Swedish Metal Band Praise Greece and October 28th in Song

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Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton wrote a song in which they glorify the “OXI” of Greeks to the Italian army and the bravery of Greeks through the ages, from Spartan Leonidas to the warriors of the Pindos mountains.

The band, who took their name from the Greek word for Saturday, formed in Falun, Sweden in 1999. The lyrics of their songs talk about historical battles, great warriors and acts of bravery. Their song “Coat of Arms” is based on the “OXI” Greece shouted on October 28, 1940 and the lyrics praise the valiant heroes of Greece who became legend.

What should be noted is that they call Greece “Hellas,” as is the true name of the country. The lyrics of the song (below) show that the Swedish rockers know Greek history:

That dawn, envoy arrives
Morning of October 28th
No day, proven by deed
Descendants of Sparta,
Athens and Crete!
Look north, ready to fight
Enemies charge from the hills
To arms, facing? defeat
There’s no surrender,
there’s no retreat
Time after time,
force their enemies back to the line
Call to Arms banners fly in the wind,
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of Arms reading freedom or death,
Blood of king Leonidas
Air raid, pounding the land
Bombers are flying both day and night
Endure, six days of rain
Dropped by invaders,
bomb raid in vain
Strike hard, the tables have turned,
Drive them back over the hills
At arms, just like before,
Soldiers, civilians, Hellas at war
By their own hand,
force their enemy out of their land
Call to Arms banners fly in the wind,
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of Arms reading freedom or death,
Blood of king Leonidas
Just like their ancestors ages ago
Fought in the place of the Greeks
Cause we will remember what the place were called
Freedom or death in the plains
Just like their ancestors ages ago
Fought in the face of defeat
Those three hundred men left a pride to uphold
Freedom or death in effect
Then, now again
Blood of heroes saving their land
Call to Arms banners fly in the wind,
For the glory of Hellas
Coat of Arms reading freedom or death,
Blood of king Leonidas……

 


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