"Hold At All Costs" as written by and Jon Schaffer....
Just a mile or so away
Is my dearest friend in this world
He wears the blue and I the grey
And God it hurts me so
The last time we were together
I grabbed his hand and I pledged
If I ever draw my sword on you
May the good lord strike me dead

The union flank's in trouble
To the round top on the double
A bad decision, insubordination
Exposed our lie in a dangerous way

The burden lies upon us
Surrender is not an option
We are the flank and if we break
The union crumbles, we could lose the war

Down below's the carnage
The rebels charging onward
Push the slaughter forward, the peach orchard
Through the wheat field and devil's den

The valor of the Texans
And Alabama's best men
They're unrelenting and devastating
The last full measure of devotion's clear

We know what we're made of
When up against all odds we hold our line
For the cause that we so love
We must hold at all cost
We know what we're made of
When our nation needs us we'll stay the cause
For the union we so love
We must hold at all costs

Wave after wave they're coming
Their power must be waning
We're out of ammo, we can't fall back, no
One desperate measure, a means to end

On their next wave we charge them
There is no other option
Disconcert them, force submission
On my command, fix bayonets

We know what we're made of
When up against all odds we hold our line
For the cause that we so love
We must hold at all cost
We know what we're made of
When our nation needs us we'll stay the cause
For the union we so love
We must hold at all costs


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"Hold at All Costs" as written by Jon Schaffer

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    General CommentThe second song in the "Gettysburg Trilogy." Conveys the battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of a soldier.
    Pocket_Savioron November 06, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti believe its talking about a part of the battle when the union line was trying to hold off against wave after wave of confederates. they kept them back but they started to run out of ammo. so the colonel or someone told them to put on attach their bayonets and hold the line, which they were able to do
    Skeezixon January 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell the first part about the two soldiers on different sides of the war is about General Hancock and Gen(I think he was a general) Armistead, they were friends before the war and Armistead was quoted as saying "If I ever fight against you may God strike me dead." The second part is about Colonel Chamberlain's miraculous holding of Little Round Top(the unions flank.) Like Skeezix said, he was running out of ammo, but not only did they hold the line, they swept down the hill in a counterattack and crushed the rebs. Truly amazing probably my favorite story from the war.
    Sucroseon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with everything Sucrose said. This is an epic story about the holding of Little Round Top when the Union was short on ammunition and had no other options but to charge forward at the Reb's and charge they did. They fought with everything they had and they crushed the enemy. Amazing ability of the will of man
    Something706on December 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Gettysburg Trilogy is one of the best songs where Tim Rippers Owens is singing in, this is a absolute MASTERPIECE just like Dante's Inferno. but this one is so superb!
    HellhoundNLon September 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI for sure didn't fight this war, but I have the feeling this song gives a wonderful view of that particular battle. When a man feel that his life worth much more than he think, when he have to bear the fate of something bigger than himself, a country in this situation, he can achieve things he never though possible. Especially in a desperate situation like this, as Something706 said, great demonstration of the power of the will of man.

    In conclusion, I have to add this: the part where he sings
    "Disconcert them, force submission
    On my command, fix bayonets!"
    It gives me the chills everytime!
    kitchoua_temboon December 13, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song isn't seen through the eyes of a random soldier. The two people who are being talked about in the first verse are Armistead (confederate) and Hancock (Union).
    VoiceOfTheSoulon October 16, 2010   Link

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