Stargazers is a symphonic power metal song by Nightwish. It was recorded in 1988 from August to October and first released on the album Oceanborn on 1998-12-07. The music and lyrics were written and composed by Tuomas Holopainen.
On the album recording, Tarja Turunen sings lead vocals, electric guitar is played by Emppu Vuorinen, keyboards are played by Tuomas Holopainen, bass guitar is played by Sami Vänskä, drums are played by Jukka Nevalainen, violin is played by Kaisli Kaivola and Plamen Dimov, viola is played by Markku Palola, cello is played by Erkki Hirvikangas, and flute is played by Esa Lehtinen.
The meaning of the song appears to be a poetic comparison between the Earth drifting through space and the way an ancient mariners would use the stars for navigation, and the music adds the proper epic drama of the process. Clarifying some of the metaphors, the "third vagrant" is the Earth as it is the third planet from the Sun, the "mother and child" are the Earth and Moon, "hydrogen lakes" describes both the fact that water is partially hydrogen, and that the space in our solar system is mostly hydrogen, "ambrosial merry-go-round" refers to the forever orbiting of the planet.
In the early 2000s, I developed a short-lived crush on a woman I met at a Renaissance festival and after reading an online profile of hers I saw that she had listed Nightwish as one of her favorite bands, so I downloaded some Nightwish songs. This was the very first song I heard, and I immediately loved it. Most of my initial appreciate was just the epic instrumentation of metal mixed with symphony and powerful vocals because I couldn't understand the lyrics. However, after finally reading them and trying to understand their meaning, I gained an even stronger appreciation for the song.
A grand oasis in the vastness of gloom Child of dew-spangled cobweb, Mother to the Moon Constellations beholders of the third vagrant Theater for the play of life Tragedienne of heavens Watching the eyes of the night Sailing the virgin oceans A planet ride for mother and child Floating upon the quiet hydrogen lakes In this ambrosial merry-go-round they will gaze Ephemeral life touched by a billion-year-show Separating the poet from the woe Tragedienne of heavens Watching the eyes of the night Sailing the virgin oceans A planet ride for mother and child Oracle of the Delfian Domine Witness of Adam's frailty Seer of the master prophecy The stellar world her betrothed Wanderers in cosmic caravan Universal bond - The Starborn A son in search for the truth Following the pages of Almagest Discovering the origin of dreams Stargazers ride through the ancient realms Tragedienne of heavens Watching the eyes of the night Sailing the virgin oceans A planet ride for mother and child
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanborn - Wikipedia page for Oceanborn.