undone

Come to me
Make me believe
to you and your love again

Above the universe
Beneath the Great Eye
I shall desire you forevermore

5.”Angels Fall First”  

An angelface smiles to me
Under a headline of tragedy
That smile used to give me warmth
Farewell – no words to say
beside the cross on your grave
and those forever burning candles

Needed elsewhere
to remind us of the shortness of our time
Tears laid for them
Tears of love, tears of fear
Bury my dreams, dig up my sorrows
Oh, Lord why
the angels fall first

Not relieved by thougts of Shangri-La
Nor enlightened by lessons of Christ
I’ll never understand the meaning of the right
Ignorance lead me into the light

[Chorus]

Sing me a song
of your beauty
of your kingdom
Let the melodies of your harps
caress those whom we still need

Yesterday we shook hands
My friend
Today a moonbeam lightens my path
My guardian

6.”Tutankhamen”

As the sun sets beyond the pyramids
To greet me with its rays
I place my hand on my forehead
To see your chariots’ flamesWatch me kneel before you
Hear the cats meowing in the temple
They yearn the milk you cascaded
As I yearn that promised treasure

Treasure of
Tutankhamen
I am the one it is
Take me with you
through the stargate
To the valley of the kings

Sacrifice me
Tutankhamen
And let me be your queen
Take me
Tonight and always
We’ll breed to fill all earth

Three milleniums it took me to guard your rest
Your slumber in mighty Phoenix’s nest
But tonight the darkness in the tomb has perished
For Carter has come to free my beloved

[Repeat chorus]

7.”Nymphomaniac Fantasia”

The scent of a woman was not mine…

Welcome home darling
Did you miss me?
Wish to dwell in dear love?

Touch my milklike skin
Feel the ocean
Lick my deepest
Hear the starry choir

Rip off this lace
That keeps me imprisoned
But beware the enchantment
For my eroticism is your oblivion

Old love lies deep you said
Deeper shall be the wound between your legs

8.”Know Why the Nightingale Sings”
What does the free fall feel like?
Asks the boy with a spark in his eye
Know why the nightingale sings
Is the answer to everythingTaking a step to the world unbound
Spinning my fantasies all around
Freed from the gravital leash
I swear the heaven’s in my reach

Dancing with the spirit of the air
In this ocean so open and fair
Making love to the gods above
On my maiden voyage so bold

Landing safely to the blue lagoon
Don’t know if this is the earth or the moon
Joy of living is no more a mask
The Eden I found will forever last

Migrating with the geese
My soul has finally found peace
Doesn’t matter that man has no wings
As long as I hear the nightingale sing…

9.”Lappi (Lapland)”

“Erämaajärvi”
“Witchdrums”
“This Moment Is Eternity”
“Etiäinen””

1. Erämaajärvi

Kautta erämaajärven
matkaa kulkuri yksinäinen
Näkee lammella joutsenparven
vapauttaan itkevän

Kaipuu menneisyyteen
kiirii ilmassa huutoina kotkien
Ikijärveltä turvatulta
käy matka vuorten taa

(Translation:)

Via a wilderness lake
Travels a lonely wanderer
In a pond he sees a flock of swans
Crying for their freedom

The longing for the past
Echoes through the air as screams of eagles
From the ever-lake so safe
The journey continues beyond the mountains

2. Witchdrums

(Instrumental)

3. This Moment Is Eternity

Day possesses no key here
Where moon sheds the cold twilight
This moment is eternity

Land of beauty
Cold and cruel
Fjeld chants echoing
Reflecting the melancholy

Trust the wind
Trust the fire
Call for the hermit
The hermit of the night

Land of raven
Land of bear
Land of eagle
And wolverine

Dismal are the mirrors of a wolf

10.”A Return to the Sea”
A star falls down from the darkened sky
Where new worlds are born and die
Kingdom Animalia watches its approaching glow
What it means is soon to be known

Beneath the lovely birch
honeymakers build their nest in peace
On the savannah a lion licks a wounded gnu
To honor this moment even the heavens cease
Giant spiders learn how to swim
With whales they form a united kin

Snakes say hello to the rats on the ground
In the meadows play merrily the fox and the hound

Trilobite & Anymalocharis
The prey and the hunter
Survival of the fittest
Fall of Man

Seadrops foam all empty human skulls
Those on the shores of Atlantis
Darwin’s resurrection is witnessed
By turtles he used to play with

Healed and happy She oversees
The Mother
The tyrant’s return to the sea

11.”Once upon a Troubadour”
A lonely bard wandering across the lands am I
Singing dancing finding answers to every why
The taverns are full and one crosses my path, too
I just might reward myself with a beer or two

This inn the place of many romantic tales
On the loft women offer their sales
But my eyes they catch a girl beat by everyone
A slave she is but for me a rose undone

Hear me sing
Watch me dance
Play that lute of thine
And share with me this dance

As she danced my eyes began to shine
There she was the maiden so divine
How could I approach her with my outlook so poor
Her beauty being much more than I could endure

So I asked if I could sing a chanson
With a language of ancient and of lore
Gathered the men around us me and the girl in rags
Soon were the melodies heard by all who came to pass

Hear us sing
Watch us dance
Sing with us this tale
With a clap of hands

The stories long-forgotten we still know
Performing our skills wherever we go
I end my story as I receive a kiss
From my girl the dearest Beatrice

Hear us sing
Watch us dance
Sing with us the tales
Which the music will keep alive

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