Nightwish - Song Of Myself Lyrics




[1. From A Dusty Bookshelf]

[2. All That Great Heart Lying Still]

The nightingale is still locked in the cage
The deep breath I took still poisons my lungs
An old oak sheltering me from the blue
Sun bathing on its dead frozen leaves

A catnap in the ghost town of my heart
She dreams of storytime and the river ghosts
Of mermaids, of Whitman's and the ride
Raving harlequins, gigantic toys

A song of me a song in need
Of a courageous symphony
A verse of me a verse in need
Of a pure-heart singing me to peace

All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
All that great heart lying still on an angel wing

All that great heart lying still
In silent suffering
Smiling like a clown until the show has come to an end
What is left for encore
Is the same old dead boy's song
Sung in silence
All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
All that great heart lying still on an angel wing

A midnight flight into Covington Woods
A princess and a panther by my side
These are Territories I live for
I'd still give my everything to love you more

A song of me a song in need
Of a courageous symphony
A verse of me a verse in need
Of a pure-heart singing me to peace

All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

now all that great heart lying still
In silent suffering
Smiling like a clown until the show has come to an end
What is left for encore
Is the same old dead boy's song
Sung in silence

All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

[3. Piano Black]

A silent symphony
A hollow opus #1,2,3

Sometimes the sky is piano black
Piano black over cleansing waters

Resting pipes, verse of bore
Rusting keys without a door

Sometimes the within is piano black
Piano black over cleansing waters

All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
All that great heart lying still on an angel wing

All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
All that great heart lying still on an angel wing

[4. Love]

I see a slow, simple youngster by a busy street,
with a begging bowl in his shaking hand.
Trying to smile but hurting infinitely. Nobody notices.
I do, but walk by.

An old man gets naked and kisses a model-doll in his attic
It's half-light and he's in tears.
When he finally cums his eyes are cascading.

I see a beaten dog in a pungent alley. He tries to bite me.
All pride has left his wild drooling eyes.
I wish I had my leg to spare.

A mother visits her son, smiles to him through the bars.
She's never loved him more.

An obese girl enters an elevator with me.
All dressed up fancy, a green butterfly on her neck.
Terribly sweet perfume deafens me.
She's going to dinner alone.
That makes her even more beautiful.

I see a model's face on a brick wall.
A statue of porcelain perfection beside a violent city kill.
A city that worships flesh.

The first thing I ever heard was a wandering man telling his story
It was you, the grass under my bare feet
The campfire in the dead of the night
The heavenly black of sky and sea

It was us
Roaming the rainy roads, combing the guilded beaches
Waking up to a new gallery of wonders every morn
Bathing in places no-one's seen before
Shipwrecked on some matt-painted island
Clad in nothing but the surf - beauty's finest robe

Beyond all mortality we are, swinging in the breath of nature
In early air of the dawn of life
A sight to silence the heavens

I want to travel where life travels, following its permanent lead
Where the air tastes like snow music
Where grass smells like fresh-born Eden
I would pass no man, no stranger, no tragedy or rapture
I would bathe in a world of sensation
Love, goodness and simplicity
(While violated and imprisoned by technology)

The thought of my family's graves was the only moment
I used to experience true love
That love remains infinite as I'll never be the man my father is

How can you "just be yourself" when you don't know who you are?
Stop saying "Yeah, I know how you feel."
How could anyone know how another feels?

Who am I to judge a priest, beggar, whore, politician, wrongdoer?
I am, you are, all of them already

Dear child, stop working, go play
Forget every rule
There's no fear in a dream

"Is there a village inside this snowflake?"
- a child asked me
"What's the colour of our lullaby?"

I've never been so close to truth as them
I touched its silver lining

Death is the winner in any war
Nothing noble in dying for your religion
For your country
For ideology, for faith
For another man, yes

Paper is dead without words
Ink idle without a poem
All the world dead without stories
Without love and disarming beauty

Careless realism costs souls

Ever seen the Lord smile?
All the care for the world made Beautiful a sad man?
Why do we still carry a device of torture around our necks?
Oh, how rotten your pre-apocalypse is
All you bible-black fools living over nightmare ground

I see all those empty cradles and wonder
If man will ever change

I, too, wish to be a decent manboy but all I am
Is smoke and mirrors
Still given everything, may I be deserving

And there forever remains that change from G to E minor.





