Exquisite Songwriting–The Escapist

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Tonight I was so lucky to see one of my favorite bands in concert–Nightwish. I’ve probably been a fan of the Finnish rockers for over a decade. I almost felt as if I boarded a time machine, returning from their concerts of many years past. They played much of their songs from their first three albums. No matter how far back you go, what I can never get enough of from them is their exquisite songwriting.

Their songs always express so much more than the cliche love songs of pop. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind pop but I do bore of the same themes of rehashed again and again and again. But not Nightwish–they have so much more to say in their music. In celebration of over twenty years of their enchanting melodies, I wanted to share with you the lyrics of one my favorite songs by them: The Escapist. If you haven’t given this song a listen, I seriously can’t recommend it enough.

Lyrics–The Escapist

By: Nightwish

Who’s there knocking at my window?
The owl and the Dead Boy
This night whispers my name
All the dying children

 

Virgin snow beneath my feet
Painting the world in white
I tread the way and lose myself into a tale

 

Come hell or high water
My search will go on
Clayborn Voyage without an end

 

A nightingale in a golden cage
That’s me locked inside reality’s maze
Come someone make my heavy heart light
Come undone, bring me back to life
It all starts with a lullaby

 

Journey homeward bound
A sound of a dolphin calling
Tearing off the mask of man
The tower, my sole guide

 

This is who I am
Escapist, paradise seeker
Farewell, now time to fly
Out of sight, out of time, away from all lies

 

A nightingale in a golden cage
That’s me locked inside reality’s maze
Come someone make my heavy heart light
Come undone, bring me back to life
It all starts with a lullaby
Songwriters: Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen

 

(From google.com)

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