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Cursed Be Iron

This song is by Turisas and appears on the album The Varangian Way (2007).

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Curses on thee, cruel iron!
Curses on the steel thou givest!
Curses on thee, tongue of evil!
Cursed be thy life forever!

Once thou wert of little value
Having neither form nor beauty
Neither strength nor great importance
When in form of milk thou rested
When for ages thou wert hidden
In the breasts of God's three daughters
Hidden in their heaving bosoms
On the borders of the cloudlets
In the blue vault of the heavens

Thou wert once of little value
Having neither form nor beauty
Neither strength nor great importance
When like water thou wert resting
On the broad back of the marshes
On the steep declines of mountains
When thou wert but formless matter
Only dust of rusty colour

Curses on thee, cruel iron!
Curses on the steel thou givest!
Curses on thee, tongue of evil!
Cursed be thy life forever!

Surely thou wert void of greatness
Having neither strength nor beauty
When the moose was trampling on thee
When the roebuck trod upon thee
When the tracks of wolves were in thee
And the bear paws scratched thy body

Surely thou hadst little value
When the skillful Ilmarinen
First of all the ironworkers
Brought thee from the blackened swamplands
Took thee to his ancient smithy
Placed thee in his fiery furnace

Truly thou hadst little vigor,
Little strength, and little danger
When thou in the fire wert hissing
Rolling forth like seething water
From the furnace of the smithy
When thou gavest oath the strongest

By the furnace, by the anvil
By the tongs, and by the hammer
By the dwelling of the blacksmith
By the fire within the furnace


Curses on thee, cruel iron!
Curses on the steel thou givest!
Curses on thee, tongue of evil!
Cursed be thy life forever!

Now, forsooth, thou hast grown mighty
Thou canst rage in wildest fury
Thou hast broken all thy pledges
All thy solemn vows hast broken
Like the dogs thou shamest honor
Shamest both thyself and kindred
Tainted all with breath of evil

Tell who drove thee to this mischief!
Tell who taught thee all thy malice!
Tell who gave thee thine evil!
Tell me! Now tell me!

Did thy father, or thy mother?
Did the eldest of thy brothers?
Did the youngest of thy sisters?
Did the worst of all thy kindred?

Not thy father, nor thy mother
Not the eldest of thy brothers
Not the youngest of thy sisters
Not the worst of all thy kindred

But thyself hast done this mischief
Thou the cause of all our trouble
Come and view thine evil doings
And amend this flood of damage

Curses on thee, cruel iron!
Curses on the steel thou givest!
Curses on thee, tongue of evil!
Cursed be thy life forever!

Music by:

Mathias Nygård and Jussi Wickstrom

Lyrics by:

adapted from the Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot

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