Hand Of Sorrow Lyrics - Within Temptation

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The child without a name grew up to be the hand
To watch you, to shield you or kill on demand
The choice he'd made he could not comprehend
His blood a grim secret they had to command

He's torn between his honor and the true love of his life
He prayed for both but was denied

So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed
Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind?
So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?

The curse of his powers tormented his life
Obeying the crown was a sinister price
His soul was tortured by love and by pain
He surely would flee but the oath made him stay

He's torn between his honor and the true love of his life
He prayed for both but was denied

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So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed
Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind?
So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?

Please forgive me for the sorrow, for leaving you in fear
For the dreams we had to silence, that's all they'll ever be
Still I'll be the hand that serves you
Though you'll not see that it is me

So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed
Was it worth the ones we loved and had to leave behind?
So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?




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Stories in songs! | Reviewer: Alis | 11/27/12

I think it's kind of awesome how everybody compares this to a different tale that has been told/that they are telling. Me personally, I just took it as something of a modern ballad which told its own story.

And that's probably the thing that I like most about Within Temptation: not necessarily any unique sound or message, but the simple fact that they use music to tell stories. Simple, rough ones, to be sure, but non-autobiographical storytelling music is still a rather small niche in today's musical market, and I'll take anything I can get.

Carry on, bold listeners.

Arther king | Reviewer: Vipin | 5/31/12

This song is the reality of all the famous worriors,they fight for the people to whom they not even know . As already explained the thought said by achilles to agamemnon
'imagine the king who fights his own battle, wouldn't that be a sight' . Arther king . . . He fight against the rome even he belong to rome.

How peculiar... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/24/11

I am writing a story about a powerful warrior, a Guardian who was for so long without a name. His lineage was kept secret from him, and the ones who made sure of it knew his destiny. He was forced to choose between his true love of his live, and his duty. His duty was the continuation of the universe, protecting it from its greatest threat. He had no choice, though he lives in constant pain and remorse for the loss of her. He considers himself to be merely a weapon, a blade for the one he serves, and protects many, but he also kills many, as well. His sins are terrible and many, but the duty he upholds will lead him to a destiny that may justify them. If you are truly interested, look up Xeiggerott on deviantart.com, and choose the Diablo: Reign of Terror gallery. Tyreal also posts some things about him on Facebook, if you are really curious.

Garrodin, the Silver Sentinel | Reviewer: Grey Darkshadow | 11/26/11

I am writing a story about a powerful warrior named Garrodin. He was born as a member of an ancient race, but when his parents died, he had no knowledge of who or really was. Later in his life, his powers were awakened, and he became a Guardian; a protector with immense powers who serves God, or the "crown." Angels watched over him, keeping his lineage a secret until he was ready, though by that time he had fallen in love with the only person who had ever shown him kindness.
He was forced to choose: the continuation of the universe and time itself, or the true love of his life. He had little choice, but in the end, he chose his duty, his honor, and lost the one he loved most.
He didn't want his power: it was forced upon him. He had a good life already, plans for what he was going to do and how he was going to live.

His powers and his duty forced him to fight endlessly against Darkness, all the while he was tormented in his dreams and in his heart by the loss of the one who had his heart. He could not stop fighting, both his Honor and the lack of anything else in his life did not permit him to do so.
He has killed countless times, and sinned many more; though his Final Destiny and the darkness he vanquishes may justify them.

He sacrificed everything to uphold a duty he did not even want to take up. The story I am writing about him currently takes place thousands of years after his powers were awakened and he lost the one he loved. If you search for Xeiggerott on Deviantart and look through the posts, you'll find a few things about Garrodin. If you read this, and those posts, you will know more than others would.

