Andes Gloom Tune

When was the last time you checked in on the lyrics of the Peruvian national anthem? From a WSJ article:

Over the past decade, Julio César Rivera Dávalos has spent more than $100,000 of his savings, put his consulting business on hold and endured blistering personal attacks to advance a lonely cause: changing Peru’s epic downer of a national anthem.

The 69-year-old auditor has traveled up and down the Andes Mountains giving talks assailing the song and its gloomy first verse, which starts, “For a long time, the oppressed Peruvian dragged the ominous chain.”

Dragged the ominous chain?!

Full verse:

For a long time the oppressed Peruvian
Dragged the ominous chain;
Condemned to cruel servitude
He moaned for a long time in silence.
But as soon as the sacred cry of
“Freedom!” was heard on the coasts,
He shook off the indolence of slavery,
He raised his humiliated neck.

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