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While Your Lips Are Still Red

"While Your Lips Are Still Red" is a 2007 song written by Tuomas Holopainen and Marco Hietala of the Finnish metal quintet Nightwish. It was performed by Holopainen, Hietala, and Jukka Nevalainen for the Finnish film Lieksa!, which was written and directed by renowned Finnish director Markku Pölönen; the film premiered in Finland in September 2007. The song is included on Nightwish's "Amaranth" single, which was released on August 22, 2007 as the second single of their sixth studio album, Dark Passion Play.

The phrase “Kiss while your lips are still red”, which is used throughout the song, refers to the disappearance of one's lip color as one dies; the phrase simply contends “kiss while you still can”, or “enjoy it while you still can”.

The official music video of the song contains clips from the film Lieksa!, Hietala singing, and Holopainen walking behind him. The video was released on YouTube on June 14, 2007.

“While Your Lips Are Still Red” is not an official Nightwish track, but Holopainen has stated that he is not comfortable with releasing any material under his own name. The Nightwish website clearly states that the song was written by Tuomas Holopainen and features him on keyboards, Marco Hietala on vocals and Jukka Nevalainen on drums. The song does not include guitars or female vocals. The videoclip accredits the song to Holopainen and Hietala, leaving out Nevalainen. Nevalainen was not involved in the songwriting. The whispering in the background is done by Tuomas Holopainen.

It has recently been added to the band's live sets.



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