Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, July 14, 2019

À Bastille, Mes Amis !

Today is the French National Day.




A version that is more familiar to American audiences:



Allons enfants de la Patrie
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !
Contre nous de la tyrannie
L'étendard sanglant est levé
Entendez-vous dans nos campagnes
Mugir ces féroces soldats ?
Ils viennent jusque dans vos bras.
Égorger vos fils, vos compagnes !

Aux armes citoyens
Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons

(Full translation, which makes The Star-Spangled Banner look pacifistic.)

The Bastille was torn down very soon afterwards. Very little of it survives. The key to the fortress was given by Marquis de Lafayette to President Washington.

5 comments:

re the paragon said...

It is so disgusting to think that there are people in America, including possibly the President, who believe that Major Strasser and and the Nazis should be the heroes in "Casablanca".

Comrade Misfit said...

Delete the word "possibly" next time.

re the paragon said...

Will do.

Though on reflection, I doubt that Trump as ever made it through "Casablanca". No explosions, no bare boobies, most of the action involves people being noble and self sacrificing. Not his type of flick at all.

Now I really want to watch it again.

Deadstick said...

re, when you re-watch it focus on Madeleine Lebeau at the end of the Marseillaise scene. She was a real refugee and it wasn't acting for her.

bearsense said...

Trump forgets (or possibly doean't know) what happened to his ilk AFTER Bastille Day.