Nightwish - The Islander Lyrics

[Composer: 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's 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

Now his love`s a memory, a ghost in the fog
He sets the sails one last time saying farewell to the world
Anchor to the water, seabed far below
Grass still in his feet and a smile beneath his brow

[Chorus x2]

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Nightwish The Islander Comments
  1. Simulator King

    drachenlord meddl loide

  2. Ngoc Duy Nguyen

    The first islander is going to destroy is Australia by me (a madman on earth).

  3. Karate Jutsu Kryry

    Bez Tarji jako bez ruky Tarja je náboj už to nikdy nebude ono nikdy nikdy nikdy bohužel

  4. Jose Murtra

    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
    Now his love`s a memory
    A ghost in the fog
    He sets the sails one last time
    Saying farewell to the world

    2019 and still love this song


    Thank you for the lyrics. I must say I´m no Nightwish fan but this song and the lyrics are really great.

  5. Frauke Hammer

    This Video is one of the Best of Nightwish.

    Laxy Laser

    Frauke Hammer tru that it’s on all my playlists

  6. Frauke Hammer

    I think Anette is one of the best singers in studio but she has no spirit on stage.

  7. Al Faixal

    Flute is on fire 😮

  8. Erica Gravina

    One of the most perfect sounds!

  9. Anand Chauhan

    I'm goona play this song at the end of the world

  10. Mark Spohn

    Oh no what have I done what was this quick get me some Japanese metal

  11. Low Roar

    This is their best video hands down. Hopefully they get something with this quality for the next album

  12. journeystarr

    Blind Guardian's Bard's Song brought me here.

  13. Akila Iber

    Meu filho quando ninguém consegue fazer dormir é só colocar essa música, ele ama!

    maaylima ;

    A minha também hahahaha

  14. Rob Shmurder

    RIP Trish
    I miss you so much 😔

  15. Victor Salazar


  16. knivesron

    does it say "seamens in his face" at the start or am i trippen. nightwish have so fallen since tarja left

  17. Maarten

    back when songs like these had a humble 200-300k views and everyone was like nightwish who ?

  18. blackfinite

    Seeing it now I am quite certain that the old man is "Hide-The-Pain-Harold", the man, the meme, the legend

  19. Moustafa Haj

    finaly i found this music lovely

  20. Hécate Parcro

    it's not the same without tarja....



  22. ᛏᚢᚱ ᛗᚨᚲᛞᛟᚾᚨᛚᛞ

    Fake ass Johnny Depp out here making music 😁😁😏😂😂😂

  23. Miranda Barden

    I saw Frozen 2, and All Is Found reminded me of this song

  24. Johny Platon

    I od Vatrenih još uvijek gori Vatra🤗🤗🤗🤗🇫🇯

  25. Eko Rottun

    This made me cry, like im not joking.

  26. Nascha Kroh

    Accidentally selected this song... couldn’t stop listening or watching 😍
    Beautiful work


    Same here and same here :)

  27. Александр Николаев

    Как всегда...классно!!!

  28. Ryan Vert

    This has to be my favorite song by Nightwish. Yes I enjoy their other songs but when they dropped this it hit way different.

  29. Vašek Pexa

    Half of the Nightwish fans: "TARJA!!"
    Second half of the Nightwish fans: "FLOOR!!"

    Me, an intellectual: "Marco"

    Maximiliano Ditommaso


    You can like more one or another, but the truth is that Nightwish always has had the best of the best regardin vocals, no matter their Style...

    Ariadne Marie Buscato

    I love Marco too but Annette is my fave because of the lightness she brought to the dark songs :)

    Михаил ПРОХОРОВ

    TARJA is the best! We want Tarja will come back to Nightwish!

  30. Raimundo Vieira

    Simplesmente magnífico

  31. Dio Brando

    A friend suggested this to me and I cant say am not disappointed

  32. Юрко Правук

    Nobody's can't replace Tarja))))
    But song nice)))
    Sorry Anete)

  33. BLUE DOG

    How can those
    Strings be so loose + still play ?

    mOOs Ruatfela

    Ikr? Seriously! I want that guitar

  34. Sherlock Homes


    William Rafael Abdalla

    que isso br

  35. Анна Анна

    Любимая группа. Успехов вам, ребята, таких как вы, больше не делают


    Russian version

  37. Waly TM

    Alguien en 2020?

    Ésta rola es muy buena!!!

  38. Regina K.

    Merke,für einigen von euch nur Musik und Fantasy!Für andere mehr!

  39. Antony Robson

    My past life and alight we begin,

  40. paulo costa

    Muito bom, tem que vim mais vezes no Brasil.

