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Eusko Gudariak (originally spelt Euzko Gudariak, "Basque Soldiers") was the republican anthem of the Eusko Gudarostea, the army of the Basque Autonomous Government during the Spanish Civil War. The song used to refer to the defense of the Basque country within the Republic of Spain against the nationalist Spain army.

It is also used as an anthem by ETA and the organizations orbiting the Basque National Liberation Movement.

The music is a traditional Basque tune. The lyrics were composed in 1932 by José María de Gárate, an officer of the EAJ-PNV. During the war, Captain Alejandro Lizaso Eizmendi added some verses.

Basque English translation
Euzko Gudariak gara
Euzkadi askatzeko
Gerturik daukagu odola
bere aldez emateko
Irrintzi bat entzun da
mendi tontorrean
goazen gudari danok
ikurrinan atzean
We are the Basque Soldiers
to free the Basque Country
we have ready our blood
to give it for it
A scream1 has been heard
on the top of the mountain
let's go, all the soldiers
under the Basque flag

1 Irrintzi, literally "neigh", is a high-pitched scream used in celebrations and to call others at long distances. See Irrintzi.

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