Blood Upon the Grass (Adam McNaughtan) September the eleventh In Nineteen seventy-three Scores of people perished In a vile machine-gun spree Santiago stadium Became a place to kill But a Scottish football team Will grace it with their skill And there's blood upon the grass And there's blood upon the grass Will you go there, Alan Rough Will you play there, Tom Forsyth Where so many folk met early The Grim Reaper with his scythe These people weren't terrorists They weren't Party hacks But some were maybe goalkeepers And some were centre backs And there's blood upon the grass And there's blood upon the grass Victor Jara played guitar As he was led into the ground Then they broke all of his fingers So his strings no more could sound Still he kept on singing Songs of freedom, songs of peace And though they gunned him down His message doesn't cease And there's blood upon the grass And there's blood upon the grass Will you go there, Archie Gemmill Will you play there, Andy Gray Will it trouble you to hear the voice Of Victor Jara say Somos cinquo mille - We are five thousand in this place And Scottish football helps to hide The Junta's dark disgrace And there's blood upon the grass And there's blood upon the grass Do you stand upon the terracing At Ibrox or Parkhead Do you cheer the Saints in black and white The Dons in flaming red All those who died in Chile Were people of your kind Let's tell the football bosses That it's time they changed their mind Before there's blood upon their hands This is what it was all about: [1977:] A Labour MP yesterday slammed the SFA [Scottish Football Association] for insisting that the proposed international in Chile this summer should go ahe ad. A new row broke out several days ago after SFA secretary Willie Allan stated tha t any player who refused to play in the match would face disciplinary action. Mr. Norman Buchan, MP for West Renfrewshire, said that the SFA didn't appear to comprehend what happened in the Santiago stadium where the game is to take place. It had been used as a concentration camp and was the scene of mass murder and torture. (Sunday Mail, 9 January) [1977:] About 70 per cent of Scottish professional footballers voted in favour of the national team playing Chile in June. Only ten per cent were opposed. (Glasgow Herald, 22 January) Officials of the SFA today refused to meet a delegation of three former prisoners of the Chilean military regime who called at their headquarters in Glasgow. All three were held prisoner in the Santiago stadium, where the match is scheduled to be played. Mr. Willie Allan was unable to meet them because he was attending football team undertook to play Chile in the Santiago Stadium. During the military coup of 1973 the stadium had been used for the internment of five thousand people. It had seen, in particular, the mutilation and murder of the singer and songwriter, Victor Jara. It was with that in mind, rather than any developed theory about politics and sport, that I joined in opposing the match with this song. (Notes Adam McNaughtan, 'WordsWordsWords') [1989:] Salvador Allende was a popular, democratic socialist, and the mood of the people who supported him was reflected in the flourishing New Chilean Song Movement. The movement had been growing throughout the sixties, and was a modern version of all that Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger had tried to achieve decades earlier. The singers would meet at a peņa, an artists' co-op [...]. The best-known Chilean singer was Victor Jara, who had gradually switched his style in the sixties from personal to political songs [...] and he had becom e a regular performer at Allende's rall arrested, tortured, and held with thousands of others in the Santiago Stadium, and [sang] Popular Unity's hymn Venceremos before he died. (Denselow, When the Music's Over 117ff) [1993:] [In September, 1973,] General Pinochet, with the assistance of the CIA and the ITT Corporation, took over the government of Chile, bombing the presidential palace of elected socialist Salvador Allende, and murdering him. Victor was singing for students at the university when the whole area was surrounded. All within were taken prisoner and marched to a large indoor soccer stadium, Estadio Chile. For three days it was a scene of horror. Torture, executions. An officer thought he recognized Victor, pointed at him with a questioning look and motioning as if strumming a guitar. Victor nodded. He was seized, taken to the center of the stadium and told to put his hands on a table. While his friends watched in horror, rifle butts beat his hands to bloody pulp. "All right, sing for us now, you ---," shouted the officer. Victor stagg SKW apr00
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