Growing up, this track and Piero’s other hit, “Mi viejo”, had the same effect on us: those songs my family would listen and fall into a respectful silence. Though Piero is Argentine, the context and history described here could have applied to any number of Latin American countries; as the war in Peru got worse, the lyrics seemed to be addressing the situation there very directly, which would explain our family’s love for this track. I generally can’t stomach anything that smacks of protest music, but “Coplas de mi país” has a solemnity to it that can’t be ignored or dismissed. This live version was recorded in Buenos Aires on March 5, 1972.
Coplas De Mi Pais by Piero