"The Black River" as written by and John D Cronise....
Great peril awaits us beyond the Black River
Summoned by the beating of drums
Our number is few and our errand is dire
We do what must be done

At the bidding of the high priest
The tribes gather for war
Evil sorcery is unleashed
Upon the opposite shore

Make your stand with great hound
The frontier is lost
Black waters lie before you
Together you cross

Take heart!
Do not fear
Though you know
Your death nears

We shall build you a cairn beyond the Black River
Where no one will disturb you rest
There you shall lay in your helm and your harness
With your sword across your breast

Now take a quick moment to answer this question
As the ferry approaches the shore
Will you have the coin to pay for your passage
And the courage to take up the oar?


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"The Black River" as written by John D Cronise

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    General CommentSick galloping riffage! Prolly my favorite song on the new album. Simply a song about the courage a warrior would need to stare death in the face. Amazing lyrics, the last verse is just awesome. imho just asking… will you be ready when your time comes?
    droyceon May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is based on one of Robert E. Howard's Conan The Barbarian stories, "Beyond The Black River," covering the fall of the westernmost outpost of the Aquilonian empire, on the edges of the Black River to the Picts.

    Badass story, pretty much as metal as The Sword.
    cbuxon June 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is based on one of Robert E. Howard's Conan The Barbarian stories, "Beyond The Black River," covering the fall of the westernmost outpost of the Aquilonian empire, on the edges of the Black River to the Picts.

    Badass story, pretty much as metal as The Sword.
    cbuxon June 21, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI havent read the Conan the Barbarian story cbux refers to so I cant dispute what he says - if the names the same hes probably right. However when I first heard this, it reminded me of the Battle of Blackwater Bay in Game of Thrones. Seems to match up pretty well. And since To Take the Black is about Game of Thrones, why not this one? Here is the parts that stick out to me:
    By the Beating of Drums - Stannis' army beat drums as they approached on ship
    at the bidding of the high priest - the fire priest Stannis obeys (worships lord of light)
    Evil sorcery is unleashed Upon the opposite shore - The wildfire that destroys the ships
    Make your stand with great hound - The Hound (Clegane) led the charge for the city (before deserting)
    metalhead26on December 29, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI havent read the Conan the Barbarian story cbux refers to so I cant dispute what he says - if the names the same hes probably right. However when I first heard this, it reminded me of the Battle of Blackwater Bay in Game of Thrones. Seems to match up pretty well. And since To Take the Black is about Game of Thrones, why not this one? Here is the parts that stick out to me:
    By the Beating of Drums - Stannis' army beat drums as they approached on ship
    at the bidding of the high priest - the fire priest Stannis obeys (worships lord of light)
    Evil sorcery is unleashed Upon the opposite shore - The wildfire that destroys the ships
    Make your stand with great hound - The Hound (Clegane) led the charge for the city (before deserting)
    metalhead26on December 29, 2013   Link

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