Have you ever been standing next to someone and hear them sing it and you didn’t know what was in the song? Did you know that, to become a Turkish citizen; a person has to know this song? So you know the tune, but do you know the lyrics?
Sure, you have heard this many times especially if you watched Turkish Soccer team on satellite. But…Do you really know the words to it?
If not, we have taken some time to find the English words;
Fear not, the crimson flag, waving in these dawns will never fade
Before the last hearth that is burning in my nation vanishes.
That is my nation’s star, it will shine;
That is mine, it belongs solely to my nation.
Oh coy crescent do not frown for I am ready to sacrifice myself for you!
Please smile upon my heroic nation, why that anger, why that rage?
If you frown, our blood shed for you will not be worthy.
Freedom is the right of my nation who worships God and seeks what is right.
It should be noted, however, that only the first two stanzas of the ten-verse anthem are sung.
What was that? You did not know there was more? Yes, there are.
From the beginning I have lived free and I will live free,
What lunatic claims he will shackle me? I’m astonished!
I’m like a roaring flood; I will trample my barrier and surmount it.
I’ll tear the mountains, even oceans won’t contain me and I will erupt.
If horizons of the west is surrounded by a steel plated wall,
I have a frontier like my bosom full of faith!
Let it howl, do not be afraid, how can it throttle a faith such as this?
What you call “The Civilized (World)” is but a monster with only a single tooth left.
My friend, do not allow scoundrels to tread in my homeland,
Make your body a shield, and stop this shameless charge!
There will come the days your Lord has promised you
Who knows? Maybe tomorrow, maybe sooner than tomorrow.
Do not pass over the soil you walk on and think of it as only earth! Recognize it!
Think about the thousands lying under it un-shrouded
You are the descendant of martyrs, don’t alter this tradition, it would be a pity.
Even if you were given the worlds, do not give up this heavenly homeland.
Who wouldn’t sacrifice himself for this paradise land?
If you squeezed earth, blood of martyrs would gush out of it!
Let God, the savior of souls, take my soul, my beloved, my everything;
But only let him not separate me from my homeland, ever!
For God, my soul’s request from you is only this:
Let not the bosom of my temple be touched by unfaithful hands
It is these adhans, whose shahadas are the foundation of The Religion,
That should eternally echo(wail) above my eternal homeland.
Then my tombstone -if I have any- shall prostrate one-thousand times with ecstacy,
From every wound, for God, my bloody tears will flow,
My corpse will gush out from the ground like a pure spirit
Then maybe my head will rise and touch the heavens
So ripple now like the twilight, oh glorious crescent
Blessed now be every drop of blood I shed for you
There is never an end for you, no submission for my race
Freedom is the right of my flag, who has ever lived free!
Independence is the right of nation, who worships God!
The author of the Turkish National Anthem is Mehmet Akif Ersoy (1873-1936).
As well as being a poet
His father was an Ottoman-Albanian from Kosovo and his mother was an Uzbek-Turk.
He studied veterinary science at the university.
He refused to accept the prize money given for writing the Turkish National Anthem.