No Motherland Without You

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No Motherland Without You
Chosŏn'gŭl 당신이 없으면, 조국도 없다
Hancha 이 없으면, 도 없다
McCune–Reischauer Tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn, chogukto ŏpta
Revised Romanization Dangsini eopseumyeon, jogukdo eopda

No Motherland Without You is a North Korean song. It is the signature song of Kim Jong-il. The song tells of the talent and virtues of Jong-il, and the attachment of the Korean people for him. The song's chorus is "We cannot exist without you, Comrade Kim Jong-il! The motherland cannot exist without you!" It is also thought to be the anthem of Songun politics because Jong-il started the Songun (military-first) policy of North Korean politics in 1995. It is often broadcast on the radio and from loudspeakers on the streets of Pyongyang.[1]

Lyrics[change | change source]

The official lyrics use the phrase 김정일동지 (Comrade Kim Jong-il) to refer to the son of Kim Il-sung. The current usage of the song refers to the North Korean leader as 김정일장군 (General Kim Jong-il) because he was the Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army since 1991. The lyrics used by the Korean Workers' Party are as follows:

Chosŏn'gŭl Chosŏn'gŭl with Hancha McCune-Reischauer Revised Romanization English translation

사나운 폭풍도 쳐몰아내고
신념을 안겨준 김정일동지
당신이 없으면 우리도 없고,
당신이 없으면 조국도 없다!

미래도 희망도 다 맡아주는
민족의 운명인 김정일동지
당신이 없으면 우리도 없고,
당신이 없으면 조국도 없다!

세상이 열백번 변한다해도
인민은 믿는다 김정일동지
당신이 없으면 우리도 없고,
당신이 없으면 조국도 없다!

아…… 우리의 김정일동지
당신이 없으면 조국도 없다!

사나운 暴風도 쳐몰아내고
信念을 안겨준 金正日同志
當身이 없으면 우리도 없고,
當身이 없으면 祖國도 없다!

未來도 希望도 다 맡아주는
民族의 運命인 金正日同志
當身이 없으면 우리도 없고,
當身이 없으면 祖國도 없다!

世上이 열百番 變한다해도
人民은 믿는다 金正日同志
當身이 없으면 우리도 없고,
當身이 없으면 祖國도 없다!

아…… 우리의 金正日同志
當身이 없으면 祖國도 없다!

sanaun p'okp'ungdo ch'yŏmoranaego
sinnyŏmŭl an'gyŏjun Kim Chŏng-il tongji
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn urido ŏpko,
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn chogukto ŏpta!

miraedo hŭimangdo ta mat'ajunŭn
minjogŭi unmyŏng'in Kim Chŏng-il tongji
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn urido ŏpko,
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn chogukto ŏpta!

sesang'i yŏlbaekpŏn pyŏnhandahaedo
inminŭn minnŭnda Kim Chŏng-il tongji
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn urido ŏpko,
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn chogukto ŏpta!

a…… uriŭi Kim Chŏng-il tongji
tangsini ŏpsŭmyŏn chogukto ŏpta!

sanaun pokpungdo chyeomoranaego
sinnyeomeul an-gyeojun Gim Jeong-il dongji
dangsini eopseumyeon urido eopgo,
dangsini eopseumyeon jogukdo eopda!

miraedo huimangdo da matajuneun
minjogui unmyeong-in Gim Jeong-il dongji
dangsini eopseumyeon urido eopgo,
dangsini eopseumyeon jogukdo eopda!

sesang-i yeolbaekbeon byeonhandahaedo
inmineun minneunda Gim Jeong-il dongji
dangsini eopseumyeon urido eopgo,
dangsini eopseumyeon jogukdo eopda!

a…… uriui Gim Jeong-il dongji
dangsini eopseumyeon jogukdo eopda!

You pushed away the severe storm
You made us believe, Comrade Kim Jong-il
We cannot live without you
Our country cannot exist without you!

Our future and hope depend on you
People's fate depends on you, Comrade Kim Jong-il!
We cannot live without you
Our country cannot exist without you!

Even if the world changes hundreds of times
People believe in you, Comrade Kim Jong-il
We cannot live without you
Our country cannot exist without you!

Oh... Our Comrade Kim Jong-il
Our country cannot exist without you!

  • Note: The military version of the song refers to Kim Jong-il as General Kim Jong-il, not Comrade Kim Jong-il because he was the KPA Supreme Commander-in-Chief since 1991 and the Chairman of the DPRK National Defense Commission since 1993, while the civilian/official version refers otherwise because he was the Workers Party of Korea General Secretary since 1997 and held other civilian positions.

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