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Quincy Lyr Req: Downfall of Paris? (33) RE: Lyr Req: Downfal of paris? 21 Aug 01

Found this Mario....don't know if it's of any help though!

"The most well-known song of the socialist and communist movements is certainly "The Internationale," written in Paris at the time of the downfall of the Paris Commune in 1871. Anarchist workers" collectives had taken control of Paris and established an equal, guaranteed income for everyone - they took control of the factories and public institutions in the city and for several months Paris was a functioning commune, until King Louis XVI's guards marched from Versailles to Paris to destroy the revolution. The Paris Commune was a source of inspiration for the budding American labor movement, as immigrants from Europe brought the Internationale and words like sabotage (throwing wooden shoes, sabots, into the gears of machines was one way of shutting down a factory) along with ideas about Communism, Socialism and Anarchism from Marx and Bakunin. The Paris Commune was also inspiring to the Bolsheviks in Moscow and Petrograd, and "The Internationale" was the national anthem of the Soviet Union until 1944.

These lyrics were written in English by Charles Kerr:

Arise, ye prisoners of starvation!
Arise, ye wretched of the earth,
For justice thunders condemnation
A better world's in birth.
No more tradition's chains shall bind us,
Arise, ye slave no more in thrall!
The earth shall rise on new foundations,
We have been naught, we shall be all.

'Tis the final conflict,
Let each stand in his place
The International Union
Shall be the human race.

We want no condescending saviors
To rule us from their judgment hall
We workers ask not for their favors
Let us consult for all
To make the thief disgorge his booty
To free the spirit from its cell
We must decide ourselves our duty,
We must decide and do it well

taken from here.

best wishes, Yvonne

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