Reckoning Night (2004)

Alex’s Selection: 9/11/16 – 9/17/16

Theme: Power Metal

Band: Sonata Arctica

Release Date: 10/11/2004

Runtime: 52:30

Label: Nuclear Blast

Track Listing:

1). Misplaced – 4:42
2). Blinded No More – 5:33
3). Ain’t Your Fairytale – 5:26
4). Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night… – 3:21
5). Don’t Say a Word – 5:48
6). The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Real Puppet – 4:44
7). My Selene – 5:28
8). Wildfire – 4:36
9). White Pearl, Black Oceans… – 8:47
10). Shamandalie – 4:04

Lyrics:

1). Misplaced

Sometimes I feel so,
out of time and place, trapped in a maze.
As if I was lost in someone else’s life.
The values I should keep in high regard,
don’t mean a thing to me!

Do you ever feel a need to go back in time?
A dream of mine, to travel far away,
and one day steal back my life.
In the end all I can do,
is to learn I live in a dreamland.

This time was not made for me!
I have nowhere to land, no place to rest.
Like a bird without a nest I’m gliding,
under the clouds forevermore.

How much suffocated anxiety can be held within?
I was found guilty to a crime against myself.
No need to hear the words again,
I live and I’d die for my dreamland!

This time was not made for me!
I have nowhere to land, no place to rest.
Like a bird without a nest I’m gliding,
under the clouds forevermore.

I’ll never have a chance,
I can’t understand.
I’m a misplaced man!

How could this backward land,
learn to understand my dance,
what it’s like when every single smile hurts?

I have never felt like home here,
always missing something!
People aren’t connecting.
Am I a misplaced soul?

I live in a perfect Hell,
I try finding my wishing well.
When I drop my last tear,
I have accepted this life.

A true saint, that I am not,
you have never seen me.
Because I have always been there,
standing by your side.

I’ll never have a chance,
I can’t understand.
I’m a misplaced man!

How could this backward land,
learn to understand my dance,
what it’s like when…

Every single moment pains me,
never felt like home here.
I am missing something!
My soul’s in a wrong shell.

2). Blinded No More

Your pretty face seduced me,
blinded me from how you used me.
I walked the long way home,
only to get hurt by you again.

The longest glance,
what illusions did I have of you?
A lone reflection splitting in two!

You found all seven ways to keep me near,
near within your reach.
You sure knew how to harness love,
but never made me more than want you.

I’m not sorry,
you will never get more out of me.
Because I am blinded no more.

You sucked out my will to live,
you gave me the crown and killed.
High road would have none to regret.
Never left, I took the low road instead.

Love is a little death,
between two little lives,
nothing more.

Now I have myself to live for!

You sucked out my will to live,
you gave me the crown and killed.
High road would have none to regret.
Never left, I took the low road instead.

My life out of my hands,
I always gave eternal love another chance.
Say the words, I wanna hear all over again.
Consuming love, my only reason.

Nothing is service free,
such things cannot be healed,
that will do fine for me.
So come here, come, come, come.

You suck out my will to live,
you gave me the crown and killed.
High road would have none to regret.
Never left, I took the low road instead.

In the same nightmare again,
dark tunnel of love will never end.
Taken for granted again,
too weak to say it is over, all over.

My life out of my hands,
I always gave eternal love another chance.
Say the words, I wanna hear all over again.
Consuming love, my only reason.

We always seem to end up here and break a lance,
ready to give eternal love another chance.
You say the words, I wanna hear all over again.
Lust is my all consuming reason.

Now, take me again…

3). Ain’t Your Fairytale

The ones who seek justice,
will pray for it all their lives.
They can and they will skin us all one day!
Oh, can you hear them cry?

As far as the man can run from us,
we’re following the trail of blood.
So hunt, my young ones!

I have always known the storm would come.
Listen now, my young ones!
This is not a story I tell,
of midnight, moon and sun.

Are you ready to walk the forbidden road?
Learn again what we tried to forget!
The dark can now take over you.

We have a common past, an ancient bond,
that people once broke.
We would only take what we need,
they would harvest our weak.

But they hunted us all,
We ended the last of them thus far,
ten lifetimes ago.

In hopes of healing the sore,
but the war still went on!

Preying for the moon, hiding for the day.
These might be our last times!
I ain’t gonna see you taken away.

Heading for the dawn of our way of life,
you’re welcome to give it your best try.
Look me in the eyes, oh wolver.
This ain’t your fairy tale!

It took so many years,
to teach them how to cry “Wolf”.
We made the people serve the purpose.
Those ignorant fools, my young ones!

Teach the ones below you,
something you’ve learned.
And learn from the ones above you.
Fear is your deepest wisdom,
for these last days.

