For as long as the grass grows
For as long as the stream flows
And the sun shines down unto us

Only they who walks the clouds knows
For how long the wind blows
And the sky is blue above us

O, I am a man and I hold in my hand my fate
Free as the wind as if even
I had wings that carried me
Still in the middle of the night
Even I will need light to guide me
So I turn my face to the sky from
Where he with one eye is watching over me

My fathers gods I ride for you
My fathers gods I fight for you
My fathers gods I die for you
My fathers gods I am coming through to you
My fathers gods I am yours

Through blood by thunder

Sound of wings in the air and
His ravens fly near to lead me
So I will not fail to ride down the trail
Long time destined for me
Long before I was born

O, can´t you see it is all
Carved in the tree of fate
That a son of the north must fulfill
His destined course to
Follow the bond of blood

Bond of blood, bond of blood
Bond of blood, bond of blood
Bond of blood, bond of blood
Bond of blood, bond of blood
Bond of blood, bond of blood

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Through Blood by Thunder Lyrics as written by Quorthon

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    General CommentI modern man (or atleast a man born after christian conversion) follows the grand religion of his ancestors.
    Chard121on April 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentUgh, while I appreciate Disposition_987 posting all these Bathory lyrics as it gives a place to discuss these works, I only wish the weren't so full of errors. In this one especially (one of my favorites off of Twilight... haha, it seems like I say that about just every song, "this is one of my favorites off of xx"), but in these lyrics I see that there is an entire line missing from the opening excerpt. I love that excerpt and it is actually probably one of my features from this song because it is a very powerful reminder of the mortality and fragility, not just of humans themselves, but of the very world in which we live.

    In fact, I find a lot of errors in this version, but these errors seem persistent throughout lyrical sources across the web and some may just be due to my misunderstanding of them, or maybe even original misprints by Black Mark (it wouldn't be the first time... believe me!). Anyways, I've always interpreted the opening as follows:

    For as long as the grass grows
    For as long as the stream flows
    And the sun shines down unto us...

    Only they who walk the clouds know
    For how long the winds blow
    And the sky is blue above us

    I think in the original version he actually has the fourth line a little different, with a subject/verb disagreement to preserve the rhyming scheme from the previous lines, but I like to think of it as this above, because it still works lyrically and also works grammatically.

    As for the remainder of the song, I've got to agree with Chard121, it is absolutely about a man following the god's of his forefathers as opposed to that which has gained dominance through force and more underhanded means. Now (and I've discussed it in my commentary for several songs already, but as always, it is a very prevalent and prominent theme in Quorthon's lyrics) one of my favorite things about this song is the emphasis on the ability of man to follow his will, with the gods helping or hindering him on his path as may be ordained through their own will. That is evident from the very first line, which along with the opening excerpt, makes this song an instant favorite for me.

    From then on the rest of the song as Chard stated, is about following the tenets of the Asatru religion. Obvious references include the one-eyed god (Odin), his ravens (Huginn, Muninn), and the tree of fate (Yggdrasil?). I'm actually a little bit confused due to my own ignorance on that last part. If anyone could help me with it I'd appreciate it. I've never been very certain of just how fatalistic the Asatru philosophy is - I always assumed that it wasn't because of the seeming emphasis on the random nature of how gods and man can act. Even in this song there seem to be contradictions, examples include the opening line:

    "O, I am a man and I hold in my hand my fate"

    and the following lines:

    "So I will not fail to ride down the trail long time destined for me long before I was born"

    And of course the previously mentioned line involving this "tree of fate", which I am unaware of the nature of. Of course, I've always been interested in ancient religion and if anyone knows more about the role of fate and pre-destiny in Asatru, I'd love to hear more about it. In the meantime, I still love this song, even if it does seem to possibly contradict itself in a couple of places. I myself have never really been able to decide if I believe in fate or not, but I think that I do at least believe that we're all born to a certain "range" of fates, if that makes sense. Perhaps within this range we can exercise our free will and decide our own fate, but I think it is mostly decided by the kind of person that each of us is (e.g. our personality). Who can say whether that is decided when you're born or not?

    This is getting a bit heavy now, so I will leave it at that.

    Hail the hordes.
    miked983on June 05, 2010   Link

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