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To The Barricades
"To The Barricades" (A Las Barricadas) was one of the most popular songs of the Spanish anarchists during the Spanish Civil War. 'A las Barricadas' is sung to the tune of Warszawianka 1905. The lyrics were written by Valeriano OrobÃ³n FernÃ¡ndez in 1936.
"The Confederation" referred to in the final stanza was CNT (ConfederaciÃ³n Nacional del Trabajo - "National Confederation of Labor"), at the time the largest labour union and main Anarchist organization in Spain, and a major force opposing Francisco Franco's military coup against the Spanish Republic from 1936-1939.
Negras tormentas agitan los aires
El bien mÃ¡s preciado
Alza la bandera revolucionaria
Â¡A las Barricadas! Â¡A las Barricadas!
Black storms shake the sky
The most precious good
Raise the revolutionary flag
To the Barricades! To the Barricades!
The third stanza is sometimes sung instead with the line "Alza la bandera revolucionaria, que del triunfo sin cesar nos lleva en pos" ("Raise the revolutionary flag, which is moving us forward with unstoppable triumph").
Artists to cover the song include:
- Dandelion Junk Queens
- Los Dolares
- Pascal Comelade
- Serge UtgÃ©-Royo
- Los Muertos De Cristo
- Victor Manuel
- Asto Pituak
- Himno de la CNT - Hosting mp3s of A Las Barricadas
- http://anarchismus.at/ - Hosting mp3s of A Las Barricadas
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