The Carpenter (Nightwish song)

The Carpenter is the first single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, the only from their debut album, Angels Fall First. It featured, apart from Tarja Turunen's voice, also Tuomas Holopainen' voice, making it the only single with his vocals.

The Carpenter - (Nightwish - Video)

The song also had a videoclip, showing singer Tarja Turunen in a red dress on a field and a man designing something that looks like a plane. There are many references to the crucifixion including candles, an underground workshop representing the tomb and the sign of the cross. When the man fastens on the glider he spreads out his arms in a similar way to the crucified Christ.

The video was filmed in Helsinki, Finland and in Henningsvær, Norway during spring 1998.There were shot scenes of the rest of the band playing (including Tuomas Holopainen singing, Emppu Vuorinen on acoustic and electric guitars, and Jukka Nevalainen on drums), but the director, Sami Käyhkö, and Holopainen didn't like it, so they only included Turunen.

Christian symbolism

The eponymous "carpenter" referred to in the lyrics is Jesus of Nazareth, who is said to have "carved his anchor on the dying souls of mankind". The tomb of the unknown soldier refers to the centurion Saint Longinus who acknowledged the dying Jesus as the Son of God and converted to Christianity before dying a martyr's death at the hands of Tiberius.
The song seems to be sung from the perspective of Saint Veronica, Mary Magdalene, or the Virgin Mary as she "lay on the grass and observed her savior" in his final moments.

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