“When Japan Defeated Mongols,” by J.D. Meyer—performed by Mongrel Catharsis, 1988.

This song is British style Heavy metal in the tradition of Iron Maiden.

It was in 1274 and again in 1281

when the Mongols sailed to war upon the shores of Japan.

The Mongols had the greatest empire

in covering all the lands

from Russia to Indonesia and Hungary to Korea.

But this time, the Mongols met their match

in stronger swords, sacred winds, and lacquered armor.

 

CHORUS: Onward go the samurai.

Grind the Mongols at the coast.

Defend the sacred islands

For Japan we boast.

 

Smaller boats slashed larger fleets,

And walls of stone met the sea.

Nichiren Buddha said they’d strike.

His mystic words do still some chant:

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

I do believe

the Sun Goddess still shines upon her chosen land.

For in peace,

she shines like an Eastern Switzerland.

Repeat Chorus and song title until fade.

 

Footnote: Nam-myoho-renge-kyo = Devotion to the mystic law of cause-and-effect shown in all phenomena. “Nam” is a contraction for “Na-mu” when you chant faster.

3 thoughts on ““When Japan Defeated Mongols,” by J.D. Meyer—performed by Mongrel Catharsis, 1988.

  1. “ Onward go the samurai.
    Grind the Mongols at the coast.
    Defend the sacred islands
    For Japan we boast.”

    I tried to imagine the sound of this song playing in that Iron Maiden-ish style and the sound of it made me smile. If only we could have more of history shared in song this way. It is Luke be so much more interesting.
    -Marina R.

  2. I just had to visit this post, due to the juxtaposition of my own personal connections–a daughter living in Japan, and my headbanging, Iron Maiden-listening high school days. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face this morning!

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