The Crow, the Owl and the Dove

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"The Crow, the Owl and the Dove"
Single by Nightwish
from the album Imaginaerum
Released March 2, 2012
Format CD, vinyl
Recorded 2007/2011
Label Nuclear Blast
Songwriter(s) Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala
Nightwish singles chronology
"The Crow, the Owl and the Dove"
"The Crow, the Owl and the Dove"

"The Crow, the Owl and the Dove" is the second single from the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish's seventh studio album Imaginaerum and was released on March 2, 2012. The single includes the unreleased song "The Heart Asks Pleasure First," a cover of the song with the same name from the film The Piano to which Nightwish added vocals, originally scored by Michael Nyman.[citation needed] The song was originally recorded in the Dark Passion Play sessions, but Nyman did not provide permission for the song to be released in time for album's release.[citation needed] The song debuted at number one in the Finnish Singles Chart.[1]

Fan Video Contest[edit]

In March 2, 2012, Nuclear Blast, Nightwish's record label, held a contest for fans to create their own music video for "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove." The record label provided a MP3 download of the radio edit of the song for entrants to use in entries. The first-place winner received a "Golden Ticket," allowing access to any show on the Imaginaerum World Tour, a special award, and a band meet-and-greet. The second and third-place winners received two tickets to a Nightwish concert near them (including a meet-and-greet for the second-place winner), as well as a copy of the Limited Tour Edition of Imaginaerum. Winning videos were uploaded to the Nuclear Blast and Nightwish YouTube channels. The contest ended April 10, 2012, and winners were selected by members of the band, label, and management, while taking YouTube "likes" and views into account. The winners were contacted by Nuclear Blast.[2]

Track listing[edit]

The Crow, the Owl and the Dove CDS (Digipak)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Radio edit)" Tuomas Holopainen, Marco Hietala 3:46
2. "The Heart Asks Pleasure First" Michael Nyman, Holopainen 4:20
3. "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Album version)" Holopainen, Hietala 4:10
4. "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove (Instrumental version)" Holopainen, Hietala 4:10
5. "The Heart Asks Pleasure First (Instrumental version)" Nyman, Holopainen 4:20



Chart (2012) Peak
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[1] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Nightwish: The Crow, The Owl And The Dove" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  2. ^ Nightwish Fan Video Contest - Nuclear Blast
  3. ^ "Nightwish Shop". Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "NIGHTWISH | The crow, the owl and the dove - Nuclear Blast". Retrieved November 13, 2013.