Song of General Kim Jong-il

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Song of General Kim Jong-il
김정일장군의 노래
金正日將軍의 노래
Revised Romanization Gim Jeong-il Janggun ui Norae
McCune–Reischauer Kim Chŏng-il Changgun ŭi Norae

The "Song of General Kim Jong-il" is a marching song from North Korea. It was composed by Sol Myong-sun and the words were written by Sin Un-ho.[1]

The song praises the "Eternal General Secretary", Kim Jong-il (who ruled from 1994 until 2011) as a part of his cult of personality. During the presidency of Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il helped to run his father's own personality cult. At the death of his father, Kim Jong-il had his own cult. Although the "Song of General Kim Jong-il" is not as widely popular as the "Song of General Kim Il-sung" (nor was his cult as large as his father's), it is also played regularly in North Korea.

The song is played by the North Korean state television at the start of broadcasts each day.[2] It was also played after the telecast of Kim Jong-il's memorial service on December 29, 2011. Pyongyang FM Broadcasting also plays a chime version of the first two lines of the song as its interval signal at the start of broadcasts.[citation needed]

According to North Korean sources, their satellite Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2, supposedly launched in a test on 5 April 2009, is broadcasting this song amongst other data.[3]

An English version has been recorded by Ritta Dimek.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "SONG OF GENERAL KIM JONG IL". Retrieved 2015-12-12.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Defiant N Korea launches rocket". BBC News. 5 April 2009.
  4. ^ "Immortal Revolutionary Paean 'Song of General Kim Jong Il"". Voice of Korea. Arts. Song: "Ode to Comrade Kim Jong Il". Retrieved 8 June 2018.

External links

  • "The Song of General Kim Jong-il" on YouTube
  • "The Song of General Kim Jong-il" (mp3) at Naenara
  • Lyrics in English at Naenara
  • Lyrics in Korean at Naenara

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