Assassin's Creed | Reviewer: Lacee | 11/5/11

Honestly I think this song is perfect for Assassin's Creed. Altair was a child without a name when he was first found. He was then trained by the brotherhood "to watch you, shield you or kill on demand" is exactly what he does. He protects the brotherhood...watches out for enemies and he kills when he is told. BUT when he does kill to regain his status he starts to doubt what he has been doing which highlights the chorus especially the end of it..."So many years have past, who are the noble and the wise?
Will all our sins be justified?" To me this fits perfectly to Altair....Remember though this is just my opinion! :)

anonymous | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/6/11

This song was influenced by FitzChivalry Farseer in Robin Hobb's novels The Farseer Trilogy. As a young boy Fitz is trained to be an assassin to the Crown. He then falls in love but doesn't tell his beloved about most of his life, for fear that she would despise him for what he is. Also, he always chooses his duty over his love for her, as he has sworn his loyalty to the King....this song shows this perfectly. <3

Come on, cut the crap about fairytales | Reviewer: Alex | 7/5/11

For me this song's explanation is quite simple.

The man this song is about has been born noble, to be a knight, the vow referenses to this, because every knight before becoming so, has to take a vow to swear obedience to the Crown ( kingdom , ruler) and to fight for his country whenever he is called upon to do so. So no demons here. The only demon is the fact that he has fallen madly in love with a woman who is not of his stature, not of royalty, so he has to hide this love and they love each other in secrecy without anyone knowing about this.

I truly believe it is about the choices we all have to make in life, and how some choices cannot co-exist, it is like you wish to be with somebody but if the onther person does not want you to play the same role in his/her life, the wishes don't match up, so the universe doesn't work through the law of attraction.

If you guys saw Troy, and i'm guessing by the lively fantasy that most of you portray, that you have, there is this part where Achilles tells his Nephew Petrocles, who is eager to fight and to "take life" as Pitt nicely put's it in their discussion, he is referring to "i see their faces at night, the men i've killed, they are standing at the far bank of the river stix, they say welcome brother" And "us men are wretched things" and nicely closes with the words "don't waste your life following some fool's orders".

At the end of the movie he says to the woman he loves, while he's dying in her arms, "you gave me peace, in a lifetime of war".

So i'm guessing that the Knight this song is referring to has taken many lives fighting for the Crown, without questioning the cause for which he has fought all these battles. He has grown tired of all this warfare and is being called to do so yet again, but in the meantime he is starting to realise that it will never end, and that he hasn't lived his life for him, but only for the Crown, of which he is the sworn protector and of which he is the called upon agressor, the hand in this case.

Yet again in Troy at one moment Achilles says to Agamemnon, "Imagine a king who fights his own battles, wouldn't that be a sight".

( if you're guessing by now that i am a big fan of this movie, it's true! it holds many suble spiritual secrets ).

So Our noble Knight, who can turn in a killing machine when called upon, has fallen in love with a maid or what have you and he wishes now to start living his life and start a family. He wishes he did not have to choose between the Crown and his true love, but he realises that it won't be accepted if he refuses to fight anymore, of which the penalty is probably death.

So the hidden story here is really that you either choose your love and sacrifice everyhing else for it ( career etc, because they can't, especially in our age co-exist, or you chase your dreams and let the one's you love pass you by, while you pursue that career or whatever.

It is also a very nice way of telling us to live our life in the fullest way we know how to, and to , as Brad Pitt so nicely put it in Troy, "Not waste our lives following some other fool's orders" ! :)

Come on, cut the crap about fairytales | Reviewer: Alex | 7/4/11

For me this song's explanation is quite simple.

The man this song is about has been born noble, to be a knight, the vow referenses to this, because every knight before becoming so, has to take a vow to swear obedience to the Crown ( kingdom , ruler) and to fight for his country whenever he is called upon to do so. So no demons here. The only demon is the fact that he has fallen madly in love with a woman who is not of his stature, not of royalty, so he has to hide this love and they love each other in secrecy without anyone knowing about this.

I truly believe it is about the choices we all have to make in life, and how some choices cannot co-exist, it is like you wish to be with somebody but if the onther person does not want you to play the same role in his/her life, the wishes don't match up, so the universe doesn't work through the law of attraction.

If you guys saw Troy, and i'm guessing by the lively fantasy that most of you portray, that you have, there is this part where Achilles tells his Nephew Petrocles, who is eager to fight and to "take life" as Pitt nicely put's it in their discussion, he is referring to "i see their faces at night, the men i've killed, they are standing at the far bank of the river stix, they say welcome brother" And "us men are wretched things" and nicely closes with the words "don't waste your life following some fool's orders".

