The Berserker At Stamford Bridge

  • songfacts ®
  • Lyrics
  • The Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at the village of Stamford Bridge, near York, on September 25, 1066. During the conflict an English army under King Harold Godwinson successfully repelled an invading Norwegian force led by King Harald Hardrada. The last significant Norse invasion of Britain, the battle has traditionally been presented as symbolizing the end of the Viking Age.

    When the bulk of the English soldiers arrived, their advance was delayed by the need to pass through the choke-point presented by Stamford Bridge. According to The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a giant Norse axeman blocked the narrow crossing and for a time single-handedly held up the entire English army. This song recounts the story of the Viking "Beserker."
  • Vocalist Johan Hegg told Revolver magazine that a friend of his told him the story of Stamford Bridge axeman and suggested he write lyrics about it:

    "Basically, it's at the end of the Viking era," he said. "The Vikings are in England, and they've been very successful in beating the English, because what the Vikings did better than the English is that they moved fast and they moved during the night. But at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, the English used the Vikings' tactics against them, so they caught the Vikings by surprise. The Vikings were too far away from their supply ships, so they had to retreat. The Vikings were about 3000 men, and the English were 15,000. So they retreated over Stamford Bridge, but in order to halt the English army, they sent one guy with an axe out on the bridge."
Please sign in or register to post comments.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Fact or Fiction

Michael J. Fox, Colin Farrell, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?

Kristian Bush of SugarlandSongwriter Interviews

Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.

Richie McDonald of LonestarSongwriter Interviews

Richie talks about the impact of "Amazed," and how his 4-year-old son inspired another Lonestar hit.

Tom Johnston from The Doobie BrothersSongwriter Interviews

The Doobies guitarist and lead singer, Tom wrote the classics "Listen To The Music," "Long Train Runnin'" and "China Grove."

Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"They're Playing My Song

The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.

Andy McClusky of OMDSongwriter Interviews

Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.