A couple of weeks ago I had "
La Marseillaise" stuck in my ear big-time. I don't even know why--maybe the famous scene from Casablanca
flashed through my mind, maybe I was just in the mood for something catchy and upbeat, or maybe the Charlie Hebdo attack was on the back of my mind.
It's always irritating when I'm afflicted with an earworm and can't sing it out, so I learned the words to the song. And I'm like, good Lord this is violent! I had known about the parts in the refrain singing of the blood of enemies watering the fields and so on, but I hadn't known the words to the verses and was all o_O over how belligerent the lyrics were. This is fitting, given that it's a war song at heart, composed and sung against the background of France's war with Austria. Its original title, after all, was Chant de guerre pour l'Armée du Rhin
(War Song for the Army of the Rhine, best as I can tell).( I like it, problems and all )