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Nightwish Song Of Myself Comments
  1. kaitykaity

    Love Marco and Floor together on this.

  2. Caroll Reimer

    The amazing, FLOOR JANSEN!

  3. Κώστας Μπικας

    5:28 jukka so badass man! always full of energy!

    bouzoulll

    Absolutely agree, Ναι φιλαρακι ηταν τρομερος!

  4. Юра Басараб

    Умница😍

  5. wussboyd1

    Floors voice is Fucking incredible! Tarja and Annette are mediocre.

  6. ‘Cave Beast Demon'

    Floor came to earth to guide the spirits of fallen warriors to Valhalla she became  infatuated with humanity and remained to grace us with her enchanting melodies. Floor has to be very carful. Her voice has been known to cause natural disasters; hurricanes, volcanos, land slides, earth quakes...

  7. Максим Петров

    Без Тарии, и без Аннет, это не найтвиш, а это, обычная, здоровая бабища, которой в сериале викинги сниматься надо, как её и почему не пригласили на съемки, не понятно

    Максим Петров

    Не знаю, кто от нее,, тащится. Но послушайте найтвишь 2007 года, когда ушла Тария, им 2020,когда поет эта- жирная, мужепододная, бабища

  8. Raul Vargas

    Esta buenísimoooooooo!!!!!!!!

  9. Hardtailstingray

    what a songasm i just had, anyone got a cigarette?

  10. Lexie Cruz

    That was epic

  11. Tony Amador

    Esta rola salío chingona

  12. chris hachey

    You know, I stopped listening to Floor for a week to change it up. Anneke Von Giersbergen. Britney Slayes. Many others. After listening to Floor again after, it’s almost laughable how incredible she is. Totally respect and love the others but I’m sorry, there’s no comparison for female vocals. Floor OWNS it.

    golden.fire.princess

    chris hachey I agree!! I forced myself to hear other symphonic metal bands for a few hours to see if I could get used to it but ended up coming back to Floor. She’s just that good

    lex luthor

    A week ,that's way to long. I like anneke to.

    Leon Theuws

    I love a lot of female metal singers .... but LIVE is Floor by far the best. Anneke is also good, but much less versatile. Simone S. can be very very good...but not always ;-(

  13. Christoph Krull

    WOW, was für ein geiler Song!!! Warum bin ich erst heute darüber gestolpert??? Danke Nightwish. Es ist immer gandios Jukka bei der Arbeit zusehen zu dürfen!

  14. Conrad Phạm

    Song of Marco

  15. Overdosed Mia Wallace

    00:53 that sounds like a soundtrack for a chasing scene in a fantasy film and i'm living for it

  16. 1227rmf

    @ 0:16 Anette in the audience listening to Floor sing this song better than she did

  17. Lee Connelly

    Ok..im starting to come around concerning floor...she rocks ass!..she looks like she could kick some ass too and she has alotta fun and loves the fans ya can tell....ill be her armour bearer....

  18. Corttez Videos

    Once again everyone is welcome! Nightwish World Community! https://www.facebook.com/groups/2960318190669039/?ref=group_header

  19. Boslack

    OMFG THIS SONG IS AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWESOME

  20. Alex Armenta

    Floor is every rocker dream!!! Pure power, pure beauty, pure sensuality!!!

  21. The Dragon Reborn

    cutting the spoken poetry is a travesty

  22. argearer

    That riff after 4:08 reminds me of Dimmu Borgir - Puritania.

  23. Scott Hord

    OMG, 52 years old and now I find the greatest METAL group ever and can't stop listening to them. I just can't get enough. All their songs are amazing and Floor rocks the MFin house.

  24. Luis Caldeira

    Amazing

  25. FrankCoffman

    Great metal song -- great metal singer. Totally awesome. Floor Jansen is the best. She has power and charisma.

  26. lex luthor

    10 best female metal singers is what I got when opened youtube.but above that was this.I knew that.everyone knows that. This list is 1 best female metal singer.

  27. Ronald Signal

    Waar komen die metal fans plots allemaal vandaan 🤯

    X ATY

    Ronald Signal ; van onder die steen waaronder zij leefden....🤘

  28. KevCore

    Imaginaerum is generally an underrated album, but hell it’s one of my favorites ever. Annette did a great job on that one.

  29. Cristina Jiménez

    I love Flor💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞💞

  30. Moses Kervin Sy

    Anybody else headbangs like an idiot at home at 3:46?

