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Sabaton – Poltava lyrics

Time has worn the soldiers down
Marched for many miles
In the eastern lands so cursed
Time to make a stand

Tsar has scorched his nation's land
Nothing to be found
Hunger grasp the soliders heart
20 000 men strong

Listen, excuse for a king
Trust me, this fight you can't win

Rode to certain death and pain
Swedish soldiers met their bane
Sacrificed their lives in vain

In the shade of morning mist
Advancing on their foe

Bullets break the silent air
Wasted battleplan

Swedish forces stand alone
King has left command
Rule is left to lesser men
Waiting for their chance

Listen, obey my command
Hear me, or die by my hand

Russian armies blocked their way
20 000 lost that day
They bled the ground
Peace they found
There's no sign of victory
King Carolus had to flee
And leave the land
Leave command

Madness, curse your feeble horde
Fear me, you'll die by my sword

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    Fairly obviously about the battle of Poltava, where King Charles XII of Sweden was soundly defeated by the Russian army, after a long campaign in which he encountered the age-old problem with attempting to march on Moscow. Namely, that Russian winters are horrible, and his forces ran low on supplies, which the Russians took merciless advantage of, torching Baturyn before Charles could resupply, and leading to his army being withered down to half its original 44k men. In desperation, Charles attacked the fortified Russian city of Poltava. This lead to a hopeless fight between a Russian force of approximately fifty thousand against Charles' force of merely twenty-four thousand, which this song effectively mourns.

    Charles himself fled into exile during the battle, hence the talk of leaving command to lesser men. Essentially, things were utter chaos on the Swedish side of things, after they got into a war on the Russian side of east Europe.

    Most of Sabaton's stuff is historical, and while not always completely accurate, they tell a good enough account through metal lyrics of stuff that actually happened. Carolus Rex, the album, focuses exclusively on the rise and fall of the Swedish Empire and the Great Northern War, between 1700 and 1721.
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