"Viking Death March" as written by Jon Gallant, Aaron Solowoniuk, Ian D'sa and Ben Kowalewicz....
Down, let's take it down
Raise up the heads on a stake
We will show no mercy
On evolution's mistake

Change, will have to wait
If we can't decide on a fate
Self appointed profits
And a doomsday charade

You preach about love
And teach about fate
But all your beliefs are still rooted in hate

Crosses to bend
Axes to fall
And down on your knees you just don't look so tall (x2)

Stop, punch in the clock
Punch it with all of your rage
Put the men in office
For a minimum wage

Rats, fighting for scraps
Siphon the gas from your tank
Left your pockets empty
As they laughed at the bank

They speak about draws
But make no mistake
They shaking your head while they spit in your face

Crosses to bend
Axes to fall
And down on your knees you just don't look so tall (x2)

Now, the time is now
We can still turn it around
Raise your voice like a weapon
Til they fall to the ground

Light, let there be light
Without a shadow of doubt
We will fight tooth and nail until
Salvation is found

So how can you look
The world in the eyes
When all we can see is corruption and lies

Down on your knees
You don't look so tall (x2)

Crackin the whip on the backs of the poor
We asked you to stop but you still wanted more
The blood on your hands left a trail as you crawl
Down on your knees you just don't look so tall

Crosses to bend
Axes to fall
Down on your knees you just don't look so tall (x3)

Crosses to bend
Axes to fall
Down on your knees, you don't look so tall
Open your eyes and the empire falls


Lyrics submitted by Jotaeme, edited by crazydog, ShikariKid, ilovetimpani, kjo2

"Viking Death March" as written by Jon Gallant, Aaron Solowoniuk, Ian D'sa, Ben Kowalewicz

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  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is clearly not about vikings. With this song they critize society.
    (sorry for my bad english)

    "Stop, punch in the clock,
    punch it with all of your rage
    put the men in the office
    for a minimum wage"

    People nowadays have jobs they don't like, to get money they dont need. The Company's, the Governments, the Banks rob the people.

    Many parts are similar to this.

    Now, the time is now,
    we can still turn it around
    Raise your voice like a weapon
    'till they fall to the ground
    Light, let there be light,
    without a shadow of doubt
    We will fight tooth and nail
    until salvation is found.

    Here they also speak about an revolution. We should fight for a better World.

    "Open your eyes
    and the empire falls"

    People need to know whats really going on right now. They should awake from their dream of the "perfect world" and fight the empire until it falls.

    But I have no idea why they called the Song "Viking Death March". I also don't get the chourous.
    Mogriaon May 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"You preach about love
    and teach about faith
    but all your beliefs
    are still rooted in hate"

    This leads me to believe that it's about corruption within the Catholic Church. I think it's pretty much saying that the corrupt members are hypocrites who don't really believe in what they preach about.
    8BigBubba13on June 17, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My Opinioni think it is about religion and capitalism at the same time and it sounds like viking death march
    Verbanteon May 18, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe chorus relates to the corruption of religion, precisely the Catholic Church.
    How there should be many crosses too burn

    Crosses still burn,
    axes still fall
    and down on your knees
    you just don't look so tall

    And the last part relates to during your prayer you go on your knees
    and how foolish they look
    Baconomnomon July 29, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, reminds me of Rage Against the Machine lyrics.

    Anger is a Gift- Zack de la Rocha
    cm7437on January 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Morgia's interpretation.

    The song is clearly about the condition Society is in today, but there's even more evidence to support that.

    "We will show no mercy
    On Evoulution's mistake"

    We've evolved into consumers, and a conglomerate society that doesn't fully embrace our potential. There are plenty of great musicians who work in corer stores, plenty of great artists stuck as school teachers. It's saying we should change that with no mercy.

    "Change will have to wait
    If we can't decide on a fate"
    We don't know where our future is headed, and until we realize that, we cannot do anything to change it.


    "you preach about love
    And teach about faith
    But all your beliefs are still rooted in hate"

    Possibly apathy towards others. So many people go about saying that the way to create a better world is to care for others, however there are still plenty of people who hate their day job, boss, or even someone they don't like instead of trying to get to know them and possibly even grow to like that person.