Preying for the moon, hiding for the day.
These might be our last times!
I ain’t gonna see you taken away.

Heading for the dawn of our way of life,
you’re welcome to give it your best try.
Look me in the eyes, oh wolver.
This ain’t your fairy tale!

The ones who seek justice,
will pray for it all their lives.
They can and they will skin us all one day!
Oh, can you hear them cry?

As far as the man can run from us,
we’re following the trail of blood.
So hunt, my young ones!

The pack they have always feared is back!

On your last day,
remember, we never die!
Death does not exist for us.

They don’t fear the wolf,
but the wild within.
No glory to the way this must end.

This is a story I told,
unfolding before you.

Preying for the moon, hiding for the day.
These might be our last times!
I ain’t gonna see you taken away.

Heading for the dawn of our way of life,
you’re welcome to give it your best try.
Look me in the eyes, oh wolver.
This ain’t your fairy tale!

The ones who seek justice,
will pray for it all their lives.
They can and they will skin us all one day!
Oh, can you hear them cry?

As far as the man can run from us,
we’re following the trail of blood.
So hunt, my young ones!

The pack they have always feared is back!

4). Reckoning Day, Reckoning Night…

Instrumental

5). Don’t Say a Word

I am your poison candygram,
the love that’s meant to fade away.
Vade retro, alter ego, move aside,
I’m choking on this life.

I think I tolerate your hate,
as long as you’re afraid.
All I wanted was to be with you,
and suffer every day.

Under the moon I hold a wake for a promise torn.
Mortally wounded, feelings sheltered me.
Once again my shadow will enter your life.
Time to walk with me the last mile.

I read a book about a man,
a love, a woman, how they died.
How I was waved aside,
listen how the headless doves cry.

I truly see a madman,
in the mirror when I’m weak.
I spent a year in love,
before I realized it’s me.

Open your blue eyes,
tell me that you love me, whore.
Make me believe it,
I know you’re lying.

Broke the vow I thought you made.
My angel, why?
Could I let you wait out the night?

Mother always said:
“My son, do the noble thing!
You have to finish what you started.
No matter what, now sit, watch and learn.”

“It’s not how long you live,
but what your morals say.”
Cannot keep your part of the deal.
So don’t say a word, don’t say a word.

It won’t be long now, love,
like mist I slowly fill the room.
I place a black candle on your chest,
the path of night is manifest.

I never wanted us to end up,
in this catatonic phase.
It wasn’t me who ran away,
you made me stray.

Open your blue eyes,
tell me that you love me, whore.
Make me believe it,
I know you’re lying.

Broke the vow I thought you made.
My angel, why?
Settling the score, we pass the twilight.

Mother always said:
“My son, do the noble thing!
You have to finish what you started.
No matter what, now sit, watch and learn.”

“It’s not how long you live,
but what your morals say.”
Cannot keep your part of the deal.
So don’t say a word, don’t say a word.

Strawberry blonde, your stranglehold,
on my heart is bound to end.
I suppose, life sometimes,
it doesn’t go the way it was meant.

Though you never were a believer,
I assure you: I won’t die before you
You read the book now,
the part “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust”.

Short is the fight of this little starling.
Love sounds familiar, but the emotion escapes me.
I will carpe the diem while it’s still here,
and see how the fear of death becomes her.

We had it all so sweet!
Made for me and you, indeed.
Big secret, small the lie.
Don’t cry for me, oh argentite

No word you say tonight,
can make this be alright.
I’ll help you follow through.
Remember this: pacta sunt servanda

The wounds are too deep!
I need to keep the scars,
to prove there was a time,
when I loved something more than life.

Unlike the last time here,
I now have the means and a will sincere.
Your knight is nowhere near!
Unfortunate for you, this makes me your God.

Closing your eyes,
don’t ever say you love me, whore.
You never meant a word,
I know you lied.

When there is life, there is despair.
Indulge me now and stay alive this night!
I promise you the end before the first light arrives.

Mother always said:
“My son, do the noble thing!
You have to finish what you started.
No matter what, now sit, watch and learn.”

“It’s not how long you live,
but what your morals say.”
Cannot keep your part of the deal.
So don’t say a word, don’t say a word.

6). The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Real Puppet

So many years ago, many more than I’d,
even care to bear in my mind.
From the darkest of all places I found you.

All the limbs in their right places,
and a heart made of real gold.
Sell me your little doll,
oh sir, I ask you kind.

Every night I returned to watch them,
the master and the puppet in the show.
He said: “Oh, no, I cannot sell him!
Priceless he is, masterpiece of mine.”

Please, sell me your puppet, sir.
Name your price, oh please,
Whatever you may ask,
tenfold the price I pay.

