Hail To The King Lyrics by Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold Lyrics

Hail To The King Lyrics
Watch your tongue or have it cut from your head
Save your life by keeping whispers unsaid
Children roam the streets, now orphans of war
Bodies hanging in the streets to adore

Royal faith will carve a path in chaos
Bringing daylight to the night
Death is riding in the town with armor
They come to take all your rights

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
Hail to the king

The King...

Blood is spilled while holding keys to the throne
Born again, but it's too late to atone
No mercy from the edge of the blade
Dare escape and learn the price to be paid

Let the water flow with shades of red now
Arrows black out all the light
Death is riding in the town with armor
They've come to grant you your rights

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
Hail to the king

The King...


There's a taste of fear (hail, hail, hail)
When the henchmen call (hail, hail, hail)
Iron fist to tame the will (hail, hail, hail)
Iron fist to claim it all (hail, hail, hail)

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun

Hail to the king, hail to the one
Kneel to the crown, stand in the sun
Hail to the king!

Writer: Baker, Zachary James / Haner, Brian Elwin / Sanders, Matthew Charles / Seward, Jonathan
Copyright: Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Hail To The King Info:

Hail to the King is the first single from Avenged Sevenfold's sixth studio album Hail to the King, released on July 15, 2013. The song was premiered live on July 17, 2013, at the Ford Festival Park in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The song tells the tale of a tyrannical king who strikes down any who oppose him. M. Shadows explained to Kerrang! magazine: "'Hail To The King' is a question about how society sees itself. From day one, people have elected kings and leaders, people have followed presidents, and they cry over who the new pope is. Sometimes you've got to step back and say, 'What are we doing here? Why do we need all of these people to tell us how to run our lives?' That goes for God above and Satan below. Who's the king? We have many kings.

It was one of those things when we said the statement, sang it in a song and it was like, 'wow, that really strikes a nerve and means something.' We knew that some people would look at it as us saying, 'We're the kings,' but we were willing to undergo that amount of criticism, when really it was something a bit deeper about society."

Vocalist M. Shadows told Kerrang! magazine that the song writing for Hail to The King involved an organised, dedicated approach. He explained: "We tend to come in and talk about the vibe we want for the song, more than coming up with riffs. Then we build around that vibe, writing riffs that work with that. We try not to waste too much time on things that don't work. As soon as something takes us out of the vibe we're creating, we throw it out."

The Hail To The King album artwork was created by southern Californian artist Cam Rackam. The cover shows a shot of a skeleton king and is titled 'Deadly Rule.' "I wanted the cover to be serious, tough, and conquer-esque," Rackam told Noisecreep. "[The album] stirs like an anthem for the modern warrior. So when it came to the painting, I was inspired by the final shot in Conan the Barbarian - referenced from the Frazetta painting - where he is sitting at the throne in contemplation of the chaos in his kingdom. I loved that idea of the warrior king."

From the Album:
Hail to the King (2013)

July 15, 2013

Digital download


Heavy metal

Length: 5:04

M. Shadows
Zacky Vengeance
Synyster Gates
Johnny Christ

Mike Elizondo

Music video:
"Hail To The King" on YouTube

The official music video premiered on the Metal Hammer website on August 16, 2013. The video is the first to feature drummer Arin Ilejay, as well as being the first Avenged Sevenfold video to feature a drummer since the video for "Dear God", which was the last to feature drummer The Rev.

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