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    National anthem

    The words were written by the Albanian poet Asdreni (1872-1947). The music was composed by the Romanian composer Ciprian Porumbescu, originally for the song "Pe-al nostru steag e scris Unire" (or "E scris pe tricolor unire").

    Oath to the Flag

    Around our flag we are united,
    With but one will and one desire,
    A sacred oath are now proclaiming
    For our salvation to aspire,
    May only those avoid the struggle,
    Those who are traitors to our laws,
    Undaunted is a hero through and through,
    He dies a martyr to the cause.

    With weapons in our hands a-brandished,
    We will defend our fatherland,
    Our sacred rights we’ll not relinquish,
    The foe has no place in our land,
    For God has told the world, proclaiming:
    The nations of the earth shall wane,
    And yet will live, will thrive Albania.
    For her our fight won’t be in vain.

    Our flag, our nation’s sacred symbol,
    We swear an oath to your fair name,
    Defend our country, our Albania,
    Protect her honour and her fame,
    Our praise goes to those mighty heroes
    Who in our nation’s past did fall,
    Their memory will be cherished evermore,
    In life and death will they live all.

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    Patriotic music (Albania)

    Nationalist figure and guerrilla fighter, Çerçiz Topulli (1880-1915) was born in Gjirokastra. On 25 February 1908, his band killed the commander of the Turkish gendarmerie on a street in Gjirokastra. Five of Topulli’s guerrillas, himself included, then fled to the village of Mashkullore, where on 5 March they were surrounded by 150 Ottoman troops. Although they were vastly outnumbered, Topulli and his fighters managed to keep the Turks at bay from dawn until dusk and then fled into the mountains, an event which was later celebrated in folk ballads such as the following song.

    February fled and March then entered.
    Gjirokastra’s Turkish gendarmes
    Lost their captain. Curse his surname!
    With his life he paid, dishonoured.
    From Janina came a soldier
    To the plane of Mashkullore,
    From that tree at Mashkullore,
    Çerçiz spoke out in defiance:
    “Draw back, sergeant, all your forces,
    Let my fighters go their way now,
    For these heroes will do battle,
    As has been their wont and custom,
    Red you’ll be, in crimson spattered.”
    “Çerçiz, Hajredin was slaughtered.”
    “Makes no difference that they killed him,
    Listen carefully, heed me, Kapllan,
    We’ll not cease retaliation
    On your officers and soldiers,
    Place their heads beneath our cleavers
    As we thus avenged our Mother.”

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    Patriotic music (Kosovo)

    From the poetry of Fan Noli (1882-1965)

    Dead in exile

    (Elegy written in Berlin on the death of writer and political figure Luigj Gurakuqi, 1879-1925, who had been assassinated in Bari on 2 March 1925 by an agent of Ahmet Zogu.)

    Oh mother, mourn our brother,
    Cut down by three bullets.
    They mocked him, they murdered him,
    They called him traitor.

    For he loved you when they hated you,
    For he wept when they derided you,
    For he clothed you when they denuded you,
    Oh mother, he died a martyr.

    Oh mother, weep bitter tears,
    Thugs have slain your son
    Who with Ismail Qemali
    Raised the valiant standard.

    Oh mother, weep for him in Vlora,
    Where he bore you freedom,
    A soul as pure as snow,
    For whom you have no grave.

    Oh mother, he did his utmost
    With eloquence and heart of iron,
    Alive in exile, dead in exile,
    This towering liberator.

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    Patriotic music (Albania)

    From the poetry of Sejfullah Maleshova (1901 - 1971):

    How I Love Albania

    I've no farm estates or manors,
    I've no shops or lofty buildings,
    Yet I love my land, Albania -
    For a barn in Trebeshina,
    For its boulders and its brushwood,
    For a hut above Selishta,
    For two fields ploughed in Zallishta,
    For a cow and for a donkey,
    For an ox, a little lambkin,
    This is how I love my country
    Like a shepherd, like a peasant.

    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    For the clover in its meadows,
    For a quick and agile maiden,
    For its spring of water gurgling
    From the cliffs and flowing swiftly
    Through the leafy oak tree forests,
    Tumbling down to form a river,
    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    For the fenugreek in blossom,
    For the birds that fly above it,
    For the nightingales a-singing,
    In the shade and in the brambles,
    Trilling songs of love and longing,
    This is how I love my country,
    Like a poet in devotion.

    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    Right from Korça to Vranina,
    Where the farmer sets off early
    With his hoe and plough a-toiling,
    Sows and reaps by sun and moonlight,
    Yet, he has no food to live on,
    Where the farrier and saddler
    Day and night stoop o'er their duties
    Just to get a few stale breadcrumbs,
    Where the porter at the dockyards,
    Laden down with iron and barrels,
    Bears his load, barefoot and ragged,
    Always serving other people.
    Yes, I love my land, Albania,
    Right from Skopje to Janina,
    Where its people in misfortune
    Suffer, live their lives in serfdom,
    Yet they have a fighting spirit -
    This is how I love my country,
    Like a revolutionary.

