The Internationale

Arise! ye workers [starvelings], from your slumbers;
Arise! ye prisoners [criminals] of want.
For reason in revolt now thunders
And ends at last the age of cant.
Away with all your superstitions
Servile masses, arise! arise!
We’ll change henceforth [forthwith] the old tradition [conditions]
And spurn the dust to win the prize.
Chorus
So comrades, come rally
And the last fight let us face
The Internationale
Unites the human race.
No saviour from on high delivers;
No faith have we in prince or peer.
Our own right hand the chains must shiver:
Chains of hatred, greed and fear.
E’er the thieves will out with their booty [give up their booty]
And give to all a happier lot.
Each at his forge must do his duty
And strike the iron while it’s hot!
The law oppresses us and tricks us,
The wage slave system drains our blood;
The rich are free from obligation,
The laws the poor delude.
Too long we’ve languished in subjection,
Equality has other laws;
“No rights,” says she “without their duties,
No claims on equals without cause.”
Behold them seated in their glory
The kings of mine and rail and soil!
What have you read in all their story,
But how they plundered toil?
Fruits of the workers’ toil are buried
In strongholds of the idle few
In working for their restitution
The men will only claim their due.
No more deluded by reaction
On tyrants only we’ll make war
The soldiers too will take strike action
They’ll break ranks and fight no more
And if those cannibals keep trying
To sacrifice us to their pride
They soon shall hear the bullets flying
We’ll shoot the Generals on Our Own Side.
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 too Long has fed the Raven;
We’ve too long been the vulture’s prey.
But now farewell the spirit craven:
The dawn brings in a brighter day.

Here’s a chord chart for The Internationale. I play it in DADGAD using D shapes, capoed at the 3rd fret, so it’s in the key of F.

Intro: D3 / A7 / | Gsus2 / / / | G3 / Gsus2 / | D5 / / / | x2

Verse:

D / A7 / | Gsus2 / / / | A / / / | D / / / |

D / A7 / | Gsus2 / / / | A / / / | D / / / |

Gsus2 / A7 / | D / / / | Gsus2 / Em / | A7 / / / |

A7 / / / | D / / / | A7 / / / | A7 / / / |

Chorus:

D / / / | Gsus2 / / / | A7 / / / | D / / / |

D3 / A7 / | Gsus2 / A7 / | Em7 / / / | A7 / / / |

D / / / | Gsus2 / / / | A7 / / / | D / / / |

D / A7 / | Em7 / Gsus2 / | D / /A7 / | D / / / |

With the strings tuned DADGAD, the shapes required are:

D – 000200, D3 – 004200, D5 – 050200

A7 – X02002 or A7sus4 – X02000 or A5 – XO2202

Em7 – 222020 (barre the two lowest strings with 1st finger)

Gsus2 – 550000, G3 – X20020

You can also play it in Drop D tuning (DADGBE) or simply use standard tuning with a normal G instead of a Gsus2.

Up to you. DAGAD is the easiest option I think.

There’s a wee bass run I use in bar 3 of the intro. It sits in and around the two inversions of G I’ve indicated above, and you can see Alastair Hullett play it via the YouTube video link

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