    Or possible Hypocritites preaching love, despite possibly being racist or discriminating against others.
    RTKTSon February 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol lets get this straight Catholics are not Christians, the reason christians are Evil and Corrupt and Hatefull is because the Catholic organization is a Satanic Organization they are planted to control people and make them think they are going to heaven and make christians look like murderers and Racist. I will say though that alot of christians are hypocrytes
    RustedRageon April 05, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is quite confusing in a way that it could be about the Catholics or the Vikings or the society we live in. There's a reason it could be about the Vikings because I once watched a interview of Ian D'sa (the guitarist) and he said he made that riff during tour and had it for a while and when he wrote the song he thought it would have gone in perfectly because it sounds like a march. Anyway it also could be about the Catholics, in a way I am a Christian, and there is a difference, Catholics worship Mary as well as Jesus and they are more controlling and religious, they have a way of corruption as seen in the Roman Catholic churches in the past, also backing that up in the song The Dead Can't Testify he qoutes "Well they cast me out when the word spread around that I never sang in the church. And it took one night for the town to decide I'm afflicted by the curse." Now the Catholics were the ones who condemned everyone of being witches back in the day and obviously he was in a Catholic church and just because he never sang it automatically meant that he was a witch (to them of course). Now yet again this is related to the Catholic church and their corruption back in the day. Also in Devil in a Midnight Mass that is related to Catholics although Ben Kowalewicz wrote and I qoute "I stumble upon these stories, they don't necessarily have to be directly personal but it's things like this that move me." (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…). So it had nothing really to do with the Catholic church or anything personal according to what he said. But yet again it is related to the Catholic church. In the song he said: "So how can you look he world in the eyes when all we can see is corruption and lies" which could be related to the Catholics because of their corruption and lies. Also he said: "You preach about love and teach about fate but all your beliefs are still rooted in hate", Note the word beliefs and hate. Belief being related to the Catholics and hate too. Although this can fit into the other category which I'll reach in a moment. Preach does not have to be related to any religion. Now if I am correct they all went to Catholic schools which could maybe even put a stake into this Catholic category. The reason being maybe being involved in Catholicism they recognized these characteristics in the religion. Either believing in Catholicism or just witnessing it everyday. Meaning by realizing these they were driven to writing this song. Moving from that theory it could also relate to the current society. Examples: "Rats, fighting for scraps siphon the gas from your tank left your pockets empty as they laughed at the bank" and "Stop, punch in the clock punch it with all of your rage put the men in office for a minimum wage" now I am not sure the last example was written correctly but we get the idea of it. Rats fighting for scraps you can translate in your own way but we know that it is related to society, then put the men in office for a minimum wage, now that is can also be translated in your own way but yet again it is related to society. And the second example can also yet again be translated in your own way but is yet again related to society. Basically those two examples are showing how we are almost like controlled robots and how we just fight to live. Now I have done my best to translate this song for you. But there are a few more theories about this song. It could be about the Vikings and Society and Catholicism, or it could be about Society and Catholicism using the Vikings to compare them to. I have finally written my interpretation of this song after leaving it for a while, one more thing I am a Christian not a Catholic. And I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and am not afraid to say it. I hope I offended no one or the Catholics by writing this and if I am I am sorry but to you Catholics you need to realize the corruption that you have. Not all Catholics are like that and God told us to love everyone. I am friends with a few Catholics and I don't condemn them or try to convert them. Just love them ok, in no way does this song give you permission to have hate towards the Catholics. Also Billy Talent is by far my favorite band and they are not afraid to speak up about issues like this. I have done a lot of intensive research about all the members and the band so the info about them is from a trusted source. I hope I cleared this up for you.
    keenansmon June 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn a interview for a dutch magazine the band said that it's about standing up for yourself. You can change the world if you set yourself to it.
    GreenDay182on July 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song suggests Political Reform/ the Fall of the Bastille & compares it to today's hardships. The heads on a stake are King Louie XVI/today's wealthy who take more than they need. It's based on the French Revolution when the royals used up the towns wealth for themselves. The Enlightenment period went on & people began thinking for themselves instead of just obeying and following the royals. Religion was questioned & any form of authority. The Guillotine was invented & much blood was shed.
    rsoxarton July 25, 2013   Link

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