  31. Jared Justice

    Epic, empowering, devious... They are channeling the energies here. :o_o:

  32. davevanden1

    only 11 mil views wow

  33. Sergey Belyaev

    Я нихрена не понимаю что вы тут пишите в коментах

    Georgy Grebenyk

    учи иностранные языки)

  34. Сергей Дюжилов

    китос.

  35. bzaj

    look that Jukka!. Amazing.

  36. Allard Biggenvanger

    Ok just sayin: im here to enjoy Floor and not to end up in a useless discussion wich lead singer is or was the best.

  37. George Kobaidze

    Marko's bass is absolutely insane!

  38. jackson randy rhoads

    As for me she sounded like Annet here

  39. Leonardo Ferreira

    1:37 me lembra muito After Forever

  40. Renthlei Remrem Fanai

    Sometimes, i watch these kind of videos and the audiences just to remind myself that I'm not alone in loving these kind of songs. ❤️

  41. Walkingdude

    Don't care..I thought this was nightwish vid..really? Not epic ..

  42. gandalfwhi40

    I have recently rendered this to 4K Levels here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Odt5mkAL0&list=PLzEMSKuVo3lcOUWs_bi8OCtX4kMv_D6kl&index=17&t=0s
    If any of you are interested?
    Many Thanks!!!
    👍👍👍👌👌👌🥇🏆💜💜💜💛💛💛

  43. Rand Wulf

    One of the best metal songs Ive ever heard.

  44. serdar şen

    Very successful video.

  45. Adventure-ly-ness Cat-house-tree

    Why is this version not 13mins like the original from the album ?

    Adventure-ly-ness Cat-house-tree

    Nevermind.

    Kenneth Monfil

    @Adventure-ly-ness Cat-house-tree screw ur "nevermind", so here's the answer to ur question... cuz there's talking in "album version".

    Matt B

    Because the long poem at the end of the album version wouldn't really work live. If you want to hear this version with the poem at the end search for Song Of Myself - Ann Waychoff edition.

  46. Tessy Rm

    Nadie como tarja turunen

  47. METAL EXPOSER

    The Bass it self is heavy already then with that riff HEAVEN.

  48. Werner Kluge

    Einfach nur geilo...

    Flyingchicken1969

    Yepp 🤘

  49. lo.fi.emotions.

    How epic could it be if I could afford to see this irl?!

  50. DuchessOfTheSerpents

    Scream fest.

  51. mita499

    Goddess of metal!

  52. Wilmalie Sotelo

    Anybody else hears Puritania (Dimmu Borgir) in this song or is it just me?? Btw, love them both!

  53. G Melford

    Floor & Marco = My happy place.

  54. Daily Check

    I Wonder how it would be with Tarja's Voice! Not comparing (Floor voice is perfect) is just a curiosity that came to my mind!
    We always see Floor singing Tarja's songs, and we know the most of Nightwish songs were made to her... I'd enjoy so much to see something like that happen!

  55. Paule Alfonsi

    13 octobre 2019. Toujours là. Waaaaahhhh

  56. Fiyo Bee

    Love the powerful voice of Floor Jansen

  57. Robert Relata

    Song of me courageous symphony

  58. randar1969

    Tarja will stay the original soprano , Floor loves metal and can sing everything you can think off in any style.

  59. Leonswe13

    After listening to this my within is no longer piano black, I'm smiling (maybe not like a clown, but still).
    Awesome song, and Floor is killing it as always, and the way she calls the flames at 6:29 ....holy crap

  60. eribaldo Yes

    03:44 that lady vocalist shaking her head has to be the hottest thing I´ve ever seen.

    TheTruthIsRacist

    Even more than when your mommy came into your room last night wearing nothing but a 12in strap-on?

    Derek Warr

    @TheTruthIsRacist speak from experience do ya?

    j hill

    @TheTruthIsRacist lmfao, add in the dad with half a ball peaking out his boxers cheerleading her on.

  61. Johannes Jonzon

    This song is about poetry yet it would not be out of place in a fantasy battle. Love it.

  62. timomastosalo

    This time the intro made me think, it would be intresting to make extended intrumental versions of the Nightwish intros. Of course some songs start with the singing, but I mean those that have a long(ish) instrumental intro. Like a 2- min song of the intro of this song. There are the times when you want the familiar sounds, intros, refrains, outros - but you want the air, the room, to verbalize themselves in your head - to give room for your thoughts the instruments wake up.

