Nightwish - Dead Boy's Poem Lyrics

"I live no more to shame, nor me, nor you, I'm sorry"

Born from silence, silence full of it
A perfect concert my best friend
So much to live for, so much to die for
If only my heart had a home

Sing what you can't say
Forget what you can't play
Hasten to drown into beautiful eyes
Walk within my poetry, this dying music
- My loveletter to nobody

Never sigh for better world
It's already composed, played and told
Every thought the music I write
Everything a wish for the night

Wrote for the eclipse, wrote for the virgin
Died for the beauty the one in the garden
Created a kingdom, reached for the wisdom
Failed in becoming a god

Never sigh...

"If you read this line, remember not the hand that wrote it
Remember only the verse, songmaker's cry the one without tears
For I've given this its strength and it has become my only strength.
Comforting home, mother's lap, chance for immortality
where being wanted became a thrill I never knew
The sweet piano writing down my life"

"Teach me passion for I fear it's gone
Show me love, hold the lorn
So much more I wanted to give to the ones who love me
I'm sorry
Time will tell (this bitter farewell)
I live no more to shame nor me nor you
And you... I wish I didn't feel for you anymore..."

A lonely soul
An ocean soul

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Nightwish Dead Boy's Poem Comments
  1. Nikhil Mishra

    Beautiful. Thomas is amazing.

  2. GreatRetro

    I wish Till Lindemann would sing it! ^_^

  3. Hamzah Fayez


  4. James West


  5. 24 Oct

    When i young witch married to devil goat pan. No ppl can rescue her. Pact was made.

    G. G.

    you are not bond to anyone if you do not want to

  6. Leo RC

    Recuerdo aquellos años donde subíamos música no había restricción ni derecho autor, solo lo subías a YouTube por q te gustaba y querías compartir música me melancolía recordarlo😔😢

  7. Paolenthang Singson

    Started listening to my old love again.

  8. Tank Penguin

    Failed in becoming a god.

    Well yes, but actually no.

  9. Der Baum

    That's right Gothic music

  10. Padmé Amidala

    Only possible in Tarja era!

  11. La Fluff

    I miss Nightwish with Tarja

  12. Juli Niv

    Love her voice here so much more than the style she is singing now in here solo albums.. <3


    She still sings like this. check you Into the sun - Tarja but i get what ya saying


    The lyrics are some of the best

  14. Mary Roe

    There is nothing a soprano likes better than the climb.

  15. Vic Rattlehead

    For my sister... vai tudo correr bem. This is for you!!

  16. Jovan Mitrić

    This song would be a perfect soundtrack for Neon Genesis Evangelion.

  17. Andreas Röger

    2:47 - Best part in my opinion :-O

    Tomek Pawłowicz

    4:12 imho. :-)

  18. Mark Wilken

    Tarja was the most amazing live female performer I had ever seen... till I saw Angela Gossow sing with Arch Enemy. She scared the absolute piss out of me

  19. ReidGirl 77

    The first time I heard this was 10 years ago. I was so moved, I wrote a short story based on this song. It was about a terminally ill 9 year old musical genius, Spencer; and his conversations with his palliative care nurse, Carolyne. He also wrote poetry, stating that his music and compositions had become his only comfort. He also states that he wishes that he didn't feel anything for Carolyne before he passed (he grew to see her as a mother figure, as his own Victorian mother always appeared cold towards him) . My short story focuses on Carolyne's interactions with Spencer, and his writings that she discovers when he is close to passing - his letters to his loved ones, and his poetry that he asked her to publish. He also mentioned his piano playing and his compositions, which she agrees to publish posthumously.

  20. Tism Train

    I'm sad that I live a life where these lyrics actually make sense

  21. Fábio Ralho

    Tarja is the muse but, its tuomas destroyed soul and heart of a pounding and unforgiven life that forged this beautiful music. I can feel so much of his pain as I too felt it all life unfortunately I can't express as he does and I'm forever grateful for his words.

  22. bscully

    Ive seen Floor sing this song live and she did such a good job with it! Never expected to see it performed live in my life ever <3

  23. pionjar666

    Thank you Tarja. You was part of Nightwish became a big. Now we move on it's Floor's time.

  24. Luis Estrada

    4:15 teal? Teal swan? Is that you?

  25. Kurtis Oxley

    You need to work on images and text colour... But otherwise great!

  26. Kiluan Hikasuma

    "If you read this line, remember not the hand that wrote it... Remember only the verse, songmaker's cry, the one without tears"! "And you... I wish I didn't feel for you anymore..." "I'm sorry"

    It's just... I got no word to tell how powerful this song is on mind and heart! The truth can only touch us!

