Beethoven’s Last Night Album

Artist(s): Trans‐Siberian Orchestra

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Tracklist

Overture

length: 2:57
composer: Paul O’Neill

Since the time when ra and isis
Raised the sphinx out of the sand
And Apollo dreamed Athena
And men began to understand

That when darkness folds on darkness
In the restless tides of night
And lightning raises shadows
And for moments gives them life

It's been said by those who ponder
That it surely is a sign
That a life touched by the stars
Is now running out of time

And that somewhere in that darkness
In the heart of that great storm
The world returns a soul
That the gods caused to be born

And this was such a storm
The kind one rarely sees in life
For in a room now filled with shadows
The great Beethoven was spending
His last night

Midnight

length: 2:11
lead vocals: Jamie Torcellini
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
And in the dark he sits alone
To watch his final hours breathing
While unconcerned upon the wall
The clock it ticks away the time

No need for words for in the dark
All words have long since lost their meaning
Still when they whisper in his ear
He tries to read between the lines

What I see in the night
What I feel in your heart
All your dreams all your lies
Can you tell them apart

See the hands on the clock
Are you watching them turn
For your candle is quite low
We've been watching it burn

Do you lie here awake
As the shadows look on
Should they cry for your sake
Should you sleep in their arms

For the shadows see all
And they rarely forget
Every dream that you've had
Every act you regret

Fate

length: 1:15
composer: Paul O’Neill
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Faith and belief
And retreat
When you're standing all alone
With your dreams in the dark

Never knowing what is real
In the shadows you meet
Never knowing what is true
In the answers you seek
Never knowing if

Fate she hears me
Fate stand near me
Fate state clearly
Whether there will be another card

Retrieve us
Time deceives us
Faith she hears us
But she doesn't listen very hard

As she drifts through our lives
Tossing coins into the air
Watch them twist
Watch them fall
Turning hope into despair

Watch them twist
Watch them fall
Then she suddenly revives
Every dream that we've had
And we find ourselves
Alive

Believe me
Fate stands near me
Fate state clearly
Whether there will be another card

Receive us
Time deceives us
The only moment in our lives
That ever really mattered fate
Is now

What Good This Deafness

length: 1:47
lead vocals: Jamie Torcellini and Jody Ashworth
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
What good this deafness
That my whole life I have dread
What good this deafness
With these voices in my head

What good this deafness
If this prattle I must hear
If I were blind I'm sure they wouldn't disappear

Did you really want to believe what you're saying
Did you really want to be here alone
Have I interrupted a moment of praying
While your life's decaying
Your sins are they weighing
While you've been carving your stone
All on your own

Did you really want to sit here in silence
Could it be that brooding is part of your art
Is it an extension of artistic license
A moody defiance
Of all of life's tyrants
While you've been searching your heart
Alone with us in the dark

Mephistopheles

length: 3:44
lead vocals: Jon Oliva
composer: Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva
lyricist: Jon Oliva
All of your life now you have denied
There'd be a time when you'd ever die
Still it's been rumored this thing must be

Why is it then that you act surprised
When I appear now to be your guide
Why do you hesitate to follow me

See it rising, stare and wonder
Hear it beckon you to dance
Feel it hold you, take you under
I'm your god of second chance

And now you claim you are not prepared
So much to do you can not be spared
Still your entreaties death will not hear

The graveyard is filled with important men
Who could not be spared but were in the end
And so I whisper now in your ear

See it rising, stare and wonder
Hear it beckon you to dance
Feel it hold you, take you under
I'm your god of second chance

Domine
Domine
Domine
Domine
O Domine
O Domine
O Domine
O Domine

What Is Eternal

length: 4:40
lead vocals: Jody Ashworth
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
And here in the night
As I feel the inferno
I stare in the dark
Thinking what is eternal

The man or the moment
The act or the reason
These thoughts fill my head
As I contemplate treason

Of dreams I have had
And dreams I have pondered
When late in the night
My mind it would wander

To things I have done
And then quickly regretted
While denying vices
My life had selected

And I think what I've done
Or have yet to begin
And the man I've become
And the man that I've been

Now caught in a waltz
With the eternal dancer
I'm courted by death
But death isn't the answer
I say

All I was
Meant to be
Could I
Suddenly
Just decide
Not a thought
Would survive
Could it be
My life's worth
Ended there
With my birth

If I could see someone
Who's been there before me
And traded his soul
For a moment of glory

His penance or mercy
By spirits debated
While judged on a scale
That's been heavily weighted

