Meaning of The Kinslayer by Nightwish

Mass murders in American educational institutions occur, regrettably, quite often. One of the worst tragedies occurred in 1999 at Columbine Community High School in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, high school students, used firearms and improvised explosive devices to kill thirteen people and injure twenty-four others. Then they shot themselves.

The history of the creation and meaning of The Kinslayer – Nightwish

The Finnish band Nightwish dedicated the song The Kinslayer to this bloody incident. It was composed by the leader of the band Tuomas Holopainen, and the song was sung by Tarja Turunen.

The text of The Kinslayer includes dialogue performed by Tarja and Ike Vila of Babylon Whores. It consists of phrases that the killers allegedly uttered. It also contains a line from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” (“Good wombs hath borne bad sons”) that Eric Harris wrote on his mother’s day calendar, commentary from survivors of the massacre, and a reference to the fantasy novel series “Dragonlance” (” Even the dead cry, their only comfort”).

Release and achievements

The Kinslayer was Nightwish’s sixth single and the first from the Wishmaster album.

Clip The Kinslayer – Nightwish

The video was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Kinslayer

For whom the gun tolls
For whom the prey weeps
Bow before a war
call it religion
Some wounds never heal
Some tears never will
Dry for the unkind
cry for mankind
even the dead cry
Their only comfort
Kill your friend, I don’t care
Orchid kids, blinded stare
need to understand
No need to forgive
No truth no sense left
To be followed

– Facing this unbearable fear
like meeting an old friend.
– Time to die, poor mates,
You made me what I am!
– In this world of a million religions
everyone prays the same way.
– Your praying is in vain.
It’ll all be over soon.

-Father, help me, save me a place by your side!
– There is no God
Our creed is but for ourselves
Not a hero unless you die
Our species eat the wounded ones
– Drunk with the blood of your victims
I do feel your pity-wanting pain,
Lust for fame, a deadly game
– Run away with your impeccable kin!
– Good wombs hat borne bad sons

Cursing, God, why?
Falling for every lie
Survivors’ guilt
In us forevermore
Fifteen candles
Redeemers of this world
Dwell in hypocrisy:
“How were we supposed to know?”

The Kinslayer Lyrics

For whom the weapon calls
Because of whom the victim cries
Bow before the war
call it religion
Some wounds never heal
Some tears never
Will not dry out because of those filled with malice
Cry for the human race
Even the dead cry
It’s their only consolation
Kill a friend, I don’t care
Orchid children, blinded eye
Need to understand
There is no need to forgive
There is no truth, no meaning
Who could be followed

– Contemplating this unbearable fear
like meeting an old friend.
“Time to die, poor comrades.
You made me who I am!
– In this world of a million religions
everyone prays the same.
“You pray in vain.
It will all be over soon.

– Father, help me, leave me a place near you!
– There is no God. Our religion is all for ourselves.
You are not a hero until you die. Our species eats the wounded.
– Intoxicated by the blood of your victims,
I really feel your pain that needs pity
Lust for fame, deadly game
– Run away with your sinless family!
– The villains also have a good womb.

Cursing God, why?
Trusting every lie
Feeling guilty about surviving
In us forever
fifteen candles
Redeemers of this world
Live in hypocrisy
“How were we to know?”

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