The Himno de Bayamo, (originally known as La Bayamesa), was written, both lyrics and music, by Pedro Figueredo in 1868, at the beginning of the Ten Years’ War, as a call to combat for the people of Bayamo. After Independence all but the first three verses were suppressed because they were so embarrassingly anti-Spanish. In fact, only the first and second stanzas are well known and widely sung. They are:
Al combate, corred, bayameses,
que la patria os contempla orgullosa.
No temáis una muerte gloriosa,
que morir por la Patria es vivir.
En cadenas vivir, es vivir
en afrenta y oprobio sumido.
Del Clarín escuchad el sonido:
¡A las armas valientes corred!