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Purple Heart is the eighth song on Primo Victoria album by Sabaton.

Background

Pär: "Nightchild. Why the title, why the lyrics? I cannot rememver 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 iit sounds better when Joakim sings them."[1]

Information

  • The lyrics to "Nightchild" were written before the band fully adopted the historical warfare lyrics.
  • The song's lyrics were rewritten and the title was changed to "Purple Heart" to fit the theme of Primo Victoria.
  • "Nightchild" was included on the 3-Track Demo in 2004.
  • "Nightchild" was included on the Sweden Rock Festival CD in 2007.
  • "Nightchild" was included on the Re-Armed edition of Attero Dominatus in 2010.

Historic fact

An award given to soldiers wounded or killed in battle. It has been known to be awarded posthumously.[2]

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.[3]

Lyrics

Purple Heart

When we signed up for the army
To a rangers company
Armed with M16’s
Straight into the war

Then we served under the banner
Clad in US stars and stripes
And on moonless nights
We marched for endless miles

Once we were soldiers, once we were young
We have found our peace, we’ve seen the end

Fallen in war
We belong to history
Fallen in war
Sleep six feet below
Hearts of the brave
Cannot bring me back to life
Fallen in war
Still brothers in arms

We have fought in distant conflict
And for all to many years
Seen our friends go down
Wounded dead or lost

Know that peace comes at a high price
It may take a thousand lives
And a deep belief
Sacrifice of men

Shining heart beats no more
Buried deep, deep in cold earth
Shallow grave in my motherland
Here I stay, in darkness forever

Nightchild

In a dream I saw the future,
In a dream I saw the world,
There were madmans lies,
Devil's point of view,

In a world of hate and anger,
In a world of fear and pain,
There is no time for pride,
No time to stand aside

Call me a dreamer,
Call me insane,
I'll survive the storm,
I'll take the pain

Out of the storm,
Come the children of the night,
Out of the storm,
A black masquerade,
Dance with the dead,
To the music of grief,
Out of the storm,
A nightchild appears.

In the silence of the moonlight,
We can hear the nightchilds cry,
Like a lonely wolf,
Howl into the sky.
With a madman nor a stranger,
Whose words you just can't tell,
The nightchild's way,
The way of no return,

Call me a dreamer,
Call me insane,
I'll survive the storm,
I'll take the pain.
Out of the storm,
Come the children of the night,
Out of the storm,
A black masquerade,
Dance with the dead,
To the music of grief,
Out of the storm,
A nightchild appears

When the light fades away,
And the night puts me asleep,
Will I ever wake up again,
Will I stay in this twilight forever?

Out of the storm,
Come the children of the night,
Out of the storm,
A black masquerade,
Dance with the dead,
To the music of grief,
Out of the storm,
A nightchild appears

References

  1. Metalizer (Re-Armed) booklet
  2. Primo Victoria booklet
  3. Sabaton.net
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