And what have I done
Could there be such a sin
In this man I've become
In this man that I've been

Now calling to god
From the pit's very bottom
I pray he forgives
Every sin I've forgotten
This day

And who would have thought
That my fate it would conjure
This twist in the road
On which I have wandered

Each vision and dream now
Completely dismembered
To give one's whole life
And find nothing's
Remembered

And what good is a life
That leaves nothing behind
Not a thought or a dream
That might echo in time

The years and the hours
The seconds and minutes
And everything that
My life has placed in it
Betrayed
Betrayed
Betrayed

The things I have done
The places I've been
The cost of my dreams
The weight of my sins

And everything that
I've gathered in life
Could it be lost
Could it be lost in this
Could it be lost in this
Night

The Moment

length: 2:48
lead vocals: Jody Ashworth
composer: Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
In this world of circumstance
Children never fear forever
And this moment that enchants
Someday we may both remember

Then
Maybe then
If we are still alive
Then
Maybe then
This moment will survive

There is time in every word
There are words in every reason
And these notes that are unheard
One day they may find their season

Then
Maybe then
If we are still alive
Then
Maybe then
This moment will survive

Then
Maybe then
If we are still alive
Then
Maybe then
This moment will survive

Vienna

length: 3:33
lead vocals: Guy LeMonnier
composer: Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Since I was a child
I've seen her in a dream
A captured fairy tale
That echoes cross my life

And though I've courted her
She's always stayed unseen
Now all at once she
Glitters in the night

But that was yesterday
And that all was before
When she was far away
A silhouette of dreams

But others whispered
That she was so much more
And suddenly I now
Know what they mean

Dreams change
Years strain
Lost illusions
Last stands
God's hand
Absolution
Found

Fairy tale sins
Visions by grimm
All forgiven
Lives spent in vain
Never reclaimed
Take their final bows

Pictures and words
Visions absurd
Maddened poets
All within sight

Failures in life
Who'll never know it
Lazarus cries
There in his eyes

Hope has risen
Depth and facade
All before me now

Mozart/Figaro

length: 3:19
composer: Paul O’Neill, [traditional]

The Dreams of Candlelight

length: 4:06
lead vocals: Patti Russo
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Could this night it last forever
Every moment held together
As if in a perfect trance
And such a thing could be

No one else would understand it
We would know the gods had planned it
And for such a night as this
That they gave memory

And we would live inside this night
Within the dreams of candlelight
If you would bring this wish to life
And spend this night with me

Could this moment last forever
And this dream our one endeavor
If the stars would just enchant
And time would then agree

Every moment of tomorrow
From this evening we would borrow
If this wish the stars would grant
And gently oversee

And we would live inside this night
Within the dreams of candlelight
If you would bring this wish to life
And spend this night with me

Requiem (The Fifth)

length: 2:59
composer: Paul O’Neill
VOCA ME BENEDICTUM !
SANA MEAM ANIMAM !

VOCA ME BENEDICTUM !
SANA MEAM ANIMAM !

I’ll Keep Your Secrets

length: 4:16
lead vocals: Patti Russo
composer: Robert Kinkel, Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Lost in your dark
I see you there
What do you see beyond your stare
And you believe that no one else can know

What is this thing you keep inside
Out of the light and wrapped in pride
Always afraid that one day it will show

I'll keep your secrets
I'll hold your ground
And when the darkness starts to fall
I'll be around there waiting
When dreams are fading
And friends are distant and few

Know at that moment I'll be there with you
What are these voices that you hear
Are they too far or far too near
What are these things that echo from the past

Who are these ghosts you see at night
There in the shadows of your life
They only live by the light you cast

I'll keep your secrets
I'll hold your ground
And when the darkness starts to fall
I'll be around there waiting
When dreams are fading
And friends are distant and few

Know at that moment I'll be there with you

I'll be around
When there's no reason left to carry on
And every dream you've ever had is gone
And the dark is deep and black without a sound
And every star has been dragged to the ground
Know at that moment I will be around
Know at that moment I will be around

The Dark

length: 4:24
lead vocals: Dave Diamond, Doug Thoms and Zak Stevens
composer: Chris Caffery, Jon Oliva, Paul O’Neill
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Feel the darkness smiling
Every note is dying
Silence is refining
Every thought in his heart

Still the fates are weaving
Every note that's bleeding
As he sits there seething
All alone in the dark
Alone in the dark
Alone in the...

