In this song Browne recalls visiting Cuba and looks at the effects of the economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the United States on Cuba in 1962. The Californian singer-songwriter explained to American Songwriter magazine: "It's not easy to write a song about foreign policy. If you know about the politics and the history, the embargo against Cuba - the details - then there's embracing what's good about the people, their commitment to having a good time in spite of it all."
Edward from Birmingham, AlOK...this is my follow-up. My first post is above. I made the trip to Havana in August 2011 because of Obama's new change in educational regulations. I have to admit, the song was inspirational. The continued embargo and the lack of courage on the part of our politicians to change it is absurd. It's really not one of JB's best songs musically but the politics are right on. Ed, Alabama
Edward from Birmingham, AlIt's clear that JB sees the absurdity in the US-Cuba embargo and U.S. foreign policy in this clever musical rendition. His references that Americans are forbidden to travel to Cuba but that out allies travel there every day! It's a subtle message. I like it...makes me want to go too. Ed, Alabama