"Battle Hymn" as written by and Joseph G Maio Joey Demaio....
By moonlight we ride ten thousands side by side
With swords drawn held high our whips and armour shine
Hail to thee our infantry still brave beyond the grave
All sworn the eternal vow the time to strike is now

Gone are the days when freedom shone now blood and steel meet bone
In the light of the battle's way the sands of time will shake
How proud our soldiers stand with mace and chain in hand
Sound of charge into glory ride over the top of their vanguished pride

To the battle we ride we crossed a starlit sky
No space no time we'll catch the wind
Strange losses, men died we crossed a starlit sky
And still no space and time we'll catch the wind

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"Battle Hymn" as written by Joseph G Maio Joey Demaio

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    General Commentthis song reminds me of a past life spent playing internet roleplaying games (tibia.org) till 4am and then getting up for school at 7, I wouldnt have it any other way, good times. looking back the song does seem a bit violent for my impressionable 14 year old mind... kids these days
    Jonnyxxon April 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentViolent? Yes of course it's violent but who the **** cares? This is an awesome song but the "to the battle we ride part" was so bad... they could have skipped it... for your 14 year old mind? Impressionable... I'm sorry for my 13 year old "mind" it sounds pretty cool (in a Manowar song but not in reallity, but impressionable? Oh please...) :P
    heavy_metalon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti acually like the "to the battle we ride part"
    it reminds me of sumthin´ i can´t remember
    ger_cornholioon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti too like the last verse, and i believe it belongs and fits nicely. It goes with the overall message of the battle and it's like after it's all over and walking through the rubbish and everyone's calmed down there's just a sense of overwhelming peace sort of. I can see it in almost every manowar song, and love how it fits in and makes the whole song into like a movie.
    illusionistxon January 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentObviously you are not a true Manowar fan. The song is Battle Hymn. Singular. And that's now how you set out lyrics... kids today.
    olla666on March 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFavourite guitar solo of all time.
    And that's on a playlist of John Petrucci, Zakk Wylde and the like ^_^.

    The songs about the armies of metal slaying everything.
    Live_FASTERon April 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe version on Battle Hymns MMXI is really good. It's longer with better quality and has parts in it that fill you with such intensity.
    MetalRoxon March 02, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe Song is written in the present, so you have the best chance to emphatize
    With a soldier in the middle age how and with which imaginations they went into
    the battlefield.
    It is the idea of joey de meio how it could be if you Look inside a head
    Of a man living as a soldier. Several hundred or thousands of years men fought in
    Battles around the world and this is one idea how the thoughts are of such a man.
    Nothing more.
    stefan1090on November 01, 2019   Link

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