San Sebastian Lyrics - Sonata Arctica

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I could see my life, short film passing my eyes
I tried to look away from her, as always I just tried
Sweetness in her eyes, gone through one million miles
How could I turn my back on her, the sweetest thing alive
I was eager, day time dreamer, waiting time when I'd come alive

Sun of San Sebastian eighteen years young today
She's all I ever dreamed, but now my skies are turning grey
It was good I got to know her well, because it made me see
That the sun of San Sebastian is just too hot for me

Look what have I done to the San Sebastian
I have wasted all my childhood dreams by staring at the sun
Back in time with a dream of mine
I try to find my way back to life
Burning fever, night time screamer, waiting time when I'd come alive

Sun of San Sebastian oh why I cannot stay
She's all I ever dreamed, but now my skies are turning gray
It was good I got to know her well, because it made me see
that the sun of San Sebastian is just too hot for me

[Solo]

Every single day, for the rest of my way
I live without my love, my God, I have to stay in shade
When I'm old and gray, I remember that day
When she came, that perfect dame and she blew me away
I was eager, day time dreamer, waiting time when I'd come alive

Whoa-oh-oh-oh...

Was it good I got to know her well although it made me see
That the sun of San Sebastian is way too hot for me, yeah

Whoa-oh-oh-oh...

Now I live my life in shade and I am married to the moon
and the sun of San Sebastian is warming someone new





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Meaning | Reviewer: Elm | 8/19/12

While I agree with most of the reviews and comments saying this song is about romance, I'd also like to say that it probably has a very strong sexual undertone - not necessarily rude, but focusing on the narrator's personal sexuality. Look at lines like "I was eager, day time dreamer, waiting time when I'd come alive", which sound very much like a young man or teenager (the girl is only 18, which means the narrator can't be much older than that) probably eager to lose his virginity.
I'm just guessing though.

San Sebastian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/3/11

I feel that this song is about Tony (or whoever the singer is supposed to be) being ditched by a woman (or girl, if she's just turning 18) that he has been friends with for much of his life, who he has completely fell in love with.

At first, it starts out with him in denial. But how could he turn his back on her? He becomes an eager, daytime dreamer and asks her out (implied), but it goes wrong and instead of lighting up his life she starts drifting away and leaving his life dark and grey. He knew her well because they were friends, but apparently not well enough to know that she was out of his league.

Then guitar soloists descend from the heavens and they all jam for a bit before Tony reveals that he lives in the shade (no love in his life) and he is married to the moon (a metaphor for being eternally in night time, or Forever Alone).

Married to the Moon | Reviewer: Kate | 5/3/11

Pretty sure this is about love, but considering how he says he wasted his childhood "staring at the sun" I'm assuming it's referring to a young love, one that has ended in one way, but not on his side--he says he must live without "my love, my God."
Considering the recurring theme 'It's good I got to know her because it made me see that the sun of san sebastian was just too hot for me' somehow he probably feels inferior, or perhaps was overwhelmed by her and was unable to come forward about his affections. Alternatively, considering how he says "What have I done" it's possible that he somehow ruined her or the love, either through a regrettable action or the complete and utter inaction.

As far as the "married to the moon" I think it might be metaphorical, as the sun and moon are opposites, lord of day and night respectively, and by being married to the moon he is denied the overpowering warmth of the sun. Again going to "was way too hot for me" it's possible that he prefers this situation, though he wishes he could have handled the sun with which he was so infatuated.

I do quite love this song--there is quite a lot that could be said with it and the music in and of itself is gorgeous.

Powerful and moving | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/11/10

As others said, the sun is a girl that the singer is deeply in love with, or at least completely stricken by. He probably did have the courage to face her, since one of the lines mentions him getting to know her well, but he either could not keep up with her, or she did not like him in return... Because now she has moved on and is "warming someone new". The singer, meanwhile, is either in a different relationship too, with someone who is only a moon compared to her sun, and who he probably does not love nearly as much or at all. It is definitely an unhappy relationship, though. Or alternatively it could be that the moon is just a metaphor for how he lives in loneliness, with no light or warmth within his life.

In any case... It's a beautiful song. And the greater the variety of interpretations it has, the better it must be.

san sebastian | Reviewer: Vince D. | 3/4/10

"The Sun of San Sebastian is a metaphor for a woman that the protagonist is smitten and passionately falls in "love" with. The sun is hot so this would probably entail more sexual attraction than anything else.

The moon is another metaphor for beauty but something that is much more calming and docile, so in this sense it describes a truer love. "Live my life in shade" is not necessarily negative but can be interpreted to mean "in the safety of something more stable", rather than to yearn for someone that brings the emotions up and down but never really commits.

