"Runes to my memory" as written by and Johan Soderberg Fredrick Andersson....
We rode the rivers of the eastern trail
Deep in the land of the Rus
Following the wind in our sails
And the rhythm of the oars
No shelter in this hostile land
Constantly on guard
Ready to fight and defend, our ship to bitter end

We came under attack
I received a deadly wound
A spear was forced into my back
Still I fought on

When I am dead, lay me in a mound
Raise a stone for all to see
Runes carved to my memory!

Here I lie on the river bank
A long long way from home
Life is pouring out of me
Soon I will be gone
I tilt my head, to the side
And think of those back home
I see the river rushing by
The blood runs from my wound

Here I lie, on wet sand
I will not make it home
I clench my sword in my hand
Say farewell to those I love

When I am dead, lay me in a mound
Place my weapons by my side
For the journey to hall up high

When I am dead, lay me in a mound
Raise a stone for all to see
Runes carved to my memory!
To my memory


Lyrics submitted by Shimmergloom, edited by puje

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    General CommentThis song from what I can tell is about wishes of a fallen warrior (obviously viking). He wants people to remember him so he's saying to carve a rune for all to see thats dedicated to him.
    I'll admit this song gets off the a slow start but the riffs are amazing during the chorus
    ZionsVillageIdioton December 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with zion's interpretation of the song. you are so right the chorus of this song is amazing..it's the whole reason i like it
    lintball0190on January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentExcellent song, captures the feeling of being a plundering viking who knows he will never return to his home and loved ones, but chooses to die an honourable death beside his brothers-in-arms.
    Ddaduttaon February 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyep what zion said!

    great song from a great album!
    snakey!on May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Rus are a group of Norsemen who settled in what is now Russia. They were greatly feared and respected, so the people of Kiev hired them to guard the city from other invaders.
    locriaon October 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentZION said it best
    solbadgunnon October 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYep, zion said it all. Great song, great band.

    The entire CD is great.
    Sessh0umaru01on October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is in reference to runestones. Large rocks placed either to honor someone of great importance, or a significant event. They would have Futhark runes carved into them, if for a notable individual like a Jarl or King. These would be markers, not unlike headstones.
    TheOneJohnon April 14, 2016   Link

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