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In 1973, Argentine singer Piero released his album “Para El Pueblo Lo Que Es Del Pueblo.” Loosely translated as “What Belongs to the People is For the People,” this album has two songs that resonate through time as a cry for freedom: “Para El Pueblo Lo Que Es Del Pueblo” and “Que Se Vayan Ellos.” The second song translates to “Let Them Go.”

“Para El Pueblo Lo Que Es Del Pueblo” is a song about the struggle of the people crying for freedom after years of abuse, corruption, hunger, and systemic disappearances courtesy of the government. In the end, the people are up in arms to defend their freedoms and tear down the regime of malady.

“Que Se Vayan Ellos” is a cry to eject those that wronged the people. Even if the wrongdoers come from the very top, one must tell, force out, and keep out the ones responsible for the people’s suffering. In turn, the people cry out the wrongdoers’ exit since the people will never forgive and forget the pain caused by the ones that profit from the people’s anguish.

As the title to this segment suggests, when listening to these protest songs one should see their significance when a dark period is finally over so that a new period begins; that kind of darkness should never happen again. I am aware that these songs are about 1970’s Argentina and its struggle for freedom, but I can’t help but think that these two songs serve as a shout of new freedom and also a severe warning for the future.