Happy Bastille Day! Did you know that La Marseillaise is the French national anthem? It happens to be the tune that Suddenly Seven and the HOTY sing around the house. I couldn’t possibly begin to explain why that is their song of choice, but it is. And it cracks me up when they sing it!
On 25 April 1792, the mayor of Strasbourg requested his guest Rouget de Lisle compose a song “that will rally our soldiers from all over to defend their homeland that is under threat.” The song’s lyrics reflect the invasion of France by foreign armies (from Prussia and Austria) that were underway when it was written. The song soon became the rallying call to the French Revolution and was quickly adopted as La Marseillaise.