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Uprising is the third song on the Coat of Arms album by Sabaton.


Information

  • In the demo version of the song, Joakim sings "Warszawo walcz" for the second time, but for some reason, on the album version he sings "Warszawo wal".
  • Because the official translation of "40:1" was heavily criticised by the Polish fans, a contest was set for the best translation of the "Uprising" lyrics to Polish. The winning translation was chosen as the official.[1]
  • The video for the song was supposed to be shot in April 2010, but it was postponed due to the crash of the plane with the Polish president on board. The shooting was postponed a week later, but it had to be postponed again due to the volcano eruption on Iceland that paralyzed air traffic in Europe.
  • Sabaton could shoot the video during the mourning period in Poland, but as a token of respect, they decied to postpone the shooting.[2]
  • The video was shot 18-21 May 2010, in Norblin Factory, Warsaw.
  • Peter Stormare agreed to play in the video because he's a heavy metal fan and a fan of Sabaton, who usually turns down offers to play in music videos.[3][4]
  • Daniel Myhr suspected that he had a broken rib because of the accident he was involved in few days before the shooting. As a result, the scenes with the band had to be discontinued for the time being. An amublance was called to the set, but after receiving the analgesic injection, the shooting continued.[5]

Background

Joakim: "(...) The Warsaw Uprising is an important part of Polish history and has been criminally ignored by the rest of the world. (...)"[6]

Pär: "When we visited the Warsaw Uprising Museum, we were so impressed that we wrote "Uprising" almost instantly. We did not calculate whether it would bring us greater popularity in Poland. Simply, the topic was fascinating enough that we had to write a song about the Uprising."[7]

Mullback: "When we wrote 40:1, we were here (in Warsaw Uprising Museum - ed. note) at the premiere of the video and then we first learned more about the Warsaw Uprising. We were invited to the Museum. Earlier, we heard that something like this happened, but we didn't know any details. This visit impressed us. For us it is one of the most important and spectacular events of the Second World War. So believe it or not, but the song Uprising was not meant to kiss butts. We were really touched by this story. That the Soviet Union stopped the attack and waited without helping the insurgents. There were a lot of emotions that resulted in the creation of this song. It was obvious to us that we had to make a song about it, that we should talk about it. Of course, I understand that people may consider this as a public surgery, but it was not, we did not do it for the money or for a greater career here (in Poland - ed. note)."[8]

Pär: "On the new album, there is a song called "Uprising" and the idea for that came when we were invited to the uprising scene in Warsaw, Poland. They called us and said you should come here to check it out and we can tell you about what happened. It can be the theme of a new song. (...) We were invited to the Uprising Museum and were told the story by real historians. That means something.(...)"[9]

Pär: "(...) the Uprising museum in Warsaw inspired us to write the song “Uprising.”"[10]

Pär: "Me and Joakim were in Poland in 2009 on the durning the promotion for the music video for the song "40:1". We visited the Warsaw Uprising Museum at the time... And basically you have the answer. We learned a lot about the history of the uprising and decided that we would do a song about it on the next album."[11]

Pär: "Many of the ideas sent to us about this event came from the Polish fans. Most of them thought that we should write a song about the Warsaw Uprising. We found this an interesting thought and we did write a song about it."[12]

Joakim: "We asked our fans for suggestions what events should we write about on our new album. We received many thousands of emails from Poland and we chose the uprising."[13]

Historic fact

The Warsaw Uprising (Polish: Powstanie Warszawskie) was a major World War II operation by the Polish Resistance Home Army (Armia Krajowa) to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The rebellion was timed to coincide with the Soviet Union’s Red Army approaching the eastern suburbs of the city and the retreat of German forces. However, the Soviet advance stopped short, enabling the Germans to regroup and demolish the city while defeating the Polish resistance, which fought for 63 days with little outside support. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during WW2. The uprising began on 1 August 1944 and the Poles initially established control over most of central Warsaw but the Soviets ignored Polish attempts to establish radio contact and did not advance beyond the city limits. Intense street fighting between the Germans and Poles continued. Although the exact number of casualties remains unknown, it is estimated that about 16,000 members of the Polish resistance were killed and about 6,000 badly wounded. In addition, between 150,000 and 200,000 Polish civilians died, mostly from mass executions. Jews being harboured by Poles were exposed by German house-to-house clearances and mass evictions of entire neighbourhoods. German casualties totalled over 8,000 soldiers killed and missing, and 9,000 wounded.[14]

Lyrics

Warsaw, rise!

Do you remember when, when the Nazis forced their rule on Poland
1939 and the allies turned away
From the underground rose a hope of freedom as a whisper
City in despair, but they never lost their faith

Women, men and children fight, they were dying side by side
And the blood they shed upon the streets was a sacrifice willingly paid

Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
1944 help that never came, calling
Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
Rise up and hear the call, history calling to you
Warszawo, walcz! (Warsaw, fight!)

Spirit, soul and heart, in accordance with the old traditions
1944 still the allies turn away
Fighting street to street in a time of hope and desperation
Did it on their own and they never lost their faith

Women, men and children fight, they were dying side by side
And the blood they shed upon the streets was a sacrifice willingly paid

Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
1944 help that never came, calling
Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
Rise up and hear the call, history calling to you
Warszawo, walcz! (Warsaw, fight!)

All the streetlights in the city broken many years ago
Break the curfew, hide in sewers, Warsaw, it's time to rise now

All the streetlights in the city broken many years ago
Break the curfew, hide in sewers, Warsaw, it's time to rise now

Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
1944 help that never came, calling
Warsaw, city at war
Voices from underground, whispers of freedom
Rise up and hear the call, history calling to you
Warszawo, walcz! (Warsaw, fight!)

Video

SABATON - Uprising (Official Music Video)

SABATON - Uprising (Official Music Video)

References

  1. web.archive.org Sabaton.pl
  2. pomorska.pl
  3. pomorska.pl
  4. rockmetal.pl
  5. supersamiec.pl
  6. metalnews.de
  7. T-Mobile Music.pl (archived by Sabaton.pl)
  8. magazynperkusista.pl
  9. wormwoodchronicles.net
  10. axs.com
  11. rockmetal.pl
  12. panoptykon.blogspot.com
  13. se.pl
  14. Sabaton.net
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