Dreadnoughts, The - Black Letters Lyrics




He was just 18
When he saw her smiling face
As she danced along the streets of Montreal

And in 1916
She gave her hand for him to hold
In the church beneath the ancient city walls

But now he lies awake, staring in up into the dark
At the eyes of a million tiny gods
And when the sun comes up, they'll go over the top, for good

So he writes her black letters
By the time you read these words
There will be no more war, for me
There will be, only peace

He was her only son
And she rocked him back and forth
In the cradle of the tall Alberta grain
And he was scarce a man
When he answered the call
Left her crying as he stepped onto the train

And she was all alone, staring at the moon
As his body hit the sand beneath Calais
And when the sun came up, his words were on the steps for her

And she read his black letters
By the time you read these words
There will be no more war, for me
There will be, only peace
Black letters

Well the day will come
We look into the eyes
Of a fate that is much greater than us all
And by the setting sun
We'll write the words we'd wish to echo
In the hearts of our loved ones should we fall
Those thin dark lines, so delicate and fine
Like a road that could show the way back home
But at the ending of the day, our memories will fade for good
Except for our black letters

By the time you read these words
There will be no more war, for me
There will be, only peace
Black letters





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  1. missquprison

    What are these black letters, does he reffer to black letter script in the song?

    missquprison

    @NINJA OXZ12 I was thinking the very same but then i googled black letters...

    NINJA OXZ12

    @missquprison o dang.... thats ... sad

    G W

    In the notes in the album it says that they were letters written by soldiers in the event of their deaths and "one Canadian soldier referred to his as his black letters. And when he was killed, his lover read the words, 'Do not worry, my love: by the time you read these words, there will be no more war for me, only peace."

    missquprison

    @G W Thank you for this explaination.

    Reedy_

    During the 19thcentury letters were sealed with wax with a certain etiquette.
    Depending on where and when a black seal could indicate that the letter announces a death.
    Maybe it stayed and that’s why these letter are said black.

    Do not take this comment as accurate information

  2. Tim Curry

    Superb, intense album from a group we feared had hung it up. Oh, my no. Oh, no indeed.

  3. The Phoenix Empyre

    Powerful message
    In a black letter

  4. Waltz Leafington

    Definitely my favorite from Foreign skies.

  5. Wex MCL

    He was just 18
    When he saw her smiling face
    As she danced along the streets of Montreal

    And in 1916
    She gave her hand for him to hold
    In the church beneath the ancient city walls

    But now he lies awake, staring in up into the dark
    At the eyes of a million tiny gods
    And when the sun comes up, they'll go over the top, for good

    So he writes her black letters
    By the time you read these words
    There will be no more war, for me
    There will be, only peace

    He was her only son
    And she rocked him back and forth
    In the cradle of the tall Alberta grain
    And he was scarce a man
    When he answered the call
    Left her crying as he stepped onto the train

    And she was all alone, staring at the moon
    As his body hit the sand beneath Calais
    And when the sun came up, his words were on the steps for her


    And she read his black letters
    By the time you read these words
    There will be no more war, for me
    There will be, only peace
    Black letters

    Well the day will come
    We look into the eyes
    Of a fate that is much greater than us all
    And by the setting sun
    We'll write the words we'd wish to echo
    In the hearts of our loved ones should we fall
    Those thin dark lines, so delicate and fine
    Like a road that could show the way back home
    But at the ending of the day, our memories will fade for good
    Except for our black letters

    By the time you read these words
    There will be no more war, for me
    There will be, only peace
    Black letters

    Bandit Blackcat

    Wex MCL q