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Julio from Chile

Alun Parry
Language: English


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[2013]
Lyrics & music by Alun Parry
Album: When The Sunlight Shines
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The happy ending story of Julio, the Chilean who escaped Pinochet's dictatorship thanks to Liverpool dockers' union..

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“This is me with Denis Anderson and Julio from Chile. The two stars and heroes of my song. Taken tonight at the Valparaiso Restaurant after the Cuba Solidarity Campaign celebration gig”.
Standing at the Valparaiso Restaurant in town
Gabi Monk and Vinny Spen and me
Playing for the Cuba Solidarity campaign
Demanding that the Cuba Five go free
As Julio from Chile
in the restaurant he owns
is thinking of the fate that might have been
Julio he sailed away
fled from general Pinochet
He would sure dead today
if not for unity:
Denis Anderson came round
said that ship's not Chile-bound
Keep her tied to the Liverpool ground
'Til Julio is free.

When Julio reached Liverpool
they put him in the jail
and tried to ship him back to Pinochet
But the dockers union they would not let it sail
til they agreed that Julio could stay
And so they took this action
for a man they'd never met
and isn't that the way this world could be
Julio he sailed away
fled from general Pinochet
He would sure dead today
if not for unity:
Denis Anderson came round
said that ship's not Chile-bound
Keep her tied to the Liverpool ground
Till Julio is free.

When the music's over and
the speeches have been made
Julio from Chile took the floor.
He said “I'll tell may tale to you
before the memories fade
I've never shared it publicly before”
and he pointed to an old retired
docker in the room
and said “There sits the man who saved my life”.
Julio he sailed away
fled from General Pinochet
he would sure dead today
if not for unity,
Denis Anderson came round
said that ship's not Chile-bound
Keep her tied to the Liverpool ground
'til Julio is free.

Julio he sailed away
fled from General Pinochet
He would sure dead today
if not for unity:
Denis Anderson came round
said that ship's not Chile-bound
Keep her tied to the Liverpool ground
'til Julio is free.

Keep her tied to the Liverpool ground..
'Til Julio is free.

Contributed by giorgio - 2020/8/28 - 20:00



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