"Royal Galley" as written by and Stefan Weinerhall....
By the rail he stands
On black waves he rides
The tomorrow belongs to him
And the queen by his side
Do not fear the storm
Master the oaken galley
And be brave at heart
For your king and country

Turn the prow towards the storm
For it's too late to turn back

Royal galley under the sky
Oh oh
Breaking waves oh, so high
Oh oh

The ship is swaying
Great white sails are torn
"Work harder faithful crew,
Or you'll do nothing more."
The firm hand of doom
Makes the ship heal.
Rocking out of control

Bending up its keel
The imposing galley twists and turns
Struggling in the wild waves

Royal galley sailing no more
Oh oh
The ship is doomed forevermore
Oh oh

Panic and agony hands in the cold air
As we're heading towards our destiny
The figurehead is going down towards the black end
Never to be seen again crossing the seven seas
Clashing waves are our tragic requiem
Since the maiden voyage was the last to be

The golden flagship of the fleet
Is heading for its deepest grave

Royal galley lost at sea
Oh oh
Down in the deep, restin' in peace
Oh oh


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"Royal Galley" as written by Stefan Weinerhall

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    My InterpretationI both am and am not surprised no one else has commented on this song yet. I was just reading about the Vasa, a galley built under order of the Swedish king back in the mid-1600's, and it occurred to me that it is most likely what this song is about.

    The lines/phrases that mainly lead me to my conclusion are "oaken galley" (Vasa was built from tons of laminated oak), "For your king and country" (it was built by direct order of the Swedish king and intended to be the flagship of the Swedish fleet), "Since the maiden voyage was the last to be" (Due to a design oversight, Vasa sank on its maiden voyage as soon as it had to deal with wind/waves. The 64 cannons' portholes were too close to the waterline and so as soon as the wind tilted it in the open ocean, the water was free to rush through said portholes and flood the lower decks), and of course, " The golden flagship of the fleet" (see aforementioned 'by direct order of the Swedish king).
    TheGnudiston June 10, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI both am and am not surprised no one else has commented on this song yet. I was just reading about the Vasa, a galley built under order of the Swedish king back in the mid-1600's, and it occurred to me that it is most likely what this song is about.

    The lines/phrases that mainly lead me to my conclusion are "oaken galley" (Vasa was built from tons of laminated oak), "For your king and country" (it was built by direct order of the Swedish king and intended to be the flagship of the Swedish fleet), "Since the maiden voyage was the last to be" (Due to a design oversight, Vasa sank on its maiden voyage as soon as it had to deal with wind/waves. The 64 cannons' portholes were too close to the waterline and so as soon as the wind tilted it in the open ocean, the water was free to rush through said portholes and flood the lower decks), and of course, " The golden flagship of the fleet" (see aforementioned 'by direct order of the Swedish king).
    TheGnudiston June 10, 2014   Link

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