Words & Music: Ricardo Andino, c. 1987
One of the choir’s earliest pieces, this was composed for us by one of our musical directors, Ricardo Andino. The song optimistically describes an anticipated rebel victory in Ricardo’s native El Salvador, and the liberation of its capital by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. The war came to an exhausted end some years later, and San Salvador was won by the FMLN in mayoral elections. The struggle of the impoverished and desperate poor against a U.S. backed land-owning elite continues.
San Salvador, freed by the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front! Now the masses are gathering in Freedom Square! The urban guerillas were opening the breach so that the militants could organise among the people. And the batallions enter, the revolution triumphs!
San Salvador liberada! San Salvador liberada!
Por el Frente Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional!
Ya las masas se aglomeran en la Plaza Libertad!
Las guerillas urbanas fueron abriendo la brecha
Para que los milicianos organizaran al pueblo,
Y entrando los batallones triunfa la revolucion!
San Salvador liberada! San Salvador liberada! Aah!