Internationale

French lyrics Literal English translation
First stanza
Debout, les damnés de la terre
Debout, les forçats de la faim
La raison tonne en son cratère
C’est l’éruption de la fin
Du passé faisons table rase
Foule esclave, debout, debout
Le monde va changer de base
Nous ne sommes rien, soyons tout
|: C’est la lutte finale
Groupons-nous, et demain
L’Internationale
Sera le genre humain 😐
Stand up, damned of the Earth
Stand up, prisoners of starvation
Reason thunders in its volcano
This is the eruption of the end.
Of the past let us make a clean slate
Enslaved masses, stand up, stand up.
The world is about to change its foundation
We are nothing, let us be all.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race. 😐
Second stanza
Il n’est pas de sauveurs suprêmes
Ni Dieu, ni César, ni tribun
Producteurs, sauvons-nous nous-mêmes
Décrétons le salut commun
Pour que le voleur rende gorge
Pour tirer l’esprit du cachot
Soufflons nous-mêmes notre forge
Battons le fer quand il est chaud
|: C’est la lutte finale
Groupons-nous, et demain
L’Internationale
Sera le genre humain 😐
There are no supreme saviours
Neither God, nor Caesar, nor tribune.
Producers, let us save ourselves,
Decree the common salvation.
So that the thief expires,
So that the spirit be pulled from its prison,
Let us fan our forge ourselves
Strike the iron while it is hot.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race.  😐
Third stanza
L’État comprime et la loi triche
L’impôt saigne le malheureux
Nul devoir ne s’impose au riche
Le droit du pauvre est un mot creux
C’est assez, languir en tutelle
L’égalité veut d’autres lois
Pas de droits sans devoirs dit-elle
Égaux, pas de devoirs sans droits
|: C’est la lutte finale
Groupons-nous, et demain
L’Internationale
Sera le genre humain 😐
The State oppresses and the law cheats.
Tax bleeds the unfortunate.
No duty is imposed on the rich;
The rights of the poor is an empty phrase.
Enough languishing in custody!
Equality wants other laws:
No rights without duties, she says,
Equally, no duties without rights.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race. 😐
Fourth stanza
Hideux dans leur apothéose
Les rois de la mine et du rail
Ont-ils jamais fait autre chose
Que dévaliser le travail ?
Dans les coffres-forts de la bande
Ce qu’il a créé s’est fondu
En décrétant qu’on le lui rende
Le peuple ne veut que son dû.
|: C’est la lutte finale
Groupons-nous, et demain
L’Internationale
Sera le genre humain 😐
Hideous in their apotheosis
The kings of the mine and of the rail.
Have they ever done anything other
Than steal work?
Inside the safeboxes of the gang,
What work had created melted.
By ordering that they give it back,
The people want only their due.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race. 😐
Fifth stanza
Les rois nous saoulaient de fumées
Paix entre nous, guerre aux tyrans
Appliquons la grève aux armées
Crosse en l’air, et rompons les rangs
S’ils s’obstinent, ces cannibales
À faire de nous des héros
Ils sauront bientôt que nos balles
Sont pour nos propres généraux
|: C’est la lutte finale
Groupons-nous, et demain
L’Internationale
Sera le genre humain 😐
The kings made us drunk with fumes,
Peace among us, war to the tyrants!
Let the armies go on strike,
Stocks in the air, and break ranks.
If they insist, these cannibals
On making heroes of us,
They will know soon that our bullets
Are for our own generals.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race. 😐
Sixth stanza
Ouvriers, paysans, nous sommes
Le grand parti des travailleurs
La terre n’appartient qu’aux hommes
L’oisif ira loger ailleurs
Combien de nos chairs se repaissent
Mais si les corbeaux, les vautours
Un de ces matins disparaissent
Le soleil brillera toujours.
|: C’est la lutte finale
Groupons-nous, et demain
L’Internationale
Sera le genre humain 😐
Workers, peasants, we are
The great party of labourers.
The earth belongs only to men;
The idle will go to reside elsewhere.
How much of our flesh have they consumed?
But if these ravens, these vultures
Disappear one of these days,
The sun will shine forever.
|: This is the final struggle
Let us group together, and tomorrow
The Internationale
Will be the human race. 😐

What is the Song?

“The Internationale” (French: “L’Internationale”) is a widely sung left-wing anthem. It has been one of the most recognizable and popular songs of the socialist movement since the late 19th century, when the Second International (now the Socialist International) adopted it as its official anthem. The title arises from the “First International”, an alliance of socialist parties formed by Marx and Engels, which held a congress in 1864. The author of the anthem’s lyrics, Eugène Pottier, attended this congress.

The original French refrain of the song is C’est la lutte finale / Groupons-nous et demain / L’Internationale / Sera le genre humain. (English: “This is the final struggle / Let us group together and tomorrow / The Internationale / Will be the human race.”) “The Internationale” has been translated into many languages. It is often sung with the left hand raised in a clenched fist salute and is sometimes followed (in English-speaking places) with a chant of “The workers united will never be defeated.” Socialists, communists, anarchists, democratic socialists, and social democrats have celebrated “The Internationale”.

Interpretation/ Relation

16th century France was a dark age, where civil war strikes and religious conflict was at the center of these wars. These religious wars scarred the French Internationale, as seen in the second stanza they put down the idea of a supreme savior and their faith in God weakened. After these dark ages, the French people stood up and are now trying to unite and become the human race. In 19th century France the idea of a united race evolved and this song was published. The anger of the people in the Internationale kindled an ever-raging flame in the hearts of the fighters that grouped the people together for their final struggle. And when the enemy dies the sun will shine forever and the Internationale will become the human race. This revolutionary song was a motivation to the people reminding them of their dark past, pushing them to make their future bright.

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