"The Devil To Pay" as written by and Jon Schaffer....
In July 1863
A nation torn in tragedy
A trick of fate, two great armies merge
Gods of war at Gettysburg
Devastation lies ahead
50,000 bodies litter the land
Hell rages three full days
The reaper sows, there's the devil to pay

The pressure's on and the reb's attack
The yanks must hold, They can't fall back
Just two brigades, 2000 strong
Against 20,000 they can't hold long

General Reynolds makes his way
Expect no mercy from the iron brigade
Until he shows they're on their own
But Buford's men have a will of stone

Bayonets gleam in the morning sun
Smoke and fire belching from their guns
Another volley and again they strike
Thousands more comin' down Chambersburg pike

This tragedy and what it brings
All the devastation
The reaper has his way
Men will kill, blood will spill
To preserve the nation
There's the devil to pay

South of town down the Emmitsburg road
The first corps are starting to show
For Buford's men, they're here just in time
The desperate need to strengthen the line

Bodies dropping the blue and the gray
Muskets fire and cannon blaze
The union fights defending the town
But they're outnumbered and losing ground

From the north and the west more rebels arrive
Thousands more and the fight multiplies
McPhearson's ridge and the black hats strike
A rebel sharpshooter takes Reynolds' life

This tragedy and what it brings
All the devastation
The reaper has his way
Men will kill, blood will spill
To preserve the nation
There's the devil to pay

Attack, attack, General Lee gives command
They're overwhelmed, the situation demands
The federals retreat and rush out of town
But they have fortified and saved the high ground

The day ends in victory for the south
Lee's as convinced as God's will is profound
They are invincible and their cause is just
But Longstreet is cautious and lacking in trust

Across the way the union digs in
The round tops, Cemetery Ridge and out to Culps Hill
Their lines are strong, no denying they'll stay
When the confederates strike
There'll be the devil to pay

This tragedy and what it brings
All the devastation
The reaper has his way
Men will kill, blood will spill
To preserve the nation
There's the devil to pay


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"The Devil to Pay" as written by Jon Schaffer

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    General CommentThe riff of this song is so good. It is probably the most perfect riff i have heard for any song.
    I also love the tribute part to General Reynolds.
    A Masterpiece.
    maddoxon June 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe first of three songs about Gettysburg. Incredibly well written, an excellent showcase for an extrememly talented band!
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGreat song about my favorite part of history. What else could I ask for, it tells the story of Gettysburg perfectly.
    Sucroseon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAcross the way the union digs in
    The round tops, Cemetery Ridge and out to Culps Hill
    Their lines are strong, no denying they'll stay
    When the confederates strike
    There'll be the devil to pay

    my favorite part of the song i get chills when i hear this everytime!
    NYYMEGADETH3457on September 06, 2009   Link

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