The blade I swing is black as night
Black as my soulless heart
It bears the burden of many lives
But I don't feel remorse

I lent my sword to anyone
Willing to pay the price
No regrets for what I've done
A mercenary's life

But there I was on battlegrounds
Until I felt the jaws of death cut into my flesh
Defending old and weak
But I did not retreat

Now, here I lie in my own blood
And strangers cry for me
I'm prepared to meet the Gods
I wish they'd let me be

I don't deserve their sympathy
I know who I am
My soul is death and misery
I am an evil man

I rest in my blood, soon I will face the Gods
Strangers cry for me, I wish they'd let me be
Show no sympathy, shed no tears for me
I know who I am, I am an evil man

I know who I am, I am an evil man
I know who I am, I am an evil man
I know who I am, I am an evil man
I know who I am, I am an evil man

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The Hero Lyrics as written by Olavi Mikkonen Ted Oscar Lundstroem

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  • +6
    General CommentThe song is about how people judge someone by the one good deed that they did and died for. This is an evil man, who probably raped and killed many innocents, as was expected in mercenaries of that time, who was then hired by a man to defend a town of "old and weak" people. He obviously died doing this, and shuns the use of the word "hero" to describe, because, even though he died protecting innocents, he is still an "evil man" who did terrible things.
    twiikon November 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best Amon Amarth song, definitly in my top 10, even though it's hard to do a top 10.

    This song is about a guy who was known as a hero to the population, protecting the "old and weak".

    He didn't want to be recognized that way because all he did was killing other people to defend the nation, which was horrible to him.

    He got killed, everyone loves him but knows he did bad things "I am an evil man".
    VoiceOfTheSoulon January 26, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentNot much else I can add, you two nailed it on the head. By far this is my favorite of all Amon Amarth songs; the emotion just comes through so clear and fully that this song makes me want to cry.
    4d5e6fon March 05, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI'm with vonss on this one. The lyrics seem pretty straightforward... he's made a life out of killing others for a reason.
    Venomluston March 24, 2013   Link
  • -2
    Song Meaning¿Since when AA makes lyrics for Emo's? You got this all wrong. Go listen go Slipknt.
    This this a mockery about how some Christians prudes judged those Vikings that became mercenaries afterwards.
    vonsson August 14, 2010   Link

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