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He hung on the windswept world tree
Whose roots no one knows
For nine whole days he hung there pierced
By Gugnir, his spear

Swimming in pain he peered into the depths
And cried out in agony
Reaching out he grasped the runes
Before falling back from the abyss

He gave himself unto himself
In a world of sheering pain
So that we all may live our lives
By the wisdom that he gained

You doubted him, and spread their lies
Across the world, with sword in hand
You raped our souls, and stole our right
All for the words of mild-mannered man

You listened to mild-mannered god
And put your faith in deceitful words
Your powertrip was paid by blood
In kindness' name you spilled our blood

I refuse to submit
To the god you say is kind
I know what's right, and it is time
It's time to fight, and free our minds

Let me die without fear!
As I have lived without it
So shut your mouth and spare my ears
I'm fed up with all your bullshit

After a thousand years of oppression
Let the berserks rise again
Let the world hear these words once more:
"Save us, oh lord, from the wrath of the Norsemen!"

Our spritis were forged in snow and ice
To bend like steel forged over fire
We were not made to bend like reed
Or turn the other cheek

He grasped the runes, they're ours to use



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    MephistopholesOct 21, 2008 at 1:36 pm
    i think that this song has quite a simple meaning.. it says means that the christian horde had attacked the norsemen,while preaching kindness..and that now after so long they should rise again.. and fight for what is right. a pity that no one here will read this,or listen to this song for that matter,its quite good
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    UnregisteredOct 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm
    I'm pretty sure the "tree and runes" refers to Thor's Oak in Germany where Boniface cut down a mighty oak tree and dared Thor to strike him down for doing so. In the end, Boniface had all of Thor's Oak taken down and used the lumbar to erect a church. This was pivotal in gaining a strong Christian foothold in Germany.
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    valkyria13Sep 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    Odin gained great wisdom when he hanged himself on the world tree (also referred to as the gallows). This, however, was a spiritual death in which he sacrificed himself to himself. Odin hung on the Yggdrasil tree for nine days and nights and was pierced by a spear. He is said to have reached the world beyond the realms of death through his spiritual hanging. By this means he gained knowledge of the runes and learned to master their magic. This power allows him to bring the dead back.

    When the Christian bunch came to Scandinavia, their attitude was basically "convert or die". Eventually, it became more advantegous to convert to Christianity and as with most pagan converts, the existing traditions and gods were renamed.

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