Gründlehämmer

by Baltimore Rock Opera Society

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Prologue 03:50
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Who’s that man with the shiny guitar? On the battlefield who leads the charge? He’s the noble defender of our freedom and rights Guiding our people with his wisdom and might He’s the King; he’s the King of our land He’s the King; Fighting for what’s right Every inch of him a man! See that corn that grows so tall Feeding our kingdom one and all See the man on the guitar strings Now watch that corn grow as he sings For the King; for the King of our land For the King... Who’s that woman all dressed in white With the flowers in her hair, such a lovely sight? See the man with her wedding ring Now hear the church bells ding-a-ling-a-ling For the King; for the King of our land For the King; fighting for what’s right Every inch of him a man! Who’s that man who’s lost his way? His righteous will has gone astray Where’s the King whose country’s in need? The countryside is full of mouths to feed He’s the King My King is DEAD!
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Crush weak! Eat meat! Smash feet! Steal wheat! The Gründle comes and we’ll protect you Lothario: he will direct you Give up your swords and pay your tax Work for the Kingdom or face the axe!
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A wolf in sheep’s clothing I’ll pull the wool over your eyes My good intentions are just a disguise! Iron fist, bloody sword A mighty King; watch the vultures soar! Lead the charge to shred Hear the diving roar! When the blood is shed Then you know the score! The smile is too sly; And the weak – they die By the iron fist of the Black King Follow the rule of the King of Crows Fall in line: single file rows A shadow cast; no others will fight Fly the flag! A ghost in the night! Army of the dark Army of the beast Ruler of the land Minions of the DAMNED!
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Mother dear How do I reap from what I’ve sown? Mother dear How can I make my seedling grow? Sing to them Every day let them know that you care Sing to them Every minute that you have to spare Father dear What more is needed to help them live? Father dear They’ve had their fill, what more to give? With time and love our plants grow strong With music in our hearts We’ll make our living from this land With just a seed it starts
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Come to me love, you’ll be glad you did And when you do, bring me everything Bring me lips that whisper in my ear Bring me arms that hold me so near Not so long ago, you were young and small But from just a seed, you have grown so tall Your leaves have branched out full and strong Your fruit has ripened through our song Your flower’s growing and it’s been showing The love you’ve hid for the longest time But in the summer sun You will finally become my girl Come to me love – please don’t wait too long Each day you hide is another gone Come to me love and come to stay I’ll love you more and more each day
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Taste the dirt and grovel at my feet You little runt, you can’t compete! These tasty licks will burn your ears Will help you realize your worst fears You had no chance to begin with, whelp! No hand here to lend you help! Give up your dreams, give up the sword Drown in sorrow while your cries are ignored Now FALL into line! You FAILED, because the battle is mine! Now FALL out the door! You FAILED – don’t come here anymore!
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A shadow cast by shame falls around me Silencing my voice, slandering my name Through the life of a poor farm boy I’ve struggled silently Through the life of my father’s son But not the life for me I’ve left the fields behind me But the forest looms ahead The dark and twisted path Fills my heart with dread Through the life of a poor farm boy I’ve struggled silently Through the life of my father’s son But not the life for me Could it be the hand that guides me Has led me far astray? Does the muse still stand beside me Or have I lost my way?
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Take the sword and shield in hand Now you have become a man Fighting for what’s right The flames of justice Burning through the night Split your enemies in twain Their evil forces are to blame We keep riding faster Never let them be your master And we’re riding on the wings of Pegasus The wind under our wings Will lift the sword that will thwart evil With this beast at our command Godlike powers in your hands Death is knocking at our door; But his call you will ignore! Fighting through the depths of Hel Use your sword to break the spell Of the evil power the likes of which We’ve never seen (before!) Your legend’s in the Book of Old This is how your story’s told: A mighty warrior Atop a steed with wings of gold! And we’re riding on the wings of Pegasus The wind under our wings Will lift the sword that will thwart evil The wind under our wings Will win the battle for the kingdom! DRAGONS! DRAGONS! DRAGONS! DRAGONS! DRAGONS!
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Despair 01:46
