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Livgardet is a single by Sabaton. It was released on 26th February 2021. The English version of the song, titled "The Royal Guard", has released on 9th April 2021.

Information

  • The choir melody from the song bears resemblance to a Christian hymn "Fairest Lord Jesus", also known as "Beautiful Savior". In Sweden, the same melody is also used in Psalm 297 - "Härlig är jorden" ("Lovely is the Earth").
  • It's the first song recorded in both Swedish and English since Carolus Rex, since it tells about Swedish history.
  • The song was teased on YouTube on the 23rd December 2020 as "Sabaton New Music Teaser", the video featured a Guardsman taken from the 12" vinyl cover.[1]
  • The song appeared on Shazam app on 21st January 2021 along with the single artwork. It was taken down at the beginning of February 2021 because it was most likely made public too early by mistake.[2]
  • The official video for the song was premiered on 14:30 CET, 26.02.2021.
  • The English version of the song "The Royal Guard" was available for pre-save shortly after the video premiere.
  • The official video of the English version of the song "The Royal Guard" was premired on 15:00 CET, 09.04.2021.
  • Livgardet shared the song on their Facebook page and thanked the band "for the grand tribute". Sabaton commented: "Thank you and good luck in the future!"[3]
  • The english version misses the choirs in the intro, and has the gutiars playing the melody instead.

Background

Pär: "Since 2012 and Carolus Rex, we have been looking forward to writing more songs in Swedish, 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."

Joakim: "Damn, it feels good to be singing in Swedish again!"[4]

Joakim: "It's damn cool to sing in Swedish, but when you sing about Germans and Russians fighting, it's stupid to use a language that no one understands. But this song is about the Swedish Royal Guard, and then it felt logical."[5]

Joakim: "It feels wrong to call it a tribute, but you can say that the song honors a long, military tradition. At the same time, it was difficult to include 500 years of events on a song. The Royal Guards were everywhere, they marched across the Belts and fought with Charles XII during the Skirmish at Bender."[6]

Joakim:"(...) it was actually the Swedish Armed Forces or the Royal Guard themselves that we talked with already early last year (2020 - ed. note) about doing something together for the anniversary. I thought it was a really fantastic idea, I started mentally writing the song when we talked about it, and when we were sent home from Russia due to a certain virus that put me and Chris in two weeks quarantine, we could not come home to our families, it was a lot of things going on back then. So we were quarantined for two weeks and started to write songs, and we had this idea that we wanted to do. (...)"[7]

Joakim: "The first time when you hear the chorus in the intro and the last chorus, it's quite exactly like the melody from the hymn "Härlig är jorden".[8]

Historic fact

The Swedish-language song honors the Swedish Royal Guards first established in the year 1521.[9]

Lyrics

Livgardet

Ärat livgardet står
Grundat av landsfader vår
Hängiven tjänst i 500 år
Från tåget över Bält
Stred vid Lund, på Narvas fält
De följa uti hjältars spår

Smitt av eld och dalablod
Frusen mark och hjältemod
I en tid av krig de stod

Anor från blott 16 man
Rikets äldsta stridsförband
En tid
Av Krig

Vart vägen än bär
Att beskydda, gardet svär
För konung och rike de viger sitt liv

Knä om knä livgardet går
Kämpat för landsfader vår
Hängiven tjänst i 500 år
Från tåget över Bält
Stred vid Lund, på Narvas fält
De följa uti hjältars spår

Oavsett vem kronan bär
Till sin konung trohet svär
I en tid, av fred, de består

Traditioner i från förr
Vaktar ännu maktens dörr
I frid
Och i strid

Vart vägen än går
Runt vår konung gardet står
För land och för rike de offrar sitt liv

Knä om knä livgardet går
Kämpat för landsfader vår
Hängiven tjänst i 500 år
Från tåget över Bält
Stred vid Lund, på Narvas fält
De följa uti hjältars spår

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

Vart vägen än bär
Att beskydda, gardet svär
För konung och rike de viger sitt liv

Ärat livgardet står
Grundat av landsfader vår
Hängiven tjänst i 500 år
Från tåget över Bält
Stred vid Lund, på Narvas fält
De följa uti hjältars spår

The Royal Guard

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

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

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

Video

SABATON_-_Livgardet_(Official_Music_Video)

SABATON - Livgardet (Official Music Video)

SABATON_-_The_Royal_Guard_(Official_Music_Video)

SABATON - The Royal Guard (Official Music Video)

SABATON_-_Livgardet_(Live_at_the_Dalecarlia_Music_Awards)

SABATON - Livgardet (Live at the Dalecarlia Music Awards)

Lyric Video

SABATON_-_Livgardet_(Official_Lyric_Video)

SABATON - Livgardet (Official Lyric Video)

SABATON_-_The_Royal_Guard_(Official_Lyric_Video)

SABATON - The Royal Guard (Official Lyric Video)

Trivia

  • "Tåget över Bält" ("March Across the Belts") was a Swedish campaign, waged by the Swedish Empire across the ice between the Danish islands. It lasted between 30 January and 15 February 1658, ending with a decisive victory for Swedish King Charles X Gustav during his first Danish war.[10]
  • The Battle of Lund was a part of the Scanian War, it was fought on December 4, 1676, in an area north of the city of Lund in Scania in southern Sweden, between the invading Danish army and the army of Charles XI of Sweden. The Danish had an army of about 13,000 under the personal command of 31-year-old King Christian V of Denmark, aided by General Carl von Arensdorff. The Swedish army, which numbered about 8,000, was commanded by Field Marshal Simon Grundel-Helmfelt and the 21-year-old Swedish king Charles XI. It is one of the bloodiest battles in percent of casualties on both sides ever fought on European soil.[11]
  • The Battle of Narva was an early battle in the Great Northern War. A Swedish relief army under Charles XII of Sweden defeated a Russian siege force three to four times its size. Previously, Charles XII had forced Denmark–Norway to sign the Treaty of Travendal. Narva was not followed by further advances of the Swedish army into Russia; instead, Charles XII turned southward to expel August the Strong from Livonia and Poland-Lithuania. Tsar Peter the Great of Russia took Narva in a second battle in 1704.[12]
  • "För Sverige i tiden" ("For Sweden – with the Times") is the current Swedish king's (Carl XVI Gustaf) motto.
  • "De gör vad som synes omöjligt " ("They do what seems impossible") is the motto of the Livgardet.
  • The video was shot in Garpenberg mansion in southern Dalarna, Sweden, 2020.[13]
  • In the video, the band has chosen to focus on the Livgardet during the Carolean era, with The Great Northern War era as the visual aspect.[14]
  • The Carolean uniforms used in the photo and video shooting were lent by a Swedish reenactment group Svenska Lifcompagniet.[15]
  • The paintings in the video depict Swedish kings: Gustav I (1496-1560), Charles X (1622-1660), Charles XI (1655-1697).
  • The paper that Joakim is holding towards the end of the video contain the song's lyrics.
  • Hannes van Dahl is credited as the video's co-producer, script and storyline author.
  • All the band members are credited as "leading actors" except for Hannes van Dahl who's credited as an "extra".

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