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the refrain of a famous song of the French Revolution
Origin: [F. a ira, a ira, les aristocrates la lanterne, it shall go on, it shall go on, [hang]the arictocrats to the lantern (lamp-post).]
Ça Ira is an opera in three acts by Roger Waters based on the French libretto co-written by Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gil on the historical subject of the early French Revolution. Ça Ira was released 26 September 2005, as a double CD album featuring baritone Bryn Terfel, soprano Ying Huang, and tenor Paul Groves.
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"It will go on," a popular song in France during the Revolution, said to have been a phrase of Benjamin Franklin's, which he was in the habit of using in answering inquirers about the progress of the American revolution by his friends in France.
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