" I'm gonna run you
over when I come
back down"
- Dennis Nedry
Intercontinental Music Lab

Last Days of the Athenian Empire

Subject: The Peloponnesian War, Music: Barney Brown, Vocal and Lyrics: Joseph Ashley-Smith

You’re not alone
We heard the roar
The Athenian Empire at your door
With peace so unsure
Better join us in war

Well we were raised
In Spartan ways
The Peloponnesian Master Race
To fight is to play
The Gods’ bloody game

A beautiful death is the best you can know
Gotta keep on, keep on
Don’t let nobody be sayin’ we’re wrong
So come on, come on
There’s a war going on

And if we should die
Let this be our cry
“Here by the Spartan laws we lie!”
Athenians all will fall

A beautiful death is the best you can know
Gotta keep on, keep on
Don’t let nobody be sayin’ we’re wrong
So come on, come on
There’s a war to be won

No prisoners!
No mercy!
No retreat!
No surrender!

A beautiful death is the best you can know
Gotta keep on, keep on
Don’t let nobody be sayin’ we’re wrong
So come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on

Let beautiful death be the best you can be
Gotta keep on, keep on
Gonna make sure everybody knows we’re free
So come on, come on
There’s a war being won

By dawn it was all over. Thirty years of war that raged on land and sea brought to a decisive close by the cunning of our Strategos Lysander. Though we had suffered great losses against the mighty Athenian fleets, our attack on Hellespont left them cut off from their own supply lines. Without grain, they had little choice but to follow us into the trap that would sink hundreds of ships and leave thousands captors. With their fleet crushed, their city besieged and facing imminent starvation, the Empire crumbled and Athens surrendered. Our allies in the League would have made slaves of them all, but we decreed that no adversary so worthy would be reduced to such a level. Athens should have the same friends and enemies as Sparta.

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