“Did I not make it clear?
This debate is over.
I will never part from this puppet, my son.”

With hungry eyes I followed them all night,
the blind master and the puppet he had made.
“No, sir, to sell is not my will!”
The doll is mine, even if I have to kill!

So it shall be, if this is what it takes!
“Oh, greed’s truly blinder than me!
Heart of gold is what you wish for?
So, this little boy wants to be a puppet, for real.”

So I have the golden heart,
now only needing the voice of the master.
Never feel hunger, never grow older.
My dream was to be a star in a real puppet show.

It’s so hard to remember my life,
the times before the show.
Can I ever cut off the strings?
“Take a bow, now dance and sing!”

Would you turn me to a child again?
“No, never, I am your guide.”
You can see a small grin on the face,
of the master when the puppet’s in his place.

Be careful what you wish for,
wishes might come alive.
The twines are pulling me,
every day and night.

The show, the glitter and all the fame,
I’d give away for a life.
Some things can end with a word, they say.
This only ends with a sharp knife.

7). My Selene

Nocturnal poetry:
Dressed in the whitest silver,
you’d smile at me.
Every night I wait for my sweet Selene.

But still solitude’s upon my skin.
A Life that’s bound by the chains of reality.
Would you let me be your Endymion?

I would Bathe in your moonlight,
and slumber in peace.
Enchanted by your kiss,
in forever sleep.

But until we unite,
I live for that night.
Wait for time,
two souls entwine.

In the break of new dawn,
my hope is forlorn.
Shadows they will fade,
but I’m always in the shade.

Without you!

Serene and silent sky
Rays of moon are,
dancing with the tide.
A perfect sight, a world divine.

And I the loneliest child alive.
Always waiting, searching for my rhyme.
I’m still alone in the dead of night.

Silent I lie,
with a smile on my face.
Appearance deceives,
and the silence betrays.

As I wait for the time,
my dream comes alive.
Always out of sight,
but never out of mind.

And under waning moon,
still I long for you.
Alone against the light.
Solitude am I!

In the end I’m enslaved,
by my dream
In the end there’s no soul,
who’d bleed for me.

Hidden from daylight,
I’m sealed in my cave.
Trapped in a dream,
that is slowly turning to nightmare.

where I’m all alone!

Venial is life,
when you’re but a dream.
the book is still open,
the pages as empty as me.

I cling to a hope,
that’s beginning to fade.
Trying to break,
the desolation I hate.

But until we unite,
I live for that night.
Wait for time,
two souls entwine.

In the break of new dawn,
my hope is forlorn.
We will never meet,
only Misery and me.

This is my final call,
my evenfall.
Drowning into time,
I become the night.

By the light of new day,
I’ll fade away.
Reality cuts deep,
Would you bleed with me?

My Selene!

8). Wildfire

“Oh, why are we so sad?
Are we feeling hurt by their evil lies,
and all those empty words?

We are thirsty for payback?
What would we like to do with the town?
Would we like to make it dance,
with the animal?

Would we?
Would we?

Tell us what we would like to do.
Burn it, burn it all!”

Burn honey, burn!
Let the fire eat away,
I never liked the look of this town.
Burn it down now!

I’ll run,
they all know what I’ve done.
I fetch my gear,
and take my leave from this mountain.

I never had a chance,
to prove I wasn’t guilty.
I always seemed to get blamed,
for every little crime,
I didn’t even have a name for!

Still running,
still defeated in my mind
I never even tried,
to defend my own pride.

The father ain’t always,
like the son.
They claim we’ve purloined,
I’m not the one.

The story always goes,
when the anger within,
builds up for too long.

Takes us over,
and we all are forced to obey.

It was a match made in Hell,
now the whole mountain burns!
And every man gets what no man deserves.

Our beloved kin,
never learned to fit in.
Now I pay for my name,
live my life in sin.

How much less can I ask from you people?
This town stays in disarray,
until the rules are the same for us all!

I’ve ran on this mountain,
with no guilt of my own.
The trees and the rocks,
every cave, every hole.

I dropped them a line:
“Beware, this mountain will,
blow in your face.
My last saving grace.”

Bells toll all over town.
Burn, burn until it’s all gone!
Game over, what was a bad joke,
is now a reality show.

We all are forced to obey?
we all are forced to obey?
I climbed up the mountain,
and dug a grave for each day of pain!

It’s in the past,
this moment’s so frail.
I am what you made me,
with years of abuse.

So burn!

It was a match made in Hell,
now the whole mountain burns!
And every man gets what no man deserves.

Our beloved kin,
never learned to fit in.
Now I pay for my name,
live my life in sin.

How much less can I ask from you people?
This town stays in disarray,
until the rules are the same for us all!

