Hymn to Bzan

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Hymn to Bzan, also known as Ode to Bzan or Bzan In Our Memories, is the name given to a Bzanite patriotic song that was used as the national anthem of the Democratic People's Republic of Bzan. Based on the Hymn of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a number of differing lyrical and musical versions of the song have been used throughout it's history. Today, it is used as the national anthem of the People's Popular Socialist Republic of Bzan and is commonly played alongside the Internationale in the Democratic People's Republic of Erusia.

Music

The Hymn uses the same musical tune as the national anthem of the Soviet Union. When the Bzanite version was initially composed, it was played predominately by a full orchestra, although towards the end of Bzan's life it became common place for the piece to be played by a string ensemble only, backed by an acoustic grand piano in some versions. The tune of the original three-verse anthem was slightly different to that of the original Soviet anthem, having a new bridge between the second chorus and the third verse. After the collapse of Bzan, the International Community of Bzanite's adopted the slower and more mournful musical variation known now as Bzan In Our Memories. To date a number of different versions of the song exist.

Lyrics

A number of lyrical versions have been written to accompany the musical variations. Both Hymn to Bzan, the original anthem, and the more upbeat Ode to Bzan have differing lyrics. Bzan In Our Memories is never accompanied by lyrics. Although it is common place now to now play only two verses of the song, all versions have lyrics written for three verses. When the two verse version is played only the first and third verses are sung.

Hymn to Bzan

Standing together as Comrades and friends,
Mighty Bzan will ever endure,
The People's Republic will live through the eras,
The dream of a People,
Their safety ensured!

CHORUS:
Long live our Socialist homeland,
Built by the People's fighting will,
Long live the People,
Equal and free,
Strong with our comrades round the world,
Long may our crimson flag inspire,
Flying in glory for all people to see!

Through days dark and stormy when Great Gaffney lead us,
Our eyes saw the bright stars of freedom above,
And Rennie our leader,
With faith of the People,
Inspired us to build up this land that we love!

CHORUS

We fought for our future,
Destroyed the oppressor,
And brought to our homeland the promise of peace,
Her glory will live in the memory of nations,
And all generations shall honour Her name!

Ode to Bzan

United forever under one banner,
Mighty Bzan will ever endure,
Our great Republic will live through the ages,
The dream of a People,
Their fortress secure!

CHORUS:
Long live our glorious motherland,
Built on the toils of all of us,
Long live her People,
United and free,
Strong with their comrades round the world,
Long may our crimson land inspire,
Shining in glory for all people to see!

Through days dark and stormy when foul Nobles ruled us,
Our eyes saw the bright sun of freedom above,
And Gaffney our leader,
With faith in his People,
Inspired us to fight for the land that we love!

CHORUS

We look to our future,
Standing tall,
We will bring to our homeland the laurels of fame,
Our glory will be known throughout the world,
And all generations shall honour our names!

CHORUS