That General (Ese General)

Song by:
Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely
Experience in:

The night of 24 March 1976, the residents of cell 198 hardly slept. We hadn’t slept on account of a long, heated discussion about the prospects of revolution in Latin America’s Southern Cone. What had ignited our discussion was clear: that day we heard the news about the military coup in neighbouring Argentina.

At the break of dawn, I awoke with my mind still clouded with indignation and I wrote this song in which I clearly state my belief that the continent would be liberated.


Published on: 23 September 2015


That general, that general
who kills you, who grinds you
who cheats on you, dusky girl
Rise up, rise up. The Americas are determined.

That dictator, that dictator
who kills you, who grinds you
who cheats on you, dusky girl
Rise up, rise up. The Americas are determined.

It’s not the bread, it’s not the people
these are the gringos
who come to sow war.
Rise up, rise up. The Americas are determined.