Saturday, August 25, 2007

Arlo Guthrie & Emmylou Harris

Its well recorded around these parts that I am a big Arlo Guthrie fan and there is a whole bunch of his own videos on YouTube, placed there by a member of his family, this is not one of those but it features Emmylou Harris too so life just can't get much better than this.

"Deportees" is a protest song written by Arlo's father Woody Guthrie and refers to an aircraft crash in Los Gatos Canyon, California in 1948 when four American citizens and 28 illegal immigrant Mexican farm workers who were being deported were killed.

Guthrie noted that in radio and newspaper reports the four Americans were all named and family backgrounds mourned over but the 28 Mexicans were simply refered to as "deportees", indeed only 12 were ever formally identified and all were buried in a mass grave.

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