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    Patriotic music (Albania)

    From the poetry of Naim Frasheri (1846-1900)

    Oh mountains of Albania

    Oh mountains of Albania and you, oh trees so lofty,
    Broad plains with all your flowers, day and night I contemplate you,
    You highlands so exquisite, and you streams and rivers sparkling,
    Oh peaks and promontories, and you slopes, cliffs, verdant forests,
    Of the herds and flocks I'll sing out which you hold and which you nourish.
    Oh you blessed, sacred places, you inspire and delight me!
    You, Albania, give me honour, and you name me as Albanian,
    And my heart you have replenished both with ardour and desire.
    Albania! Oh my mother! Though in exile I am longing,
    My heart has ne'er forgotten all the love you've given to me.
    When a lambkin from its flock strays and does hear its mother's bleating,
    Once or twice it will give answer and will flee in her direction,
    Were others, twenty-thirty fold, to block its path and scare it,
    Despite its fright it would return, pass through them like an arrow,
    Thus my wretched heart in exile, here in foreign land awaiting,
    Hastens back unto that country, swift advancing and in longing.
    Where cold spring water bubbles and cool breezes blow in summer,
    Where the foliage grows so fairly, where the flowers have such fragrance,
    Where the shepherd plays his reed pipe to the grazing of the cattle,
    Where the goats, their bells resounding, rest, yes 'tis the land I long for.

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    Jericho gheg

    The music of Jericho is a fusion between rock, alternative, electronics and traditional ethnic Albanian music characteristic for region of Kosovo and northern Albania.

    Band members:

    Petrit Çarkaxhiu - Vocal & Rhythm Guitar
    Leonard Canhasi - Solo Guitar
    Suad Jamini - Bass Guitar
    Visar Rexha - Drums
    Our Song

    Mother is asking: "Where are my boys, where have they gone?"
    a great shame has stepped the gates of our home
    stone upon stone, they're pulling down our tower
    come back my boys, how could you forget your Mother

    O God give us back the honor of home
    in this dread of solitude don't leave us alone

    Wake up brother, there is no other day but today
    Mother is calling, her tears of mourn are about to waste
    stone upon stone, our tower we'll pull it up again
    the time has come to kick out of home this shame

    O God give us back the honor of home
    in this dread of solitude don't leave us alone
    don't…

    How fleeting the years have gone
    that memory brings back this song
    how easy we all forgot
    the pain we felt once long ago

    those songs we sang jointly
    remained an echo in the memory
    all now are singing lonely
    my country is an 'orphan'

    once more if we could walk
    and be reunited like once upon a time
    a heart for a heart law
    become a flag for all of us

    the hand that stretches out when I fall
    it's the one that is holding us tight
    don't let it be forgotten
    for we have no other hearth

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    Jericho gheg

    Cold November

    Is there a memory, oh to warm me up on these days?
    Is there a path which makes me turn as a man and look ahead?
    Is there a memory to give us a meaning, won't you tell me?
    Oh won't you tell me, where to find the strength to sing today?

    Still fresh is that glance of scorn
    Still fresh that cold ache in bones
    Still fresh even the traces left by the footsteps on the road
    A frozen glance fell upon the home which I never saw anymore

    Cold November haunts me still today
    cold November in years echos

    A century passed on walking but yet we fell
    A century passed but on our feet yet we can't stand
    A century passed of lessons, yet how come we learnt nothing?
    Oh ignorant mind, a greedy eye a whole nation can pull down
    How much longer till we love each other
    how much longer till we change our own destiny
    how much longer till someone else's life we value
    Oh won't you tell me, where to find the strength to sing today?

    Cold November haunts me still today
    cold November,
    oh November…

    They swore and hit me, "the unfaithful you'll turn" - they told me
    they undressed and dressed me, even myself I recognize no longer
    the veil they sew for me, oh how proudly today I hold it
    the dance they started, oh like a bride how beautiful the step I pride

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    Jericho gheg

    Mother's Milk

    Orient-Occident, Occident or Orient
    to the market they take you like a sheep
    between the two civilizations
    both have taken you by the rope
    both are pulling you and you're foaming
    you're tiresome
    long time you've been standing in the noise
    you've got to breathe, they're choking you
    your have no voice left out to scream
    so violently they've messed you up in your head
    and how much longer till they all chop you to pieces
    till they split you and boil you
    till you understand that you won't be keeping on in confusion
    the baby won't be able to eat the roasted chicken
    won't be able to eat the chilly pepper
    you're forcing the baby to go and run
    before s/he can start to walk first
    you might as well give it an arabian pacifier
    or you might give it a french pacifier
    but still s/he will demand for the mother's milk, you moron!
    mother's milk, you moron!
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