"The Red Guards' March" (Finnish: "Punakaartin Marssi") is a Finnish working class song. It is one of the best known songs of the "Reds" during the Finnish Civil War in 1918, but was actually sung already before the war. Even though the lyrics for the march were written in Finnish, the melody has been taken from two Swedish and German folk songs. The writer of the lyrics is unknown.
Köyhä Suomen kansa
kärsimysten malja se jo kukkuroillaan on.
Raakaa sortovaltaa vastaan
nostaa maasta armeijastaan
jalon Kansan parhaat pojat taistohon.
The poor Finnish people
is breaking its chains
the chalice of suffering is filled to the brim
Against the brutal oppression force
It lifts from the country, from its army
the best sons of the noble people to the battle.
Hallitus on vankka
se kauhuntuskaa levittää yli onnettoman maan.
työntää esiin kaikkialta
elämästä, kuolemasta kamppaillaan.
The government is robust
minion hordes numerous
it spreads terror anguish over the hapless land.
The democracy pushes its heroes
we struggle of life, of death.