Anthem (Chess song)

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Song by Tommy Körberg
GenreClassical, Musical
Songwriter(s)Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus
Composer(s)Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson

"Anthem" is a song from the concept album and subsequent musical Chess by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.[1][2][3] The song describes the feelings of Soviet Russian challenger, Anatoly Sergievsky, when he defects. The song was originally sung by Tommy Körberg on the original concept album and as Anatoly in the original West End cast. It was later covered by various artists including Josh Groban on his album Stages[4] and Kerry Ellis.


Distracted by the loss of Florence's love, Freddie flounders in the chess tournament, leaving himself just one more loss away from losing his title. Florence leaves Freddie, who sends The Arbiter a letter of resignation, resulting in Anatoly's becoming the new world champion. Anatoly immediately defects from the Soviet Union and seeks asylum at the British embassy. Florence, accompanying Anatoly, reflects on their newfound romance. Walter tips off the press about this scandal. When the mob of reporters ambush Anatoly to ask why he is deserting his country, he tells them in this song that he will never truly leave his country because his land's only borders lie around his heart.

Kerry Ellis version[edit]

Anthem Kerry Ellis.jpg
Single by Kerry Ellis
from the album Anthems
Released12 December 2010
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Tim Rice, Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Brian May
Kerry Ellis singles chronology
"I'm Not that Girl"
"Defying Gravity"

Kerry Ellis, stage actress and singer, recorded a version of this song. Ellis' version, produced by Brian May, was released as a single on 12 December 2010. It was the second single to be released from her debut album Anthems.[5][6]

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by other music artists including:


  1. ^ "Tommy Körberg". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Chess". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Tommy Körberg–Anthem". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  4. ^ Chum, Vichet. "Watch Josh Groban Take Centerstage in Official Video of "Anthem" From Chess", Playbill, 12 May 2015
  5. ^ "Kerry Ellis - Anthem". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Kerry Ellis". Retrieved 18 December 2013.
  7. ^ Malich, Daniel. "Broadway My Way - Linda Eder". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  8. ^ "Stage Heroes - Colm Wilkinson". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-02.
  9. ^ "Ron Raines - So In Love With Broadway". - Music. Retrieved 2016-12-02.

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