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Folk Songs related to anarchism
Article published on 15 December 2003
last modification on 7 January 2006
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- John Baez, "The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti"

- Woody Guthrie "Ballads of Sacco & Vanzetti"

- "Bella Ciao"

This song was composed by the Italian anarchist lawyer and poet, Pietro Gori, in the 1930s. It was sung in Italy by the Antifascists during World War II but has now spread all over the world.

1. Una mattina mi sono alzato,

O bella ciao, bella ciao,

Bella ciao, ciao, ciao,

Una mattina mi sono alzato,

E ho trovato l’invasor.

2. O partigiano portami via,

O bella ciao, bella ciao,

Bella ciao, ciao, ciao,

O partigiano portami via,

Qui mi sento di moror.

3. E so io muoio da partigiano,

O bella ciao, bella ciao,

Bella ciao, ciao, ciao,

E so io muoio da partigiano,

Tu mi devi seppellir.

4. E seppellire sulla montagna

O bella ciao, bella ciao,

Bella ciao, ciao, ciao,

E seppellire sulla montagna

Sott l’ombra di un bel fior.

5. Casi le genti che passeranno

O bella ciao, bella ciao,

Bella ciao, ciao, ciao,

Casi le genti che passeranno

Mi diranno «che bel fior».

6. E questo è il fiore del partigiano

O bella ciao, bella ciao,

Bella ciao, ciao, ciao,

E questo è il fiore del partigiano

Morto per la liberta.

- "La Cucaracha"

This song was sung by the Mexican revolutionaries of Pancho Villa. They make fun of their enemies by calling them "cucarachas", "roaches", who cannot walk if they don’t ge their dose of marihuana.

Listen to the melody:


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