  27. Chris Shockey

    This song.. Means so much right now. Youll pull threw. Youre daddis boy ^~^

  28. D Michael

    Failed in becoming a much more I wanted to give to the ones who love me😢😢

  29. Fernando Caetano

    Good times of Nightwish

  30. Ghashbrug

    one of the best compositions i have ever heard, rivaling even arjen anthony lucassen

  31. Alberto da ronch

    The state of art for Music

  32. Aleksandra Milojevic


  33. DTheEndeavoring

    Many of the lyrics of this song remind me of my relationship with my mother and how it impacted me throughout my life, even well after her death. She said she loved me, but she would frequently isolate me and verbally pick me apart, so I knew she didn't -- but I wanted so badly to believe the lie. As if to remind me that it was simple deceit, there was a time when she pulled back her fist to hit me, only stopping when I got angry and challenged her to do it. She was sick and needed help; help that I couldn't give. After years of PTSD and depression, I had nothing left to give. As her life came to an end -- despite all of my efforts to keep her alive and well -- all she could manage to do was fight with everyone around her. Then, in 2015, she passed on. In one fell swoop, I not only failed to become a god, I also turned my back on the one who had ignored my prayers.

  34. Mippy Reid

    I wrote a short story based on the song. It's about a genius IQ boy who knows he's dying and who's a poet and a composer. It's from the perspective of a palliative care nurse named Carolyne who carried out Spencer's dying wish to publish his last composition.

    J.C van Eekelen

    That is a good idea Ma'am! With Tuomas there are a lot of neverending stories to be told :)

  35. Mippy Reid

    He knows he's dying, listening to concerts has been his best friend in hospital, while he waits for human contact. His only refuge is his writing and his composition. Listen to the lyrics, you'll hear what he needs to.

    Yahia N-z

    Did he write this on a dying bed ???

  36. Mippy Reid

    My short story about him is entitled "Spencer's voice".

    Mippy Reid

    I wrote a short story based on the song. My story is about a genius-IQ boy who is terminally ill and he is a poet and a composer. The story is told from the perspective of his palliative nurse, Carolyne, who puts his dying wishes into Music which will immortalize him.

  37. Mippy Reid

    I wrote a short story based on this.. a terminally ill boy who's a poet and a composer, from the point of view of his palliative nurse Carolyne, who helps him write his last piece.

  38. Renrew Wiseman

    Neverendig Beauty.

    whoever wants to give Love. This Song is the Chance to Give

  39. Belio Trednar

    My thoughts right now. I became so lonely just before Christmas.

  40. Pepe Vargas

    :( so sad its lyrics

  41. Mustafa Kulle

    And you... I wish I didn't feel for you anymore.

  42. Hyper_5pace

    Can we all just agree that no1 can sing Tarja songs better than Tarja, No1 can sing Anette songs better than Annette and no1 can sing Floor songs better than Floor. The beauty of the songs Nightwish has is that they are each personally composed for the voice of the lead singer which means in 99% of cases (as there are anomalous cases imo like Floor's cover of Imaginaerum was better than Anette's) it is very hard to find someone else to perform the song better than the original person.


    I appreciate all 3 singers, but no, we can't all agree. I don't think anybody could do Phantom of the Opera or Sleeping Sun better than Tarja, but Ghost Love Score belongs to Floor now as well as a couple others. I really like Anette too, but Bye Bye Beautiful is the only song of hers I wouldn't prefer Floor on. I get that Tuomas wrote with his singers in mind, but Floor gave him the opportunity to do anything because of her versatility where he was limited by Tarja and Anette's restricted styles.


    Floor sing anette's songs better than her

  43. Anica

    4:10 is the point at which you turn it up to 11.

  44. Tatsiana Taty

    Tarja is stylish, real queen...but Floor is good too

  45. Noel Meza

    Even though Tarja just sang someone else's songs, it was her voice that we all love. After Tarja, how many more female singers tried taking her spot?? And not one of them have stuck around???

  46. Gisel Manrrique

    Wow, I used to sing this song when I was like 9. Now I'm 21 !

  47. Alex Leuba

    I've just seen them live tonight in Geneva, performing this song. Greatest moment ever!

    Johannes Silver

    Alex Leuba: My greatest moment ever was when they did that in the concert "From Wishes to Eternity" in 2000. There is Youtube video of that too.

  48. Fewrandom Words

    hello from oct.2018
    nightwish are nothing without tarja

  49. Tim Koopman

    5:48, why does this part have to be censored? In the unsencored song the kid only says; "Time will tell, heaven or hell".

  50. PaleonPale

    As a composer myself, this really hits me deep. I can't not tear up, especially 2:47

  51. Daisuke Teiko Official

    I think about you Seraphim...
    how is it in Heaven?
    Daddy loves u so much

  52. A. Molsdal

    My fav nightwish Song ever.

  53. Ian Caley

    Nice video. Nightwish will probably come to be a one-off, and this song explains why. Spinetingling. The guitar part is played with a feeling that soars into the heavens, and i put it alongside Ghost's He Is, on that score

    Btw, has anyone else noticed the "Black Velvet" similarity. It took me a while to get past that..:))

  54. Chelsea Avery


  55. Katherine Garlock

    Wow, this video has been up since 2007. Those were the days of waiting for ads to buffer so the video could buffer, lol.

