Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Marc Ogeret sings all six verses in the original French.  On screen lyrics in French and English.

The anthem of the workers, the socialists, the communists, the anarchists and the progressive movement sung as it was written by Eugène Pottier.

I first heard this wonderful recording of L'Internationale, the immortal song of the workers, on the channel of iwanttobelieve. I think the addition of on-screen lyrics and a reasonably good translation will help in the understanding and appreciation of the message that is being conveyed. I can find no sung translation that does justice to the power and the poetry of the original French. I have resisted the temptation of adding pictures so that the words can speak for themselves without distraction. It's worth googling on Marc Ogeret, though; he's pretty awesome-looking.

I was inspired to actually go to the work of putting this together now by the current Worldwide Workers' Rebellion of 2011. I know the definition of "worker" is being stretched to include all of the 99% of us who are not super rich financially. The more the merrier, I guess.

May we live to see the day when the sun will shine always.

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