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Published on Apr 9, 2009
Woody Guthrie's classic protest against the mistreatment of Mexican farmworkers, written as a poem following the deaths of 28 laborers who were killed in a plane crash in January of 1948 and later set to music by Martin Hoffman. Guthrie's chorus including the names of his purported friends was an outcry against newspaper accounts that had in his view dehumanized the victims by referring to them only as "deportees."
The song has been covered by dozens of major artists, including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, the Byrds, Cisco Houston, and many more. This version is by the second troupe of the Kingston Trio, from their most successful attempt at serious music, the 1964 album "Time To Think." The KT's comfort with ethnic Mexican folk music shows through in the gentle rhythm of the guitar accompaniment, reminiscent of the rhythm of the corridos of Mexican folklore.