You fell a victim: query

You fell a victim: query

Dmitri Shostakovich
Dmitri Shostakovich

September 11th, 2007, 8:08 pm #1

Does any FCPGB comrade know the words (in English) to the revolutionary funeral march "You fell a victim" played at Lenin's funeral?
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NM
NM

September 11th, 2007, 8:34 pm #2

That anthem is one of the most moving of the whole Russian revolutionary repertoire. It was used by all the socialist parties - Bolsheviks, Mensheviks, SRs - at funerals of their fallen comrades. There is a link to an mp3 of it on http://www.1917.com/Gallery/Revolutiona ... rtvou.html. It also has the Russian words:

Âû æåðòâîþ ïàëè â áîðüáå ðîêîâîé
Ëþáâè áåççàâåòíîé ê íàðîäó,
Âû îòäàëè âñ¸, ÷òî ìîãëè, çà íåãî,
Çà ÷åñòü åãî, æèçíü è ñâîáîäó!

Ïîðîé èçíûâàëè ïî òþðüìàì ñûðûì,
Ñâîé ñóä áåñïîùàäíûé íàä âàìè
Âðàãè-ïàëà÷è óæ äàâíî èçðåêëè,
È øëè âû, ãðåìÿ êàíäàëàìè.


Èäåòå, óñòàëûå, öåïüþ ãðåìÿ,
Çàêîâàíû ðóêè è íîãè,
Ñïîêîéíî è ãîðäî ñâîé âçîð óñòðåìÿ
Âïåðåä ïî ïóñòûííîé äîðîãå.


Íàãðåëèñÿ öåïè îò çíîéíûõ ëó÷åé
È â òåëî âïèëèñÿ çìåÿìè,
È êàïëåò íà çåìëþ ãîðÿ÷àÿ êðîâü
Èç ðàí, ðàñòðàâëåííûõ öåïÿìè.


À äåñïîò ïèðóåò â ðîñêîøíîì äâîðöå,
Òðåâîãó âèíîì çàëèâàÿ,
Íî ãðîçíûå áóêâû äàâíî íà ñòåíå
Óæ ÷åðòèò ðóêà ðîêîâàÿ!


Íàñòàíåò ïîðà -- è ïðîñíåòñÿ íàðîä,
Âåëèêèé, ìîãó÷èé, ñâîáîäíûé!
Ïðîùàéòå æå, áðàòüÿ, âû ÷åñòíî ïðîøëè
Âàø äîáëåñòíûé ïóòü, áëàãîðîäíûé!

Apologies to anyone whose computers won't cope with Russian characters. I don't know of an English translation, and since I am not a poet, I don't intend to try making one you could sing. But the first verse means:

You fell a victim in a fatal struggle,
for your selfless love for the people,
you gave all you could for it,
for its honour, for life, and for freedom.

Incidentally, that site, which is run by some Trotskyist faction, has mp3s of lots of classic Russian revolutionary anthems.
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charlie woods
charlie woods

September 11th, 2007, 10:53 pm #3

The google auto translate of the words is a bit of a puzzle but you may get the drift...

You have fallen victim to fatal fight
Love loyal to the people,
You gave all that could, for him,
In his honour, life and liberty!

Sometimes left prison on crude,
His court fury over you
Enemies executioners gave too long,
And were you soak shackles.


Go, tired, soak chain,
Hands and feet shackled,
Calmly and proudly look ustremya
Next on the desert road.


Nagrelisya chain from the hot rays
And the body vpilisya snakes,
And Caplet land hot blood
Of wounds rastravlennyh chain.


A despot Pirouet in luxurious palace,
Anxiety pour wine,
But formidable long letters on the wall
Uzh chertit fateful hand!


Then comes -- and awaken people,
Great, powerful, free!
Goodbuy same, brothers, you were honestly
Your courage path noble
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Kim Philby
Kim Philby

September 12th, 2007, 8:40 am #4

Shostakovich's arrangement of "You Fell a Victim" -- the Third Movement of the Eleventh Symphony written in 1957 -- can be heard on a link in this Trotskyist article:


http://www.marxist.com/shostakovich-con ... 1206-6.htm


you have to scroll down quite a bit to find it unless you want to read all of Alan Wood's ravings.


pip,pip,


H A R Philby
(Col.ret'd)


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Dmitri
Dmitri

September 17th, 2007, 8:39 pm #5

Thanks for the links in above responses and the attempt at a translation. The choral version was very beautiful Although in the last few years I have attended several funerals for CPB comrades and one commemoration for a former CPGB comrade, I have never heard it played at the funeral of a comrade in the UK. I wonder if anybody else has.
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Kim Philby
Kim Philby

September 18th, 2007, 3:24 pm #6


I've been to a number of communist funerals over the past few years and apart from the "Internationale" the only other song sung was the old CPGB YCL song by Shostakovich which in Russian is "Pesnya o vstrechnom" (in English I think it was called the "song of youth"). I wonder if anyone here knows what was played at the funerals of Willie Gallacher, Harry Pollitt and Gollan.


pip,pip,


H A R Philby
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NM
NM

September 18th, 2007, 6:50 pm #7

Thanks for the links in above responses and the attempt at a translation. The choral version was very beautiful Although in the last few years I have attended several funerals for CPB comrades and one commemoration for a former CPGB comrade, I have never heard it played at the funeral of a comrade in the UK. I wonder if anybody else has.
Despite the beauty of the melody, the words to this song would not quite fit most communist or ex-communist funerals in Britain. They tell of revolutionaries rotting in dungeons, walking in chained convoy, the chains cutting into their flesh, etc. etc. It was very much intended for those who died at the merciless hands of the Russian authorities in the 19th century. Fortunately, for the foreseeable future most of us can expect to die of natural causes. At least, I hope so.
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Nikola Vaptsarov
Nikola Vaptsarov

November 30th, 2007, 3:49 pm #8

One CPGB member who died the death of an anti-fascist martyr was SOE operative Major Frank Thompson:
http://www.monkeytravel.org/bul7.html
Like Wintringham he did not accept the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, and his death is surrounded by controversy, although his heroism is universally acknowledged.
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Fausto
Fausto

January 17th, 2008, 3:55 pm #9

Worth watching for the sea of Red Flags:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrn1d1pp ... re=related
How should we view Berlinguer today?
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