You have to understand the last part is not one of sadness but merely a "realistic" ending to the story and the protagonist is metaphorically describing it as it is."

i think this ones possibly the best explaination. except, i interpret the last verse, "live my life in shade and i am married to the moon" as living my live in a constant sadness or maybe a safe zone of sort and the moon being the actual moon because i tend to howl at it when its out and full because if i was a furry i'd be, well, a wolf, and like, the sun being an ex girl friend of mine who is now with one of my bestfriends. And im not freaky for thinking this because she does still love me, so being around them together can get pretty depressive sometimes.
Anyways, enough about my hellhole life, rock on Sonata Actica!

other interpretations | Reviewer: Metallier | 2/21/10

The Sun of San Sebastian is a metaphor for a woman that the protagonist is smitten and passionately falls in "love" with. The sun is hot so this would probably entail more sexual attraction than anything else.

The moon is another metaphor for beauty but something that is much more calming and docile, so in this sense it describes a truer love. "Live my life in shade" is not necessarily negative but can be interpreted to mean "in the safety of something more stable", rather than to yearn for someone that brings the emotions up and down but never really commits.

You have to understand the last part is not one of sadness but merely a "realistic" ending to the story and the protagonist is metaphorically describing it as it is.

Great recap of a Spanish holiday | Reviewer: Ed | 1/19/10

I don't think there's any metaphor going on here. Tony just had a nice holiday in Spain sitting in the sun. Unfortunately, as he is from Finland he gets sunburned easily and now he is back in Finland for the winter where it's dark almost all day (close to the Arctic Circle and all that).

Learn to sunscreen, Tony!

San Sebastian | Reviewer: Casey_911 | 11/30/09

IMHO, the song about the girl who he met in San Sebastian, Spain. And he compares her with the sun as he was stunned by her beauty, and hadn't strength to come to her and strike up an acquaintance, the only strength he possessed was to come to the girl who was only the moon in comparison with the Sun of San Sebastian. Very emotional song, one of the best from Sonata Arctica!

interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/6/09

my interpretation of this song is that San sebastian is the womean as you all agreed and "the sun" is her love, so it is to the "love of san sebastian" that he is singing to, thats why he says that "the sun of San Sebastian is just too hot for me" so that love is too much for him and, i dont know why, but he thinks he doesnt deserve it... this concept can explain every part of the song except for this one that i cant find any scence...

ook what have I done to the San Sebastian
I wasted all my childhood dreams by staring at the sun
Back in time with a dream of mine
I try to find my way back to life
Burning fever, night time screamer, waiting time when I'd come alive

Im sorry if my english is not very good, Im from Argentina... SONATA RULES!

awesome ! | Reviewer: MatituzShieru | 9/16/09

I agree with all of u guys XD this song it's really "feeling" but in sonata's style XD
i love this song i tried to sing this but i can't without the lyrics XD
i couldn't understand the song at the first time but then i tried and it's really cool!
SONATA ARCTICA RULZ!!

Never would have guessed them lyrics..... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/30/09

These crazy shaggy Finnish people with their accented English....I tried forever to decipher the lyrics but gave up and checked it up here. Once you start reading along though, it all makes sense and the song becomes much more enjoyable. This song was still one of my favs though. Love their epic harmonic singing and crazy double-bass music and impossible guitar solos.

Incredible! Deep & so poetic! | Reviewer: alex1313sixx | 4/28/09

Yeah I agree with everyone saying that The sun of San sabastians is a beautiful woman the protagonist love a whole lot in his child hood and adolecence. And he had a relationship with her but it failed and now he is living in sadness. What I don't get is that by saying "the moon" she means a different woman or that he is married to the moon as someone said saying he is married solitude and depression. LOVE THIS SONG!!! So deep and poetic.sonata arctica rules!!!!!!

interpretation?? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/09

ok The sun of San sebastian could be a girl he metin the actual city. She is so beautiful that he uses the metaphor of the sun. He fantasized about her for his entire life. But when he finally got with the girl of his dreams, she was too much for him to handle. She then left him and is with someone else while he struggles to find a rythm in his life.

WHOAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO | Reviewer: Richard | 11/26/08

This is the best song from them.. To me atleast, i connect to the lyrics in such a personal way and the energy is full of passion.

This is my favorite, then My Selene, then everything else by them is great. My favorite band.

Interpretation | Reviewer: NekoSama | 9/29/08

I really love this song but I don`t get clearly how San Sebastian fits the lyric.
I think that it's just a poetic way to call the girl (sun of san sebastian), but don't have any connection with the historical character of the cristianity.
The last 2 lines:
"live in shade" he repeat many times "now my skies are turning grey", I think that he finaly lost her forever. "and I am married to the moon", this means that he is alone and sleep every night with the moon as his only company, because "I wasted all my childhood dreams by staring at the sun" and he was never able to do this "I try to find my way back to life", or find someone else, because he only have eyes for her.
Finally "and the sun of San Sebastian is warming someone new", she is now with someone else...

Probably it's deeper than I can understand, such as San sebastian meaning, the "Burning fever" part (i don't get it), and some others gaps...



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