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The Last Stand Album Cover

Shiroyama

2016
Lyrics

It’s the nature of time that the old ways must give in
It’s the nature of time that the new ways comes in sin
When the new meets the old it always ends the ancient ways
And as history told the old ways go out in a blaze

Encircled by a vulture, the end of aincient culture
The dawn of destiny draws near

Imperial force defied, facing 500 samurai
Surrounded and outnumbered, 60 to 1 the sword face the gun
Bushido dignified, it’s the last stand of the samurai
Surrounded and outnumbered

As a new age begins the way of the warrior comes to an end
As a new age begins the ways of old must apprehend
It’s the nature of time that the old ways must give in
It’s the nature of time that the new ways comes in sin

An offer of surrender, Saigo ignore contender
The dawn of destiny is here

Until the dawn they hold on
Only 40 are left at the end
None alive, none survive
Shiroyama

60 to one, facing the gun
60 to one, culture undone


Watch the lyric video for ‘Shiroyama’ below.

Music:Brodén / Englund
Lyrics:Brodén
Historic Fact
A turning point in Japanese history, the Battle of Shiroyama took place in 1877 and marked the end of Japan’s most famous warriors. The Satsuma Rebellion was the very last revolt of the Samurai against the imperial government of emperor Meiji.

Find out more about the Satsuma Rebellion.