    Sherlock Homes

    na próxima vai canta caneta azul

  41. Employeesmustwash Hands

    This is how every strory should be told

  42. Jordan Giroux

    I love this song. I'm working on a book and this fits perfectly with the feel and plot of the Novel. Words can't express how much I enjoy this song, great stuff :)

  43. Ren Meker

    1:39 reminds me a lot of mumford and sons

  44. BeyoTheQ

    Beautifull song, and female vocal just in the background at first while slowly going to front in chorus.

  45. Котофей Игнатич

    загнанный заяц над бездной.... падает и смеётся... а почему смеётся? потому что свободный.

  46. Pretty Ānon

    These videos are epic

  47. Frauke Hammer

    Thats the Passion from Anette Olzon. She is a very good studio singer and very good for videos. but not for live.


    Show de bola.Relaxa demais .Mas Tarja Turunen era demais viu

  49. fefelka 808

    Чувак в кепке - рус, а молодые ёбнутые. Пизец, у людей вообще отсутствует чувство самосохранения

  50. Michael Exman

    your kidding right
    i guess there is a sucker borne every minute

  51. Mic 86

    Captain birds eye gets about I see.

  52. TreeMLoW

    Почти 2020 ку привет здарова

  53. Kizu no Otoko

    Returning to the sea to die ...

  54. unknown nostalgia

    What is the context of the song? Perhaps a dead sailor on a journey to the after life

    D. S.

    Something like that, I believe.

    Zero One

    To me it seems like an old man at the end of his life who had a loving family but long since abandoned him. So he kills himself.

  55. whyistomatoafruit

    Such an underrated song and video

  56. Hamarbi Ljungskile

    Why do I get an Elric-of-Melniboné vibe off of this song?

  57. Great Khali

    Zajebisty utwór!💪

  58. Azazuzial Demon

  59. Regina K.

    😘Merke,meine schwarze Suppe willst Du nicht probieren!

    Regina K.

    The Rainbowland has won!

  60. леонид пузынин


  61. Артём

    Респект от России! Какая красивая и душевная музыка! Не многие сейчас способны создать такое!

  62. Andrey Andrey

    Залупа какая то

  63. sycam3472

    Nightwish died when Tara left. There is no nightwish anymore.

    Dave Mason

    well not for you. You have our sympathy.


    Dave Mason thank you. I prefer to remember it as it was. Its like sneaker pimps without kelli ali. Its not the same as original.

  64. Ramazan Doğan

    Nightwish dinleyen vurduruyodur :)

    Ramazan Doğan

    Yorumu güzel bişey zannetcekler :)

  65. lary lavoisier


  66. Ricky Spanish

    MUCH LOVE, Nightwish!!

  67. Julios Rock

    "Up" pixa ????

  68. steven harrington


  69. diascrive

    Everyone hates me cuz I love Tarja - I get it Floor is whatever. Love this video and love Our Truth


    Actually I screwed up - Our Truth is Lacuna Coil - another great band.

  70. Axis Cube Y-G

    Эх, не хватает Тарьи

  71. Alessio Martis


  72. wolf 13


  73. Damon Fidler

    2019, legit.

  74. Randy Belaire

    Did anyone else thought of this song when they saw the trailer for The Lighthouse?

  75. pure zero

    This song gives me the feeling of "old man and sea" by Ernest Hemingway

  76. Геннадий Павленко


  77. WolkieNL

    Kinda reminds me of 'Poets and the muse' by Poets of the Fall

  78. Mario Lungolov

    I am not even kidding but i think the song needs to be ''The OST'' of Vinland Saga! ! !

  79. Társis Cunha


  80. Julien Vial

    Looks like in the movie "Up" ^^

  81. maxcast1234567890

    Chrono Trigger

  82. Rizos Rebeldes

    Chilenos 2019?

    Javier Alejandro Torres

    Colombiano :D

    Rizos Rebeldes

    Javier Alejandro Torres Suramericano ❤️

  83. Francisco Santos

    Octuber 2019

  84. comrade116rus

    I thought "cool song, most recently it was often played on the radio" and then I realized that "recently" is 11 years ago.

  85. Martin Dobrozemský

    for vikings good jobs thanks

  86. Bartelos Kudelos

    Nightwish without Tarja is like Judas Priest without Rob Halford

  87. Tengku ma'wa

    Nice song melody.... Great greeting from shanghai

  88. Александр Хан


  89. Mav Erick

    I completely forgot about this song and this randomly popped in my recommendation today. Thank you YouTube for running me over with nostalgia

  90. Petr Petrov

    Лучше бы не пел. Музыка хороша

  91. Music Center

    Quem lembra da propaganda da coca cola? Kkk

  92. Raspati Digjaya

    why johny depp is there?

  93. Вениамин Петров

    From Russian with love

  94. Kletian Vorpal

    As much as this song speaks to me, it ranks second/third of My fav NW tracks, 10th Man down is #1, Sahara and The Islander both share ranks 2 an 3 but are interchangeable in positions XD