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"Only When You Are Home", also known as "The Homeland Sound", "You Are Home", and other titles, is the official national anthem of the Great Union. Originally a Franco-Insulan folk song about the untamed Southwestern frontier of the Great Union, it quickly came to represent the frontier spirit that the Great Union is known for. It is now a symbol of national pride, patriotism and due to its stark rise in popularity during the Insulan Civil War has come to represent national unity.
Most sources credit Minniefield-born Jean-Marc E. Lapelle with the song's composition, although other people have claimed credit, and acredit Donald M. F. Fergusson with the song's lyrics. The two worked tirelessly to bring a flair of each culture that makes the Great Union what it is. The original lyrics are easily translated and swapped between French and English. Usage of either the French or English version varies by canton. "Only When You Are Home" was recognized for official use by the Great Union Army in 1861, and by G.U. president Luc-Jean L'Aller in 1868, and was made the national anthem by a congregational resolution on June 9, 1869, which was signed by President L'Aller.
The lyrics are:
You've been gone for so long, my dear
We remember the pain of your leaving
Be proud, knowing you've come so far, be proud
When you're home, the beasts are at bay
Tu es partie depuis si longtemps, ma chère
Nous nous souvenons de la douleur de ton départ
Soyez fier, sachant que vous êtes venu si loin, soyez fier
Quand tu es à la maison, les bêtes sont à distance