  56. Prince Of Halloween

    That guitar solo at 3:14 = chills

  57. Luks cHS

    que hermosa canción es un gusto del alma cantarla xD

  58. goodfty

    Hey wanna hear a buzzword that never stops? Tarja

  59. Anahi Loetz

    _A lonely soul,_
    _An ocean soul...._

    *story of my life*

  60. Chelsea Avery

    There ought to be a number of new romantic authors.

  61. Nurgul Os

    *Tuomas -apologies

  62. Nurgul Os

    having listened to all nightwish songs, I came into conclusion.. that in Tarja's times Thomas was most inspired and created most beautiful masterpieces.And even loved Tarja-I think so..😭😭😭 Tarja,please be back😭😭😭

  63. Mia Mariša

    A lonely boy inside a man.

  64. Stuart Sweeting

    The greatest song ever? Yep me thinks

  65. Ievgenii Shcherban

    Dzięki za dobre video i jakość!

  66. Kille 420

    i will cry eternally to this... for it has become my only strenght <3

  67. Ana Júlia

    5:31 sound like Cry for the moon, from Epica ... " forgivness is not for sale... "

    Joab Magalhaes


    Carlos Mican

    nobody cares Epica

    Ayşe Raven

    @Carlos Mican Sorry but Epica better than Nightwish.


    This was released earlier

  68. Daniel Newhouse

    sing what you can't say, forget what you can't play?

  69. Ayman Hazim

    Tarja is the best Nightwish Vocals

  70. Emanuel Germán Gomez

    this song make me feel .... oh.. my skin, goose bups

  71. Killer

    Dziekuje wujku za pokazanie Nightwish'a

  72. P. Lukic

    once more in 2018

  73. Elriwenn

    The chorus sounds like the one of the song Black Velvet (Alannah Myles). ;)

  74. Johannes Silver

    They did the best live gig of this masterpiece in 2000 when they also recorded DVD "From Wishes to Eternity". One of the ultimate best songs there is.

  75. Dead Heart

    Just because it is such an obvious question, which can get lost over time.
    "Why did this boy kill himself?"
    "Why is poetry dying?"

    Johannes Silver

    I am not sure but , it might be related to Tuomas's imagination and personality ... a boy dies because poetry dies first. And that dies because some lost love ... see also Getshemane lyrics...

  76. Ann Waychoff

    I would like to hear Floor sing this..........

    Eric G

    I hope she does it on the Decades tour this year!

    Ann Waychoff

    Me too. My daughter just got tickets for us. YEA!

  77. Rickrolled Soul

    No, I am not crying, not at all..
    And no, I am not smiling and wandering nirvana at the same time

  78. Bobcat665

    Hasten to drown into beautiful eyes...

  79. X Critic

    Honestly wouldn't be surprised if he said the lyrics in his sleep someone wrote it down and then he made it a song when he heard them.

  80. Rickrolled Soul

    One of the most amazing things I've ever heard.

  81. Goral XX-6

    Nightwish has changed soooo much... It's not like I hate the "new" Nightwish (I actually think Floor is amazing!) but with Tarja Nightwish has been very, very special... ♥

  82. Charlotte Cadorel

    "Everything I wish for, denied..." Duh!

  83. Hugo


  84. Maldito Desgraciado

    Oh Tarja... Why

  85. OmNomicon

    They removed this from Spotify and that makes me sad. Good thing it's still on youtube!

    Johannes Silver

    Those idiots ... hopefully it stays in here to the end of the world !


    Its back

  86. Eric Richard

    Now, I can reach the moon

  87. Umbles

    This, I'm pretty sure is my favorite Nightwish song

  88. Loeste Lee

    start from 4:12 is en epic.

  89. Yovani Montoya

    para mi este. es el verdadero nightwish, Tarja y Marco hicieron la dupla perfecta

  90. Yovani Montoya

    for me tarja complete nighwish

  91. Yovani Montoya

    its the best song ever

  92. Patricia

    Magnificent!!! Music does not get better than this!!!
    Nightwish is the Best.
    Second best is Within Temptation.

  93. Dave B

    Nothing short of amazing, sends chills every time I listen to it.

  94. Fallen Angel

    Hauntingly beautiful!

  95. Johannes Silver

    Tuomas is a poeter, composer and total genius of music and art. Tarja is a Siren.

    Red Neckster

    tarja got booted for a reason.

  96. Patricia

    Love this!!

  97. Aleksey RX

    No matter what, the first lines break me completely.

  98. Cyber Orchestra

    The most beautiful song with the most perfect lyrics ever written... this is more than just music... this is poetry, art itself!

  99. camy cartunz

    Simplemente hermoso T-T