Watch your tongue or have it cut from your head
Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid
Children roam the streets now orphans of war
Bodies hanging in the streets to adore

Royal flames will carve the path in chaos
Bringing daylight to the night
Death is riding in the town with armor
Because thail take all your rights

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
Hail to the king (hail, hail, hail, the king)

Blood is spilled while holding keys to the throne
Born again, but it's too late to atone
No mercy from the edge of the blade
Thail'll escape and learn the price to be paid

Let the water throw it's shades of red now
Arrows black out all the light
Death is rotting in the town with armor
Thail've come to grant you your rights

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
Hail to the king (hail, hail, hail, the king)

There's a taste of fear (hail, hail, hail)
When the henchmen call (hail, hail, hail)
Iron fist to tame them (hail, hail, hail)
Iron fist to claim it all (hail, hail, hail)

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
Hail to the king (hail, hail, hail)



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"Hail To the King" as written by Zachary James Baker, Brian Elwin Haner, Matthew Charles Sanders, Jonathan Seward

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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  • +6
    My Interpretation:The overall theme of the song appears to be something along the lines of oppression and revolution.

    The first stanza shows a common trait with oppressive governments; that is killing/maiming/removing anyone that opposes them. "Watch your tongue, I'll have it cut from your head / Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid"

    The second part shows the theme even further by putting the word "Royal" first. Royalties often turn into abusive dictatorships over many years of retaining power. "Death is riding in the town with armor" gives this image of a soldier, or group of soldiers, moving through the average town "with armor" enforcing the dictatorship's rule.

    The chorus is quite clear that the "King" expects undying loyalty to his throne from the people.

    The next line gets even darker by showing that the royalty actually does kill with their own hands, or more accurately their orders to kill. "Blood is spilled while holding keys to the throne"

    The fifth stanza takes a turn towards the second "theme", this being revolution. People get fed up with the abusive dictatorship and they rebel. "Let the water flow with shades of red now / Arrows black out all the lights" The next two lines are interesting in that they turn the tables with the same imagery used previously, "Death is riding in the town with armor / They come to grant you your rights" The same type of soldiers that once marched through to kill them are giving them their rights. This is a possible foreshadowing of the last three stanzas.

    The next stanza is the chorus. The chorus, as said before, details the king, or leader, expecting undying loyalty from his people. Except this time it's the revolutionary leader in power expecting this.'

    The last non-chorus stanza is rather interesting. "There's a taste of fear / When the henchmen call / Iron fist to tame them / Iron fist to claim it all" This shows that the "henchmen" of the revolutionary government put fear into the people just the same as the prior royalty's soldiers would.

    Overall, this song shows a vicious cycle of abusive governments, revolutions, and then the revolution's government falling back into the same cycle.

    The further this point, the song could be a direct relation to any number of previous world governments or even current ones. Such candidates for this frame are the USSR (United Socialist States of Russia, AKA the Soviet Union), any number of small countries in the Middle East or Europe that have had revolutions and dictatorships, or it could even be a representation of current day USA. That being, us (I say 'us' because I am an American) having fallen into a cycle much like the song. We had a revolution against the abusive English rule, then fell back into the same pattern, abusing our own people with the same type of lies and deceit that we fought against in 1776.

    But that's just my opinion. I would appreciate if someone commented in response to this, it'd be great!
    ShadowPrimeon July 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation:Its very obviously about a corrupt king who rules with an iron fist, and uses extreme methods to get his points across. Whether or not its a commentary on any current and/or recent events I don't know. Only the band would know that. They're pretty simplistic lyrics, by A7x standards, but they're still catchy and very metal which, from what I understand, was the objective.
    RicCartmanon August 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:This song sounds like their view on the wars overseas, in particular, involving Syria and places we "originally" went in to war for with oil. See explanations below.

    Watch your tongue, I'll have it cut from your head
    Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid
    Children roam the streets, now orphans of war (Children of said countries have taken arms against the US forces in many instances)
    Bodies hanging in the streets to adore (The carnage in Syria and other middle eastern countries)

    Royal flames will carve a path in chaos, (Leaders of America often if not always involve GOD in their jurisdiction of their motives, although Obama is a rare exception)
    Bringing daylight to the night
    Death is riding into town with armor, (Death is the US forces, in armored vehicles)
    They've come to take all your rights (Insinuating that they will give you freedom, while in the same token the country they represent is fighting for their own rights, (for lesser things, obviously)

    Hail to the king, hail to the one
    Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
    Hail to the king
    theswishahouseon November 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Reminds me of Hail Caesar by AC/DC
    n3bulouson October 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:This interpretation isn't to be taken as either a left or right wing interpretation. On the surface, it could be taken as just another rock bands protest about a generic government's heavy hand of control, censorship, etc...if not for 2 words. The chorus refers to "the one." This is what Oprah famously referred to Obama as in 2007 when she openly threw her support behind him. At the time, she received much criticism for this political stand. Avenged Sevenfold is openly conservative/libertarian politically and those 2 words, to me, clearly point to how the band sees the present political situation in the USA, particularly where conservatives and libertarians feel the current gov. is taking the country.
    Timetopay76on October 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:The actual lyrics are:

    Watch your tongue, I'll have it cut from your head
    Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid
    Children roam the streets, now orphans of war
    Bodies hanging in the streets to adore

    Royal flames will carve a path in chaos,
    Bringing daylight to the night
    Death is riding into town with armor,
    They've come to take all your rights

    Hail to the king, hail to the one
    Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
    Hail to the king

    Hail!
    Hail!
    Hail!
    The King...

    Blood is spilled while holding keys to the throne
    Born again, but it's too late to atone
    No mercy from the edge of the blade
    Dare escape and learn the price to be paid

    Let the water flow with shades of red now
    Arrows black out all the light
    Death is riding into town with armor,
    They've come to grant you your rights

    Hail to the king, hail to the one
    Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
    Hail to the king

    Hail!
    Hail!
    Hail!
    The King...

    [Solo]

    There's a taste of fear (hail, hail, hail)
    When the henchmen call (hail, hail, hail)
    Iron fist to tame the land (hail, hail, hail)
    Iron fist to claim it all

    Hail to the king, hail to the one
    Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun

    Hail to the king, hail to the one
    Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
    Hail to the king!

    Hail!
    Hail!
    Hail!
    Shadowbrookon November 07, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I would think medieval times right? But as the song quotes "They've come to take all your rights" I would say the government and how they took our right. That's what i think.
    xxguitarxx44on November 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't know about many of the comments I have read. The song is simply about what our world is transforming to....the King is who many christians would call Satan. "Born again but its too late to atone" - speaks directly to people of the church. "Stand in the Sun (Son)" - Do not let Jesus pay for your sins. Now the parts I like the best....believe or not drug addicts are a very powerful force. Many time addicts see something that others are simply missing. "Children roam the Streets now orphans of War" Addicts are winning the war on drugs; however, during the war many of their children were taken. "Arrows black out all the Light" - that is obviously the needle's we use to travel through time.
    Dracula91on November 10, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:Not everything is a metaphor, or a comment on current events. Perhaps I'm completely wrong, but it seems to me like the song is what it is. Yeah, it might not be as exciting, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Can it not just be a generic medievalish story about a tyrant?
    gassygunslingeron November 21, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Yes, sometimes lyrics hold no meaning, but if you'll check out some of their other song's lyrics, it's obvious they have a message. But honestly, I haven't been able to make a fair assumption as to whether their "king" is Jesus or the devil. And they aren't telling, as far as I know.
    georgiajewel73on December 17, 2013   Link

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