Into the Fire

David walked into the valley
With a stone clutched in his hand.
He was only a boy
But he knew someone must take a stand.

There will always be a valley,
Always mountains one must scale.
There will always be perilous waters
Which someone must sail.

Into valleys, into waters,
Into jungles, into hell.
Let us ride, let us ride home again with a story to tell.
Into darkness, into danger,
Into storms that rip the night.
Don’t give in, don’t give up,
But give thanks for the glorious fight.

You can tremble, you can fear it
But keep your fighting spirit alive boys.
Let the shiver of it sting you,
Fling into battle, spring to your feet boys.
Never hold back your step for a moment,
Never doubt that your courage will grow.
Hold your head even higher and into the fire we go.

Are there mountains that surround us?
Are there walls that block the way?
Knock ‘em down, strip ‘em back boys
And forward and into the fray.

Into terror, into valour.
Charge ahead, no, never turn.
Yes, it’s into the fire we fly
And the devil will burn.

Someone has to face the valley
Rush in, we have to rally and win boys.
When the world is saying not to
By God, you know you’ve got to march on, boys.
Never hold back your step for a moment,
Never doubt that your courage will grow
Hold your head ever higher and into the fire we go.

Let the lightning strike.
Let the flash of it shock you.
Choke your fears away.
Pull as tight as a wire.
Let the fever strike.
Let the force of it rock you.
We will have our day, sailing into the fire.

Someone has to face the valley.
Rush in! We have to rally and win boys
When the world is saying not to,
By God, you know you’ve got to march on, boys.
Never hold back your step for a moment.
Look alive! Oh, your courage will grow.
Yes, it’s higher and higher and into the fire we go.
Into fire!
Onward, ho!

– Nan Knighton, 1997

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