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Nightwish: I Want My Tears Back Meaning

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I want my tears back

The treetops, the chimneys, the snowbed stories, winter grey
Wildflowers, those meadows of heaven, wind in the wheat

A railroad across waters, the scent of grandfatherly love
Blue bayous, Decembers, moon through...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 24th 2021 !⃝

    I want my tears back is the fifth song from Nightwish's 2011 Imaginaerum Album.
    It is a concept album and the basic story is about an old man reminiscing about his life.

    Composer, Keyboard player and Nightwish main lyric writer Tuomas Holopainen plainly draws on his own childhood experience in this song. You could say that he imagines himself as the main character in the story.
    He has described his own childhood as idyllic and the first four lines of this song reference those childhood days. The 'Meadows of Heaven' reference is an uplifting song about childhood from the Dark Passion Play album 2007. The 'Grandfather' reference is related to song eight on this album, 'Turn loose the Mermaids'in which he witnessed his grandfathers passing as a young boy.I imagine the reference is to a time before his grandfather died but he obviously played an important positive role in young Tuomas's life.

    The Chorus is a yearning to see those happy days or feel those experiences one last time 'Before the years take me'

    Even the saddest moments of a previous time look inviting compared to the darkness of death and so he would take his tears back if he could.

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