Usher in the rally cries
Revolution's here again
The emperor's bond's are broken
And free he shall remain

Escape, though narrow was demand
While his reign remained in view
This fight for France through bitter end
He must see it though

Coalition forms of many lands
Against Napoleon, West to east
Dogs of war will take to arms
And soon will be unleashed

Prussian, Russian, and Austrian
All follow British lead
At the allies' helm is Wellington
Who must make his foe concede

Foreshadowed man of destiny
Soon you will be forced to see
Nations aligning against you
Marking your time Your reign is through
And you will see a 100 days
Come to an end
Foreshadowed man of destiny
Soon you will be forced to see
Nations aligning against you
Marking your time Your reign is through
It lies before you, fate shall befall you

Quickly the allies gather force
Near the Franco Belgain line
While 124,000 French
March there in double time

As the battle begins
Napoleon springs his audacious plan
He'll attack them on two fronts
Splitting up his warring band

As the Prussians sound retreat
Behind they leave 10,000 slain
Most of their force is still intact
And will live to fight again

Wellington, who felt the loss
Of 5,000 men
Would feel more under killing fire
Bombardment from the French


Of all the wars I have waged
To propel my nations might
For this I'll be remembered
From now 'till the end of time
If To the victor goes the spoils
I may die an impoverished man
For in the end irony
Has dealt the cruelest hand

The French force was swift and sure
But their attack would be repelled
And though the center batteed
The Anglo-Dutch line would be held

And as fate or skill would have it
And army moves in from the east
The Prussians, who slipped through his hands
Would soon spell his defeat

The French lines now are broken
And being open to attack
The emperor has no choice
And the old guard calls him back

45,000 wounded or dead
When the fight was finally through
On a 3 mile square the battlefield
Near a town named Waterloo


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Waterloo Lyrics as written by Matthew Barlow Jon Schaffer

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    General CommentIt's great that so many people that comment here think they know why Sept. 11 happened (note When the Eagle Cries), yet none of those people seem to have anything to say about the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815
    jssw030289on January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere's a history lesson for all of you:
    Napoleon was imprisoned in the island of Elba, he escaped, new king abdicated, Napoleon takes French army, attacks British near the town of Waterloo, attempted to break through and take Brussels (now part of Belgium) before all the "Allied" armies combined but the Prussians overwhelmed the French because one of Napoleon's major generals was relaxing at a local inn and mistook artillery fire for thunder and failed to attack and because German chocolate is better than French chocolate. Really I had some once it was terrible.
    Anyway, that's all you need to know about "Waterloo"
    KennyTheValianton June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is really catchy and awesome. SCREW NAPOLEON!!!! youd think if a man was fighting for everything and had 124000 men....he wouldnt give up after only 45000 are wounded or dead. Id have them fight to the last man.
    IRON MIADEN!on June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOpen a history book and read a bit about how wars were fought, then come back to us again mister "iron miaden" (sic)
    runequesteron August 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBTW, Iced Earth got "Franco Belgian line" wrong. The Belgians fought under William of Orange on the side of the coalition, not on the French side. Some 700 Belgians took part in the battle of Quatre bras which took place shortly before the battle of Waterloo. Some 450 survived to take part in the actual battle of Waterloo.
    Had William of Orange and his Dutch/Belgian troops retreated from Quatre Bras, as ordered by Wellington, the French would have been able to split the coalition in two and they would have defeated, first the Germans and then the Brittish.
    Fiji101on September 15, 2009   Link

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