"Honour" as written by and Ronan Harris....
Passive fields. January two thousand and twelve
A nation that stands alone
Cold voices, faces pale
Gathered unto their judgement day
Such pride remains unbroken
Such words remain unspoken
Just mothers to stand in vain and cry
Tears and medals in the rain
Shall I recall when justice did prevail?
No reason to be found why reason did fail
The all clear resounding
The way was clear to rebuild this land
Shall I call on you to guide me well
To see our hopes and dreams fulfilled?
On this day of our ascension

Stand your ground this is what we are fighting for
For our spirit and laws and ways
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
For heaven or hell we shall not wait
Shall I think of honour as lies?
Or lament it's aged slow demise?
Shall I stand as a total stranger
On this day in this stone chamber?

The all clear resounding
The way was clear to rebuild this land
Shall I call on you to guide me well?
To see our hopes and dreams fulfilled?
On this day of our ascension
On this day we praise the fallen

Stand your ground this is what we are fighting for
For our spirit and laws and ways
Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war
For heaven or hell we shall not wait
Shall I think of honour as lies
Or lament it's aged slow demise?
Shall I stand as a total stranger
On this day in this stone chamber?


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"Honour" as written by Ronan Harris

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    General CommentScrew the lyrics, I just want to see waldemar's face when he realises VNV Nation aren't about white power.
    Nailandteethon June 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis reminds me of the "Code and Measure" of the Solamnic Knights in DragonLance. Kinda says we have to fight, for it is our duty, it is our lives. We must not fail. Good stuff, and I really like VNV Nation
    RayTraceron April 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo get a better understanding of the line, "Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war," refer to this URL: cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/…

    Summary: This line is taken from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. It is spoken as part of a monologue by Caesar's friend, standing over his grave, prophesizing hurtin' onto Caesar's conspiritors. 'Havoc,' in that time, meant "a military cry to general slaughter without quarter." Caesar is to rise from the grave with Ate (the goddess of vengeance) and cry "Havoc!" and let slip the dogs of war. Yummy.

    I would also like to point out this song's relevance to the recent WTC events, and contrast its point of view to that of Solitary:

    'Now' we are trying to destroy the Taliban and take vengeance for our loss: "Stand your ground, this is what we are fighting for ... Let slip the dogs of war."

    But we will eventually realize that this is completely futile, and we will "sever the line to the guilty past, to the ones who brought us nothing [the government and this revenge mentality] who spoke of futures brave and proud and brought only hate and war. Lined the streets with hollow praise, marked the land with paper statues [basically, the whole idea of being against the Taliban and that they're evil and we're the pillar of hope and justice in the world] Shadows fell on their futile ways, and then there was nothing more [us realizing that this 'war' is trivial and pointless, and simply dropping it.]"
    Vehementi-on June 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me none of these definitons go nearly far enough. everything on the praise the fallen album has to be taken into account with the rest of the cd. That's already been mentioned though. Especially when mixing this one with solitude I get the impression that VNV isn't preaching just the battle of good and evil-but a whole third front which acts against both of them. All i've heard from his desire to forget the past seems to scream that all leaders (including god) who have come before us have misguided us...look at where he says "for heaven or hell we shall not wait." this song is all about taking salvation into your own hands, and not letting god or the devil dictate that to you. To not do this would be a slap in the face to all of those who died for freedom, because with god there is no freedom, we will have our fate's decided for us. He's saying that we are beyond god to truely fix things the way we want it to be fixed. this song is all about what happens as the end begins as prophecizded in 2012. all of this album very lightly seems to hint on a human driven resistance to both god and satan, though he never seems to come out directly and say it.
    fireinthedawnon September 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually, Nailandteeth, I can sort of interpret Dark Angel as Adolf Hitler's struggle for power, too, but it's definitely not a band about white power - just whenever you hear a song about aggressive militaristic tactics with no pity or sympathy for anyone you automatically either think Nazi Germany or Bush America.
    SolsticeTheoryon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment(5 years later) -- Waldemar, when you say "FUCK OFF AND DIE" to another human being, you don't deserve to have the same flesh as us (kinda contradicts to the song as well) Even if you're just fucking around there's no reason to speak hate behind a keyboard, we're all trembling by the way. Who will remember "Waldemar" from a SongMeanings website? Not even my obligated explanation matters!

    truthsoldieron March 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.

    I believe it's about a country at war, and how justice doesn't tend to have any part of it, we tend to "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war"....not looking before we leap.
    XorcistVACon April 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is a combination of the two opinions of those above me (XorcistVAC and RayTracer) I feel that it talks about how there is no justice, or reason involved in war, but that in a situation like that, it is our duty to fight for our beliefs and for our children so that in the future, there will be no war
    rynlee83on April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song really makes me think about how our nation works with the world... when i say our nation i am referring to the united states. Though i am originated from britain, i am a US citizen... bloody american chaps are annoying...
    arsenic_touchon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Like all Brit's, they think they are born with a better pot to piss in." - Wall Street.

    That's for you arsenic. Truth Hurts.
    NobodyHereon July 10, 2002   Link

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