Victor Jara of Chile

Words : Adrian Mitchell / Music : Arlo Guthrie
Lyric as sung by Dick Gaughan

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 watched the earth unfold

When the neighbours had a wedding
Or one of their children died
His mother sang all night for them
With Victor by her side

He grew to be a fighter
Against the people's wrongs
He listened to their grief and joys
And turned them into songs

He campaigned for Allende
Working night and day
He sang, "Take hold of your brother's hand
The future begins today"

The bloody generals seized Chile
They arrested Victor then
They caged him in a stadium
With five thousand frightened men

Victor stood in the stadium
His voice was brave and strong
He sang for his fellow prisoners
Until the guards cut short his song

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

Now the generals rule Chile
And the British have their thanks
For they rule with Hawker Hunters
And they rule with Chieftain tanks


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