- The chorus of Cliffs of Gallipoli
How many wasted lives? How many dreams did fade away?
Broken promises, they won't be coming home.
Oh mothers, wipe your tears, your sons will rest a million years.
Found their peace at last as foe turned to friend and forgive.note
- The chorus of Light in the Black
When the war has been won, and our march home begins,
What awaits has not yet been revealed.
What was won? What was lost? Will our deeds be remembered?
Are they written in stone or in sand?
- A Lifetime Of War is a heartrending ballad about the savage destruction of the Thirty Years' War:
Has man gone insane?
A few will remain
Who'll find a way
To live one more day
Through decades of war
It spreads like disease
There's no sign of peace
Religion and greed
Cause millions to bleed
Three decades of war
- The Swedish version is even worse, being from the point of view of a common soldier.
Så se mig som den
En make, en vän
Fader och son
Som aldrig kommer hem
Men vem sörjer mig?
(So see me as a husband, a friend)
(A father and son, who never comes home)
(But who mourns me?)
- The Final Solution.
When freedom burns
The final solution
Dreams fade away and all hope turns to dust
When millions burn
The curtain has fallen
Lost to the world as they perish in flames
- Purple Heart. Each and every lyric seems crafted for the sole purpose of making you weep.
Once we were soldiers
Once we were young
We have found our peace
We've seen the end
Fallen in war
We belong to history
Fallen in war
Sleep 6 feet below
Heart of the brave
Cannot bring me back to life
Fallen in war
Still brothers in arms
- Uprising, about the desperately brave but ultimately doomed Warsaw Uprising:
All the streetlights in the city
broken many years ago
Break the curfew, hide in sewers
Warsaw, it's time to rise now!
- Their new single To Hell and Back seems to be both this and CMOA
A man of the 15th, a man of can do
Friends fall around him and yet he came through
Let them fall face down if they must die
Making it easier to say goodbye
- The music video for To Hell and Back however falls into full Tearjerker territory, showing not only the trauma of the war itself but also the horror of the drug addiction resulting from attempts to treat PTSD.
- Inmate 4859 is a song about Witold Pilecki witnessing and trying to fight against the horrors of the holocaust, and Sabaton depicts the horrors witnessed accordingly. That alone is terrible enough, but the song makes note that Witold Pilecki's heroism did naught to stop him from being unjustly executed by the communist government of Poland.
Accused of treason by his own
Sentenced by countrymen under pressure of foreign influence
- Hearts Of Iron effectively portrays the utter despair of the German army at the end of World War II.