  63. NikoGoro

    The crowd headbanging!!!! Love it

  64. drithligh

    Several years later and I'm still bumpin' geese with this.

    Oh, and 11.4 million views? Shit, 3 million of those are mine.

    Walter Sauerwein

    That's funny. I'm not sure if you know - even if you watch it a thousand times, it counts as only once from your specific phone or computer. So 11 million views is quite a few for the greatest band on earth!!

    Walter Sauerwein

    (This is my husband's account if it matters.) It seems like a lot of guys like NIGHTWISH and some girls, too. I always capitalize NIGHTWISH because that's the way it should be! Lol.

    drithligh

    @Walter Sauerwein No, I didn't know that!

    Goodlsg

    hmm... 3 million is around 14500 days that is around 40 years.
    based on the release date of this video, you whould have around 6,6 accounts playing this video nonstop since 2013. And based on the normal human sleep schedule, that you whould need 7 hours of sleep pr. Day, you whould need around 9,4 accounts playing nonstop. With those facts i can most likely conclude that you eather has a lot of accounts and that you really love Nightwith or that you really love Nightwish and are lying.

  65. Marko Simonen

    This is from other universe. So epic...This song will live forever.

  66. Rush 6891

    6:38 se me puso la piel de gallina!! Floor tendria q haber estado como cantante desde que se fue Tarja... no la desafinada de Annette

  67. kimdero1313 7

    3 oct 2019,thursday...still here

    DanteGTZ

    ...and still amazing.

  68. Stephen Strange

    Killer song

  69. Roland Kontson

    2:07 haha

  70. Roland Kontson

    6:18 - I'm impatient, I was looking for this part, since it was softly in the background before and it started haunting me and I knew it was in one of their songs, wanted to find it from their other songs... before continuing and ending up at it in this very song... Had a laugh and just cranked the volume up.

  71. Jada Hamilton

    Jayzus help me holy shit😍

  72. Jiraya Senin

    excellent !

  73. fukuda aceboche

    The way she dance hehe loveyou floor jansen always thank you for tarja

  74. Strangertothepublic

    It dont get much better then this! Kai is a awesome drummer, but lack the awesomeness of Jukka!

  75. Stormy

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    The nightingale is still locked in the cage
    The deep breath I took still poisons my lungs
    An old oak sheltering me from the blue
    Sun bathing on its dead frozen leaves

    A catnap in the ghost town of my heart
    She dreams of story time and the river ghosts
    Of mermaids, of Whitman's and the ride
    Raving harlequins, gigantic toys

    A song of me song in need
    Of a courageous symphony
    A verse of me verse in need
    Of a pure-heart singing me to peace

    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

    All that great heart lying still
    In silent suffering
    Smiling like a clown until the show has come to an end
    What is left for encore
    Is the same old dead boy's song
    Sung in silence
    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

    A midnight flight into Covington Woods
    A princess and a panther by my side
    These are territories I live for
    I'd still give my everything to love you more

    A song of me song in need
    Of a courageous symphony
    A verse of me verse in need
    Of a pure-heart singing me to peace

    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

    Now all that great heart lying still
    In silent suffering
    Smiling like a clown until the show has come to an end
    What is left for encore
    Is the same old dead boy's song
    Sung in silence
    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

    A silent symphony
    A hollow opus one, two, three

    Sometimes the sky is piano black
    Piano black over cleansing waters

    Resting pipes, verse of bore
    Rusting keys without a door

    Sometimes the within is piano black
    Piano black over cleansing waters

    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

  76. Ursula Saner

    Hoi ig chume vo dr schwiz und stand scho immer uf rock.aber was ihr mit floor abliefert isch absolut wau dr wahnsinn top top witer so

    Winter Sun

    Woher aus der Schweiz? Sorry, ich verstehe alles nur kann ich nicht in Swizzerdütsch antworten.

    Ursula Saner

    @Winter Sun ich bin aus liestal kanton baselland und habe jahrgang 1968 ich stehe auf metal aber nightwish mit floor sind meine top top..

    Winter Sun

    @Ursula Saner Kanton Aargau! Bin aber deutscher!

