Poltava

Poltava – SWE Lyrics

Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén / Sundström

Lyrics:

Tiden tärt den här som gått
Vandrat många mil
Knektar tröttna slitna var
20 000 man

Tsaren bränt sin egna jord
Ingenting fanns kvar
Hungern rev och döden stod
Redo för ett slag

Hör upp, led väck din armé
Ge dig, och lämna min mark

Poltava
Genom rök och damm de red
Poltava
Slogs för livet led för led
Poltava
Tappra män til himmelen steg
Poltava

Svenska härens ledarskap
Lidit nederlag
Konung kan ej strida mer
Skadad stod han bi

Rehnskiöld uti striden red
Värja sträckt för vind
Slog som våg mot härdat berg
Tvingad till reträtt

Lyssna, Du Karolus Rex
Frukta, ty din tid är här

Bragd om livet, eld och död
20 000 man i nöd
Så fäkta på
Gul och blå
Karoliners sista slag
Mötte döden, ödets dag
Guds vilja ske
krigare

Historic fact:

The Battle of Poltava on the 28th of June 1709 (Swedish calendar) was the decisive victory of Peter I of Russia. It was the beginning of Sweden’s decline as a great power, as the Tsardom of Russia took its place as the leading nation of north-eastern Europe.

Because of the harsh winter of 1708/1709 and a series of military defeats, the Swedish army’s situation had become precarious. Charles XII decided to lay siege to the fortress of Poltava. The Russian had a substantial numerical advantage on the Swedes, about 42’000 for Russia against 16’500 for Sweden.

The Swedish assault on the Russian line was quickly disintegrated, with some men throwing their weapons on the ground and fleeing and their cavalry surrounded. The Swedes no longer had any organized bodies of troops to oppose the Russian infantry and cavalry. Some soldiers managed to escape through the woods while the rest were either ridden down or captured. Charles XII ordered a retreat to the woods with all the remaining forces he could gather. The Russians halted at the edge of the woods and stopped their artillery fire.

(Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)

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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