Hearts Of Iron

Hearts Of Iron – Lyrics

Music by: Brodén Text by: Brodén / Sundström


See the Reich in flames
Try to save Berlin in vain
It’s a road through death and pain
On the other shore, there’s the end of the war

Who could ever have believed,
Seems like nothing’s been achieved
Just to walk a day, go all the way, the fronts are closing in
As the end is drawing near, the 12:th army interfere
Open up a route, get people out, it’s forces spread out thin

It’s the end of the war
Hold the corridor!
Reach for Elbe’s shore

It’s the end, the war has been lost
Keeping them safe ’til the river’s been crossed
Nicht ein schlacht, ein rettungsaktion
Holding their ground ’til the final platoon
“Hurry up, we’re waiting for you”
Men of the 9:th, and civilians too
Dispossessed, surrendering to the west

Who’ll survive and who will die?
Up to kriegsglück to decide
Those who made it cross, without a loss, have reason to reflect
It is not about Berlin, it is not about the Reich,
It’s about the men, who fought for them, what peace can they expect?

See the city burn on the other side
Going down in flames as two worlds collide
Who can now look back with a sense of pride?
On the other shore, there’s the end of the war

Historic fact:

During the final battle of Berlin in 1945 the general of the 12th army, Walther Wenck realized that the end of the war was coming, and instead of trying to defeat the advancing Soviet forces as his orders were, he used his army to create an escape corridor out of Berlin. For such an act he would surely have been sentenced to death, but instead he ended up being responsible for up to 250 000 people safely escaping the burning city of Berlin. For some this was a battle, for him this was a rescue operation.

Album Info:


The idea for HEROES started already when we wrote the lyrics for the 2010 album Coat of Arms. By then we already had the idea that one day we should write an album where we take the focus away from the big battles and focus more on the individuals who go beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinary thus earning the title ”hero”.

We already saved such stories since the time for Coat of Arms and the majority of the songs on this album was actually inspired by ideas sent in by fans like you.

The pressure was huge on us to follow up the success of Carolus Rex which was a milestone in our career. With some fresh blood in the band we also felt that no shadow must fall on our new recruits. We want to look forward and not get stuck in the past.

Sitting here writing the final words for the booklet we can be proud of what we achieved.

Mission accomplished.

This is ”Heroes”

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