Cliffs Of Gallipoli is the seventh song on the album The Art Of War album by Sabaton.


  • The song tells about chapter seven - "Maneuvering" in Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" book.[1]
  • Joakim started writing the song in 2005.[2]
  • In the Studiosession #2 video, the band is shown playing the song in the studio, but the lyrics for the chorus are different. ("Far below, dreams of freedom turned to dust (....), dream of heaven, dream of hell")
  • The song was released as a single from The Art Of War album.
  • The band visited the battlefield of Gallipoli, on the 29th April, 2008. Gallipoli's governor who invited them was honored, that Sabaton wrote about the battle. Pär said that "This means something special."[3][4]
  • Joakim: "(...) visiting Gallipoli, Turkey, that was really awesome, even though it’s 100 years later. When you walk around, it looks like the Garden of Eden. It’s beautiful with nature all around. Then you look down and see all of the trenches and you say, “Man, a lot of people really died here.” So, that’s not a beautiful moment, but a scary one."[5]
  • The song was performed live first time during a show on Turkish television channel, Dream TV on the 30th April, 2008.[6]
  • The song was released for free on MySpace, on the 10th May, 2008.[7]
  • The video for the song premiered on the 4th of June, 2008. [8]
  • Sabaton performed shortened version of the song live on Swedish TV4 (with Metal Machine), on the program "Nyhetsmorgon", and gave an interview, 2.07.2008.[9]
  • Cliffs Of Gallipoli did well on Swedish charts (Sverigetopplistan), it reached #1 and stayed on the top singles list for 9 weeks.[10]


Pär: (...) we had some problems with the change in tempos on songs like Cliffs Of Gallipoli, since at this time we did not use computers for recording. Still the recording was done on tapes at this time and when you needed to do retakes or make changes in tempos it was creating problems which thankfully no one who works only with computers will ever face again."

Pär: "(..) one of the strongest song writing parts of this album is for sure Cliffs Of Gallipoli. Joakim worked on this song for years. For the solo part only, lots of hours were spent working on every note.

Pär: "For this song we had the idea of writing about the battle of Gallipoli. We met a Turkish guy in Netherlands on one of our shows, and we loved the story he told us about Gallipoli and later after reading a lot both Joakim and me had the inspiration to write one of the best lyrics we ever did until then."[11]

Pär: "We met Selim (Tangreli - ed. note) on a concert in Netherlands a long time ago. And he had the idea which was great for a Sabaton song. He provided us with lots of information and then we wrote the song Cliffs of Gallipoli which became one of the singles from our 2008 album The Art Of War.[12]

Pär: "Personally, the Gallipoli story was the most interesting we ever did. It was inspired by a Turkish guy who shared his story with us and helped us understand what really happened. He gave us some great influence and a list of great books to read. The story isn’t really taking sides. It's more of a general view about soldiers who lost their lives in battle. It was obviously a big turning point of the war, but sadly unheard of to many Europeans as it happened outside of Europe during WWII. The British and Australians were involved, but I think it's important that people knew about the Gallipoli campaign."[13]

Joakim: "(...) we always have some odd songs on some albums — let's say 'Cliffs Of Gallipoli', which is our SAVATAGE-meets-MEAT LOAF-meets SABATON piano thing. And I think it's cool, as long as it's within the realm of rock music (...)."[14]

The song's lyrics are based on a quote attributed to Ataturk:

"Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours ... You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well."[15][16]

Historic fact

The battle of Gallipoli 1915 is widely regarded as a symbol of military incompetence and a catastrophic waste of thousands of lives. A few commanders however, like the Turkish general Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (later to become the first president and founder of modern Turkey) and Australian brigade commanders John Monash and Henry Chauvel showed outstanding courage and competence in this sad chapter of human history.[17]

Tribute to the soldiers who died during the Battle of Gallipoli (WWI) The Battle of Gallipoli was a campaign of World War I that took place on the Gallipoli peninsula between the 17th of February 1915 and the 9th of January 1916. Intending to secure a sea route to the Russian empire, the allied forces (Russia, The British Empire and France) launched a naval attack followed by an amphibious landing on the peninsula with the aim of capturing the Ottoman capital of Constantinople. After eight months of fighting and more than 200 000 casualities on both sides, the allied decides to abandon the land campaign and withdrew the invasion forces to Egypt. (Text credits: Gregory Sandoz)[18]


Hear them whisper,
voices from the other side
Hear them calling
former foes now friends are resting side by side

They will never leave our hearts or fade away
live forever
they were far too young to die in such a way

how many wasted lives
how many dreams did fade away
broken promises
they won’t be coming home

Oh mothers wipe your tears
your sons will rest a million years
found their peace at last
as foe turned to friend
and forgive
And they knew they’d die

Left their letters in the sand
Such waste of life
Dreams of freedom turned to dust

Hell is waiting where the ocean meets the sand
Cliffs of burden
where the soldiers rushed into a certain death

At the shoreline
Blood of heroes stains the land
light a candle
One for each of them who fought and died in vain

There is no enemy
There is no victory
Only boys who lost their lives in the sand
Young men were sacrificed
Their names are carved in stone and kept alive
and forever we will honour the memory of them
And they knew they would die


Oh mothers wipe your tears
your sons will rest a million years
found their peace at last
as foe turned to friend
and forgive
And they knew they would die



SABATON - Cliffs Of Gallipoli (Official Music Video)

SABATON - Cliffs Of Gallipoli (Official Music Video)

Sabaton History

Cliffs of Gallipoli Part 1 – The Great War – Sabaton History 032 -Official-

Cliffs of Gallipoli Part 1 – The Great War – Sabaton History 032 -Official-

Cliffs of Gallipoli Part 2 – The Great War – Sabaton History 033 -Official-

Cliffs of Gallipoli Part 2 – The Great War – Sabaton History 033 -Official-


  1. The Art Of War booklet
  17. The Art Of War booklet
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