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July 14, 2011

Happy Bastille Day
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 01:29 PM * 21 comments

Storming of the Bastille

We’ve got new generals
Our leaders are new
They sit and they argue
And all that they do
Is sell their own colleagues
And ride upon their backs
And jail them and break them
And give them all the axe
Screaming in language that no one understands
Of the rights that we grabbed with our own bleeding hands
When we wiped out the bosses and stormed through the wall
Of the prison they told us would outlast us all….

Comments on Happy Bastille Day:
#1 ::: Jacque ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 02:01 PM:

I'm surprised there's not a Google Doodle.

#2 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 02:02 PM:

I suppose I should link to this version.

The last time an army crossed the Rhine was in 1945. That may be the longest period of peace, on that frontier, since the Romans.

#3 ::: Larry ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 02:17 PM:

Jacque @1: They did back in 2007. Google doesn't repeat doodles in most cases.

#4 ::: TrashedMyCookies ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 02:26 PM:

DuckDuckGo did a logo for the day.

#5 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 02:35 PM:

Marat, we're poor -- and the poor stay poor.
Marat don't make us wait anymore.
We want our rights, and we don't care how.
We want a revolution -- now!

For those, like myself, who have had trouble understanding the history and astonishing import of the French Revolution, I strongly recommend Hilary Mantel's A Place of Greater Safety. It provides a superb imaginative portal to that time and place.

#6 ::: Jon Rosebaugh ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 02:36 PM:

Jacque @1: There's one on google.fr.

#7 ::: Fade Manley ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 03:07 PM:

Bastille Day is the one anniversary of an ancestor's death that I actually know about. (His head was paraded about on a pike, according to Wikipedia.) I am reminded that I need to go read up on a proper history of the French revolution; I know more about Napoleon than I do about what came before.

#8 ::: D. Potter ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 03:28 PM:

Ver de l'epi du jour: Marat/Sade. (That's how the translator thingy translated "earworm." It's probably wrong.)

The bloodthirstiness of the first verse ultimately put me off revolutions, but it was fun to sing.

Going to play that video of La Marseillaise now.

#9 ::: TexAnne ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 03:31 PM:

D. Potter: "├ępi" is ear as in wheat. I don't know what "earworm" would be in French, but it needs to involve "oreille" instead.

#10 ::: Jon Marcus ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 03:59 PM:

TexAnne: I guess the machine translation assumed you're more likely to find a worm in an ear of grain? Pretty clever, even if wrong.

#11 ::: Neil in Chicago ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 04:26 PM:

been running into way too many Trots and even Maoists lately

We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again

Change it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fall that's all
But the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
And I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
For I know that the hypnotized never lie

Do ya?


There's nothing in the street
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now the parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again
No, no!

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

#12 ::: PurpleGirl ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 05:37 PM:

It's possible that Google has doodle for today but that they are only showing it in France. Check the doodle archive in a few days and see if they have one there.

#13 ::: Dave Crisp ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 06:08 PM:

Give the play its full title, please.

The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat; as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade

#14 ::: Julie L. ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 07:19 PM:

Indeed, plugging "ver de l'epi" back into Google expands the phrase to "VER DE L EPI DU MAIS" = "corn earworm", which fills me with bizarre delight.

#15 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 08:26 PM:

In Martinique, or so I'm told, there is a tendency for boys born on this day to be named 'Fetenat', short for 'Fete Nationale'.

#16 ::: Tony Zbaraschuk ::: (view all by) ::: July 14, 2011, 09:07 PM:

I shall go home and read Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France.

#17 ::: Debbie Notkin ::: (view all by) ::: July 15, 2011, 01:02 AM:

Just wanted to thank you for the pure pleasure of seeing those lyrics again and hearing them in my head.

#18 ::: Bruce Cohen (Speaker to Managers) ::: (view all by) ::: July 15, 2011, 01:02 AM:

Dave Crisp @ 13:

A bit of nostalgia, that. I first saw that play put on by a local company on Cape Cod on a bitter (5°F) evening in February, 1972 (my cousin was playing a bit part and invited Eva and me to drive out from Boston and see the performance).

#19 ::: PurpleGirl ::: (view all by) ::: July 15, 2011, 08:51 AM:

Google having redesigned their sites, it took a few minutes to find the home of the logos/doodles.

http://www.google.com/logos/

If they did a doodle for Bastille Day, it should appear there in a few days. They do quite a few doodles for other counties that don't show in the US.

#20 ::: Bruce Cohen (Speaker to Managers) ::: (view all by) ::: July 15, 2011, 03:19 PM:

Dave Crisp @ 13:

A bit of nostalgia, that. I first saw that play put on by a local company on Cape Cod on a bitter (5°F) evening in February, 1972 (my cousin was playing a bit part and invited Eva and me to drive out from Boston and see the performance).

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#21 ::: Bill Stewart ::: (view all by) ::: July 16, 2011, 04:24 PM:

Sigh. I was out of town on business for a couple of days, so I had to miss my friends Les Campagnards doing a Bastille Day concert. They mostly play 1800s French country music or early-1900s cafe music, so it's mostly a bit later than the Revolution.

On the other hand, my boss does an occasional bluegrass jam, so I dragged one of my dulcimers on the plane and sat in with them, and they're a beginner-oriented jam so I wasn't lost the whole time.

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