- The two choruses of Cliffs of Gallipoli: 1st and 3rd:
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
There is no enemy, There is no victory,
Only boys who lost their lives in the sand
Young men were sacrificed,
Their names are carved in stone and kept alive
and forever we will honor the memory of them.
- 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
För kriget det kan
- The Swedish version is even worse, being from the point of view of a common soldier.
Förgöra en man
Jag ger mitt liv för mitt fosterland
Men vem saknar mig?
Så se mig som den
En make, en vän
Fader och son
Som aldrig kommer hem
Men vem sörjer mig?
(For war it can
Destroy a man
I gave my life for my homeland
But who will miss me?
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!
- 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
Crosses grow on Anzio
Where no soldiers sleep
And where Hell's six feet deep
- 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. Especially if you know whom the song is about. Because that's actually what happened to him.
- 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.
Sent to the prison where the heroes are judged as traitors
Accused of treason by his own
Sentenced by countrymen under pressure of foreign influence
Men he once fought to free
- Hearts Of Iron effectively portrays the utter despair of the German army at the end of World War II.
- Stalingrad is about the utter devastation and horrible losses the Soviets endured to reclaim the city in the bloodiest battle ever known to man.
- The Price of a Mile, which is about the Battle of the Passchendaele, a pointless meatgrinder of a battle that went on for ages and accomplished little beyond turning a pleasant stretch of countryside into a nightmare, and the deaths of half a million young men.
Know that many men has suffered
Know that many men has died
Six miles of ground has been won
Half a million men are gone
And as the men crawled, the general called
And the killing carried on and on
What was the purpose of it all?
What's the price of a mile?
- Ruina Imperii was never translated into English. It can be argued that it's from the perspective of the men in the aformentioned Death March to bring Carolus Rex's body back to the Fatherland, despite being utterly crushed that their beloved leader has fallen, and with it, their dreams of a Great Swedish Empire.
Fränder, bröder, vår stormaktstid är övernote
Vårt rike blöder, fanan står i brandnote
Aldrig, aldrig, aldrig återvändanote
Svea stormaktstid till ända!note
- The Hammer Has Fallen, from the album Metalizer. The whole song is essentially the story of a soldier Dying Alone, thinking about everything he's "lost and won" and even considering if he'll go to heaven ("Heaven, will you wait for me?") There's no rocking tune, no epic drumbeats, no cheer and pep- only a sad, mournful instrumental backup that truly hammers in the despair and tragedy of the song. Here's the very first set of lyrics:
Here I am standing, darkness all around.
Thinking of past, taken my last breath, the air is cold as ice
No one close to hear my voice
Did not leave me with a choice
Heaven will you wait for me?
- Made even worse when you think about how many soldiers have died like this. Cold and alone, just thinking about their lives before they perished.
- The track 'Diary of an Unknown Soldier' from 'The Last Stand'. A man suffering from PTSD recounts the desperate fighting in the Argonne Forest by the Lost Battalion:
I remember the Argonne, 1918
The sounds of that battle still haunt me to this day
Machine gun fire from enemy lines
The sickening sound of a bayonet tearing through human flesh
The soldier next to me firing his sidearm in desperation
All these sounds still echo in my mind,
And as conducted by Death himself it all comes together as music
A rhythm of death
A symphony of war