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Sting wrote this after he saw a brief news story about women dancing in the streets of Chile torn apart by the Pinochet regime. The women were dancing in the streets with pictures of their husbands, fathers, brothers or sons pinned to their clothes or they were holding the pictures and dancing with them. (thanks Carole - St. Augustine, FL)
Branford Marsalis played the sax.
This was released as a single along with a Spanish version of the song, "Ellas Danzan Solas." It didn't chart.
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