One man rode the way through the woods
Down to Asa bay
Where dragon ships had sailed to sea
More times than one could say
To see with own eyes the wonder
People told of from man to man
The God of all almightyness
Had arrived from a foreign land

The rumours told of a man
Who had come from the other side the seas
Carrying gold cross around neck in chain
And spoke in strange tongue of peace
He had come with strange men in armour
Dressed in purple shirts and lace
Smelling not of beer but flowers
And with no hair in face

And the bold man carrying cross
Had told all one of Asa bay
The God of all man woman child had come
To them all save
And to thank Lord of Heaven
One should build to God a house
And to save one's soul from Hell
One should be baptised and say vows

A man of pride with the Hammer told new God
To build his house on own
And spoke loud of the Gods of their fathers
Not too long time gone
The rumours said the man with a beard like fire
And the Hammer in chain
By men in armour silenced was and by
Their swords was slain

Those who did not pay the one coin
Of four to man of new God
Whipped was twenty and put in chains then locked
By their neck to the log [To the log...]
And so all of Asa bay did build
A house of the cross
Every hour of daylight they did sweat
Limbs ached because faith does cost

.And on the day two hundred
There it stood white to the sky
The house of the God of the cross
Big enough to take two dragon ships inside
And all of Asa bay did watch
The wonder raise to the sky
Now must the God of the cross be pleased
And satisfied

Just outside the circle of the crowd
One old man did stand
He looked across the waters
And blotted the sun out of his eyes with one hand
And his old eyes could almost see
The dragon ships set sail
And his old ears could almost hear
Men of great numbers call out Oden's hail

And though he did know already
Though he turned face towards sky
And whispered silent words forgotten
Spoken only way up high
Now this house of a foreign God does stand
Now must they leave us alone
Still he heard from somewhere in the woods
Old crow of wisdom say
...people of Asa land, it's only just begun...

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    General Comment

    I agree that this is one of the best songs ever written. It is about the perversion of the lives of the Nordic Vikings by the foriegn religion, Christianity, and how it forced the Vikings to give up their way of life for something they did not believe in. It also shows the hesitance of the Vikings to give in to Christianity in that the old man looks out and wishes for Christianity to leave so that he and the Vikings can carry on their lives the way they had been for years.

    BloodFireDeath6on August 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This is one of the best songs ever written! Quorthon is a great songwriter

    VVBurzumVVon February 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    This song is realy amazing. R.I.P. Quorthon.

    NorthTrollon October 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    why dont people give more comments o this great band one of the greatest songs ever made R.I.P. Quorthon I hope he hase influenced a lot of people a beautifull song, so true, so sad, really amaizing the song is a "scream for freedom"

    t0xicon July 26, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaning

    This song is about the christianzation of the viking people, and the christians taking away thier traditions and beliefs.

    Rest in peace Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg.

    Abraxxason November 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment

    Hail to you Qourthon!

    trollinaspicon January 14, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Comment

    ¿Why do you keep fucking saying "R.I.P."? Don't you know that's a fucking judeo-christian saying, you imbecils!

    vonsson February 03, 2009   Link

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