Friday, September 29, 2006

The Internationale

For those of you who might have wonderd as to the words for the orignal version of the famed communist anthem 'The Internationale' here they are:

The Internationale: English Version

Arise ye starvelings [or workers] from your slumbersArise ye criminals of wantFor reason in revolt now thundersand at last ends the age of cant.Now away with all your superstitionsServile masses arise, arise!We'll change forthwith [or henceforth] the old conditionsAnd spurn the dust to win the prize.


Then come comrades rallyAnd the last fight let us faceThe InternationaleUnites the human race. (repeat).

We peasants, artisans and others,Enrolled amongst the sons of toilLet's claim the earth henceforth for brothersDrive the indolent from the soil.On our flesh for too long has fed the ravenWe've too long been the vultures prey.But now farewell to spirit craven The dawn brings in a brighter day.


No saviour from on high deliversNo trust we have in prince or peerOur own right hand the chains must shiverChains of hatred, greed and fear.Ere the thieves will out with their booty And to all give a happier lot.Each at his forge must do his dutyAnd strike the iron while its hot.


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