Sleeping Sun by Nightwish (Piano)

This is my piano cover of Sleeping Sun from the 1999 Nightwish album, Oceanborn.

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Sleeping Sun is a favourite of Nightwish Fans – one of the beautiful ballads from Oceanborn by Nightwish.

Music by Tuomas Holopainen
Originally performed by Nightwish

The title, Sleeping Sun, refers to the solar eclipse over Europe that occurred in 1999.

Oceanborn was the second album by Nightwish and this song is from before they made it big – you can hear the “innocence” as Tuomas Holopainen, songwriter of Nightwish, says. This album featured the original singer of Nightwish, Tarja Turunen, as lead vocalist. Her operatic style was a signature sound for the band and she really soars in Sleeping Sun.

When I visited Finland in 2016 for the Kitee International Music and Art Festival in the hometown of Nightwish, I met Tuomas Holopainen’s mother and I learned that Sleeping Sun is a favourite of hers – her very favourite song by her son’s band.

In the photo at the end of this video is myself, Tuomas Holopainen’s mother Kiti Holopainen, and Plamen Dimov. Plamen is a very important person to the history of Nightwish as he was the band members’ music mentor, still maintaining a close association with the band to this day.

So I hope that you enjoy this video – Sleeping Sun by Nightwish on piano!

Thank you to my patrons on Patreon for voting for Slaying the Dreamer as my next Nightwish piano cover! I will be doing more and more Nightwish covers and you can vote for them if you become a patron on Patreon! Patrons receive the sheet music and mp3s to all of my videos as I release them.

Previous Nightwish video: Slaying the Dreamer by Nightwish

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Sleeping Sun lyrics:

The sun is sleeping quietly
Once upon a century
Wistful oceans calm and red
Ardent caresses laid to rest

For my dreams I hold my life
For wishes I behold my night
The truth at the end of time
Losing faith makes a crime

I wish for this night-time
to last for a lifetime
The darkness around me
Shores of a solar sea
Oh how I wish to go down with the sun
With you

Sorrow has a human heart
From my god it will depart
I’d sail before a thousand moons
Never finding where to go

Two hundred twenty-two days of light
Will be desired by a night
A moment for the poet’s play
Until there’s nothing left to say

I wish for this night-time…

I wish for this night-time…


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