Which is clearly not literal and a far cry from the furrows, butin the spirit of fighting theenemy for freedom.The book had been published in l947, a year after World War II when some children inthe US were raised on stories of the French resistance against the Nazis (go see the movie,Casablanca) and thus associated the French with fighting for freedom, and La Marseillaise wasassociated with freeing France from fascism.** second note :Note: this is one of those need to realize the reference, that the people singingthe song were peasants who tilled the land, and the reference was to foreign troops on Frenchsoil. It helps to understand that the song was originally written in 1792, and refers to the Franco-Prussian war. It was originally titled “March on the Rhine.
There are two versions of the source of its title. It can mean either “the woman from Marseille”,a town in the south of France, and might refer to participation by women from Marseille in theFrench Revolution (women were active participants in the Revolution). Or, it has also beenargued that it wasadopted by soldiers marching from Marseille (or revolutionaries from Marseillein Paris), and thus became called the"chanson marseillaise" which eventually got abbreviatedtoLa Marseillaise.