Nightwish: 10th Man Down Meaning
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10th Man Down Lyrics
Today I killed, he was just a boy
Eight before him, I knew them all
In the fields a dying oath:
Id kill them all to save my own
Cut me free, Bleed with me, Oh no
One by one, We will fall, down down
Pull the plug, End the pain, Run'n...
The title is a reference to the whole song's 'story' told in the opening verse, and Wilska's verses. This is told by the idea that the Wilska verses tell the story leading up to the 'tenth man down,' killed by Tarja's 'character.'
The noises in the background in the early intro tells of war, which makes sense in the context of the title and basic story. Now, we get into bits of pure conjecture.
My guess is that this song is both a war-protest and a soldier-support. The war-protest is voiced in the line 'this aint my fight,' and the third verse: "Deliver me from this war/ Its not for me its because of you/ Devils instant my eternity/ Obey to kill to save yourself" The soldier support is in the ostensive meaning of the first verse, at it's clearest.
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