Nanci Griffith - Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos) Lyrics

Nanci Griffith Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful) cover art
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(Woody Guthrie - Martin Hoffman)

The crops are all in
And the peaches are rotting
The oranges are stacked
In their Creosote dumps
They're flying them back
To that Mexico border
To pay all their wages
To wade back again

Goodbye to you Juan, goodbye Rosalita
Adios mis amigos, Jesus and Maria
You won't have a name
When you ride the big airplane
All they will call you
Will be deportee

My father's own father
He waded that river
They took all the money
He made in his life
My brothers and sisters
Come working the fruit trees
And they rode on the trucks
'Til they took down and died


Somos ilegales (Well some are illegal)
Why mal recibidos (And some are not wanted)
Se a caba el contrato (our work contracts out)
Why de alli a caminar (And we've got to move on)
Six hundred miles
To that Mexico border
They chase us like outlaws
Like rustlers, like thieves


We died in your hills
And we died in your deserts
We died in your valleys
We died on your plains
We died 'neath your trees
And we died in your bushes
Both sides of that river
We died just the same

The sky plane caught fire
Over Los Gatos Canyon
Like a fireball of lightning
And shook all our hills
Who are all those friends
All scattered like dry leaves
The radio says
They are just deportees


Is this the best way
We can grow our best orchards?
Is this the best way
We can grow our good fruit?
To fall like dry leaves
And rot on my topsoil
And beknown by no name
Except deportee


Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Wall of Death
  • 2 Who Knows Where the Time Goes?
  • 3 You Were on My Mind
  • 4 Walk Right Back
  • 5 Canadian Whiskey
  • 6 Desperadoes Waiting for a Train
  • 7 Wings of a Dove
  • 8 Dress of Laces
  • 9 Summer Wages
  • 10 He Was a Friend of Mine
  • 11 Hard Times Come Again No More
  • 12 Wasn't That a Mighty Storm?
  • 13 Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
  • 14 Yarrington Town
  • 15 I Still Miss Someone
  • 16 Try the Love
  • 17 The Streets of Baltimore
  • 18 Darcy Farrow
  • 19 If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)

  • Credits
    publisher: ©T.R.O. INC.
    writers: Martin Hoffman, Woody Guthrie
    album: Track 13 in album Other Voices, Too (A Trip Back to Bountiful)
    release date: 1998-7-21
    popularity : 49 users have visited this page.
    length: 5:22
    drums: Pat McInerney
    vocal: Steve Earle, Odetta, John Stewart and Lucinda Williams
    acoustic guitar: Doug Lancio, Lucinda Williams and Frank Christian
    mandolin: Lee Satterfield
    synthesizer: James Hooker
    button accordion: Fats Kaplin
    double bass: Ron de la Vega
    background vocals: Nanci Griffith, Susan Cowsill and Lee Satterfield
    lead vocals: Tish Hinojosa
    composer: Martin Hoffman
    lyricist: Woody Guthrie
    Album Information
    country(area): United States
    format: CD
    barcode: 075596223522
    script: Latin