Some countries, such as France, have anthems which more or less capture the revolutionary struggles. La Marseillaise, after all, includes phrases like “may their impure blood water our furrows” (‘qu’un sang impur abreuve nos sillons”). There’s also mention of a bloody banner being raised (‘l’étentard saglant est levé).
Since we’re on the topic of Catolonia, thanks to my earlier post about Frederic Mompou, I thought I’d share with you the anthem of the Catalan Autonomous Community, Els segadors. The name means in English “The Reapers”. The anthem commemorates the War of the Segadors, a struggle between the Spanish King Felipe IV and the Catalan people in the 17th century.
The anthem includes the phrase “Bon cop de falç defensors de la terra” which means “A good blow with the sickle defenders of the earth”!