"The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)" as written by and Jon Schaffer....
Destiny's called us
It's the reckoning
This time it's for blood
Don't tread on me
Revenge is not justice
It's the reckoning
This time it's for blood
Don't tread on me

You went too far this time
For this heinous crime
You will know defeat
Begging on your knees

One by one you'll fall
Your back against the wall
Nowhere to turn
You're sure to burn

Destiny's called us
It's the reckoning
This time it's for blood
Don't tread on me

The hours close at hand
We'll make our final stand
Justice shall be done
Nowhere to run

True evil broods in you
You're just a brainwashed fool
The coward close that hides
Spewing forth his lies

Revenge is not justice
It's the reckoning
This time it's for blood
Don't tread on me

Born of destruction, bred in agony
Is this my salvation?
From these ashes, I am your devastation

If it was up to me
Eye for an eye I'd seek
But the high road we will take
Lady Justice is at stake

The Judgment has been made
In blood it shall be paid
Death knows what to do
The horseman comes for you.

Destiny's called us
It's the reckoning
This time it's for blood
Don't tread on me
Revenge is not justice
It's the reckoning
This time it's for blood
Don't tread on me


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"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)" as written by Jon Schaffer

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    General CommentWhen the Eagle Cries = Holy shit we've been attacked

    The Reckoning = Were gonna kick your ass for what you did on September 11th.
    Armon September 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnd the lyrics go,
    "Destiny's spawned us"
    not destiny called us.
    Armon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits called, it might change later on but the first time is called

    this song is insane, its just whoa
    Skeezixon January 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenticed earth is bad ass
    kykyon July 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about the War In Iraq (War On Terror)

    The Glorious Burden wasn't Iced Earth's best album. But, it didn't completely suck as some of my friends would say.

    Long live metal.
    UnNaturalSuicideon January 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti like pie
    hacker791on January 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti totally agree with UnNatural Suicide. Note the part when it says, "This time is for blood, dont tread on me" this war against iraq and terrorism (can you define terrorism?) is just a lust for blood man, or should we say " Destiny's called us it's the reckoning This time it's for petroleum, Don't tread on me
    JavodeOzon August 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentseriously ppl is that really what it's about? I mean the lyrics can sound like it, but how come there a drawing of at old cowboy holding two guns for this track? As with all other tracks there's a drawing of what it's about. Like with When The Eagles Cry, there's a picture os an Eagle with the WTC's in the background, but nothing ressembles that, in The Reckoning.

    I Think you're all wrong, but I don't think it's about revenge for 9/11. But just some story.
    HungerForMoreon September 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps, it's about Dresden bombing at 1945? Thousand of german civilians was killed there. Or even about Hiroshima bombing. Both are like the revenge for nazis' war crimes - 'Revenge is not Justice'.

    Not any part of this album is concerned with contemporary actions, it's historical concept album.
    Gareth Beaumainon December 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm also pretty sure that it is not about 9/11. EVERY picture was fitting, now why should the put a gunfighter to a song about terrorism? Maybe it's about a event in the "Wild West"
    IQon March 01, 2007   Link

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