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The Asturian Hymn

The official Anthem of Asturias, popularly elected in the 1890s, is a curious song. It’s unlike any “national” anthem I’ve ever heard. There’s nothing grand about it, and it seems more suited to a traditional dance than a national statement of identity. But, here, you be the judge:

Take away the bagpipes, and the tune sounds oddly familiar. Here’s the English language translation of the lyrics, courtesy Wikipedia:

Asturias, my beloved Fatherland,
My loved one Asturias,
Ah, lucky he who could be in Asturias
For all times!
I’ve got to climb up the tree
I’ve got to pick the flower
and give it to my brunette
so she may put it in her balcony
May she put it in her balcony
May she put it not
I’ve got to climb the tree
and the flower I’ve got to pick

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