But in the night
The darkness breathes
If he wills it to be

Before his eyes
The music dies
But he will always hear me

He sits alone
The cards are shown
As he embraces the dark

The only sound
That he will hear
Is there in his heart

Someone is whispering softly to me
Shadows of things that no one can see
They are there for you if you want them to be
You want them to be
You want them to...

But in the night
The darkness breathes
If he wills it to be

Before his eyes
The music dies
But he will always hear me

He sits alone
The cards are shown
As he embraces the dark

The only sound
That he will hear
Is there in his heart

Für Elise

length: 0:42
composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Instrumental

After the Fall

length: 4:35
lead vocals: Patti Russo
composer: Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Time
Only time
Could never take me away from you

And why
Should it try
Time never cares just what we do

It just sits on a star
And gazes down
Dropping its moments all around
And if I could wish upon that star
I would find what you dream
And then ask god to grant it

I wanted
To say this
Long before this dark would fall
At night I
Would pray this
Then wonder if god heard at all
For the chances I've had are now long gone
And that star is no longer wished upon
For on this night it seems too far away

Try
I have tried
To pretend that I don't care
But then
Sleep arrives
And in every dream I find you there

But I don't want the past to be my life
And I don't want to live inside the night
But I don't want to see your shadow fade
So I sleep and I dream
Though I don't understand it

I wanted
To say this
Long before this dark would fall
At night I
Would pray this

Then wonder if god heard at all
For the chances I've had are now long gone
And that star is no longer wished upon
For on this night it seems too far away

You can live your life in a thousand ways
But it all comes down to that single day
When you realize what you regret
What you can't reclaim but you can't forget

If I could just fall back into my life
And find you there inside this night
And let eternity just drift away

A Last Illusion

length: 5:27
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Priusquam praesens
Damnatus salvens
Hic homo nesciens.
Quae futura est ?

Est plane vanum?
Magnificandum?
Error aut sanum?
O fortuna est!
Qua?

The past and present
Loss and redemption
A man's intentions
All things yet to be

A last illusion
Time's absolution
Fact and confusion
Fate and destiny bound

This Is Who You Are

length: 3:59
lead vocals: Jody Ashworth
composer: Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Sometimes
Slowly
Time brings revelation

Waiting
Softly
For someone to believe

That the ghosts we've hidden or left to die
Have now arisen and will arrive
To say what has happened
Say what has happened
Say what has happened
To me

And who would have thought
That you'd be the one
That I would have found here waiting

Lost in this night
Until you arrived
And always too blind to see

And who would have thought
That after this time
That I'd be the one you're saving

Now undisguised
The ghosts that survive
Now say what was meant to be

I never wanted to give my life away
Who ever thought it would matter any way

Wandering inside this night
Finding pieces of a life
Never sure I'd ever know what it means

It's the strangers in your life
That you'd never thought you'd meet
It's the hand that picked you up
When you're laying in the street

It's the hand that cut you down
It's the dream that someone shared
When you thought that all was lost
It's the friend that wasn't there

You can run from all the memory
But never get that far
For in the end they'll find you
For this is who you are

Change one note
Change one line
Nothing's going to be the same
Change one loss
Change one cut
Everything is re-arranged

Every act
Cruel or kind
Lost inside our memory
If you look
There in time

You'll find it in
Find it in
Find it in
You'll find it in me

Beethoven

length: 2:57
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
Instrumental

Mephistopheles’ Return

length: 4:26
lead vocals: Jody Ashworth
composer: Robert Kinkel, Paul O’Neill
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
In every life
It has been said
There comes a time to join the dead
Admit there is no second chance
And join death in a final dance

Across the floor eternity
Until the final moments bled
And in the dark to take his hand
Accept that it is time to wed

I don't know what I'm thinking
Because all that I see
Is his face grinning
Mephistopheles

I need to find an answer
For this one can not be
Within the words of mephistophel...

