National Anthem of Soviet Union (Lyrics, History)

The national anthem of the Soviet Union was known as the State Anthem of the Soviet. This song served as the national anthem for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the state anthem for the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. The music for the anthem was originally written by Alexander Alexandrov in approximately 1938. The lyrics for the song were written by Gabriel El-Registan and Sergey Mikhalkov in 1943, and the lyrics were revised in 1977. The song was first adopted in 1944 and was later modified in 1977 and readopted by the government. The changes to the lyrics included removing references to Joseph Stalin.

The anthem was relinquished in 1990 as the state anthem of the Russian SFSR. The following year, it was relinquished by the Soviet Union following its dissolution. However, the melody of the song can still be heard as it is used by Russia, although the lyrics have been changed.

Lyrics

Unbreakable Union of freeborn Republics,
Great Russia has welded forever to stand.
Created in struggle by will of the people,
United and mighty, our Soviet land!


Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism's triumph lead us on!


Through tempests the sunrays of freedom have cheered us,
Along the new path where great Lenin did lead.
To a righteous cause he raised up the peoples,
Inspired them to labor and valorous deed.
[Or, the old way:
Be true to the people, thus Stalin has reared us,
Inspire us to labor and valorous deed!]


Sing to the Motherland, home of the free,
Bulwark of peoples in brotherhood strong.
O Party of Lenin, the strength of the people,
To Communism's triumph lead us on!


In the vict'ry of Communism's deathless ideal,
We see the future of our dear land.
And to her fluttering scarlet banner,
Selflessly true we always shall stand!