Carolus Rex album cover

Poltava (English)


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 grasps the soldiers’ heart
20 000 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 or you’ll die by my sword

Watch the lyric video for ‘Poltava’ below.

Lyrics:Brodén / Sundström
Historic Fact
The Battle of Poltava, which was part of the Great Northern War, began on July 8, 1709. Peter the Great and his Russian army routed the Caroleans on a battlefield in modern day Ukraine. Charles XII, also known as Carolus Rex, was defeated by the larger Russian force.

Find out more about The Battle of Poltava.