Our beloved kin,
never learned to fit in.
Now I pay for my name,
live my life in sin.

How much less can I ask from you people?
I hereby declare a martial law!
You all, we all are forced to obey!

9). White Pearl, Black Oceans…

I was born,
and raised by the sea, shy yet proud.
Learned to stay away from the crowd,
in my home, my lighthouse.

101 steps down, round and round.
New Years Eve, one night in the town,
can change one life into eternity.

All I could see, her eyes,
we got caught in the moment all of the night.
Taken beyond all lines,
in silence leaving ’em all behind.

She had found the sails,
for the following night.
The town, for her,
was getting way too small.

She promised to be mine.
Forever, for that one night.

Moments, passion, small defeats.
Concealed emotions, found in me.
“You gave life to a brand new me.”

Crossing the wintry fields,
the first hour of morning light.
Warmed by the flame inside,
the lasting memory of the ending night.

I never had a chance to stop what hit me,
what broke my bones and mauled me.
After hours of deep unwilling sleep,
in a cold shelter fell back in the dark,
and the hours of the day passed.

A Nightmare awakes me, blinking light!
There’s no guide, blind ships in the night.
Oh blood red moon, eat away the night.

Darkness covers my lonely soul,
no one to feed the dying light.

Good morn’ dreadful day,
I prayed the moon had lit,
the sea instead of me.

For the sails of night,
“please tell me everything’s alright.”

My voice in the room broke the silence,
everybody killed me with their eyes.
What I was to hear made the people cry,
impossible for me to keep the tears inside.

“All on the board the White Pearl have died,
coastal reef have tolled their lives.
And you are the light of the night!”

One thing I remember,
before I fell on the ground.
Although I never saw the face,
a name was inked in his arm.

Love can be like poetry of demons,
or maybe God loves complex irony?
The family name stated I had seen before,
written on her front door!

“Silence in the courthouse!”
A presence in the room, we both could feel.
The father of her unborn child and me.

“All on the board the White Pearl have died,
coastal reef have tolled their lives.
While I was the guide light!

Back in my tower, run, run, run!
Light is out, I hope to see,
black oceans beneath rise and swallow me.”

One step will take me back inside, another sees my end.
No one can love a man who guarded the light,
guarded the light one faithful night.

Flaming eyes I must confront,
before I’m truly stated free.

Defining innocence is Hell, after all that has past.
Building new walls inside my eternal night.
Although they took my heart and dried me up,
sometimes I still bleed!

Show me the way!
Show me the way!

The light will show me,
a way on the grisly reefs.
Too many dead ends I see!

No soul can save me!
The respect I lost,
the measure of a man.

10.000 steps down, round and round.
One night at the town and I’m Hell bound.
Black oceans beneath come and swallow me!

All on the board the White Pearl had died,
coastal reef come take my life.
Black oceans beneath come and swallow me!

My little tower, seal my fate.
Help me pay back, end their hate.
Black oceans beneath come and swallow me!

One direction, down, down, down!
Pitch black night for my old town.
Black oceans beneath shall now swallow me!

“I hereby commit my life to the deep,
to be turned into corruption.
Looking for the resurrection of the body.

When the Sea shall give up her dead,
and the life of the world to come,
through our Lord.

Amen!”

10). Shamandalie

In good old times,
remember my friend.
Moon was so bright,
and so close to us sometimes.

We were still blind and deaf,
what a bliss?
Painting the world of our own,
for our own eyes now?

Can we ever have what we had then?
Friendship unbreakable!
Love means nothing to me,
without blinking an eye.

I’d fade, if so needed,
all those moments with you.
If I had you beside me.

One cloudy day,
we both lost the game?
We drifted so far and away.

Nothing is quite,
as cruel as a child.
Sometimes we break,
the unbreakable, sometimes?

And we’ll never have what we had then.
Friendship unbroken.
Love means nothing to me,
without blinking an eye.

I’d fade, if so needed,
all those moments with you.
If I had you beside me now.

I was unable to cope with what you said,
sometimes we need to be cruel to be kind.
Child that I was, could not see the reason.
Feelings I had were but sham and a lie?

I have never forgotten your smile.
Your eyes, oh, Shamandalie.
Time went by, many memories died.
I’m writing this down to ease my pain.

You saw us always clearer than me,
how we were never meant to be.
Love denied meant the friendship would die.
Now I have seen the light!

These memories make me cry.

Can I ever have what I had then?
Friendship unbroken!
Love means nothing to me,
without blinking an eye.

I’d fade, if so needed,
all those moments with you.
See the world with my wide open eyes.

Friendship got broken,
there’s no other for me,
like the one of my childhood days.

Can you forgive me?
The love got better off me,
on that one day back in old times.

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