The Partisan Lyrics

16 Horsepower


album: Track 1 in album The Partisan
release date: 1998
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length: 4:12
harmonica: Bertrand Cantat
guest instrument: Bertrand Cantat
guitar: Bertrand Cantat
guest vocal: Bertrand Cantat
writer: Hy Zaret, Anna Marly

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When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender,
this I could not do;
I took my gun and vanished.

I have changed my name so often,
I've lost my wife and children
but I have many friends,
and some of them are with me.

An old woman gave us shelter,
Kept us hidden in the garret,
then the soldiers came;
she died without a whisper.

There were three of us this morning
I'm the only one this evening
but I must go on;
the frontiers are my prison.

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we'll come from the shadows.

Les Allemands étaient chez moi,
ils me dirent, "Résigne toi,"
mais je n'ai pas peur;
j'ai repris mon âme.

[The Germans were at my home
They said, "Sign yourself,"
But I am not afraid
I have retaken my soul.]

J'ai changé cent fois de nom,
j'ai perdu femme et enfants
mais j'ai tant d'amis;
j'ai la France entière.

[I've changed names a hundred times
I have lost wife and children
But I have so many friends
I have all of France]

Un vieil homme dans un grenier
pour la nuit nous a caché,
les Allemands l'ont pris;
il est mort sans surprise.

[An old man, in an attic
Hid us for the night
The Germans captured him
He died without surprise.]

Oh, the wind, the wind is blowing,
through the graves the wind is blowing,
freedom soon will come;
then we'll come from the shadows.

Track Listing

  • 1 The Partisan
  • 2 Fire Spirit
  • 3 Ditch Digger