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  • Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)

    Charles de Lint posted on July 03, 2016 14:09

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    "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" is a protest song with lyrics by Woody Guthrie detailing the January 28, 1948 crash of a plane near Los Gatos Canyon, 20 miles (32 km) west of Coalinga in Fresno County, California, United States.The crash occurred in Los Gatos Canyon and not in the town of Los Gatos itself, which is in Santa Clara County, approximately 150 miles away. Guthrie was inspired to write the song by what he considered the racist mistreatment of the passengers before and after the accident. The crash resulted in thirty-two deaths, including twenty-eight Mexican nationals. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deportee_(Plane_Wreck_at_Los_Gatos)

    "Deportee" was published in the 1986 Blandford Press book Carry It On!: A History in Song and Picture of the Working Men and Women of America, by Pete Seeger and Bob Reiser where the credits were given as Words by Woody Guthrie, Music by Marty Hoffman, Copyright 1961, 1963, Ludlow Music Inc of New York.

    ****CLAUDE - this is Charles' version for the July 20 BUG Jam. Please put in OnSong as posted. TKS - SR July 15 2016****

    ~~~ChordPro Version UPDATED July 16 2016 CEL~~~

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