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Coat Of Arms Album Cover

White Death

2010
Lyrics

Almost night, a crimson horizon painting thousand lakes red
As your army approach from the east, a hunter is switching his prey
All alone, a man with his gun wanders into the wild
Tracks you down, you cannot hide once he is on to your trail

Enter 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 sniper’s sight, the first kill tonight, time to die
You’re in the bullet’s way, the White Death’s prey, say goodbye

After the dawn when morning has broken, snow once white turned to red
Blood red snow tells what happened last night, 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 embody the sisu of finns
Stay out of sight and cover your head, when he pulls the trigger you’re dead

You’re in the sniper’s sight
SNIPER’S SIGHT!
You’re his first kill tonight
FIRST KILL TONIGHT!
Say goodbye, say goodbye
SAY GOODBYE!
Hundreds will fall by his gun

You’re in the sniper’s sight
SNIPER’S SIGHT!
You’re his first kill tonight
FIRST KILL TONIGHT!
Say goodbye, say goodbye
SAY GOODBYE!
White death is coming for you

Music:Brodén
Lyrics:Brodén / Sundström
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 feel 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)