- 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.
För kriget det kan
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!
- 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.
- Stalingrad is about the utter devastation and horrible losses the Soviets endured to reclaim the city in the bloodiest battle ever known to man.
Pray to the god your country denies
Every man dies alone and when your
Time comes you will know that it's time
- 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