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Iced Earth lyrics

Album: Glorious Burden [2004]

Tracks14
 01 The Star Spangled Banner
 02  Declaration Day
 03  When the Eagle Cries
 04  The Reckoning
 05  Green Face
 06  Valley Forge
 07  Attila
 08  Hollow Man
 09 Red Baron/Blue Max
 10  Waterloo
 11  The Devil to Pay
 12  Hold at All Costs
 13 High Water Mark: Cannonade/Intro/The Burden of Command/The Last Full Me
 14 When The Eagle Cries (Unplugged)
all Iced Earth lyrics



Declaration Day
E-mail: chandler_rb@yahoo.gr

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A desperate situation
Forced to retaliation
The task ahead a burden
Men will suffer, that's for certain
We'll charge into the fire
The cause, we must insprire
We raise our fists to tyranny
A high price, freedom is not free

The odds are stacked against us
But with our resolve relentless
And arrogance their weakness
Our cause is just, we won't be beaten
Upon this declaration
Will come a brand new nation
Where men are seen as equal
Governed by and for the people

Chorus:
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So we make our stand and pray
On this declaration day
For independence I will fight
With liberty I will defy
So we make our stand and pray
On this declaration day
Give me liberty or give death
I'll fight 'till my last breath

With virtue as our beacon
Our cause is charged as treason
Battle worn and starving
Through the hell of war we'll keep marching
The birth of our new nation
An act of declaration
We'll force king George down to his knees
Capitulation

Chorus:
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So we make our stand and pray
On this declaration day
For independence I will fight
With liberty I will defy
So we make our stand and pray
On this declaration day
Give me liberty or give death
I'll fight 'till my last breath


CHANDLER RB
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When the Eagle Cries
E-mail: chandler_rb@yahoo.gr

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Another day just like any other
out of the blue it turned to horror
How could they?
Why would they?
The innocent suffered hell's inferno
A senseless act that goes unforgotten
How could they?
They will pay

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When the eagle cries
Blood will flow
When the eagle cries
For freedom's fight
When the eagle cries
We love her so
When the eagle cries
We will sacrifice
When the eagle cries

Out of the ashes came a tempting vengeance
But we are focused, we seek redemption
We are free
We'll stay free
All they've done is make us stronger
The sleeping giant is asleep no longer
If need be
We'll die free

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When the eagle cries
Blood will flow
When the eagle cries
For freedom's fight
When the eagle cries
We love her so
When the eagle cries
We will sacrifice
When the eagle cries
Blood will flow
When the eagle cries
For freedom's fight
When the eagle cries
We love her so
When the eagle cries
We will sacrifice
When the eagle cries


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The Reckoning
(Schaffer)

(Chorus)
Destiny spawned us, it's the reckoning
This time it's our blood, don't tread on me
Revenge is not justice, it's the reckoning
This time it's our blood, yeah don't tread on me

You went too far this time, for this heinous crime
You will know defeat, begging on your knees
One by one you'll fall, your back against the wall
Nowhere to turn, your sure to burn

(Chorus)
Destiny spawned us, it's the reckoning
This time it's our blood, don't tread on me

The hours close at hand, I'll make my final stand
Justice shall be done, nowhere to run
True evil grows in you, you're just a brainwashed fool
The coward close that hides, spewing forth his lies

(Chorus)
Revenge is not justice, it's the reckoning
This time it's our blood, yeah don't tread on me

Born of destruction, bred in agony
Is this my salvation?
From these ashes of your devastation
If it was up to me, eye for an eye I say
With a hammer we will take, Lady Justice is asleep
The Judgement has been made, in blood it shall be paid
Death knows what to do, the horseman comes for you.

(Chorus)
Destiny spawned us, it's the reckoning
This time it's our blood, don't tread on me
Revenge is not justice, it's the reckoning
This time it's our blood, yeah don't tread on meback to top
Green Face
A warrior donw to the depths of my soul
I terrorize evil thats out of control
on land,in the air, at sea
on danger I feed

My warpaint, the last thing my enemies see
their teeth and their ears are trophies for me
on land, in the air, at sea
I'll be where the metal meets the meat

Greenface
Greenface

Lagoons deep in jungles are for me
The Deserts nor mountions, they can't hide from
on land, in the air, at sea
I'll be where the metal meets the meat

Greenface
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Valley Forge
E-mail: chandler_rb@yahoo.gr

