South of the Border by michaelbix published on 2011-04-12T00:53:15Z Every once and a while a totalitarian ruler in a southern country (why is it almost always in a southern country... well, maybe also in a Georgia or a Kosovo) decides the local indigenous people or the peasant farmers are speaking out too loudly. He sends in the army on night patrols to pull people out of their houses, from which they "disappear." Or he sends in his air force to make quick dispatch of a troublesome village. Here (in a Guatemala or Honduras or El Salvador or Columbia) a young door gunner using 2nd-hand U.S. helicopters and war equipment enjoys his job picking off people on the ground. The song is framed by readings of "Ballad de la Guardia Civil" and "El Juanto" by Federico Garcia Lorca, as read by Maria Lopez Blakely (original transcriber of Lorca's poetry manuscripts in New York).