"Bless the Child" is the seventh single by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, released as the second single from their album Century Child.
It is one of two songs which were filmed from the Century Child album, with other one being "End of All Hope". It was also the first song bassist/vocalist Marko Hietala worked on after he joined the band replacing Sami Vänskä.
There are two versions of the single, each having a slightly different track list. The normal release includes the title track and the two songs, "Lagoon" and "The Wayfarer", which have not been released in Germany before.
"I was born amidst the purple waterfalls I was weak, yet not unblessed Dead to the world. Alive for the journey One night I dreamt a white rose withering A newborn drowning a lifetime loneliness I dreamt all my future. Relived my past And witnessed the beauty of the beast" Where have all the feelings gone? Why has all the laughter ceased? Why am I loved only when I'm gone? Gone back in time to bless the child How can I ever feel again? Given the chance would I return? Why am I loved only when I'm gone? Gone back in time to bless the child Think of me long enough to make a memory Come bless the child one more time I've never felt so alone in my life As I drank from a cup which was counting my time There's a poison drop in this cup of Man To drink it is to follow the left hand path Why am I loved only when I'm gone? Gone back in time to bless the child Think of me long enough to make a memory Come bless the child one more time Think of me long enough to make a memory Come bless the child one more time "Where have all the feelings gone? Why is the deadliest sin - to love as I loved you? Now unblessed, homesick in time Soon to be freed from care, from human pain My tale is the most bitter truth Time pays us but with earth & dust, and a dark, silent grave Remember, my child: Without innocence the cross is only iron Hope is only an illusion & Ocean Soul's nothing but a name The Child bless thee & keep thee forever"