Bards of Valor | A Tale of Hope & Ruin

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A Tale of Hope & Ruin

by Bards of Valor

An epic story about hope and destruction, told in 7 catchy symphonic folk metal songs.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Power Metal
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1. Drinking Song
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2. Scout's Honour
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3. Siege Incoming
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4. Doldrums
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5. Famine
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6. Final Night
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7. Broken Lines
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8. Drinking Song (Radio Edit)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Get ready for a music induced journey back in time! Feel like you're enjoying a party in medieval times as you step into the pub of a small harbour town that unbeknownst stands on the brink of destruction by an enemy force. Or is it? Dutch metalband Bards of Valor brings you a story of hope and ruin with their energetic, epic and straightforward super catchy folk metal about vikings, battles and booze.

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DRINKING SONG

When the sun goes down
We will party all night long
Drinking beer until we drop
Dancing till the sun comes up
Under starry skies
We rekindle our old ties
Drink and dance into the night
Feasting till the morning light
Hey!
(2x)

We live not just to work
We work so we can live
So when the harvest’s in
We have a great festival to give
Feast your eyes on meaty pies
On treats of sweet and golden mead
The beer is cold and the girls are ready
It's time for fun in our great city

When the sun goes down
We will party all night long
Drinking beer until we drop
Dancing till the sun comes up
Under starry skies
We rekindle our old ties
Drink and dance into the night
Feasting till the morning light
Hey!

All across the town
In every street and square
There’s joyful music sounds
And sweet smells in the air
Everyone is having fun
The young and old, the shy and bold
The alcohol flows rich and free
So come and have a drink with me

When the sun goes down
We will party all night long
Drinking beer until we drop
Dancing till the sun comes up
Under starry skies
We rekindle our old ties
Drink and dance into the night
Feasting till the morning light
Hey!

When the twilight falls
Flowers grace our ancient halls
Light the torches on the walls
For the beer and whisky calls
Now hold your cups up high
Greet our fathers in the sky
For they’re with us here tonight
Feasting till the morning light

When the sun goes down
We will party all night long
Drinking beer until we drop
Dancing till the sun comes up
Under starry skies
We rekindle our old ties
Drink and dance into the night
Feasting till the morning light
Hey!

Come have a drink with me!

SCOUT'S HONOUR

Run, run for your lives
You must warn the city
They, they have to know
Of this foe without pity
(2x)

These woods always felt so safe
Noone there to change our way
Forest life beats wall night shift
Each patrol a holiday

A trail of death across the trees
A giant encampment in the glade
Hope to God we’re still unseen
Before we fail to make the grade

Three arrows shook us from our awe
Trapped against the walls of green
Hunted like a husk of hares
We run like mad to flee the scene

Pursuers spew forth from the gates
Rallied by the watchmen’s cry
Head for town to bring them word
If we fail the will all die…

Run, run for your lives
You must warn the city
They, they have to know
Of this foe without pity
(2x)

Exhausted we reach the bonfire tower
Screaming soldiers at our back
It's all we can do to light the flames
To warn the town of the coming attack

Rest easy, we have not broken our oath
But we’ll never make it home
The only thing that's left to do
Is sell our lives dearly here

Fight, fight for your lives
They can't reach the city
Here! We stand our ground
We will show them no pity

Fight, fight for your lives
They can't reach the city
Here! We stand our ground
We will kill without pity

SIEGE INCOMING

We are not a warlike people
That won’t mean we’ll just roll over
When the enemy approaches us
And threatens all that we hold dear

So we mass our forces and shine our blades
Make them break their teeth on us
We’ll make them rue the day they came here
While we await them with steely spirit and

Forges blazing hot
Hammers pounding steel
Arrows by the sheaf
They will find us battle ready
Giant ballistae
Cauldrons full of oil
Walls untouchable
They will never break our spirit
(2x)

A hundred armies tried before
To take our wealth and burn our art
To raze our towers to the ground
And take our wives, so pure of heart

A hundred armies failed before
And had their strength just drained away
As they broke and died against our walls
While we watch them with steely eyes

Forges blazing hot
Hammers pounding steel
Arrows by the sheaf
They will find us battle ready
Giant ballistae
Cauldrons full of oil
Walls untouchable
They will never break our spirit
(2x)

From the forest edge rise great clouds of dust
We all watch in awe as soldiers fill the muddy fields
Countless scarlett flags
Endless seas of spears
Massive trebuchets
Maybe we are not prepared

DOLDRUMS

From port to port, from stern to bow
Packed with spices, from an eastern town
Food and clean water but just for a month
But we did not foresee the doldrums
At this time, at this time of year
At this time in the season

Sweet Mother Ocean
Why is the wind gone?

The captain rations breakfast and dinner
Keeps some food aside for his sweetheart
I don’t think it’s fair that I am starving
But captain’s word is law

Sweet Mother Ocean
Why is the wind gone?

I am starving
They are eating
I don’t think it’s fair
But do my mateys care

Forty moons, they now have all past
I’m so hungry but still it all lasts
I have not eaten in more than a week
I have not eaten

Sweet Mother Ocean
Why is the wind gone?
My dear captain
How could you not have known?

Even the captain he now looks so weak
The other sailors whisper at me
I draw my dagger to try take him down
I draw my blade and I…

Sweet Mother Ocean
Why is the wind gone?
My dear captain
How could you not have known?

I am starving
They are eating
I don’t think it’s fair
But do my mateys care

Sweet Mother Ocean
Why is the wind gone?
My dear captain
How could you not have known?

I am starving
They are eating
I don’t think it’s fair
But do my mateys care

Now I’m walking
Down that dreadful plank
I am falling
Now the wind will pass over my sailors grave

FAMINE

The reaper walks the empty streets
The stench of death fills the air
Hunger has claimed half my friends
And I cannot take it anymore

Bombardments have burned all the crops
The city walls now a prison
The soldiers stamp out all dissent
‘cause giving up is not an option in their minds

Time will end us
Time will see the end of our ancient town
Burning to ashes

The reaper walks the empty streets
The stench of death fills the air
Hunger has claimed half my friends
And i cannot take it anymore

Time will end us
Time will see the end of our great old town
Crumble to dust

The reaper walks the empty streets
The stench of death fills the air

FINAL NIGHT

A Starry Night, a cloudless sky
A field lit up by countless fires
I’m sitting here, staring across the walls
Wond’ring if I’ll ever sit here again

We stand and wait, the tension high
A bugle’s call sounds nearby
A thousand souls take fearful steps
Until we hear our captain call

Charge!

So under gray and broken skies
We charge ahead, nowhere to hide
Screams so loud, from dust we’re blind
Cries of pain assault my mind

Sword and shield my only friends
I slash around, the world runs red
We fall like flies there in the fray

And I hear the cries of pain in there
A thousand men died in vain

BROKEN LINES

Run, My brothers, the lines have broken down
Our will is shattered, our shields lie sundered on the ground
We will not see our homes today
As they cut us down, one by one

Stand, you cowards, pick up your blades
Rally behind me and we’ll take the day
Keep up the fight, I’ll show you how
Think of your loved ones, don’t give up now
Think of all that we’ve been through
Stay strong, this city depends on you
Quitting now will make it all for naught
Stand tall and fight, like you were taught

We can’t commander, how will you keep us safe?
When our foe advances, coming at us, wave after wave

He’s right my brothers
We should not cower back
We must safeguard our home
and repel this attack

With me my brothers
together we can win
we’ll lure them in here
and we’ll close them in

Now fight my friends
Show them the might
Our endless strength
The real battle has just begun
Now ride with me
For victory!

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