The title track and first single from Europe's tenth studio album, this song was inspired by a book called The Long Ships
, written by the Swedish author Frans G. Bengtsson. Set in Viking times, the book tells a story about battles and a fight for power among kings.
Europe lead singer Joey Tempest read the book when he was growing up in Sweden (the Swedish title is Röde Orm
) and decided to use it as the basis for a song. In our interview with Tempest
, he explained: "I thought it was a fascinating background for a lyric, and the melodies and the riffs lend themselves to it."