La Ravachole (1893)

“La Ravachole” (1893), Sébastien Faure, lyrics in English below:

In the great city of Paris
There are well-fed bourgeois
There are the poor
Who have an empty stomach
The former are greedy
Long live the sound long live the sound
The former are greedy
Long live the sound
Of the explosion!

Let’s dance the Ravachole
Long live the sound long live the sound
Let’s dance the Ravachole
Of the explosion!

Ah ça ira ça ira ça ira
All the bourgeois will taste the bomb
Ah ça ira ça ira ça ira
We’ll blow up all the bourgeois
We’ll blow them up!

There are sell out magistrates
There are big-bellied financiers
There are cops
But for all these scoundrels
There’s dynamite
Long live the sound long live the sound
There’s dynamite
Long live the sound
Of the explosion!

There are the feeble-minded senators
There are the rotten deputies
There are the generals
Murderers and executioners
Butchers in uniform
Long live the sound long live the sound
Butchers in uniform
Long live the sound
Of the explosion!

Ah’ goddamit its time to put an end to this
We’ve moaned and suffered long enough
No half-way war
No more cowardly pity
Death to the bourgeoisie!
Long live the sound long live the sound
Death to the bourgeoisie!
Long live the sound
Of the explosion!

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