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Victor Jara Of Chile

  • (Arlo Guthrie / A. Mitchell)

    Victor Jara of Chile, he lived like a shooting star
    He fought for the people of Chile with his songs and his guitar
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    Victor Jara was a peasant, he worked from a few years old
    He sat upon his father's plough and he watched the earth unfold
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    When the neighbours had a wedding or one of the children died
    His mother sang all night for them with Victor by her side
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    He grew to be a fighter against the people's wrongs
    He listened to their grief and joy and he turned them into songs
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    He sang about the copper miners and those who worked the land
    He sang for the factory workers, they knew he was their man
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    He campaigned for Allende, working night and day
    He sang, Take hold of your brother's hand, the future begins today
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    The bloody generals seized Chile, they arrested Victor then
    They caged him in a stadium with five thousand frightened men
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    Victor stood in the stadium, his voice was brave and strong
    He sang for his fellow prisoners until the guards cut short his song
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    They broke the bones in both his hands, they beat his lovely head
    They tore him with electric shocks, after two long days of torture they shot him dead
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    Now the generals rule Chile, and the British have their thanks
    For they rule with Hawker hunters, and they rule with Chieftain tanks
    And his hands were gentle, his hands were strong

    Repeat 1

    As sung by Dick Gaughan

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  • See also Joan Jara, 'Victor Jara, An Unfinished Song'

  • Notes see Allende

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