The army of Charles XII is a hundred thousand strong

As he's marching through smoke

On his road so long

What does "as he's marching" mean? Does it mean that the army is marching with him (Charles XII) through smoke? I'm a little bit confused...

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This is apparently a quote from a traditional Swedish military cadence song for marching troops. The reference is to King Charles XII of Sweden; "his long road", a reference to his campaign against Russia in the early 1700s. And yes, "as he's marching" means he's leading his army through the smoke of battle.


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