I surrender my soul
Odin hear my call
One day I'll sit beside your throne
In Valhalla's great hall
Like so many before me
I'll die with honor and pride

The right of the warrior
Forever to fight by your side
Send a sign, raise the sail
Wave a last goodbye
Destiny is calling
Immortality be mine

Call the witch to cast the runes
Weave a magic spell
We who die in battle are born
Not for heaven, not for hell

We are sons of Odin
The fire we burn inside
Is the legacy of warrior kings
Who reign above in the sky

I will lead the charge
My sword into the wind
Sons of Odin fight
To die and live again
Viking ships cross the sea
In cold wind and rain
Sail into the black of night
Magic stars our guiding light

Today the blood of battle
Upon my weapons will never dry
Many I'll send into the ground
Laughing as they die

[Repeat bridge, chorus]

Place my body on a ship
And burn it on the sea
Let my spirit rise
Valkiries carry me
Take me to Valhalla
Where my brothers wait for me
Fires burn into the sky
My spirit will never die

[Repeat chorus to fade]

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Swords In The Wind song meanings
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    General CommentSome misconceptions about the Norse history:
    Valhalla is the actual hall itself.
    Odin would change his side constantly so 'Forever to fight by your side' doesn't really make sense.
    The Norse people never burned ships at sea for funerals, the burned them on land and buried the ashes.
    Shred is not Deadon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMany norse-stuffs are false or don't make sense (think about Amon Amarth too) but still, it's metal and cool as hell!
    Manowar rocks, and so does this song!
    heavy_metalon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's most likely that Manowar know about those misconceptions, but don't want to confuse the listeners. They aren't really vikings, you know :p
    olla666on April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm in the SCA and have a Viking-Age Norse Persona. On days that I fight, this, amongst other MANOWAR songs has to be played. It's one of the anchors of my pre-battle pump up playlist.

    "Vikings ships cross the sea
    In cold wind and rain
    Sail into the black of night
    Magic Stars, our guiding light"

    I hear this part and just imagine being a Viking on a raiding party. It's cold, it's wet, you're miserable, but you're about to kick some serious behind when you land (so much nice gold from those Northrumbians).
    Aaryqon October 08, 2013   Link

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