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Close your eyes and imagine
the soldier at Valley forge
The suffering that he endured was real
Starvation, total war
Yet in his eyes, the iron will to win
and for the cause he won't relent

Standing barefoot, frozen bloody hands
His musket clutched, an iron grip
For the cause he has but one regret
that his only got one life to give

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Would he look upon us now
with anger and disgust?
His providence, our birthright and our creed
Will we let ignorance and laziness
bring our demise?
Complacency, we're blinded by our greed

It's time for us to open up our eyes
and cherish the lives we all can have
And to ones who've kept our freedom free
words can't express all that you have done

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Would he look upon us now
with anger and disgust?
His providence, our birthright and our creed
Will we let ignorance and laziness
bring our demise?
Complacency, we're blinded by our greed


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Attila
Heís ruled them for 20 years
And ravaged as their king
Conquest burns in his eyes
And ice shoots through his veins
Their leaderís new ambition lies
Farther to the west
The empire that he seeks
The father to the rest
Attila wants to take his place
Like the impetuous son
To make the entire world bow
To the kingdom of the Huns

Alliance has been made
With many other clans
Frank and vandal forces
Held within his hand
And by Attilaís hand itís said
His brother met with death
To make his rule his legacy
He did his awful best
Ethele and Etzell
By many names heís known
But "scourge of god" is the one
That rings the darkest tone

Chorus
Hell awaits behind Gaulís gates
The romanís stand only to fall
They will die by his sword
The barbarian lord
Attila hearís victory call

Bridge

(Huns)
Path of fire and plunder
Cities burn and crumble
Attilaís fate beckons
He will come to conquer

(Romans)
Archers stand at ready
Centurions all together
Keep to your lines
And the Mongolís sure to falter

(Huns)
We will surely break them
We will overtake them
Fight till our deaths
Or the Christians devastation

(Romans)
They wonít overthrow us
God will stand before us
Show us the path to the Huns destruction

Sing to the sky, the battle cry
To propagate their fears
As terror is the weapon drawn
When battle has drawn near
And so the conflict is at hand
The gauntlet has been thrown
Contempt for the Christian reign
This poison seed now sewn
And if by chance all is lost
Cut down by roman steel
Weíll suffer not as others have
Broken mind nor broken willback to top
Hollow Man
E-mail: chandler_rb@yahoo.gr

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Emptiness, consuming me
Head in hands, I can hardly speak
Looking for solitude
Lost in humanity
True knowledge leads to suffering
A constant quest, an endless dream
Searching for inner peace
Hidden so deep in me

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Don't wanna be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man
Don't wanna be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man

Sadness comes knocking constantly
Filling up my eyes for all to see
Peace will come some day
I pray that it finds a way
Darkness caressing my mind and soul
Myspirits rejecting, I'm feeling whole
Emptiness goes away
Fills with the light of day

Chorus:
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Don't wanna be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man
Don't wanna be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man

Bridge:
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I rise up like the phoenix
From the ashes of an older way
With wisdom gained, I turn away
I turn away
Hollo man find yourself some other pray

Chorus:
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Don't wanna be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man
Don't wanna be a hollow man
Ain't gonna be the hollow man


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Waterloo
Usher in the rally cries
Revolutionís here again
The Emperorís bonds are broken
And free he shall remain

Escape, though narrow, was demand
While his reign remained in view
This fight for France, Ďtil bitter end
He must see it through

Coalition forms of many lands
Against Napoleon, west to east
Dogs of war will take to arms
And soon will be unleashed

Prussian, Russian, and Austrian
All follow British lead
At alliesí helm is Wellington
Who must make his foe concede

Chorus
Foreshadowed man of destiny
Soon you will be forced to see
Nations aligning against you
Marking the time your reign is through
Öand you will see your hundred days come to an end
Foreshadowed man of destiny
Soon you will be forced to see
Nations aligning against you
Marking the time your reign is through
Öit lies before you, fate shall befall you

Quickly, the allies gather force
Near the Franco-Belgian line
While 124,000 French
March there in double time

As the battle begins
Napoleon springs his audacious plan
Heíll attack them on two fronts
Splitting up his warring band

As the Prussians sound retreat
Behind they leave 12,000 slain
Most of their force is still in tact
And will live to fight again

Wellington, who felt the loss
Of 5000 men
Would feel more under cannon fire
Bombardment from the French

Repeat chorus

Bridge
Of all the wars i have waged
To propel my nations might
For this Iíll be remembered
From now Ďtil the end of time
If to the victor go the spoils
I may die an impoverished man
For in the end, irony
Has dealt the cruelest hand

The French force was swift and sure
But their attack would be repelled
And though their center battered
The Anglo-Dutch line would be held

As fate or skill would have it
An army moves in from the east
The Prussians who slipped through his hands
Would soon spell his defeat

French lines now all broken
And being open to attack
The emperor has no choice
And the old guard pulls him back

45,000 wounded or dead
When the fight was finally through
On a three mile square of battlefield
Near a town named Waterloo

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The Devil to Pay
E-mail: chandler_rb@yahoo.gr

Hello all! Here is the first song-part of the trilogy {Gettysburg 1863}
from the new album...

