Sabaton has always listened a lot to their fans and have given them an even amount back. Quite literally, as in this clip singer Joakim gives his trademark glasses to a kid in the front row, while praising him because he knows all the lyrics.
Joakim did something similar in a show on their Heroes tour, giving his shades to a kid. When the kid was asked if this was his first metal concert, the kid replied he had been to a dozen already, to which Joakim playfully admitted being jealous.
These lines from 40:1:
Always remember, a fallen soldier
Always remember, fathers and sons at war
The Ballad of Bull. Sabaton is a band full of songs about bloody battles, gruesome conflicts, and harsh sacrifices, but then comes this song, which is not about the loss of lives, but about the salvation of lives by Bull Allen.
Sometimes war is killing
Sometimes it's saving lives
Thanks to one single man
A dozen more survived
Similar to The Ballad of the Bull, No Bullets Fly is really, really heartwarming. It's about the Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler incident. Charles, the pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress received heavy damage and several of his crew was wounded. As the B-17 was limping back, attempting to reach the safety of England, Franz, after his Me 109 was restocked and refueled had initially been ordered to bring the B-17 down. When he reached within striking distance, Franz noticed the casualties involved and the extensive damage to the bomber. Remembering something he was told as a recruit, he felt it would be dishonorable to shoot the bomber down, as it reminded him akin to a man with his parachute deployed. Franz Stigler risked death in three ways that day: Friendly fire, getting shot down by the bomber, or being executed for disobeying an order. The bomber crew survived that day, and 47 years later Brown and Stigler met and became good friends until their deaths within several months of each other in 2008 (22 March for Stigler and 25 November for Brown)