The Royal Guard - Lyrics

From the frozen north they came
Fought for founding father’s claim
It was then, their tale, began

Trace their roots from 16 strong
By the king where they belong

En tid
Av Krig

Wherever he goes, near or far, they are close
For the King of Sweden they lay down their lives

For the Swedish crown they stand
By the king, at his command
500 years for the fatherland
Marching across the belt
Crushing blow at Narva dealt
Livgardet our Royal Guard

Sworn protectors of the throne
Royal doctrine set in stone
For the crown, you shall give your life

By traditions from the past
Swedish soldiers stand steadfast

I frid
Och i strid

And if one should fall, yet another, heeds the call
For king and for country they lay down their lives

För Sverige i tiden
Dit konungen går
De gör vad som synes omöjligt, vad än framtiden spår

Still for the crown they stand
By the king, at his command
500 years for the fatherland
Marching across the belt
Crushing blow at Narva dealt
Livgardet our Royal Guard

Music: Joakim Brodén, Chris Rörland / Lyrics: Joakim Brodén, Pär Sundström
Historic fact
Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs about Sweden, and we felt that we were not done with the history of our fatherland. Over the past years, we have been discussing around topics until something obvious came up. One of the oldest military regiments in the world, the Swedish Royal Guard (Livgardet), was formed in the Sabaton home region in Sweden, Dalecarlia, in 1521 by the legendary Swedish king Gustav Vasa. For the past 500 years, they have evolved with the times and served under various kings and queens around the world and are still active today. We felt that such an anniversary would be worth a song, and we aimed at writing a respectful tribute, an anthem for this Swedish regiment and its legacy. The rich 500 years of history is, needless to say, extremely hard to fit into one song, and that is why we mainly focused on the parts and battles that happened during the age of the Swedish Empire. We aimed to write a respectful tribute, a powerful anthem, for this Swedish regiment and its remarkable legacy.