"By The Sword (Poem)" as written by and Emilie Autumn....
"Days of old," I tell my restless mind
Searching mountains, fields, and meadows green
What is it my heart can hope to find
All I long for I have never seen
Tales of glory written in the dust
Tapestries of deepest purple gold
Legends carved in stone tell me I must
Journey through the mist and bitter cold
Seeking in the corners of the earth
My companions I have never known
Blindly running forth, is honor worth
Endless hours of silence spent alone?

But in this brotherhood I still believe
And for the ones we've lost my soul will grieve
Yet through the world alone I wander for I know somewhere
I will find my brothers, by the sword I swear

In my memory awakening
Like a dream too sweet to cast away
Shadows of the past begin to sing
Calling out to me in their gallant way
Come away with us brother in arms
Through the seas of silver, fields of gold
Join us as we battle those who harm
And fight with valour as in days of old

But in this brotherhood I still believe
And for the ones we've lost my soul will grieve
Yet through the world alone I wander for I know somewhere
I will find my brothers, by the sword I swear

Seeking in the corners of the earth
My companions I have never known
Blindly running forth, is honor worth
Endless hours of silence spent alone?

But in this brotherhood I still believe
And for the ones we've lost my soul will grieve
Yet through the world alone I wander for I know somewhere
I will find my brothers, by the sword I swear

Rescue damsels fine and maidens fair
Free the noble who have done no wrong
Though it seems the world may little care
Some are left that to the Round belong

But in this brotherhood we still believe
And for the ones we've lost our souls will grieve
Yet through the world alone we wander for we know somewhere
We will find our brothers, by the sword we swear

By the sword I swear
I will find my brothers
I will find my sisters
I will find my brothers
I will find my sisters
By the sword I swear


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"By the Sword" as written by Emilie Autumn

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    General CommentThis song was written in response to 9/11. I just learned about that today, so yeah...
    13BelleAssassinon May 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOk. I just listened to this song right now and it made me cry. Not for the song alone. A particular reason. But i'm not sure if I completely agree with her point of view. She seems to be viewing the Americans as the heroes of 9/11. Linking them with the heroes of old. As the Reference to the Round Table.
    silverbaalon October 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's about searching for a lost supporters that once existed
    Matt Holckon November 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEmilie: "By The Sword" was something that just happened. It wasn't planned, it just became. I think I'm one of many who penned something on the horrible day of 9/11, and I begged my manager to help me release it and he said yes without hesitation. The concept behind the song is simple. A knight for the modern world travels the lands in search of her brothers and sisters in arms, those who serve and protect and fight for right. It is about strength, in the same way that Merlin says, "If Right is not Might, it is Evil." This is not a declaration of violence, far from it. It is merely a statement: We will actively enforce right and good through our thoughts, our words, and our deeds, whatever this may mean to you. We believe that our modern "knights of the round table" still exist, and I can tell you quite factually that they do.

    i don't completely understand what she means yet but i hope i will soon.
    dustybreezeon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh i just found this... maybe now i understand it more :)


    When I talk about the Round Table and such, I'm speaking metaphorically of course. It's like, after 9/11, you might have gone into a shelter where an old woman was helping to feed parentless children, and for one moment, you might have looked at her and seen her in a breastplate with a sword hanging by her side. The sword is symbolic. It doesn't mean violence. It means strength. And when you swear by the sword, you make a vow, an unbreakable promise to right a wrong, to stay true.

    There are so many among us who go unrecognized every day, people who do good and help others and uphold justice in their own way, but they don't make it onto the nightly news, so we feel more surrounded with bad guys than with good.

    Going back to the song, it's a promise to band together with all the unseen knights in invisible armor and be as noble and strong as those in legend. It's very important to remember that we have sisters and brothers, it makes everything much more bearable.
    dustybreezeon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell
    there is always the desire to belong
    when we were on a mission
    there's no need to falter over what must be done
    he feeling of inclusion is complete
    Matt Holckon July 13, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe US bombed many building to the ground before 911
    and bombed many buildings to the ground after 911
    Matt Holckon April 30, 2011   Link

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