#02343
The Islander (Marco Hietala)

An old man by a seashore at the end of day,
Gazes the horizon with seawinds in his face;
Tempest-tossed island, seasons all the same,
Anchorage unpainted, and a ship without a name.

Sea without a shore for the banished one unheard,
He lightens the beacon light at the end of world,
Showing the way, lighting hope in their hearts,
The ones on their travels homeward from afar.

This is for long-forgotten light
at the end of the world,
Horizon crying the tears
he left behind long ago.

The albatross is flying, making him daydream
The time before he became one of the world's unseen;
Princess in the tower, children in the fields,
Life gave him it all: an island of the universe.

Oh.... Now his love's a memory, a ghost in the fog,
He sets the sails at last and says farewell to the world;
Anchor to the water, seabed far below
Grass still at his feet and a smile beneath his brow.

This is for long-forgotten light
at the end of the world,
Horizon crying the tears
he left behind long ago.

So long ago.... So long ago....

This is for long-forgotten light
at the end of the world,
Horizon crying the tears
he left behind long ago.

So long ago....

####.... Marco Hietala of Nightwish ....####

Recorded by the Finnish symphonic power metal quintet Nightwish (Dark Passion Play, 2007).


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