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​Cliffs of Gallipoli

This song is by Sabaton and appears on the album The Art of War (2008).

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Hear them whisper voices from the other side
Hear them calling
Former foes, now friends, are resting side by side

They will never leave our hearts or fade away
Live forever
They were far too young to die in such a way

How many wasted lives? How many dreams did fade away?
Broken promises, they won't be coming home
Oh mothers wipe your tears, your sons will rest a million years
Found their peace at last as foe turn to friend and forgive
And they knew they'd die

Gallipoli
Left their letters in the sand
Such waste of life
Gallipoli
Dreams of freedom turn to dust

Hell is waiting
Where the ocean meets the sand
Cliffs of burden
Where the soldiers rushed into a certain death

At the shoreline blood of heroes stains the land
Light a candle
One for each of them who fought and died in vain

There is no enemy, there is no victory
Only boys who lost their lives in the sand
Young men were sacrificed the names are carved in stone and kept alive
And forever we will honour the memory of them
And they knew they'd die

Gallipoli
Left their letters in the sand
Such waste of life
Gallipoli
Dreams of freedom turn to dust

How many wasted lives? How many dreams did fade away?
Broken promises, they won't be coming home
Oh mothers wipe your tears, your sons will rest a million years
Found their peace at last as foe turn to friend and forgive
And they knew they'd die

Gallipoli
Left their letters in the sand
Such waste of life
Gallipoli
Dreams of freedom turn to dust

There are roads which must not be followed, armies which must not be attacked,
Towns which must not be besieged, positions which must not be contested.

Music by:

Joakim Brodén

Lyrics by:

Joakim Brodén, Pär Sundström

Trivia:

The battle of Gallipoli 1915 is widely regarded as a symbol of military incompetence and a catastrophic waste of thousands of lives. A few commanders however, like the Turkish general Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (later to become the first president and founder of modern Turkey) and Australian brigade commanders John Monash and Henry Chauvel showed outstanding courage and competence in this sad chapter of human history.