SINGLES / AN EMPTY DREAM

Released on 22nd of September 2017 (Digitally on 23rd of June, 2017)
Lead & backing vocals: Tarja 1-5
Drums: Mike Terrana 2
Electric guitars: Alex Scholpp 2
Bass: Doug Wimbish 1,2
Keyboards: Christian Kretschmar 1 | Torsten Stenzel 1,3 | Guillermo De Medio 2 | Tomi Hassinen 4,5
Piano: Tarja 1,3
Programming: Christian Kretschmar 1 | Torsten Stenzel 1,3 | Atli Örvarsson 2
Ambient music design: Jim Dooley 2
Orchestral and Choir Arrangements Composer: Miguel Ricardo Borzi 1,3 | Jim Dooley 2
Recording Engineers: Jetro Vainio | Mario Altamirano | Torsten Stenzel | Anders Nyman at Estudio El Pie, Argentina | Stardust 2, Antigua & Barbuda | Sturdust, Finland | Genelec Artist Room, Finland and several other locations in the world
Produced by Tarja & MIC
Additional Production & Mixed by Tim Palmer at ’62 Studios
Mastering Engineer: Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound
Executive A&R consultant earMUSIC & Tarja: Daniel
Pieper
Executive Producers: Marcelo Cabuli & Tarja Turunen for NEMS Enterprises srl
Photographs by Tim Tronckoe
Make up & Hair: Laura Rantaniemi
Artwork by Alexander Mertsch for Groothuis.de and Büro Dirk Rudolph
Tarja’s clothes designed by Nordenfeldt & tailored by Sirja Tiilikainen
Tarja uses Beyerdynamic Microphones and Headphones
EP Recorded and Mixed with Genelec Studio Monitors

An Empty Dream

Written by Miguel Ricardo Borzi, Mariano Cattaneo & Tarja Turunen

Your scent became again
Vanishing memory
Repeating lace of pain
Why this endless misery?
As our oblivion
This void will hunt you
Can't be forgiven
Our love, the tears for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Through time I'm in control
Whispering cruelty
Today you have my soul
Who is who in this puppetry?
Lost our connection
Feelings I once knew
Crying for meaning
All alone, the death for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Time and loneliness
Where are you now?

How long will it take?

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever, ever!

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Undertaker

Written by Atli Örvarsson, Mattias Lindblom & Tarja Turunen

Bring out your dead
I’ll bury them all
Leave them with me.

Dress them in silk
Black as the night
Where no one can see.

Paint them with dirt
Shallow their graves
Silent their names.

Swallowed by earth
Written in dust
Killing the fame.

How did they die?
Oh the despair
So many lost.

Original sin
Gone in thin air
That is the cost.

No one recalls
All that is left
Nameless farewell.

Minding the fall
Cover the theft
Welcome to hell.

Meet your maker, ring your bells in vain
Undertaker, I am why you came
Feed your life with every need you have
And down below, forever, oh how sad.

Covered with thorns
Knocking the wood
Scratching the lid.

Legends are born
Without fine jewels
Here I forbid.

Walk amongst you
Sing to you sweet
Dark lullabies.

Giving you rest
Tainting your dreams
Cover your eyes.

Meet your maker, ring your bells in vain
Undertaker, I am why you came
Feed your life with every need you have
And down below forever, oh so sad.

An Empty Dream

Written by Miguel Ricardo Borzi, Mariano Cattaneo & Tarja Turunen

Your scent became again
Vanishing memory
Repeating lace of pain
Why this endless misery?
As our oblivion
This void will hunt you
Can't be forgiven
Our love, the tears for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Through time I'm in control
Whispering cruelty
Today you have my soul
Who is who in this puppetry?
Lost our connection
Feelings I once knew
Crying for meaning
All alone, the death for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Time and loneliness
Where are you now?

How long will it take?

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever, ever!

