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About Mexico

"Mexico" is a single released in May 1970 by San Francisco rock band Jefferson Airplane, produced by the band at Pacific High Recording Studios with Phill Sawyer as the recording engineer. Written and sung by Grace Slick, it is a tuneful rant against then-President Richard Nixon and his anti-drug initiative, Operation Intercept, that he had implemented to curtail the flow of marijuana into the United States from Mexico. The song closes with an exhortation for the young to realize the power of their numbers, as shown by the gathering of "half a million people on the lawn" at Woodstock. The song received little radio airplay, being banned in some states, but did reach #102 on the Billboard charts. The version on the 2400 Fulton Street LP and CD is a completely different mix from that on the single. Five months after the release of "Mexico", President Nixon requested that songs relating to drug abuse not be broadcast. Live versions of "Mexico" and its B-side, "Have You Seen the Saucers", were intended to be released on the next Airplane album; however, Marty Balin left the band before production of Bark was completed, forcing a change in some of the planned material. A live version of "Have You Seen the Saucers" appeared as the opening track of the live album Thirty Seconds Over Winterland; the two studio tracks were finally released on an album when the Early Flight compilation was released. 


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Owsley and Charlie, twins of the trade
Come to the Poet's Room
Talking about the problems of the leaf
And yes, it'll be back soon

There used to be tons of gold and green
Comin' up here from Mexico
A donde esta la planta, mi amigo, del sol?

But Mexico is under the thumb
Of a man we call Richard
And he's come to call himself king
But he's a small-headed man
And he doesn't know a thing
About how to deal for you

How to deal for you
There are millions of you now
I mean it's not as if you were alone
There are brothers everywhere
Just waiting for a toke on that gold
And God knows how far it can go

But thanks Uncle Charlie
For your Mexican smoke
You're a legend Owsley
For your righteous dope

There were a half a million people on the lawn
And we sang to the faces in the dawn
How long must that damn race
Wait for the jailer's time to end?
How long must the Panther race
Wait for the iron bars to bend?
No no no no no nobody waits

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Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1965. A pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement, Jefferson Airplane was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve mainstream commercial and critical success. more »

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Written by: Grace Slick

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