"Valhalla" as written by and Andre/siepen Olbrich....
High in the sky Where eagles fly
Morgray the dark Enters the throne

Open wide the gate, friend
The king will come
Blow the horn and praise
The highest Lord
Who'll bring the dawn
He's the new god
In the palace of steel
Persuade the fate of everyone
The chaos can begin
Let it in
(Lead: André)

Bridge: (sung by Kai Hansen)
So many centuries
So many Gods
We were the prisoners of our own fantasty
But now we are marching Against these Gods
I'm the wizard, I will change it all
(Lead: André/Marcus)

Ref.:
Valhalla - Deliverance
Why've you ever forgotten me

(Solo: André)

Ref.

Magic is in me
I'm the lost magic man
Never found what I was looking for
Now I found it but it's lost

The fortress burns
Broken my heart
I leave this world
All Gods are gone

Bridge: (sung by Kai Hansen)
So many centuries
So many Gods
We were the prisoners of our own fantasty
But then we had nothing Who'll lead our life
No, no, we can't live Without Gods


Lyrics submitted by Phil

"Valhalla" as written by Marcus Siepen Andre Olbrich

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  • +4
    General Comment"Valhalla" is not German and it does not mean "Heaven" ("Himmel" is German for "Heaven").
    "Valhalla" is Old Norse and literally means "halls of the slain". In Norse Mythology it's where Odin and the Valkyries lived and where the souls of warriors fallen in battle went. And then at Ragnarök (the end of the world) they all get to fight Jormungandr and Fenrir.

    Like all of Blind Guardian's other songs, this one is a little cryptic. The basic idea is obvious but because they lyrics don't use many names and they describe nothing except for feelings and atmosphere. But I tend to agree with the guy who said it's about Christianity superseding Paganism in Medieval Europe.
    elvin_wizardon March 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about a kingdom who have abandoned the old ways, and their old Gods, and have taken to worshipping a new Lord, King and Deity that rejects all their old ways in his "palace of steel". At first the people reject all the old customs:
    So many centuries
    so many Gods
    we were the prisoners
    of our own fantasty
    but now we are marching
    against these Gods
    I'm the wizard, I will change it all

    But this new Lord and Way is not what it appeared, and the people realize through their new knowledge that they have lost something very important in rejecting the old ways:

    Valhalla - Deliverance
    Why've you ever forgotten me

    Magic is in me
    I'm the lost magic man
    never found what I was looking for
    now I found it but it's lost


    The people realize the error of taking in this new outsider God and his ideals, and rise up against Him:

    The fortress burns
    broken my heart
    I leave this world
    all Gods are gone

    But now the people have nothing left, they have forgotten the old ways, and the new God is Dead:

    So many centuries
    so many Gods
    we were the prisoners
    of our own fantasty
    but then we had nothing
    who'll lead our life
    no, no, we can't live without Gods


    Obviously, to me anyway, the song is about Christianity in Europe, taking over from the Old traditional Ways of the people, and replacing it with a larger world view and order - which has ultimately lead to it's own destruction, leaving the people of Europe in a largely secular and meaningless society.

    Then again, its probably about Lord of the Rings as well.
    Hazharon December 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with elvin_wizard. This song is about old Norse Mythology. The vikings believed that when you were slain in battle your soul would go to Valhalla.
    Everloston August 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song, love the bridge.

    FRom what I found, valhalla is the hall in which Odin received the souls of slain heroes. Don't know how it fits in with the song, but it make a little sense.
    Agent Elrondon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, it doesn't mean "heaven", though it is one of the possible afterlife's mentioned in Norse mythology. (and it's a Norse Term, btw :))

    Valhalla is Odin's hall, which is found in Asgard, Where Odin's choice amongst those slain in battle (Freyja gets first choice), to join the Einherjaar and train for Ragnarok.
    Seelenschmerzon August 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, this song could possibly be one about the Dragonlance series and how they started disbelieveing in the gods after centuries past from the cataclysm. But, of course, I could be wrong since it says 'Morgrey enters the hall' I have no idea who Morgrey is or what story/myth/whatever he's from so I doubt Dragonlance is the basis of this song, but idk..
    arcane_darknesson September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHazhar has it right. It's about Scandinavia's rejection of its old gods in favor of Christianity, then of its rejection of Christianity (and loss of meaning).

    The Dragonlance novels had a similar theme. Everyone rejected the gods and eventually realized that they had no purpose without them.
    PanteroBlancoon April 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with elvin_wizard. This song is about old Norse Mythology. The vikings believed that when you were slain in battle your soul would go to Valhalla.
    Everloston August 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHazhar and elvin_wizard are probably on the right track. Its basicly about scandinavian religion through times, but the exact meaning is not clear. I like to think its the story about how there first was belief in the old nordic gods, then the christian god (or the king) and then either no gods or the old nordic gods again.

    Anyway it sounds great so i dont really care :)
    Leanderon May 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the area that is today known as Germany, prior to their introduction to Christianity (like back when they were tribes that were at war with Rome) they believed in Norse mythology also.

    They way I've always interpreted the song is it's about one of the last remaining priests/shamans/clergy members of the old Norse Religion, back when Christianity was sweeping through Germany. And he is mourning the decay of the Norse religion and wishing that he could have died and been welcomed into Valhalla instead of being force to live and watch his religion get trampled into obscurity.
    TheAwesumon January 12, 2010   Link

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