man of iron lyrics – bathory

i have paced these forests for so long i don’t know if i am man or i am beast.
i, though, hold deep within me a quest for revenge.
then i must be a man as much as i can be.
i have learned to speak the tongue of the animal
i have learned to read the signs in bark and snow.
i have taken within myself the spirits of my fathers,
long time gone.
in this short time, far from home, a man of iron i’ve grown.
a man of iron i have grown.
a part of the eternal woods…
late evening…
[“just after sunset on his way back to his camp after watching the sun unite]
[with the mountains in the west, he sees the flickering of light between the]
[tree trunks. approaching, he sees an old man sitting calmly by a fire, as]
[if waiting for him. his left eye missing. his beard as if gold. the signs]
[on his cloak and hood familiar. the one eyed old man matches the]
[description of the soothsayer, as told by the elders of his village by the]
[fires at night when he only a child. the boy, now a young man, eager to]
[know, asks the one eyed old man about his dreams. dreams he cannot]
[understand. dreams about strange things he is seeing himself doing. then]
[the winds that seem to talk to him. voices that whisper to him behind his]
[back. the one eyed old man tells him of the cycles of the stars, of the]
[trail of fate and of the valley where time and sp*ce had ceased to exist…]
[where his world ends and the shadows begin. the one eyed old man tells the]
[young man that fate has chosen him to interfere with the other world. the]
[disturbance is already made. the daughters of the four winds have sold]
[themselves to the shadows, distorting the balance of the universe. and the]
[one eyed old man says he has seen him come for a thousand years, and that]
[the aging gods have told him to teach him all that he has ever known and to]
[prepare him to ride beyond his world and into the shadows as their champion]
[to restore the balance. to his aid he shall be given a sword forged when]
[this world was young. he shall be guarded and guided by two ravens, and he]
[shall ride the eight-legged stallion of his fathers’ god. he will encounter]
[the woodwoman, and he will make a visit to the lake. one hundred days and]
[one hundred nights his training shall be hard. and this very night it will]
[already have begun.]
[and thus he had met the one eyed old man…”]

/ bathory lyrics