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 Those last two lines courtesy of Kemal Ataturk, who commanded the Turkish forces at Gallipoli, and later founded modern Turkey
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.
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!
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.
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?
Fränder, bröder, vår stormaktstid är övernote Kinsmen, brothers, our great power has come to an end Vårt rike blöder, fanan står i brandnote Our kingdom lies bleeding, our flag ablaze Aldrig, aldrig, aldrig återvändanote Never, never, never to come back Svea stormaktstid till ända!note The time of Sweden's power has come to an end
The above just compounds on the song previous to it, Long Live The King, which is aobut Long 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:
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