The Paper Boat (El barco de papel)

Author:
Julio Numhauser, popularised by the band Amerindios.
Testimony by:
José Selín Carrasco Vargas

While we were imprisoned in Melinka, this song was sung every time that one of us was released. I remember a fellow prisoner nicknamed Bigote Molina (Moustache Molina) singing the song when we were going to Tres Álamos, from where we would be released a few days later.

It was exciting to hear the song when we said goodbye to someone, and even more when it was our turn.

We would change the lyrics of the song to “se va, se va, se va a la libertad” ("going away, going away, going away to freedom").


Published on: 23 September 2017


The paper boat sets off
on the sea of hope
carrying a bunch of dreams
and children can’t reach it.

Going away, going away, going away, never to come back
going away, going away, going away, never to come back.

One passenger is a doctor
a soldier is the captain
a bourgeois is the cannon operator
and the queen is made of tar.

Going away, going away, going away, never to come back
going away, going away, going away, never to come back.

A worker climbs aboard the ship
an artist, a teacher
and also that little girl
who stayed behind on the shore.

Going away, going away, going away, and will come back
going away, going away, going away, and will come back.

Climb aboard the boat, sailor
they don’t come to fight
they are all comrades
of peace and equality.

Going away, going away, and will come back
going away, going away, towards freedom.