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

House of Wax

Written by Paul McCartney

Lightning hits the house of wax
Poets spill out on the street
To set alight the incomplete
Remainders of the future

Hidden in the yard
Hidden in the yard

Thunder drowns the trumpets blast
Poets scatter through the night
But they can only dream of flight
Away from their confusion

Hidden in the yard underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the answer to it all

Lightning hits the house of wax
Women scream and run around
To dance upon the battleground
Like wild demented horses

Hidden in the yard, underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the answer to it all

Hidden in the yard
Hidden in the yard

Hidden in the yard

The Living End

Written by Johnny Andrews & Tarja Turunen

Is the song that's forever
There's no need to surrender

Here with you now
Lights in the air
Devoted
No yesterday
Dying to live this moment

Growing stronger, taking over

Truth in your eyes,
See through my heart
It's open
Make me believe
Gives life to the path I've chosen

Blind desire, reaching higher

Is the song that's forever in the flame within
The living end
There's no need to surrender, I will sing with it
The living end

Sounds like colours raining down
Burning up the night

Is the song that's forever in the flame within
The living end
There's no need to surrender, I will sing with it
The living end
The living end

An Empty Dream

Written by Miguel Ricardo Borzi, Mariano Cattaneo & Tarja Turunen

Your scent became again
Vanishing memory
Repeating lace of pain
Why this endless misery?
As our oblivion
This void will hunt you
Can't be forgiven
Our love, the tears for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Through time I'm in control
Whispering cruelty
Today you have my soul
Who is who in this puppetry?
Lost our connection
Feelings I once knew
Crying for meaning
All alone, the death for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Time and loneliness
Where are you now?

How long will it take?

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever, ever!

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Undertaker

Written by Atli Örvarsson, Mattias Lindblom & Tarja Turunen

Bring out your dead
I’ll bury them all
Leave them with me.

Dress them in silk
Black as the night
Where no one can see.

Paint them with dirt
Shallow their graves
Silent their names.

Swallowed by earth
Written in dust
Killing the fame.

How did they die?
Oh the despair
So many lost.

Original sin
Gone in thin air
That is the cost.

No one recalls
All that is left
Nameless farewell.

Minding the fall
Cover the theft
Welcome to hell.

Meet your maker, ring your bells in vain
Undertaker, I am why you came
Feed your life with every need you have
And down below, forever, oh how sad.

Covered with thorns
Knocking the wood
Scratching the lid.

Legends are born
Without fine jewels
Here I forbid.

Walk amongst you
Sing to you sweet
Dark lullabies.

Giving you rest
Tainting your dreams
Cover your eyes.

Meet your maker, ring your bells in vain
Undertaker, I am why you came
Feed your life with every need you have
And down below forever, oh so sad.

An Empty Dream

Written by Miguel Ricardo Borzi, Mariano Cattaneo & Tarja Turunen

Your scent became again
Vanishing memory
Repeating lace of pain
Why this endless misery?
As our oblivion
This void will hunt you
Can't be forgiven
Our love, the tears for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Through time I'm in control
Whispering cruelty
Today you have my soul
Who is who in this puppetry?
Lost our connection
Feelings I once knew
Crying for meaning
All alone, the death for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Time and loneliness
Where are you now?

How long will it take?

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever, ever!

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

House of Wax

Written by Paul McCartney

Lightning hits the house of wax
Poets spill out on the street
To set alight the incomplete
Remainders of the future

Hidden in the yard
Hidden in the yard

Thunder drowns the trumpets blast
Poets scatter through the night
But they can only dream of flight
Away from their confusion

Hidden in the yard underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the answer to it all

Lightning hits the house of wax
Women scream and run around
To dance upon the battleground
Like wild demented horses

Hidden in the yard, underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay the answer to it all

Hidden in the yard
Hidden in the yard

Hidden in the yard

The Living End

Written by Johnny Andrews & Tarja Turunen

Is the song that's forever
There's no need to surrender

Here with you now
Lights in the air
Devoted
No yesterday
Dying to live this moment

Growing stronger, taking over

Truth in your eyes,
See through my heart
It's open
Make me believe
Gives life to the path I've chosen

Blind desire, reaching higher

Is the song that's forever in the flame within
The living end
There's no need to surrender, I will sing with it
The living end

Sounds like colours raining down
Burning up the night

Is the song that's forever in the flame within
The living end
There's no need to surrender, I will sing with it
The living end
The living end