- The lyrics to "Nightchild", the first version of the song were written before the band adopted the historical warfare lyrics.
- The lyrics to "Nightchild" were written when Joakim and Pär were drinking and playing videogames in their rehearsal room.
- The band doesn't know what the "Nightchild" lyrics are supposed to mean.
- The song's lyrics were rewritten and the title was changed to "Purple Heart" to fit the theme of Primo Victoria.
- Pär said that they found it tricky to rewrite the lyrics to the song.
- Some people were disappointed that they rewrote the lyrics because musically, the song remained the same.
- "Nightchild" was included on the Re-Armed edition of Attero Dominatus in 2010.
- When the band released "Nightchild" on the Re-Armed edition some people were upset because they thought the band rewrote "Purple Heart" into "Nightchild".
- Pär prefers "Nightchild" lyrics to "Purple Heart" due to the fact that Joakim sounds better when he sings the old lyrics, according to him.
- "Nightchild" was included on the 3-Track Demo in 2004.
- "Nightchild" was included on the Sweden Rock Festival CD in 2007.
Pär: "Nightchild. Why the title, why the lyrics? I cannot remember what we had been drinking that late night me and Joakim spent in our rehearsal place. But the combination of videogames and alcohol... And in the middle of the night we decided to write some lyrics. I think we played some Star Wars shooter game on X-Box so I guess the inspiration did not come from there. Even today, we don't know what the lyrics are supposed to mean. But I personally like this version more than the later recorded Purple Heart, since the lyrics are written in a way that it sounds better when Joakim sings them."
An award given to soldiers wounded or killed in battle. It has been known to be awarded posthumously.
The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded to killed or wounded service personnel in the name of the President, on or after 5th April 1917. It was first awarded on 22nd February 1932 and almost two million have been awarded since. Marine Sgt. Albert L. Ireland (1918-1997) was awarded a record nine Purple Hearts (five in WW2 and four in the Korean War). Other notable recipients include President JFK, the actor Charles Bronson, former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, director Oliver Stone and the subject of Heroes‘ ‘To Hell and Back’, Audie Murphy and ‘Soldier of 3 Armies’, Lauri Törni.
- The song wasn't ever performed live as "Nightchild", but it was rehearsed a lot of times.
- Played frequently during Primo Victoria Tour, Attero Dominatus Tour and Metalizing Tour.
- Played sporadically during the 2009 Leg of The Art of live Tour.
- The Song returned for the autumn 2011 Leg of World War Tour.
When we signed up for the army
In a dream I saw the future,