  77. leonardolelvx1010

    Floor es tan sexy la amo

  78. Elder Alves

    Floor is the best

  79. jayjay982

    Beautiful music, beautiful vocals, BEAUTIFUL FLOOR 💜💜💜💜

  80. юрий калюжный

    За Тарью и за всю группу, Финнам Большое КИИТОС !!!!!!))))))) Это ВЕЩЬ !!!!!!

    Vasyl R

    You are lost a bit))) this is Floor. Tarja has gone...

    юрий калюжный

    @Vasyl R И что с того, что Тарья ушла, это что, меняет дело ? Решил поумничать, великий знаток ?

    Vasyl R

    @юрий калюжный Not, just Tarja is not a topic for this performance. But did not expect another replay from you...

    юрий калюжный

    @Vasyl R А ты ожидаешь ответы, что бы дать им оценку? К великим экспертам себя причисляешь ? Давай на этом остановимся, что бы не обсуждать больше твои чванливые мнения....

    Vasyl R

    @юрий калюжный Guy, go home, pls... or maybe to psyсhologist, because your reaction is unadequte ))
    Obviously you had a difficult childhood and no one taught you to communicate properly...
    Nothing more to tell you... ((

  81. Josefina

    Can you PPPPPPLEASE make a studio version of this song with Floor? I keep listening to this version in Youtube because I am not fond of this song sang by Anette, particularly (nothing against her, just not a fan of her style with this song). Floor is perfect for this song.

    Antonio Fiorillo

    you can buy all the song of this concert on the web

  82. ieetemos4breakfast

    Every drummer should play with the enthusiasm and vigor that Jukka did. Miss him so much :(

  83. Reznov Nata

    Is that Jukka at drums?

    The Past

    is 2013

  84. Sandra Nelson

    Folks, lets all send positive thoughts for Jukka.

  85. Lastinline

    I just want a peek under that dress one time.

  86. Bernadetta von Varley

    Yes this is the song that came after all that reaction videos of Ghost love score

  87. Сергей Королько

    Фло Янсен прекрасная женщина и певица,но по ходу у нее есть конкурентка из России

  88. TheBoneDaddyJenkinsEsquire

    She murders this song so hard. God I love this band ever since I was a kid

  89. Matt Underwood

    at 1:28, 1000% into the performance lol, #1 fan

  90. Ryan Elessar

    "Smiling like a clown until the show has come to an end."
    Yeah, that's about right.

  91. Seven17

    Jeeeeezus! When she blasts that note at 1:15 I feel like the shockwave must have destroyed a couple of buildings in the backround. A few planes dropped out of the sky, a volcano erupted on the other side of the planet and Godzilla himself was like: "What the fuuuuuu..." and went back into the ocean. This woman is a goddess...

  92. Rinaldo arcuri

    A melhor banda de todos os tempos

  93. Mil Mil

    Fantastic, mesmerizing, perfect. Floor does Anette's songs beautifully and she is really great. Still think she shouldn't sing Tarja's songs, that should be a no go zone for any singer no matter how good they are.

  94. Станислав Стоянов

    Най-добрата

  95. fruzsina magyar

    baszott jo

  96. Putri nur syahdania

    Putra from Malaysia ..Cukup berkuasa dan terbaik / very power and the best.

  97. Ben Jr

    Song Of MyFloor

  98. Terry Preston

    1.7k thumbs down , WTF , morons

  99. Fela gund

    The nightingale is still locked in the cage
    The deep breath I took still poisons my lungs
    An old oak sheltering me from the blue
    Sun bathing on its dead frozen leaves

    A catnap in the ghost town of my heart
    She dreams of storytime and the river ghosts
    Of mermaids, of Whitman’s and the Ride
    Raving harlequins, gigantic toys

    A song of me a song in need
    Of a courageous symphony
    A verse of me a verse in need
    Of a pure-heart singing me to peace

    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angel wing

    All that great heart lying still
    In silent suffering
    Smiling like a clown until the show has come to an end
    What is left for encore
    Is the same old Dead Boy’s song
    Sung in silence
    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angelwing

    A midnight flight into Covington Woods
    A princess and a panther by my side
    These are Territories I live for
    I’d still give my everything to love you more

    3. Piano Black

    A silent symphony
    A hollow opus #1,2,3

    Sometimes the sky is piano black
    Piano black over cleansing waters

    Resting pipes, verse of bore
    Rusting keys without a door

    Sometimes the within is piano black
    Piano black over cleansing waters

    All that great heart lying still and slowly dying
    All that great heart lying still on an angel wing