Bless The Child

Bless The Child

BLESS THE CHILD is the second extract from the album Century Child. After a quick career, Ever Dream left its place for Bless the Child, the first track from the last album, to promote an album that did very well anyway! This song, which is the most personal for Tuomas, was also used as the first song for the Century Child World Tour for about two years (from June 2002 to September 2003).

Release date: August 2002
Number of copies sold: gold record in Finland.
Written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen
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01. Bless The Child (edit)
02. Bless The Child (album)
03. The Wayfarer
04. Lagoon



Bless The ChildBless The Child was the most personal song for Tuomas in 2004. The band’s surroundings were not very easy – Sami left and tensions began to show up. It’s worth noticing that the male voice in this song is the one from the previous album’s Dead Boy’s Poem.





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Bless The Child history:
After Ever Dream, it was time for Bless The Child to know a career as a single. Why did they choose this song? In an interview from the second issue of the fan-club fanzine, Tuomas simply explained that it was his favorite song from the album and the one that represented the album the best.  A video was shot to promote the single. Unfortunately, it is an edited version as far as the music is concerned – a big part of the song is taken off (the introduction, for instance). Moreover, this single knew a bigger career outside of Finland than any other before. Indeed, the license for Bless the Child was given to all the European record companies, allowing them to release their own versions. That is why Bless The Child can easily be found in many European countries. Thanks to (or because of) that, the single was released in many versions – each country giving its particularity to its version. This is heaven for collectors!


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...


  • Finland 2002 - Spinefarm - SPI160CD - CDS
  • Finland 2002 - Spinefarm - SPI160DG - mini CD - digipack 8 tracks
  • Finland 2002 - Spinefarm - SPI160SP - mini CD
  • Finland 2002 - Spinefarm - SPI160PD - 7" vinyl - picture vinyl - photo1 - photo2
  • France 2002 - XIII Bis Records - promo CD - transparent cover, with no artwork - photo1
  • France 2002 - XIII Bis Records - 640298 0 - CDS - digipack
  • NL 2002 - Universal - 019 344-2 - CDS - video included - photo1
  • NL 2002 - Universal - 019 345-2 - CDS - 2nd édition, different tracks - photo1
  • Europe 2002 - Drakkar - 74321 95633 9 - DVD+ - digipack - photo1
  • Europe 2002 - Drakkar - 74321 95632 2 - CDS
  • Argentina 2004 - NEMS Enterprises - NEMS 325 - CDS - 16 tracks - photo1
  • China 2004 - Universal - HDCD-9386 - CDS - cardboard sleeve
  • Abbreviation key :
    CD : compact disc
    LP : vinyl record (33-1/3 rpm)
    7" - 10" - 12" vinyl : 7, 10, 12 inches vinyl record
    MC : Cassette audio = audio tape
    2CD : Double CD
    MCD : Maxi-CD
    CDS : CD Single
    mini-CD : Single in an album-size box
    VD : Video-disc