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1. The Red Flag (by Jim Connell)
The people's flag is deepest red
It shrouded oft our martyred dead
And their limbs grew stiff and cold
Their heart's blood dyed every fold
[Chorus]
Then raise the scarlet standard high
Beneath its shade we'll live or die
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer
We'll keep the red flag flying here
It waved above our infant might
When all ahead seemed dark as night
It witnessed many a deed and vow
We must not change its colour now
[Chorus]
It well recalls the triumphs past
It gives the hope of peace at last
The banner bright, the symbol plain
Of human right and human gain[Chorus]
It suits today the weak and base
Whose minds are fixed on self and place
To cringe before the rich man's frown
And haul the sacred emblem down
[Chorus]
With heads uncovered swear we all
To bear it onwards till we fall
Come dungeon dark or gallows grim
This song shall be our battle hymn
 
2. The Internationale (by E. Pottier)
Arise! Ye starvelings from your slumbers
Arise! Ye criminals of want
For reason in revolt now thunders
And at last ends the age of cant
Now away with all superstitions
Servile masses arise, arise!
We'll change forthwith the old conditions
And spurn the dust to win the prize
 
[Chorus]
Then comrades come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale 
Unites the human race
Then comrades come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale
Unites the human race
 
No saviours from on high deliver
No trust have we in prince or peer
Our own right hand the chains must sever
Chains of hatred, greed and fear‘
Ere the thieves will out with their booty
To give mankind a happier lot
Each at his forge must do his duty
And strike the iron while its hot
[Chorus]
 
We peasants, artisans and others
Enrolled among the sons of toil
Let's claim the earth henceforth for brothers
Drive the indolent from the soil
On our flesh long has fed the raven
We've too long been the vulture's prey
But now farewell the spirit craven
The dawn brings a brighter day
[Chorus]

3. Bandiera Rossa (Italian workers' song)
 The people on the march, the roads are treading
That leads to freedom, that leads to freedom
The hour of struggle's here, our courage needing
Our banner's leading to victory
 
[Chorus]
Raise the scarlet flag triumphantly
Raise the scarlet flag triumphantly
Raise the scarlet flag triumphantly
We fight for socialism and our liberty
 
From mines and factories, from farm and college
With strength of suffering and force of knowledge
Come all who hope for life, their power conceding
Our banner's leading to victory
[Chorus]
Away with enmities and hostile frontiers
To equal manhood the earth is bounteous
The rule of greed and war from earth is fading
Our banner's leading to victory
[Chorus]

4. The 15th Brigade (Spanish Civil War song)
Viva la quince brigada, rumbara rumbara rumbala
Viva la quince brigada, rumbara rumbara rumbala
Que se ha cubiesta de Gloria
Que se ha cubiesta de Gloria
Ay Manuela, ay Manuela
Luchamos contra los Moros, rumbara rumbara rumbala
Luchamos contra los Moros, rumbara rumbara rumbala
Mercenarios y fascistasMercenarios y fascistas
Ay Manuela, ay Manuela
En los frentes de Jamara, rumbara rumbara rumbala
En los frentes de Jamara, rumbara rumbara rumbala
No tenemos ni aviones
Ni tanques ni canonesAy Manuela, ay Manuela
 
5. Himno de Riego (Spanish Republican Anthem)
O joyous and fearless, audacious, invincible
Come sing with us comrades, our mighty battle song
Forever remembered, adored by the masses
You brave sons of the workers and peasants of Spain
[Chorus]
It is for our people, for Spain we must unite
For victory and freedom we'll win or die in the flight
Alive is the glory of those who have struggled
The whole world remembers their part in the strife
Riego, Riego, we sing of your victory
For the cause of the people you laid down your life
[Chorus]
The wind blows and carries the thunders of cannon
The shrill sound of trumpets is heard from afar
And Mars, god of battle, now marshals our soldiers
He leads our proud people, our comrades to war
[Chorus]

6. The Marseillaise
Soldiers of France, the morn is breaking
The day of glory dawns at last
See the tyrant's banner shaking
As it barely streams in the blast
As it barely streams in the blast
The field of battle lies before you
Fierce foemen advance their pride
Confusion spreading far and wide
While for aid our children implore you
[Chorus]
To arms and hence away
To arms this glorious day

March on, march on
Brave sons of France, to fame and victory
Ye tyrants quake, your day is over
Detested now by friend and foe
Who your base designs discover
Ye shall die as traitors do
Ye shall die as traitors do
Each gallant heart with zeal o'er-flowing
Goes eagerly forth at the call
Tho' some may for their country fall
Others will hear the bugles blowing
[Chorus]

7. These Things Shall Be (by J.A. Symonds)
These things shall be, A loftier race
Than e'er the world hath known shall rise
With flame of freedom in their souls
And light of knowledge in their eyes
They shall be gentle, brave and strong
To spill no drop of blood, but dare
All that may plant man's lordship firm
On earth, and fire, and sea, and air
Nation with nation, land with land
Unarmed shall live as comrades free
In ev'ry heart and brain shall throb
The pulse of one fraternity
Man shall love man, with heart as pure
And fervent as the young-eyed throng
Who chant their heavenly psalms before
God's face with undiscordant song
New arts shall bloom of loftier mould
And mightier music thrill the skies
And ev'ry life shall be a song
When all the earth is paradise