At the end of the movie he says to the woman he loves, while he's dying in her arms, "you gave me peace, in a lifetime of war".

So i'm guessing that the Knight this song is referring to has taken many lives fighting for the Crown, without questioning the cause for which he has fought all these battles. He has grown tired of all this warfare and is being called to do so yet again, but in the meantime he is starting to realise that it will never end, and that he hasn't lived his life for him, but only for the Crown, of which he is the sworn protector and of which he is the called upon agressor, the hand in this case.

Yet again in Troy at one moment Achilles says to Agamemnon, "Imagine a king who fights his own battles, wouldn't that be a sight".

( if you're guessing by now that i am a big fan of this movie, it's true! it holds many suble spiritual secrets ).

So Our noble Knight, who can turn in a killing machine when called upon, has fallen in love with a maid or what have you and he wishes now to start living his life and start a family. He wishes he did not have to choose between the Crown and his true love, but he realises that it won't be accepted if he refuses to fight anymore, of which the penalty is probably death.

So the hidden story here is really that you either choose your love and sacrifice everyhing else for it ( career etc, because they can't, especially in our age co-exist, or you chase your dreams and let the one's you love pass you by, while you pursue that career or whatever.

It is also a very nice way of telling us to live our life in the fullest way we know how to, and to , as Brad Pitt so nicely put it in Troy, "Not waste our lives following some other fool's orders" ! :)

Loghain Mac Tir FTW! | Reviewer: Val | 3/20/11

There you have it. Within Temptation's song could be about anyone or noone but everyone has some story they relate it to. But since I haven't read most of those (except the bible and I'm not gonna even try to figure out how that guy relates this song to Jesus..). Anyone who's read Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne will find an uncanny similarity between Loghain's story and this song. Go read!

Severus | Reviewer: sioul | 2/6/11

I actualy found this song perfectly matching with Severus Snape from Harry Potter.

"So many dreams were broken and so much was sacrificed" - He actualy sacrificed his life, as his dream for service of light rather than dark.
He wasn't the one who's name shall be remembered as child, yet he grown strong carrying all others towards stars. One of my favourite characters in Harry Potter. Glad I found out about this song.

The story of FitzChivalry | Reviewer: Vanya | 9/29/10

I'm glad I'm not the only one who connects this song to Robin Hobb's character FitzChivalry Farseer. It fits perfectly with his personality and place in life. He had to give up his love for the oath he had given his King.

fail | Reviewer: asdf | 9/6/10

"The child without a name grew up to be the hand"? To be the head, makes more sense. Unless it's about self (you) and you really wishing to be with, help & serve someone else. And that's what I always heard anyway as well.

For me, I first thought of Jesus Of Nazareth, because that makes a lot of sense. Also it seems like it means you had a person you most-loved, but something(s) caused you both to part, and even though your loved person is not with you anymore, you shall still serve them, helping them, praying for them, loving them, never leaving them in your mind and heart, even though you can't physically/geographically be with them. You miss them daily, ("...tortured by love and by pain"). You had dreams of being with them, and being real close with them, teaching, growing and loving them, being there for them, being their confidant, and best friend... but because of the bad things ("...sins be justiied?") that you did, that caused the break-up, and even so, you'll still be with them on the inside, if not in reality. And you really think you could have been there to stop them fearing anything, you could really have been their shield.

This song speaks amazingly to me... Hence my description above... I could comment on more of the lyrics, but they're too personal for me, and wouldn't make much sense for other people I don't think.

I could listen to this song repeatedly which I have been doing.

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Thanks for giving me the laugh of my life. You clearly haven't understand anything :). 'Grew up to be the hand' means to be just a tool who has to obey, the executive. He can either stay doing what he is and obey his masters or 'live his true life'. But it isn't clear whether those are the wise or just fooling him. What's right, what's wrong? I dont feel like analyzing more, but to even think that Within Temptation would put your catholic crap into their lyrics is amazing. Just because there are words like 'shield' 'born' and so on you relate to Jesus, LOL. Song talks about being the master of his own actions and you pray to god irl, FAIL.

