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The Art Of War is the second song on the album The Art Of War album by Sabaton.

Information

  • The song tells about chapter three - "Atack by Stratagem" in Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War" book.
  • There is an error in the album's booklet (both in the regular and Re-Armed versions), the quote before the song's lyrics should concern 40:1 and Ghost Division respectively.
  • The pre-production demo of the song featuring improvised lyrics, was included as a bonus on the Re-Armed edition of The Art Of War album in 2010.

Lyrics

The Art Of War

"If you know the enemy and know yourself,
you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy,
for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself,
you will succumb in every battle." - Sun Tzu

I stand alone
And gaze upon the battlefield
Wasteland
Is all that’s left after the fight
And now I’m searching a new way to defeat my enemy
Bloodshed
I’ve seen enough of death and pain

[Pre-chorus 1:]
I will run – they will hunt me in vain
I will hide – they’ll be searching
I’ll regroup – feign retreat, they’ll pursue
Coup de grâce, I will win but never fight [mercy killing]
That’s the Art of War!

Breaking the will to fight among the enemy
Force them to hunt me
They will play my game
And play by my rules
I will be close but still untouchable
No more will I see suffering and pain
They will find me no more
I’ll be gone

I will have them surrounded
They will yield without fight overrun

Overrun
Coup de grâce

I will win but never fight
That’s the Art of War

Broken and lost
Tired of war
They’ll surrender to me
Caught in my trap
There’s no way out
Fail never again

[Pre-chorus 1]

The Art Of War (Pre-Production Demo)

I stand
Alone and gaze upon the battlefield
You are
Our target, just you are the prey
I call in fire
Exterminate your armies, that's the truth
Dream on
You are the hunter, you're the pain

I will see in your eyes, thousand eyes
Thousand fights, reinvent you
If I call from the dead
Face your fears
Resurrect
I will win but never fight

That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War

I stand
Alone and gaze upon the battlefield
You are
Our target, just you are the prey
I call in fire
Exterminate your armies, that's the truth
Dream on
You are the hunter, you're the pain

I will see in your eyes, thousand eyes
Thousand fights, reinvent you
If I call from the dead
Face your fears
Resurrect
I will win but never fight

That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War

Into the night, king of all kings
You are fated for blood
Into the light, I am the one
Night falling again

I will see in your eyes, thousand eyes
Thousand fights, reinvent you
If I call from the dead
Face your fears
Resurrect
I will win but never fight

That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War

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