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In July 1863
a nation torn in tragedy
A trick of fate, two great armies merge
Gods of war at Gettysburg
Devastation lies ahead
50,000 bodies litter the land
Hell rages three full days
The reaper sows, there's the devil to pay

The pressure's on and the Reb's attack
The Yanks must hold, they can't fall back
Just two brigades, 2000 strong
against 20,000 they can't hold long

General Reynolds makes his way
Expect no mercy from the iron brigades
Until he shows they're their own
but Buford's men have a will of stone

Bayonets gleam in the morning sun
Smoke and fire belching from their guns
Another volley and again they strike
Thousands more comin' down the Chambersburg pike

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This tragedy and what it brings
all the devastation
{the reaper has his way}
Men will kill blood will spill
to preserve the nation
{there's the devil to pay}

South of town down the Emmitsburg road
the first corps are starting to show
For Buford's men, they're just in time
The desperate need to strengthen the line

Bodies dropping the blue and the grey
Muskets fire and cannon blaze
the Union fights defending the town
but they're outnumbered and losing ground

From the north and the west more Rebels arrive
thousands more and the fight multiplies
McPhearson's Ridge and the black hats strike
A Rebel sharpshooter takes Reynolds life

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This tragedy and what it brings
all the devastation
{the reaper has his way}
Men will kill blood will spill
to preserve the nation
{there's the devil to pay}

BRIDGE

Attack! Attack! General Lee gives command
They're overwhelmed, the situation demands
The Federals retreat and rush out of town
but they have fortified and saved the high ground

The day ends in victory for the South
Lee's as convinced as God's will is profound
They are invincible and their cause is just
but Longstreet is cautious and lacking in trust

Across the way the Union digs in
The round tops, Cemetary Ridge and out to Culps Hill
Their lines are strong, no denying they'll stay
When Confederates strike
there'll be the devil to pay

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This tragedy and what it brings
all the devastation
{the reaper has his way}
Men will kill blood will spill
to preserve the nation
{there's the devil to pay}


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Hold at All Costs
E-mail: chandler_rb@yahoo.gr

Hi everyone! Here is the 2nd song-part of the trilogy {Gettysburg 1863}
from the new album..

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Just a mile or so away
is my dearest friend in this world
He wears the blue and I the grey
and God it hurts me so
The last time we were together
I grabbed his hand and I pledged
If I ever draw my sword on you
may the good Lord strike me dead

The Union flank's in trouble
to the round top on the double
A bad decision, insubordination
exposed our line in a dangerous way

The burden lies upon us
Surrender is not an option
We are the flank and if we break
the Union crumbles, we could lose the war

Down below's the carnage
The Rebel's charging onward
Push the slaughter forward, the peach orchard
Through the Wheatfield and devil's den

The valor of the Texans
and Alabama's men
They're unrelenting and devastating
The last full measure of devotion's clear

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We'll know what we're made of
When up against all odds we hold our line
for the cause that we so love
We must hold at all costs
We'll know what we're made of
When our nation needs us, we'll stay the course
for the Union we so love
We must hold at all costs

Wave after wave, they're coming
Their power must be waning
We're out of ammo, we can't fall back, No!
A desperate measure, a means to end

On their next wave we charge them
There is no other option
Dinconcept them, force submission
On my command, fix bayonets!

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We'll know what we're made of
When up against all odds we hold our line
for the cause that we so love
We must hold at all costs
We'll know what we're made of
When our nation needs us, we'll stay the course
for the Union we so love
We must hold at all costs

We'll know what we're made of
*The burden lies with us
When up against all odds we hold our line
*We can't fail
for the cause that we so love
We must hold at all costs
We'll know what we're made of
*With courage in our hearts
When our nation needs us, we'll stay the course
*We won't fail
for the Union we so love
We must hold at all costs


CHANDLER RB
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