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Stratovarius - Visions

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Stratovarius'1997

VisionsRelease by: Noise Records

Stratovarius - Visions
The length can be different in the booklet, in the player and on the different disks.
1. The Kiss of Judas

(05:49)

2. Black Diamond

(05:39)

3. Forever Free

(06:00)

4. Before the Winter

(06:07)

5. Legions

(05:43)

6. The Abyss of Your Eyes

(05:38)

7. Holy Light

(05:45)

8. Paradise

(04:27)

9. Coming Home

(05:36)

10. Visions (Southern Cross)

(10:15)

Bonus(es):
11. We Hold the Key
    (Live. Japanese bonus)


 
The Kiss of Judas
I hear footsteps closing in
I recognize them from my early days
The times are different the image remains the same
Repeating backflashes remembering the name

Approaching visions of things
I can't recall
A familiar smile awakes the pain

Unkept promises
The night awaits
The act of confidence
The kiss of Judas
I feel the lips on my cheek
The kiss of Judas
Haunts me once again

In your private chamber you're all alone
The well earned silver pieces falling to the Floor
The flame of the candle casting movement to the wall
Your eyes filled with guilt keep staring at the door
 
 
Black Diamond
Again I see you standing there watching me
Your gaze, those eyes are tantalizing openly
Inviting me to get close to you
Can't help myself
There's fascination in the air

I try to fight this strong sensation
But there's no chance to escape from this temptation
Feels like I've known you before
Repeating phrases
But I yearn for something more

I know I can't stay by your side forever
But I know I won't forget your beauty
My black diamond
Black Diamond
 
 
Forever Free
They try to give me answers
To questions I've never asked
I'll have no part in their conspiracy
I guess I am the kind of
Guy that will never stray
The thing I need is privacy

Some guiding, depriving
Misleading and combining
They're watching our every move

They can try to bind our arms
But they can't chain our minds or hearts
We will keep our faith inside our souls
And never let it go - we are Forever free

You see them making headlines
New pictures tell old stories
Explaining what they have said and done
Media's new illusion
Creating more confusion
But I know that they'll soon be gone
 
 
Before the Winter
Before the summer turns to winter
Before the dreams will turn to snow
I see the yellow leaves are falling
And soon I know I have to go

But I'll be back before the summer
Next year you're in my arms again
The winter breeze will send my message
It will keep you warm until then

The path to home is long and winding
I'll keep the flame alive for you until I am back
You and I will walk that road together
I'll show that all the dreams are true
If you only let them be before the winter
 
 
Legions
Far in the core of the earth
First it was given birth
We heard the call the message was so clear
The tracks were laid for the future to come

Sons and daughters of the Rising sun
The armies in europe here we come
We run like the wind we play from the heart
Now we are here together we sing

Faster than light higher than the sky
Tonight we're together again
Never give up and never give in
Stronger than steel we're the legions of the Twilight

We survived the hard times
Never accepted the lies
You run like the wind you sing from the heart
Now that we're here together we'll sing

Faster than light higher than the sky
Tonight we're together again
Never give up and never give in
Stronger than steel we're the legions of the Twilight

When we have to go back home again
We'll keep the mem'ries we gained inside our hearts

Chorus

Raise your hands for us!
 
 
The Abyss of Your Eyes
I feel like I'm drowning
Trying to catch my breath
Don't know what is happening
There's no sense of time

Deep underneath my skin
Feeling the pain within hear my cry
I feel drawn towards you can't resist
I don't know why

My life is changing I cannot recall

Where I've been before - the abyss of your eyes
Meaning so much more, am I losing my mind

The sun doesn't shine
But your eyes light my way
I've found what I've been searching for
My love won't go astray

Deep underneath my skin
Feeling the pain within hear my cry
I feel drawn towards you can't resist
I don't know why

My life is changing I cannot recall

Where I've been before - the abyss of your eyes
Meaning so much more, am I losing my mind

So many years my drifting heart has wandered around

Don't turn on me please won't you stay by my side

My life is changing I cannot recall

Where I've been before - the abyss of your eyes
Meaning so much more, am I losing my mind
 
 
Holy Light
(Instrumental)
 
 
Paradise
Late at night I find myself again
Wondering and watching TV
I can't believe what's on the screen
Something that I wouldn't like to see

Many rare species will perish soon
And we'll be short on food
Why do we have to be so selfish
We've got to change our attitude

I know that I am not
The only one that's worried
Why don't we all
Wake up, and realize

Like the birds in the sky
We're flying so high
Without making anykind of sacrifice
We've got so little time
To undo this crime
Or we'll lose our paradise

It seems to me that there's no sense at all
Nobody cares it's always the same
Mother nature's crying out in pain
I know we're the one's to blame
 
 
Coming Home
I wake up in the morning
So far away from home
Trying to make it through the day
Many miles are between us
I'm sending my love
From this payphone

Through the storms we've wandered
Many mountains we have climbed
But all the bad times are behind
The road is free - I'm coming home

Without you I'm like
A ship without its sails
Calling the wind to save me
I'd climb the highest mountain
I'd cross the seven seas
Just to see your smile again

All the trust that was built along the years
Is coming back to stay I know
Just look ahead the road is free
I'm coming home

With every step I'm closer to home
When I'm back you won't be alone
Soon I see the familiar door before my eyes
And you
 
 
Visions (Southern Cross)
I have seen the future of mankind
The wisdom of my prophecies you'll find
Follow the truth and be careful, are we the last?
Hundred years has passed what have we done
Inconceivable damage under the sun
I think it's too late to change the man - we are the last

The world keeps turning while people yearn for more
Mother nature is crying for a change
The time will come when we all must pay for what
We have done are you prepared for that?

As we are reaching the end
Of the century there's message we can send
Be strong and bold and never lose your mind
Cause we are the last

Signs of the end I see
Let them hear my voice in every corner of the world
Take heed of the warnings that I give
I have seen the southern cross forming in the sky
"There shall be heard in the air the noise of weapons
And in the same year the divines shall be enemies
They shall unjustly put down the holy laws
And by thunder and war true believers shall die"
Nostradamus: Century IV:43

"For forty years the rainbow shall not appear
For forty years it shall be seen every day
The parched earth shall wax drier every day
And a great flood when it shall appear"
Nostradamus: Century I:17

After us the road goes on forever
Many changes lie along the path
That's the price we pay for our selfishness
We are headed for the end

"From the skies shall come the powerful kind
Before and after the Mars reigns at will
Not far from the great age of Millenium
Buried ones shall come out of their graves"
Nostradamus: Century X:72,74

When the comet tears out the sky
You and I must die
After all this the time will come for the chosen ones
To rise from their graves to be free again

The beast is gone forever there's no more pain
Instead so many things for us to attain
The sun is shining brightly after the rain
The land is green and full of life again

The sorrows wiped away now
It's time to smile
And learn from the past
Together we will try

Twenty years of reign of the moon having past
Seven thousand years another shall hold his monarchy
When the sun shall resume his days past
Then is fulfilled and ends my prophecy
Nostradamus: Century I:48
 
 
We Hold the Key
(Live. Japanese bonus)
 
Lineup:
Timo Kotipelto - vocal
Jens Johansson - keys
Timo Tolkki - guitar, back-vocal
Jari Kainulainen - bass guitar
Jorg Michael (Gordon Perkins) - drums

Guests:
Kimmo Blomm (Kimmo Blom) - back-vocal
Marko Waara (Marko Vaara) - back-vocal
Richard Johnson - back-vocal
James M. Johnson - voice
 
Produced by Timo Tolkki.



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