Only Our Names Will Remain

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about

This song is the oldest on the album, given that it was written pretty shortly after the release of Monuments and we were playing it live by our appearance at Bloodstock 2011. It began life as my attempt to write something more technical (in terms of the guitar parts, anyway) than my usual fare, inspired by the craggy, rocky landscape of Winnat's Pass (located just near Castleton in the Peak District). For a while it was just called Winnat's Pass since I didn't have any real ideas for what it should actually be about (other than "rocky hills, man"), but Martin had other ideas, and he crafted some epic lyrics to turn it into a song about the futility of warfare and the hopelessness of fighting for glory.
~Chris

lyrics

Oh victorious soldiers,
We are not jubilation
But dolour on parade.
I know why we do not song;
Wounds are our only medals,
Nightmares our 'shining moments'.

We fought for flags and borders
Not the warmth of emotion.
Braying and flailing like beasts.
Metal clashing like locked horns.
You can't revel in the blade
When you see the fear in their eyes.
What use is glory when
Only our names will remain?

We fought for flags and borders
Not the warmth of emotion.
Braying and flailing like beasts.
Metal clashing like locked horns.
You can't revel in the blade
When you see the fear in their eyes.
What use is glory when
Only our names will remain?

Like the change of a season
Frost sets in the bones.
Another crop of flesh
Lost to the unspeakable.
Nought cheaper than lifesblood
Drunk by the thirsty earth.
Nought more meaningless
Than a war born corpse.

Statues they erect in memory,
Eroded by the elements,
Becoming soulless wraiths
Or do they serve as mirror
For what dies inside us?
Hearts left by the graves of children.

As we starve,
What use glory?
Only our names will remain...

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from Of Roots and Flesh, released October 4, 2014
Music & lyrics: Northern Oak

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Northern Oak Sheffield, UK

Founded in early 2006 during a wintry excursion to the Peak District, Northern Oak have been spreading their unique brand of flute-heavy progressive folk metal across Sheffield and the rest of the UK ever since.

Our music sounds like Jethro Tull played by extreme metal fans with an appreciation for everything from Pink Floyd to Emperor.
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