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In the gloom the gathering storm abates
In the ships gimlet eyes await
The call to arms to hammer at the gates
To blow them wide throw evil to it's fate

All summers long the drills to build the machine
To turn men from flesh and blood to steel
From paper soldiers to bodies on the beach
From summer sands to Armageddon's reach

Overlord, your master not your god
The enemy coast dawning grey with scud
These wretched souls puking, shaking fear
To take a bullet for those who sent them here

The world's alight, the cliffs erupt in flame
No escape, remorseless shrapnel rains
Drowning men no chance for a warrior's fate
A choking death enter hell's gate

Sliding we go, only fear on our side
To the edge of the wire,
And we rush with the tide
Oh the water is red,
With the blood of the dead
But I'm still alive, pray to God I survive

How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through
How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through

How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through
How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through

The rising dead, faces bloated torn
They are relieved, the living wait their turn
Your number's up, the bullet's got your name
You still go on, to hell and back again

Valhalla waits, Valkyries rise and fall
The warrior tombs, lie open for us all
A ghostly hand reaches through the veil
Blood and sand, we will prevail

Sliding we go, only fear on our side
To the edge of the wire,
And we rush with the tide
Oh the water is red,
With the blood of the dead
But I'm still alive, pray to God I survive

How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through
How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through

How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through
How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through

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How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through
How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through

How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through
How long on this longest day
'Til we finally make it through



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  • U
    UnregisteredJan 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm
    Yea it's about death and blood and destruction.
    But more specifically i belive it's about d-day.

    There are several references to d-day throughout the lyrics :
    "in the ships gimlet eyes await" -most allied forces were brought in by 'ship'.

    "the call to arms to hammer at the gates" -normandy beach in france, were the western 'gates' to the axis military ocupation of western europe.

    "from paper soldiers to bodies on the beach" -a great deal of the fighting during d-day occured on the 'beach'

    "overlord, your master not your god" -operation 'overlord' was the codename for the landing on normandy beach on d-day

    The whole of the rest of the song almost literally describes the fighting as it happend during d-day. Also there are alot more suttle and hidden, clues and references to d-day in just about every single phrase of this song.

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