Lyrics of “The Forty Liberated Ones”

They said it’s time to leave, it’s getting worse.
Our wives and our children are awaiting our return.
So, they mounted and rode away from the sun,
Forty souls lost in the dawn.
But the Guru’s mission, still carried on.

Oh, you who fear to die today,
Will you be any more willing tomorrow?
Put your life in the hands of him who can free you from this world of sorrow.

Before the Guru, the forty came.
He said for your destiny, I’m not to blame.
Renounce me now and sign your name.
In their hearts, they knew this chance might never come again.
So, they reached their destination sadly.
Their minds troubled, their hearts pounding madly.
And their wives said, this makes you lower than a worm.
We’ll go and fight ourselves if you don’t return.
So, they prayed, Lord, give us another turn.

Oh, you who fear to die today,
Will you be any more willing tomorrow?
Put your life in the hands of him who can free you from this world of sorrow.

You who turned your back on the Lord,
Forsaking his holy sword.
The time will come for your sacrifice.
Stand for truth and give your life.
And free your soul.
Mai Bhago left them for the sun.
Their hearts filled with God’s song.
But the Lord placed a challenge in their journey.
To try their steel and test their bravery.
And they fought, until the last one was overcome.

Oh, you who fear to die today,
Will you be any more willing tomorrow?
Put your life in the hands of him who can free you from this world of sorrow.

Only one was found alive.
The Guru came and knelt by his side.
You fought like lions, you shall be blessed.
And in my eyes, you gained one last request.
So, the Sikh prayed to him with his last breath.
Oh, please free my brothers.
Forgive them for what they’ve done.
Tear the note that binds us,
And return us to the One.
You who turned your back on the Lord,
Forsaking his holy sword,
The time came for your sacrifice,
You stood for truth and gave your life,
I free your souls.

You who fear to die today,
Will you be any more willing tomorrow?
Put your life in the hands of him who can free you from this world of sorrow.
You who fear to die today,
Will you be any more ready tomorrow?
Put your life in the hands of him who can free you from this world of sorrow.

You can find this song on the album, “Ballads of the Khalsa“.