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Famous military music: the 10 most famous military songs!

Military singing plays a very important role in the French army. Military songs are very old and appeared during the Middle Ages. A true patriotic song, some are very famous and have been covered by well-known singers.

Do you know military music, soldier? La Marseillaise, La Piémontaise, La Galette or even La Blanche Hermine... If these names don't mean anything to you, now is the time to discover them! Here are the 10 most famous military songs and their history!

La Marseillaise: the French national anthem

the marseillaise

It's impossible that you don't know La Marseillaise ! This patriotic song was composed by Rouget de Lisle during the French Revolution. This revolutionary song was adopted by French revolutionaries , but also by resistance fighters around the world. La Marseillaise was definitively designated as the national anthem of France on February 14, 1879.

Here is the chorus of the latest official version of La Marseillaise:

To arms, citizens,
Form your battalions,
Let's walk, let's walk!
Only an impure blood
Water our furrows !

La Strasbourgeoise: a military song of revenge

the Strasbourg girl

La Strasbourgeoise is a military song of revenge composed after the 1870 defeat in the Franco-Prussian War. Following this defeat, France lost Alsace-Moselle and this loss inspired many songs, including La Strasbourgeoise. At the time, this music was not adopted by the soldiers. It appeared more frequently during the First World War before falling into oblivion until the 1960s. The Strasbourgeoise made its comeback in the 2000s and was officially introduced into the military musical repertoire .

This song is today sung a cappella . Two versions of this song exist: an original version and the military version. Here are the first stanzas of the military version of La Strasbourgeoise :

Little daddy, it's mid-Lent,
Because here you are disguised as a soldier
Little daddy tell me if it's a joke,
Or to scare very young children?
No my child, I am leaving for my homeland,
It's a duty that all dads go to,
Kiss me, darling little girl,
I'll come home soon. (bis)

La Blanche Hermine: Breton military music!

the white ermine

La Blanche Hermine is not strictly speaking a soldier's song. It was composed by singer Gilles Servat in 1970 in order to claim Breton identity . Very quickly, this song became a regional anthem in Brittany where it called for armed struggle against the French.

Here is an extract from this Breton song:

She will have a hard time raising the children.
She will be very sad because I'm going away for a long time
I will come to the dark night as long as the war lasts
Like the women in black, sad and alone, she will wait for me

The Legion Marches: song of the Foreign Legion

the legion marches

La Légion Marche is a military song adapted for the military march of the French Foreign Legion . It is an adaptation that appeared at the end of the 1940s and was inspired by a German military song SS marschiert in Feindesland (in French: the SS marches into enemy territory). This song has been covered in many countries including Spain and Norway. This military march is most often used by the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment .

Here are some lyrics from this Foreign Legion song :

We are the men of the assault troops,
Soldiers of the Old Legion
Tomorrow waving our Flags
As victors we will parade
We don't just have guns
But the devil walks with us.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, For our elders of the Legion
Fighting there, we follow suit.
We don't just have guns
But the devil walks with us.
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, For our elders of the Legion
Fighting there we follow suit

Farewell Old Europe: Foreign Legion music from a film

goodbye old europe

This Foreign Legion music was not created by this military troop! Indeed, Adieu Vieille Europe is cinematographic music from the film Sergeant -Bel-Abbès where the Legion base is located.

Following this film, the Foreign Legion decided to cover this military song by modifying the lyrics. Here is the refrain of the military song Adieu Vieille Europe :

We the damned of the whole earth
We the wounded of all wars
We can't forget
A misfortune, a shame, a woman we adored.
We have hot blood in our veins
Cockroach in the head, sorrows in the heart,
To receive, to give the gnons, crenom of name,
Without fear, on the way to the Legion

La Piémontaise: one of the oldest military songs

the Piedmontese

La Piémontaise is a military song that appeared in the 18th century in the Italian countryside. It is also known as Mon Dieu Que J’en Suis à Mon Ease. This song was adopted by the 3rd Infantry Regiment (known during the Ancien Régime as the Piedmont Regiment).

Here are the first eight verses of this military song:

Oh God! that I am at ease
When I have my sweetheart next to me
From time to time I look at her
And I tell him kiss me. (bis)
How do you want me to kiss you
When people say bad things to me about you
They say you're going to war
In Piedmont, serving the King (bis)

The Song of the Partisans: post-Liberation military music

the chant of the partisans

You may have studied it at school, Le Chant des Partisans is one of the most famous military music in the world ! This military song appeared during the Resistance during World War II, earning it the nickname Marseillaise de la Résistance . This melody, first whistled on the radio, quickly became a true emblem of the Resistance during the Second World War. The original manuscript was taken to France clandestinely and is today classified as a historical document .

Here is the first verse of the Song of the Partisans:

Friend, do you hear the black flight of the crows on our plains,
Friend, do you hear these muffled cries of the country that is being chained together,
Ahoy! partisans, workers and peasants, it's the alarm
Tonight the enemy will know the price of blood and tears.

Le Boudin: the official song of the French Foreign Legion

the pudding

Did you know that the Foreign Legion had a different march? This military song is the reason! Indeed, Le Boudin is the official marching song of the French Foreign Legion . Because of its slow pace, the troop must walk at a pace of 88 steps per minute. The other regiments march at a rate of approximately 120 steps per minute. It is for this reason that the Legion parades first during official ceremonies and marches.

Here is an excerpt from the chorus of the song Le Boudin:

Hey, here's some pudding, here's some pudding, here's some pudding
For the Alsatians, the Swiss and the Lorraines,
For the Belgians, there are more,
For the Belgians, there are more,
They're ass shooters.
For the Belgians, there are more,
For the Belgians, there are more,
They're ass shooters.

The Ode to Joy: a poem for peace

ode to Joy

The Ode to Joy is the official anthem of the European Union . It is not a military song, but a poem composed by Friedrich Schiller, a German composer. This poem testifies to human unity and brotherhood. It is a true ode to joy and freedom which was chosen as the official anthem of the European Union. It is also known as Ode to Joy , and its original German title is An die Freude or Ode an die Freude.

Here is an extract from the anthem of the European Union:

Joy, beautiful divine spark,
Daughter of the assembly of the gods,
We enter, drunk with fire, O celestial, your sanctuary!
Your charms assemble
Which, severely, the fashions divide;
All humans become brothers, when your gentle wing spreads.

La Galette: the military anthem of Saint-Cyr

the wafer

If you become a soldier, it will be impossible for you not to know this military song! La Galette is a military song composed by Pierre Léon Bouisset in 1943. Designated as the military anthem of the Special Military School of Saint-Cyr , this song owes its name to the nickname of the blue epaulet worn by student officers at the time. misclassified. La Galette quickly became a tribute to poorly ranked officer soldiers , and was designated as the official anthem of this prestigious military school .

Here is an extract from La Galette, the official anthem of Saint-Cyr:

Noble cake than your name,
Be immortal in our history,
May he be ennobled by glory
Of a valiant promotion,
And if in the future
Your name comes to light
We may add
Our great memory
We will say that in Saint-Cyr
Where you looked so beautiful
The new promotion
Comes to bury you.
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