Music by: Brodén / Text by: Brodén
Fresh from Moscow
Over Volga came to comrades aid
City in despair
Almost crushed by the führers army
Oh it’s colder than hell
Hitler’s forces advancing
The sound of mortars
The music of death
A grand symphony
See your friends fall
Hear them pray to the god your country denies
Every man dies alone
And when your time comes you will know that it’s time
Stalin’s fortress on fire
Is this madness or hell
The sound of the mortars
The music of death
We’re playing the devils symphony
Our violins are guns conducted from hell
Are you playing?
Do you follow the conductor’s lead?
No one knows you
No one cares about a single violin
Play the score of the damned
Know the devil within
The Battle of Stalingrad (July 17, 1942-Feb. 2, 1943), was the successful Soviet defense of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in the U.S.S.R. during World War II.
Situated on the western bank of the Volga River, Stalingrad was a center of heavy industry and transshipment by rail and river but, being the namesake of the leader of the Red Army, its great propaganda value was the true value of the city. The battle for the city turned into one of the bloodiest in World War II with combined casualty numbers near two-million. The Germans were ordered to take the city at any cost, ìsurrender is forbiddenî, while the Red Army was ordered to take “Not one step back”.
Individual streets were fought over using hand-to-hand combat. Even the sewers were the sites of firefights. Buildings had to be cleared room by room through the bombed-out debris of residential neighborhoods, office blocks, basements and apartment high-rises. Some of the taller buildings, blasted into roofless shells by earlier German aerial bombardment, saw floor-by-floor, close quarters combat, with the Germans and Soviets on alternate levels, firing at each other through holes in the floors. The Germans, calling this unseen urban warfare Rattenkrieg (“Rat War”), bitterly joked about capturing the kitchen but still fighting for the living room and the bedroom.
The Germans captured up to 90% of the city by early November but they failed to fully assert their authority. Areas taken by the Germans during the day, were re-taken by the Russians at night. The central railway station of the city changed hands thirteen times and the Mamayev Kurgan (the highest ground elevation in the city) was captured and recaptured eight times.
(Mratnimiat has no particular meaning in English, German, Polish, Russian or Ukranian, however if you spell it backwards (Ta i min tam) and read it in Swedish, it roughly translates to “Take my intestine”) [Fan generated content by: Joe Arino]