Tell me what you think
Tell me what you know
Did you really think
That there would be an ever after

Do you think I'm scared
Tell me does it show
When inside this deafness
I can always hear his whispering

( towards ghosts )

There comes a time you decide
What from your life will be real
What scars you will keep alive
What you are willing to heal

But can I gamble this night
With everything that I am
And can I erase my life
Or do I stay here and be damned

( towards twist )

Tell me what you think
Tell me what you know
Did you really think
That there would be an ever after

Do you think I'm scared
Tell me does it show
When inside this deafness
I can always hear his laughter

I don't know what I'm thinking
Because all that I see
Is his face grinning
Mephistopheles

I need to find an answer
For this one can not be
Within the words of mephistopheles

I

Don't need this path before me
Don't need forgotten glory
Don't need these threats of violence
Don't need eternal silence

Don't need these midnight visions
Don't need to make decisions
Don't need to be uncertain
Don't need this final curtain

Ii

Somewhere out there
He still gazes
As I wander through his mazes

Death and life here
Truth or lies
Every thought is well disguised

Iii

Now
It is too late
This path to take
Don't want to lose my life this way

Medusa dreams
The dead still scream
Don't want to see my life betrayed

Iv

All these things are now before me
Endless death or timeless glory
On this night of ghosts returning
To the light of bridges burning

Now it is too late
This path to take
Don't want to see my life be...( trayed )

( towards twist )

Tell me what you think
Tell me what you know
Did you really think
That there would be an ever after

Do you think I'm scared
Tell me does it show
When inside this deafness
I can always hear his laughter

I don't know what I'm thinking
Because all that I see
Is his face grinning
Mephistopheles

I need to find an answer
For this one cannot be
Within the words of mephistopheles

The cost of patience
When there's no time before me
Of hesitation
All for this twisted glory

And my salvation
The cost of how it's gotten
The cost of what's gained
All forgotten
All forgotten

Misery

length: 2:45
lead vocals: Jon Oliva
composer: Paul O’Neill, Robert Kinkel
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
There is a child and she sleeps in the gutter
Don't close your eyes and she's easy to see
She is not your child
She's always another's
And those you abandon
They are left to me

And know I will impale her like a knife
Leave her twisting day after day after day of a very short life with me

Listen now closely and hear how I've planned it
Please let me tell you just how it will be

She'll feel the pain but she won't understand it
She'll think it's her fate
But we'll know it's me

And know I will impale her like a knife
Leave her twisting day after day after day of a very short life
With me

So let me know
Have I been clear
That I will magnify each cut and every bruise and every single childhood tear

I'll pick her scabs
Cripple a hand
Push a finger in each wound I make
Now tell me then

Do you understand
You understand?
You understand
You understand?
You understand

And know I will impale her like a knife
Leave her twisting day after day after day of a very short life
With me

Who Is This Child

length: 4:34
lead vocals: Jody Ashworth
composer: Jon Oliva, Paul O’Neill
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Who is this child
That I've never seen before
Who is this child
That I've not seen till this day

Who dares to fall asleep
Outside my door
If we should wait awhile
I'm sure she'll go away

To be involved with this
Would surely not be wise
For in the final word
She means nothing to me

I learned the trick is
That we just avoid her eyes
And the question
What she means to ...

What is this life
There will be other lives
Soon to arrive
Surely some will survive
She is but one
And there are many more
Each the same as any other

Who is this child
What does she mean to me
I close my eyes
And still her face I see
She is but one
Her kind is everywhere
Can't you see there's no way I should care

I need a moment now
I have to clear my mind
There is a limit lord
Just to being kind

There is no way in life
That each child can be saved
Should I be looking with regret
At every grave

There are no guarantees
In life she should be warned
I'm not responsible for
This child being born

I'm not responsible
In any kind of way
For every child that life can gather

What is this life
There will be other lives
Soon to arrive
Surely some will survive

She is but one
And there are many more
Could this one life really matter

Who is this child
What does she mean to me
I close my eyes
And still her face I see
She is but one
Her kind is everywhere
Can't you see there's no way I should care

Can you see it in the night
Can you feel that it's out there
It's the arcing of a life
And it's hanging in the air

Though I try to close my eyes
And pretend that I don't know
In my heart
I just can't let it go

There has to be another way for me
A way that leads from this insanity
A way that leads from my destruction in this way

Can you see it in the night
Can you feel that it's out there
It's the arcing of a life
And it's hanging in the air

Though I try to close my eyes
And pretend that I don't know
In my heart
I just can't let it go

A Final Dream

length: 1:57
lead vocals: Sylvia Tosun
composer: Paul O’Neill, Jon Oliva
lyricist: Paul O’Neill
Lay your head down
And sleep on my shoulder
Lay your head down
And start a new dream
And for tonight
The moment is over
Drift in a lullaby
Here where the stars reside
And angels are always seen

And lay your head down
The stars they have whispered
Hear what they say
And know that it means
The moon is your guide
The stars they have kissed her
As she goes gently by
Light as a baby's sigh
Safe on a fairy tale stream

And start a new dream