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​The Art of War

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

This song is featured in the video game Europa Universalis IV.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat.
If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.


I stand
Alone and gaze upon the battlefield
Wasteland
Is all that's left after the fight
And now I'm searching
A new way to defeat my enemy
Bloodshed
I've seen enough of death and pain

I will run, they will hunt me in vain
I will hide, they'll be searching
I'll regroup, feign retreat
They'll pursue
Coup de grâce
I will win but never fight

That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War

Breaking
The will to fight among the enemy
Force them
To hunt me, they will play my game
And play by my rules
I will be close but still untouchable
No more
Will I see suffering and pain

They will find me no more
I'll be gone I will have them surrounded
They will yield without fight
Overrun
Coup de grâce
I will win but never fight

That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War

Broken and lost, tired of war
They'll surrender to me
Caught in my trap, there's no way out
Fail never again

I will run, they will hunt me in vain
I will hide, they'll be searching
I'll regroup, feign retreat
They'll pursue
Coup de grâce
I will win but never fight

I will run, they will hunt me in vain
I will hide, they'll be searching
I'll regroup, feign retreat
They'll pursue
Coup de grâce
I will win but never fight

That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War
That's the Art of War

Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence.
Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

Music by:

Joakim Brodén

Lyrics by:

Joakim Brodén and Pär Sundström

Trivia:

The song is about The Art of War Wikipedia16 by Sun Tzu Wikipedia16.

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