Eros and Psyche | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/6/10

One of the more interesting interpretations of this song I heard was that it was actually about the story of Eros and Psyche. (If you're not familiar with Eros and Psyche, their myth is on Wikipedia.) Certain lines especially remind me of the myth. The idea of the "child without a name" certainly brings to mind the god of love, who many said couldn't be named, who would "watch you, shield you, or kill on demand." The one line specifically references being “tortured by love and by pain” which is a pretty accurate summary of Eros’s powers: he could use two types of arrows to torment mortals, one that would make a person fall madly in love without cause, and one that would make a person indifferent to that love, so that people were forever out of joint in their love.

The line about “a grim secret” could refer to the two of them meeting in their secluded little castle to keep away from Aphrodite, and “the curse of his powers” means the way that his ability to create and destroy love begins to work against him. The rest of the song seems to outline the conflict that Eros faces, because he is, in all myths outside of this one, shown as completely obedient to his mother. However, this particular story reveals that the god of love and indifference is not immune to his own sweet poison, and he falls in love with the girl he is supposed to kill: "he's torn between his honor and the true love of his life." The use of the phrase "true love" especially spoke to me of Eros and Psyche, because the entire idea of that myth is debating the idea of the definition of true love as it is separated from physical love or mere worship.

The part of the song that most reminds me of the two of them is the coda. "Please forgive me for the sorrow, for leaving you in fear," could refer to Eros being dragged away from Psyche by his mother, leaving her to wander the earth for years. "For the dreams we had to silence, that's all they'll ever be," could be their quite literal castle in the air that was destroyed by a combination of Psyche's carelessness and Aphrodite's wrath. "Still I'll be the hand that serves you, though you'll not see that it is me." Well, I don't even have to offer an interpretation of that line, because it's literally true for the later part of the myth.

The line "Will all our sins be justified?" could refer to Eros's initial deception, both of Psyche and of Aphrodite, but it fits well with the idea of Psyche, who so longed to escape from a world in which she was defined by her physical appearance, nonetheless being willing to fall for her sisters' lies and judge her husband on his (lack of) physical appearance. "Who are the noble and the wise?" is a reference to the fact that this is one of the few myths in which a goddess is shown being as, well, human, as Aphrodite. Though normally she is worshipped as a paragon of beauty and love and truth, this myth shows her as jealous and petty, and she is nearly the villain of the piece, which calls into doubt her infallibility, to say the least. “The ones we loved and had to leave behind” could be Psyche’s and Eros’s families, who they both love despite everything, and who they both must leave behind in order to be happy with each other.

Anyway, I personally think that that fits better than some of the other theories that I’ve heard. I have sadly never read the book series that is listed as the inspiration for the song, so I can’t offer an opinion as to where that fits in.

beautiful song, different meanings | Reviewer: Cristina | 8/6/10

Firstly, this is one of my favourite songs. I think the beauty of it is that almost anyone can relate him to something that he or she likes. (To me, this song fits Nikola Tesla and Helen Magnus from Sanctuary- yeah you probably don't know about them but you should give Sanctuary a try, it's one of the best tv shows ever!) And no, this song can not be Twilight from my point of view.

Description | Reviewer: John Dough | 8/1/10

"The child without a name grew up to be the hand"? To be the head, makes more sense. Unless it's about self (you) and you really wishing to be with, help & serve someone else. And that's what I always heard anyway as well.

For me, I first thought of Jesus Of Nazareth, because that makes a lot of sense. Also it seems like it means you had a person you most-loved, but something(s) caused you both to part, and even though your loved person is not with you anymore, you shall still serve them, helping them, praying for them, loving them, never leaving them in your mind and heart, even though you can't physically/geographically be with them. You miss them daily, ("...tortured by love and by pain"). You had dreams of being with them, and being real close with them, teaching, growing and loving them, being there for them, being their confidant, and best friend... but because of the bad things ("...sins be justiied?") that you did, that caused the break-up, and even so, you'll still be with them on the inside, if not in reality. And you really think you could have been there to stop them fearing anything, you could really have been their shield.

This song speaks amazingly to me... Hence my description above... I could comment on more of the lyrics, but they're too personal for me, and wouldn't make much sense for other people I don't think.

I could listen to this song repeatedly which I have been doing.


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