Deportations plague much of recent U.S. history. It never works out well for the U.S., on the whole, especially mass deportations.
Hoyt Axton and Arlo Guthrie joined to sing Woody Guthrie’s account of one catastrophic deportation incident.
A more urgent version of the song, by Lance Canales and the Flood, featuring the names of the 28 who died.
- Smithsonian Magazine article on efforts to build a marker to the dead, and identify all 28 Mexico citizen victims, by Jason Daly, February 28, 2018
I loved Hoyt Axton’s voice. I didn’t really listen to him until his 1976 album, “Fearless,” which opens with a spectacular drum/a capella tune, “The Devil.” The album was a smash with every DJ and radio worker I knew in Salt Lake City (and I knew a lot of them).
I thought his role in “The Black Stallion was spectacular and would lead to stardom, but of course it didn’t.
Anyway, he did good stuff, wrote good stuff, and I miss his voice.
Thank you, Ed. I’ve heard so many versions of Deportees but somehow, missed Hoyt Axton. “…scattered like dry leaves…”