"En Livstid I Krig" as written by Joakim Broden and Paer Sundstroem....
Jag ser mig om och ser mitt hem försvinna bort
Min tid där hemma känns nu alldeles för kort
Blott ungdom, knappt en man då plikten kallade mig
Om hag får se mitt hem igen det vet jag ej
Bland fränder från min by så drog jag ut i strid
Och världen brann

För kriget det kan
Förgöra en man
Jag ger mitt liv för mitt fosterland
Men vem saknar mig?
Så se mig som den
En make, en vän
Fader och son som aldrig kommer hem
Men vem sörjer mig?

Gick ut i strid för Sverige, blev döpt i blod
Där ute väntar döden, inte hjältemod
I fält där fränder faller, hörs ingen sång
Utmanar våra öden, ännu en gång

Långt hemifrån
Döpas och dö i strid

Och världen brann

För kriget det kan
Förgöra en man
Jag ger mitt liv för mitt fosterland
Men vem saknar mig?
Så se mig som den
En make, en vän
Fader och son som aldrig kommer hem
Men vem sörjer mig?

Och när min tid har runnit ut
Vem bryr sig då?
De kämpar på
Får en soldat ett värdig slut?
Få somna in
Försvinna bort
Och aldrig vakna

För kriget det kan
Förgöra en man
Jag ger mitt liv för mitt fosterland
Men vem saknar mig?
Så se mig som den
En make, en vän
Fader och son som aldrig kommer hem
Men vem sörjer mig?


Lyrics submitted by lepusdementis, edited by TKProdoctions

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    Song MeaningThe song is about a cavalry man drafted into the Swedish imperial army in the 17th century (in the 30 year war). From a young age will live a life of war abroad and no one will even miss him.

    In the 17th century a Swedish landowner could assign a man into the cavalry. The landowner had to provide the man, the horse, and also the equipment himself. But as a compensation the landowner would be exempt from taxes. So this cavalry man was mainly an financial investment for the landowner. The man could be selected from among the peasants working for the landowner, but it could also be a hired man, or someone else they didn't care about that much. The landowner might even acquire and raise and orphan boy just so that he could be sent off to the cavalry.

    The song tells what it is like to be that young lad. In the beginning he's riding off to war, not knowing will he ever see the his home again. Then he describes how soldiers life is just one battle after another. He sees his friends fall. There is only death and no heroism.

    He wonders if when his time finally runs out if anyone cares, if there is a dignified end, to just sleep and wake no more.

    In the chorus he describes how he gives his life for his country, how war can destroy a man, and how no one misses him. Perhaps he has no proper family and thus he thinks how some of his fellow soldiers will be missed as spouses, fathers, sons etc. but there is no one who would miss him, and who would be sad when he is gone.
    lepusdementison August 02, 2013   Link
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    TranslationEnglish lyrics (they're different from the English version of the song)


    I look around and I see my home fade away
    My time at home now feels far too short
    Just a youth, barely a man when duty called me
    If i get to see my home again, that I do not know
    Amongst friends from my village, I went out to figtht
    And the world burned

    For war it can
    Destroy a man
    I give my life for my homeland
    But who will mourn me?
    So see me as
    A husband, a friend
    Father and son who never comes home
    But who will miss me?

    Went to fight for Sweden, was baptized in blood
    Out there where death awaits, not heroism
    In fields where kinsmen fall no song is heard
    Challenging our destiny one more time

    Far from home
    Baptized and die in battle

    And the world burned

    For war it can
    Destroy a man
    I give my life for my homeland
    But who will mourn me?
    So see me as
    A husband, a friend
    Father and son who never comes home
    But who will miss me?

    And when my time runs out
    Who cares then?
    They fight on
    Does a soldier get a worhty end?
    To fall asleep
    Pass away
    And never wake up

    For war it can
    Destroy a man
    I give my life for my homeland
    But who will mourn me?
    So see me as
    A husband, a friend
    Father and son who never comes home
    But who will miss me?
    TKProdoctionson July 15, 2015   Link

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