Decoding Nightwish

Amaranth

 

The word Amaranth means an imaginary flower that never fades and that definition applied to the imaginary and lyrics of this song is saying that the spirit never fades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The angel fallen from Heaven and is missing her eyes. The missing eyes represent spiritual blindless. The angel wings represent that she is from above and the white represents purity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 They take the angel back to a peasant village that is full of ignorant people who don't like higher forms of consciousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He brings the angel to his house, but soon after the villagers come to take him away from her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The villagers burn down the house the angel is in to get rid of the higher being in their midst. They prefer being the way they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The angel gets liberated when she dies. She rises above the physical world and above the ignorant peasants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baptised with a perfect name (See the lyrics to the song called Nemo to find out what the name means).
The doubting one by heart
Alone without himself (This seems to be talking about his soul. He's alone without the knowledge of his soul or himself. The angel in the music video may represent his soul).

War between him and the day (The "War between him an the day" represents the struggle between his body and his physical identity with the day, which represents the spirit and his true self).
Need someone to blame
In the end, little he can do alone (He can't achieve anything without the spirit).

You believe but what you see (What you see and experience shapes what you believe).
You receive but what you give (Give and you shall receive).

Caress the one, the Never-Fading rain in your heart (The never fading rain can refer to light and blessings. Rain is something that gives life and water represents purity, that's why it gets used as a metaphor for the spirit and it appears in other songs as well.)
- the tears of snow-white sorrow
Caress the one, the hiding amaranth (The amaranth is an imaginary flower that never fades and this represents the soul in this song. The amaranth or soul is hiding and caressing the one means get back in touch with it. The number one represents the spirit in numerology and "Caress the one" means caress the spirit).
In a land of the daybreak (The daybreak is the dawning of the light of the spirit).

Apart from the wandering pack (The man who takes the angel back into his house is "Apart from the wandering pack". He's seperating himself from the ignorant peasants).
In this brief flight of time
we reach For the ones who ever dare

You believe but what you see
You receive but what you give

Caress the one, the Never-Fading rain in your heart
- the tears of snow-white sorrow
Caress the one, the hiding amaranth
In a land of the daybreak

Caress the one, the Never-Fading rain in your heart
- the tears of snow-white sorrow
Caress the one, the hiding amaranth
In a land of the daybreak

Reachin', searchin' for something untouched (The untouched is the spirit, it remains untouched for anyone who's ignorant).
Hearing voices of the Never-Fading callin' (The Never-Fading callin' is the voice of the spirit. It never stops its calling).
Callin'...Callin'

Caress the one, the Never-Fading rain in your heart
- the tears of snow-white sorrow
Caress the one, the hiding amaranth
In a land of the daybreak

Caress the one, the Never-Fading rain in your heart
[Rain]
- the tears of snow-white sorrow
Caress the one, the hiding amaranth
[Rain]
In a land of the daybreak...daybreak!

 

Nemo

 

Nemo means no one or nobody and by nobody I literally mean no body. This song is about the woman releasing herself from the bonds of the body and of ignorance. The imagery and imagery of this song are full of these hidden meanings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She emerges out of mud and is filthy. This represents her soul being polluted and unclean by ignorance. The crucifix she puts on isn't because she's a Christian or religious, she puts it on because she wants death and resurrection. That's the original purpose of the crucifixion.

The Gospel of Philip (62:15), "When the pearl is cast down into the mud it becomes greatly despised, nor if it is anointed with balsam oil will it become more precious. But it always has value in the eyes of its owner. Compare the sons of God, wherever they may be. They still have value in the eyes of their father."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strings she holds onto, which are controlled by crows, represents how she holds onto the things that control her in her life. The strings are not tied to her, but she holds onto them because of her own ignorance, she is oppressing herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is her third eye when she is in ignorance. The iris has a skull in it because she is spiritually dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this scene she stands on the edge of a cliff, with crucifixes on it, ready to jump into the water. This scene represents that she is going to die and be resurrected by cleansing herself of the mud she emerged from earlier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After she emerges from the water, she is cleansed and she stands next to crosses. The Sun is also coming out now.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After she has been cleansed and resurrected, represented by the crucifixes, she lets go of the strings attatched to the crows and she is no longer pulled around by them. She is now free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She now becomes nobody or a nemo, which is what this song is about. She is her soul again. She is resurrected.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her third eye now goes from having a skull in it to returning to being a normal iris. She is no longer spiritually dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When she comes back to life, the Sun comes out, she now sees the light of the spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is me for forever
One of the lost ones (She is spiritually lost, she and everyone else who is ignorant is lost from Heaven).
The one without a name
Without an honest heart as compass

This is me for forever
One without a name
These lines the last endeavour
To find the missing lifeline

Oh how I wish
For soothing rain
All I wish is to dream again
My loving heart
Lost in the dark
For hope I'd give my everything

My flower
Withered between
The pages two and three (The flower is the soul and the pages are the body that hides teh flower).
The once and forever bloom gone with my sins

Walk the dark path
Sleep with angels
Call the past for help (The past is her former self).
Touch me with your love
And reveal to me my true name (The name she's referring to isn't her physical name of her strawman identity. Her true name is her true self).

Oh how I wish
For soothing rain (The rain is the light of the spirit).
All I wish is to dream again
My loving heart
Lost in the dark
For hope I'd give my everything

Oh how I wish
For soothing rain
Oh how I wish to dream again
Once and for all
And all for once
Nemo my name forever more (Now she reveals the name she's been talking about. It's also the name mentioned at the start of Amaranth. Nemo means no body, ie soul. The soul is the true name or the true self and it lasts forever).

Nemo sailing home
Nemo letting go (The Nemo sailing home is the soul returning to Heaven and Nemo letting go is the soul letting go of the body and its ignorance).

Oh how I wish
For soothing rain
All I wish is to dream again
My loving heart
Lost in the dark
For hope I'd give my everything

Oh how I wish
For soothing rain
Oh how I wish to dream again
Once and for all
And all for once
Nemo my name forever more

Name forever more

 

Tarja Turunen.

 

Tarja Turunen left Nightwish but she is still producing music and this music has Gnostic themes to them as well.

Falling Awake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phantom voices with no words to follow
At the mercy of the cold and hollow
I withdrew into my sanctuary of silence
My defence

In this moment I am just becoming
Liberated from my cell of nothing (The cell of nothing is the body and the nothing means the lack of soul. The movie called Never Ending Story is about the Nothing taking over the person and destroying him.)
No sensation there was only breathing
Overcome oblivion

Falling Awake
From a walking sleep (Falling awake is the opposite to the Fall of Man and this site explains that indepth. The walking sleep is a good way to describe the physical body.)
And all that remains
Is the dying memory
And now I can dive for
these dreams I make
Like I am Falling
I am falling awake

Waves of melodies once forgotten
like a symphony across the ocean
Never knew that they could hear my calling
deep within
crashing in
rushing in
like falling

Falling Awake
From a walking sleep
And all that remains
Is the dying memory
And now I can dive for
these dreams I make
Like I am Falling
I am falling awake

There is no returning to that emptiness,
loneliness (This is the same thing as the nothing, emptiness is a lack of the self.)
The dream that lives inside of me
won't fade away, it's wide awake (The dream is the soul inside and it won't fade away, it will eventually wake up.)

Falling Awake
From a walking sleep
And all that remains
Is the dying memory
And now I can dive for
these dreams I make
Like I am Falling
I am falling awake

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