You never thought you'd see false prophets fill the walls
You never thought you'd live through anything at all
It's all so strange and yet you lose your self-control
Even through siege and storm the fortress it must hold

The fortress it must hold
The fortress it must hold
Your only waking thought:
The fortress it must hold

The sacrifices made eclipse the suffering
You must defend this place, it's faith that is the thing
You are polluted if you cannot give your life
There's so much more to this than just being alive

The fortress it must hold
The fortress it must hold
Your only devotion
The fortress it must hold

The hanging soldiers bear the signs across their chests
Betrayal is spelled right out, diminished by their deaths
The bodies swinging make you nauseous and sick
You walk back to your home and find it derelict

QUIET, ATMOSPHERIC INSTRUMENTAL BRIDGE

Destruction can't be borne, you leave the city's walls
Progress through snow and sand and fire before them all
You can ascend because you're tired enough to leave
A new messiah, that is all you want to be

But still the fortress it must hold…
(to end)