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"Back to the Oar"

by BarleySinger

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Verse 1:

Em D Em
First they took my gold, and then they took my land
Em D A Em
Then they took my family, by cruel and evil hand.
Em D Em
It's vengeance time my brothers;  come to the ocean waves.
Em D Em
Odin, grant me fury 'til I'm lying in my grave.

Chorus:

Em D Em
Back to the oar, axe to the shield;  it's vengeance time my brothers.
Em D Em
Back to the oar, axe to the shield;   it's vengeance time to- day.
Em D Em
Back to the oar, axe to the shield;   it's vengeance time my brothers.
Em D Em
Back to the oar, axe to the shield;   it's vengeance time to- day.

Verse 2:

Em D Em
Once you were my friend, but now you are my foe;
Em D A Em
All the vows you spoke to me were broken long a- go.
Em D Em
This battle, it is Odin's, the spoils I pay to him
Em D Em
If there is any justice I will rend you limb from limb.

Chorus

Verse 3:

Em D Em
I have been a kind man, but hate has made me cruel
Em D A Em
On the day you crossed my path you acted like a fool.
Em D Em
You'll perish by my weapon, be- fore this day is done -
Em D Em
Patience I have cast away, the fury's in my blood.

Chorus

Verse 4:

Em D Em
Fenrir is my sword hand, and Loki is my eye;
Em D A Em
Ragnarok the foe man, and drive them 'till they die!
Em D Em
I will know no mercy, for they have shown me none.
Em D Em
Odin in my spirit burns, 'till earth and I are one.

Chorus 2 times to end.

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