White Death

White Death – Lyrics

Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén / Sundström

Lyrics:

Almost night, a crimson horizon
Painting thousand lakes red
As your army approach in the east
A hunter is switching his prey

All alone, a man with his gun
Wanders into the wild
Track you down, you can’t hide
Once he’s on to your trail

Into the night, a flash in the darkness
White Death is heading your way
The fear of his foes, a hero at home
Hundreds will fall by his gun

You’re in the snipers sight
the first kill tonight
Time to die
You’re in the bullets way
The White Death’s prey
Say goodbye!

After the dawn, when morning is broken
Snow once white turn to red
Hundred soldiers, we have them on sight
A tale of a sniper is born

Snow in mouth, hiding his breath
He is steady at hand
Eye to eye, target in sight!
The moment to fire has come

Hundreds of kills, a man and his rifle
Embodied the Sisu of Finn’s
Stay out of sight and cover your head
When he pulls the trigger you’re dead!

You’re in the snipers sight
the first kill tonight
Time to die
You’re in the bullets way
The White Death’s prey
Say goodbye!

[Solo]

You’re in the snipers sight
the first kill tonight
Time to die
You’re in the bullets way
The White Death’s prey
Say goodbye!

(You’re in the snipers sight)
SNIPERS SIGHT!
(You’re his first kill tonight)
FIRST KILL TONIGHT!
(Say goodbye, say goodbye)
SAY GOODBYE!
(You will fall by his gun)

(You’re in the snipers sight)
SNIPERS SIGHT!
(You’re his first kill tonight)
FIRST KILL TONIGHT!
(Say goodbye, say goodbye)
SAY GOODBYE!
(White death is coming for you)

Historic fact:

Simo Häyhä, nicknamed “White Death” by the Red Army, was an extremely skilled Finnish marksman. He’s reported as having killed 505 men, the highest record number of confirmed sniper kills in any major war.

On the 6th of March 1940, Häyhä was shot in the jaw with an exploding bullet, he woke up on the 13th of March, the day peace was declared. He had to go through 26 surgeries and a new jaw was crafted from a piece of bone taken from his hip.

Here are some quotes :

“I didn’t felt anything towards the enemy. I just fired and loaded and continued as long as there were enemies”

“I just shot every time I saw an enemy. I didn’t care if he was a commander or not.”

“I’m a lucky man, I never had dreams about the war. I’ve always slept well, during the war too.”

“I did what I was told to as well as I could.”

When asked how he became such a good shooter, he answered: “Practice.”

(Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)

Album Info:

Coat Of Arms

Drums recorded at Abyss Studios by: Peter Tägtgren
The rest is recorded at The Eagle´s Nest by: Sabaton
Mixed at Boomtown by: Fredrik Nordström & Andrew Hayball
Mastered by Erik at Masters of Audio
Released upon Nuclear Blast
Artwork by Jobert Mello, Sledgehammer Graphics

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