St John Passion (Pasión según San Juan)

Author:
Ángel Parra
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January - February 1974

This song is the third track on the cassette recorded in the Chacabuco concentration camp by the band Los de Chacabuco, formed by Ángel Parra and conducted by him until his release. This song, like the Gospel of Luke, was performed by Los de Chacabuco during the masses offered by the chaplains for the benefit of both prisoners and soldiers. The narrator, as was the case for other religious pieces, was Antonio.

This gospel was rehearsed by the group at its premises in the so-called Civic District of Chacabuco, which was the place where some chaplain or other would occasionally visit us.

One lasting memory about this song is the emotion with which it was received by our fellow prisoner, congressman Vicente Sota. He was a deeply religious man. He would come and hug us repeatedly, saying "how beautiful, brother", a phrase that I’ve never forgotten.


Published on: 13 November 2015

Clandestine recording by political prisoners in Chacabuco in 1974.