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Le Chant des Partisans
Song of the Partisans


Lyrics: Maurice Druon & Joseph Kessel
Music: Anna Marly


"La Marseillaise de la Résistance"



Ami entends-tu
Le vol noir des corbeaux
Sur nos plaines.
Ami entends-tu
Les cris sourds du pays
Qu'on enchaîne.
Ohé partisans
Ouvriers et paysans
C'est l'alarme!
Ce soir l'ennemi
Connaîtra le prix du sang
Et des larmes...

Montez de la mine,
Descendez des collines,
Sortez de la paille
Les fusils, la mitraille,
Les grenades.
Ohé! les tueurs
A la balle et au couteau
Tuez vite!
Ohé! saboteurs
Attention à ton fardeau...

C'est nous qui brisons
Les barreaux des prisons
Pour nos frères.
La haine à nos trousses
Et la faim qui nous pousse,
La misère.
Il y a des pays
Où les gens au creux des lits
Font des rêves.
Ici, nous, vois-tu,
Nous on marche et nous on tue
Nous on crève...

Ici, chacun sait
Ce qu'il veut, ce qu'il fait
Quand il passe.
Ami, si tu tombes,
Un ami sort de l'ombre
A ta place.
Demain du sang noir
Séchera au grand soleil
Sur les routes.
Chantez compagnons,
Dans la nuit, la liberté
Nous écoute...

Ami, entends-tu
Les cris sourds du pays qu'on
Ami, entends-tu
Le vol noir des corbeaux
sur nos Plaines !...
Friend, can you hear
The dark flight of the crows
Above our plains.
Friend, can you hear
The muffled cries of our country
In chains.
Ohé partisans
Workers and peasants
It's the alarm!
Tonight, the enemy
Will learn the price of blood
And of tears...

Come out from the mine,
Come down from the hills,
Take from the straw
The guns, the ammo,
The grenades.
Ohé! hitmen
With bullet and knife
Kill swiftly!
Ohé! saboteurs
Pay attention to your load...

It is us who break
The bars of prisons
For our brothers.
With hate chasing us
And hunger pushing us,
There are countries
Where people cuddled in beds
Have dreams.
Here, we, you see,
We march and we kill
And we die...

Here, anyone knows
What he wants, what he does
When he joins.
Friend, if you die
A friend comes out of the shadows
In your place.
Tomorrow dark blood
Will dry in the shining sun
On the roads.
Sing companions,
In the night, liberty
Hears us...

Friend, can you hear
The muffled cries of our country
In chains.
Friend, can you hear
The dark flight of the crows
Above our plains!...

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External Resources

Listen to Anna Marly's interpretation (mp3 file)

Fédération Nationale des Déportés et Internés Résistants et Patriotes (in French)

University of York information (in English)


Internal Resources

Poetry on Swans

Art & Culture on Swans


About the Authors

Joseph Kessel (1898-1979) was a journalist, author and member of the French Academy. Maurice Druon (1918-), Kessel's nephew, is an author, former politician and member of the French Academy. Anna Marly should be regarded as an "immortelle"... It was she, and she alone, who created the music. English translation by Gilles d'Aymery.



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