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VENGENCE The Gründle I will kill tomorrow Put an end to pain and sorrow Lift the curse the Dark King placed Across this holy land The power granted from your love Will rain the riffs from high above To lay the final blow against the beast at his command For I feel my blood is churning My heart beats hard and cold But for now my soul is burning To restore the days of old Send the monster back to hell Break the tyrant’s evil spell Cut his gullet open and Claim my kingly prize A powered relic with strings of steel The Hämmer of the Gründle’s real When you see my fighting skill You won’t believe your eyes! For my weapon’s battle ready My vengence will be swift With my mentor holding steady We will play the killing riff And the souls the monster’s taken Will not have died in vain With my hands on Gründlehämmer I will claim my home again -- GUIDE MY HAND GUNNORA: Guide my hand There can be no second guess I must play my very best for victory For the fear which will grip my feeble frame Will be outweighed by the blame I place on him BENEDON, GUNNORA & HALVOR: I will fight; he will fall I’ll be savior of us all My training’s done Vengeance in my veins The final battle still remains!
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Lothario: Gründlehünter! You have paid the price Gründlehünter! With your family’s life! Gründlehünter! Won’t you join my side? Gründlehünter! Be your country’s pride! BENEDON: Why must I answer to him tonight? Tell me what gives this King the right? I’ve lost more than I’ve gained My body weak my heart in pain. LOTHARIO / BENEDON He’ll bend to my will / All my world is gone Or peasant blood must spill / I must stay strong He’s stinking of fear / Not innocence but rage The choice is clear / I hesitate to turn the page Gründlehünter! /I hesitate to turn the page Lothario: Gründlehünter! You have paid the price Gründlehünter! With your family’s life! Gründlehünter! Won’t you join my side? Gründlehünter! Be your country’s pride!
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Why’s the king act so irate? The Gründlehünter took the bait! He’ll become like all the rest: Not a voice of the people but the King’s behest This game of chess to follow Our evil King will swallow All the goodness trapped inside He’s only full of foolish pride The Gründlehünter’s will is true Benedon will not be skewed! As sure as he was born and raised Here in Coxally Glen Where his conscience was made Standing tall a man at last He’ll restore the days gone past The Gründlehünter’s battle-ready With a hand that’s true and steady! CHORUS: Our hope is burning, the wheel is turning What do we have to give That hasn’t yet been lost? Our fingers aching, the earth is shaking Has our fate too soon been sealed? What will the morning light reveal? Gunnora: The mentor to the stolen boy Meant to be our country’s joy Save her soul, she fell in battle Heard the Gründle’s dying rattle! The Gründle’s dead, we must regain The Kingdom’s power once again Our fate is written on these scrolls Whose prophecies were long foretold CHORUS: Our hope is burning The wheel is turning What do we have to give That hasn’t yet been lost? Gunnora: Give me a savior, give me some hope Am I just a farmgirl at the end of her rope? I need somebody, someone to trust Been working so hard all my life But it’s never enough Benny oh Benny, tell me what can I do To get your arms around me for a while Is he a hero? A lover or friend? Is he the one that i need? Or do we pretend? Benny oh Benny, tell me what can I do To get your arms around me for a while BENEDON: Do my wounds cut too deep? My obstacles too steep? My knees won’t stop shaking As I fulfill this undertaking On the ledge where fate has thrust me Can these humble townsmen trust me? I know not what moves to make And I cannot stop to weep My destiny’s written It’s carved in stone I walk this path all alone They call me a hero A symbol of hope But I’m feeling closer and closer To the end of my rope My destiny’s written It’s stained with blood Hear the voices calling from above MEREDITH: He’s a strong man and proud Shirt is clean, doesn’t talk too loud Strong and just he defends what’s right To lift the people from their plight so Say your evening prayers tonight The Dragon King will check his flight Visit him make your appeal; See what the morning light reveals CHORUS: Tomorrow morning come what may The Dragon King will guide our way Be it honor or be it shame We fight our fight and earn our name Has our fate too soon been sealed? What will the morning light reveal? We’ll mark our place on fortune’s wheel What will the morning light reveal?
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Hear Ye! 04:01
The legends they tell are true I hold the Hämmer before you I stand before you as one of your own Once a boy, but now I have grown Grown to know the truth from his lies Here to quell the doubt in your eyes! With fear he purchased our lives Your freedom he has deprived He’s taken all I hold dear Don’t just stand there! He’s a killer and a thief With this weapon I relieve him from the throne! Our hunger eats at our souls! (HEAR YE!) There’s no food to fill our bowls! (HEAR YE!) Do you hear the babies cry? (HEAR YE!) While your countrymen die?! He claimed the Gründle was just a wild beast But in his pocket, a secret he keeps: Gold and blood were paid by his hand So he could gain the Gründle’s command! Death and destruction that lie in his wake Were the price of all he can take His deceit has fooled us too long – GET HIM! He’s a killer, and a thief With this weapon I relieve him from the throne!
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The insanely epic, double-disc original cast recording of Baltimore Rock Opera Society's premiere production Grundlehammer--it's gonna melt your face off!

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released February 14, 2010

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The Baltimore Rock Opera Society is a passionate community of artists who create unforgettable experiences through live original rock theater. BROS was founded in 2007 by a small group of friends sitting in a basement dreaming of an impossibly enormous story that would be told through the awesome power of rock. ... more

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