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  • 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.
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2nd:
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
    Leaving home, set to sea
    Was this really meant to be?
    See the shores of our home fade away.
    Facing blood, facing pain,
    Have our brothers died in vain?
    Many lives has been lost on the way.
  • 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
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  • 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
Chorus:
Crosses grow on Anzio
Where no soldiers sleep
And where Hell's six feet deep
The last verse:
Oh gather 'round me
And listen while I speak
Of a war where Hell is six feet deep
And all along the shore
Where cannons still roar
They're haunting my dreams,
they're still there when I sleep!
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  • 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
    • Throughout the song, the chorus' intially ask "Who Knows His Name", reflecting how no one knew of Witold's act of sacrifice for decades due to the strict censorship of the Soviet Occupied Polish government, but as the Cold War ended and much of the information about Witold Pilecki became public, he finally and posthumously earned his title as a Polish national hero, which the final chorus makes very clear.
    Inmate in hell or a hero in prison?
    Soldier in Auschwitz,
    We know his name
  • 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.
    See your friends fall hear them
    Pray to the god your country denies
    Every man dies alone and when your
    Time comes you will know that it's time

    Stalin's fortress on fire
    Is this madness or hell
  • 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 above just compounds on the song previous to it, Long Live The King, which is about King Carolus' Death and the shattered dream of a Great Swedish Empire.
  • 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?
  • 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
  • The closing song to their 2019 album The Great War is a rendition of Lieutenant-Colonel John Mccrae's famous poem In Flanders Fields. Given the album’s focus on the men who fought in the First World War, it’s a touching yet tearful memorial to those who suffered and died in the so-called war to end all wars.
    • One YouTuber pointed out that it is the eleventh track, or 11/11. And what is 11/11 on the calendar? Remembrance Day, where we honor the end of the Great War. Whether or not this was intentional by the band, it's a nice little detail.
  • While "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" is largely upbeat for the most part, the song also addresses the less than ideal aftermath of the rebellion, and Lawrence of Arabia's uncertain feelings on the matter, having aided the Arab revolution, but also deceived his allies about England's intentions.
    After the war has been won, deception or treason?
    Who can tell?
    Who stood to gain?
    Who stood to lose?
    Who did the dying?
    The pillars of wisdom can tell
    The sands of Arabia calling!
  • Shiroyama is equal parts this and awesome, telling of the utterly hopeless final stand of classical Japanese culture:
    Imperial force defied
    Facing 500 Samurai
    Surrounded and outnumbered
    Sixty to one the sword face the gun
    Bushio dignified
    It's the last stand of the Samurai!
    ''Surrounded and outnumbered''
  • "Great War" is a truly moving, somber piece about the horrors of World War One, and particularly The Battle of Passchendaele (much like Price of a Mile above). The first and second verses hit hard.
    Where dead men lies, I'm paralyzed, my brother's eyes are gone
    And he shall be buried here, nameless marks his grave
    Mother home, get a telegram and shed a tear of grief
    Mud and blood, in foreign land, trying to understand

    I'm standing here, I'm full of fear, with bodies at my feet
    Over there in the other trench, bullets wear my name
    Lead ahead as the captain said and show them no remorse
    Who am I to understand what have I become?

    • That last part gets more depressing when you realize the narrator's side is never mentioned. If they were from the Central Powers, ultimately their death accomplishes nothing. And since Passchendaele is the primary focus, if it's that battle they died in, even if they're on the Allied side, the most their death will accomplish is six miles of land.

  • "Christmas Truce", about the event in the winter of 1914, despite being in great part heartwarming. Both sides putting aside the war for a brief glimpse of peace; the soldiers shake hands, play football, and even erect a wooden cross in No Man's Land. The music video ends on this note, as artillery in the distance (which soon begins to fall among the revelers) forces both sides back into the trenches. The symbolic destruction of the piano used to play the music is the icing on the cake. The final shot of the video is Par holding a candle to the still-standing cross, with the words "Lest We Forget" carved onto it, a rallying cry by soldiers from World War I to never let such a thing happen again. And even more sadly, we all know how that turned out.
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