A Lifetime of War

A Lifetime of War – Lyrics

Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén / Sundström

Lyrics:

Two ways to view the world so similar at times

Two ways to rule the world to justify their crimes
By kings and queens young men are sent to die in war
Their propaganda speaks those words been heard before

Two ways to view the world brought Europe down in flames
Two ways to rule

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 creed
Cause millions to bleed
Three decades of war

From dawn to dawn they’re fighting,
Die where they stand
The fog of war lies thick
When armies scorch the land.
When all of Europe’s burning
What can be done?
They’ve been to war a decade,
Two more to come

Long way from home
Döpas och dö I strid
Lifetime at 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 creed
Cause millions to bleed.
Three decades of war.

When they face death they’re all alike
No right or wrong, rich or poor
No matter who they served before
Good or bad, they’re all the same
Rest side by side now

Historic fact:

For a long time, the Swedish army consisted of conscripted farmhands and smallholders, who were then given military training, unlike the recruited mercenaries used by other European countries. Men between the ages of 18 and 40, who were fit for military service, were conscripted from the entire population of Sweden and Finland.
However, as war dragged on, resources were drained. The mortality rate was frighteningly high, not only from battle. Epidemics spread like wildfire in the unsanitary conditions of the field camps. Disease, hunger and cold took four times as many lives as the fighting.
The high number of casualties forced the Swedish army to begin recruiting. By 1632 the Swedish fighting force had grown into a multinational army of 93,000 men, only 6,000 of whom were Swedes and Finns. The majority were German, English, Scottish & Irish mercenaries.
Casualties of the Thirty Years War were not only limited to the army. The German civilian population was also hit extremely hard. Thirty percent of city dwellers and forty percent of the rural population also succumbed to disease, hunger and the violence of war.

Album Info:

Carolus Rex

Carolus Rex is available in 2 languages, English and Swedish.
Recorded & Mixed at Abyss Studios by Peter Tägtgren & Jonas Kjellgren
Produced by Peter Tägtgren
Mastered by Jonas Kjellgren
Released upon Nuclear Blast
Artwork by Jobert Mello / Peter Sallai

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